Katherine Anna Kang

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Katherine Anna Kang
Born (1970-12-15) December 15, 1970 (age 50)
OccupationFounder and CEO of Fountainhead Entertainment
Spouse(s)John Carmack (m. 2000)

Katherine Anna Kang (born December 15, 1970) is an American businesswoman, video game designer and producer, machinima and documentary film maker.[1][2][3]


In 2000, as founder and CEO of Fountainhead Entertainment, she championed machinima and became known as one of machinima's biggest supporters.[4] Through Fountainhead Entertainment, she produced, wrote, and directed a variety of machinima pieces and co-founded the Academy of Machinima Arts & Sciences.[5] In Machinima For Dummies, the machinima piece Anna is mentioned as “… one of the top ten list of every prominent machinima maker in the world.”

While at Fountainhead Entertainment, Kang produced and designed mobile games for id Software.[6] Mobile game titles Doom RPG and the Orcs & Elves series were heralded as some of the best mobile games of their time.[by whom?] Orcs & Elves was eventually ported to the Nintendo DS with Kang producing and designing.

In 2000, Kang wrote, directed, and produced the documentary Gamers. The documentary included interviews from video gaming luminaries, with a brief focus on history and predictive trends. The documentary was release in limited distribution throughout Europe and the US in 2001.

Formerly, Kang was the Director of Business Development for id Software where she worked on Quake III Arena and various mission packs and Quake II ports.[7] In 2008, she returned to id Software as President of id Mobile where she produced and designed Wolfenstein RPG and Doom II RPG.[8] She also produced the iPhone-only game Doom Resurrection. A 2014 article listed her as a "former director of business development at id Software", following her husband's departure from id in 2013.[9]

Kang is also co-founder of Armadillo Aerospace.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Kang married computer programmer and businessman John Carmack on January 5, 2000. In August 2004, Kang gave birth to their first child. Their second child was born in November 2009. Due to her involvement with id Software and John Carmack, she was mentioned in the final chapters of Masters of Doom.


Through Fountainhead Entertainment, Kang has won the following awards:


Fountainhead's machinima include the award-winning short Anna; In The Waiting Line, aired on MTV; Game Over, aired on UPN; and Sidrial released via Fileplanet.



  1. ^ "Orcs & Elves DS Developer Diary #1". Vgblogger.com. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Independent film makers see market in machinima - Aug. 12, 2005". Money.cnn.com. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Orcs & Elves". Gamefaqs.com. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  4. ^ [1] Archived February 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Andy Clarke and Grethe Mitchell (eds.) (2005). "Videogames and Art: Intersections and Interactions" (PDF). Intellect Books (UK). Retrieved 29 October 2014.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  6. ^ [2] Archived September 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "GameGirlz.Com - Weekly Women Spotlight- Katherine Anna Kang". Gamegirlz.com. Archived from the original on 12 November 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  8. ^ "The John Carmack Archive - Gamasutra interviews John Carmack and Katherine Anna Kang (Nov 23, 2007)". 2009-01-05. Archived from the original on 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2021-03-03.
  9. ^ McWhertor, Michael (August 18, 2014). "John Carmack's 9-year-old son just released his first video game". Polygon. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Anna Kang Talks Orcs & Elves & Diamonds". WIRED. Retrieved 29 October 2014.

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