Garry Kitchen is Vice President of Game Publishing for Viacom's Nickelodeon MTV Networks Kids and Family Game Group. Prior to Viacom, Garry was President & CEO of AppStar Games, a startup digital publisher founded by Garry with his long time partner, David Crane, co-founder of Activision.
Kitchen's career in interactive entertainment spans over 30 years, initially as a toy designer and quickly transitioning into a pioneer in the launch of the video game industry. From 1981-1995, Garry was an industry leader in the development of home video games, generating over $300 million in retail sales. His 2600 adaptation of the hit Nintendo arcade game Donkey Kong, published by Coleco, was one of the top selling games on the Atari platform, selling over 4 million units. In 1983, Kitchen followed up the success of Donkey Kong with his hit title Keystone Kapers, published by Activision and a nominee for Video Game of the Year.
Kitchen went on to found Absolute Entertainment, Inc., building it into one of the leading video game developers in North America. Under his leadership, Absolute created more than 120 software titles while working with such leading entertainment companies as Nintendo, Sega, Sony, 3DO, Paramount Pictures, MCA, 20th Century Fox, and Acclaim.
In 1995, with the founding of Skyworks, Kitchen shifted his focus from retail game publishing to the potential of the Internet as a digital distribution channel for games. Skyworks pioneered free online gaming with the launch of the innovative LifeSavers Candystand, hailed by experts as the premier example of brand-sponsored gaming, or Advergaming. Skyworks went on to supply advergames to many world-class brands, including Nabisco, Pepsi, BMW, ESPN and Ford. In 2008, the company expanded its focus to the emerging downloadable games market, initially targeting the iPhone App Store. Before leaving Skyworks, Kitchen led a team of 50 in the development of over 30 titles for the iPhone, with 15 titles reaching Top 100 status in the Apple App Store.
In addition to Kitchen's work in multimedia, he is an experienced Expert Witness in the areas of Video Game Design, Software Development, Internet Technologies and Patent Infringement. Kitchen has received numerous awards and is well respected by the media with appearances on CNBC, CNN and the NBC Today show.