Jake Zim

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Jake Zim
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Nationality United States
Occupation digital media executive

Jake Zim is the Senior Vice President of Virtual Reality for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Zim works to develop the strategy, creative, production and distribution of the film studio’s slate of narrative virtual reality content.[1] The L.A. Times called Zim’s appointment “the first VR czar at a major studio.”[2] Jake Zim joined Sony Pictures Entertainment Worldwide Marketing and Distribution as Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing in 2011. Before joining Sony, he was Vice President, Digital Marketing at Twentieth Century Fox.[3]

Career[edit]

Early in his career he was an actor, appearing in shows such as MTV's Undressed.

Lionsgate[edit]

In 2005 Zim was hired as Director of Digital Media Marketing at Lionsgate, the leading independent film studio. Zim directed the digital campaigns for such titles as the Academy Award winning Crash and box office successes such as Saw II, Hostel and Madea's Family Reunion.[4]

Fox Atomic[edit]

From 2006-2008 Jake ran the digital team at Fox Atomic. As Vice President of Online Marketing he developed digital theatrical marketing campaigns for 28 Weeks Later, The Comebacks, Turistas and The Hills Have Eyes 2.[5] During that time he joined the Fox team that partnered with NBC to launch Hulu.[6][7]

Safran Digital Group[edit]

In 2008 Zim served as Chief Operating Officer of Safran Digital Group (SDG), a digital media entertainment company that finances, develops and distributes entertainment programming and technologies for digital platforms. Safran Digital Group, headed by Peter Safran, the veteran Hollywood producer and talent manager, was hired by Microsoft to produce original content for the Xbox 360. At Safran Digital Group (SDG) Jake Zim executive produced programming such as Xbox's first-ever original series Horror Meets Comedy and Spike.com’s “PGP”.[8][9]

Twentieth Century Fox[edit]

Prior to joining Sony, Zim was Vice President, Digital Marketing at Twentieth Century Fox. He led the digital marketing strategy for Avatar, including the record-breaking launch of the trailer on Apple Trailers, which received over 4 million streams in 24 hours.[10] He also led the strategies for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Date Night, The A-Team, Predators, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Unstoppable, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and, Rio.[11][12][13][14][15]

Sony Pictures Entertainment[edit]

Jake Zim joined Sony Pictures Entertainment Worldwide Marketing and Distribution as Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing in 2011. Projects undertaken during his tenure in this position include Angry Birds (film), The Walk, Chappie, No Good Deed, The Monuments Men, Captain Phillips, RoboCop, Skyfall,[16] Men in Black 3, Moneyball, 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street[3][14] Zim and his team received a 2014 Webby Award for Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise.[17][18]

Zim partnered with hyper-reality pioneers The Void[19] and Madame Tussauds New York to create a virtual reality experience called Ghostbusters: Dimension.[20] The experience was engineered by The Void in collaboration with the film’s director Paul Feig and Ghostbusters creator Ivan Reitman.[21] Past VR experiences from Sony include theatrical promotions for “Goosebumps” and “The Walk” (with PlayStation VR), both of which were adapted as mobile VR experiences ahead of their respective home entertainment releases.[1] In 2015, Zim partnered with D-Box to debut the Goosebumps Virtual Reality Adventure.[22]


Digital Marketing Campaign History[edit]

Education[edit]

Jake Zim graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley where he was also a member of the 1998 MCLA National Championship Lacrosse Team. He received his MBA from the University of Southern California's Marshall School.

References[edit]

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  8. ^ Nellie, Andreeva; Matthew Belloni; Jay A. Fernandez; Carolyn Giardina; Gregg Goldstein; Borys Kit; Kimberly Nordyke; Ray Richmond; Leslie Simmons; Andrew Wallenstein; David Ward; Steven Zeitchik (2008-11-05). "Next Gen 2008: New Media". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2008-11-09. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
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  10. ^ Blair, Iain (2009-05-01). "Gurus in the new age of marketing". Variety. Archived from the original on 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  11. ^ Takahash, Dean (2011-01-28). "New version of Angry Birds game will tie into animated movie Rio". Venture Beat. Venture Beat. Archived from the original on 2011-02-03. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
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  16. ^ Symonds, Matt (2011-08-03). "Shaking the MBA Martini: Diversity Is the New Cocktail". Forbes. Archived from the original on 2011-08-08. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  17. ^ Schillaci, Sophie (2013-10-07). "'Carrie'-Inspired Coffee Shop Prank Goes Viral (Video)". Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2015-01-29. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  18. ^ Schillaci, Sophie (2014-04-28). "2014 Webby Award Winner Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise". The Webby Awards. The Webby Awards. Archived from the original on 2015-01-29. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  19. ^ Porges, Seth (2016-07-01). "A Review Of 'Ghostbusters: Dimension': The Crazy New Free-Roaming VR Installation". Forbes, Inc. Forbes. Archived from the original on 2016-07-26. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  20. ^ Krol, Charlotte (2016-06-30). "Look inside the new Ghostbusters virtual reality exhibit at Madame Tussauds New York". The Telegraph. London: The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2016-07-26. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  21. ^ Gaudiosi, John (2016-05-09). "'Ghostbusters': Cross the Streams at Virtual Reality Experience News Video Music Politics TV Movies Sports Long Reads RS Country More TRENDING Matt Taibbi on How DNC Leak Shows Mechanics of a Slanted... Watch Michelle Obama's Powerful Speech at DNC Meet the Brooklyn Guy Who Beat 'Pokemon Go' 'Ghostbusters': Cross the Streams at Virtual Reality Experience". Culture. Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2016-07-27. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  22. ^ Evry, Max (2015-09-22). "Goosebumps Virtual Reality Adventure Will Put You Inside the Movie". ComingSoon.net. CraveOnline Media. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 

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