Monolith Founder Hall Leaves Warner Bros. Int.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that its senior vice president, former Monolith Productions CEO Jason Hall, has taken leave of WBIE to focus on his own production company HDFilms. A well known industry figure, Hall co-founded Monolith in 1994, and joined Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in 2004 when Monolith Productions became a fully owned subsidiary of the company. Monolith is known for games such as Blood, Aliens vs. Predator 2, and more recently F.E.A.R. and Condemned: Criminal Origins. Hall's new venture HDFilms will continue to strengthen its ties with Warner Bros., and Hall will remain involved with both video games and movies produced by the studio.

Succeeding Hall is Samantha Ryan, who previously succeeded Hall as Monolith CEO and will continue to fulfill that role while she serves as WBIE senior VP. Having been with Monolith since 1998, Ryan is best known in terms of her development contributions as the producer of the company's well loved No One Lives Forever franchise. In her new role she will oversee all of WBIE's games, both from first party and third party studios. She will work alongside senior VP of operations Debra Baker, reporting to president Kevin Tsujihara.

"We're extremely fortunate to have Samantha take the helm at WBIE. She has worked with us since Monolith was one of our important production studios and has continued to do so since we acquired the company. We have always been impressed with Samantha as an executive, a game developer and as a person and we anticipate this being about as seamless of a transition as one could hope for," said Tsujihara. "That being said, I want to personally thank Jason for sharing his vision in this business and literally putting Warner Bros. on the map in the game space. His creativity, enthusiasm and drive have brought us a long way in a very short amount of time and I'm pleased that he will remain an influential creative resource for us in this area."

Monolith is currently known to be developing a sequel to 2005's F.E.A.R.