Shiraz Akmal

Moby ID: 52681

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Shiraz spends his time exploring, building and living at the intersection of technology and creativity.

Shiraz heads up business and product development for DreamWorks DreamLab and aspects of DreamWorks Technology Initiatives focusing on identifying, investing, and creating the next generation of entertainment products and platforms.

Shiraz is also the founder and CEO of Playwala a publishing network that connects people, games and commerce. Playwala's exclusive game distribution network reaches 130 million user per month.

Prior to DreamWorks and Playwala, Shiraz spent 9 years at mega publisher THQ as Vice-President of Operations-Product Development, established THQ China, founded the XDG division and was founding member of THQ's Heavy Iron Studios (acquired in August 99).

Shiraz's career highlights include directing a string of multi million selling video game titles including Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles, Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, and Scooby-Doo! He was also involved in programming several genre-defining products such as, You Don't Know Jack, The Netshow and the After Dark screen saver. His first video game (Hover Blade) was published at age 17 on the Apple IIgs.

Shiraz has a strong technology and creative background, excellent management skills at all levels and is an active entrepreneur.

Credited on 13 games

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SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated (2020, Windows) Project Manager
Frontlines: Fuel of War (2008, Windows) Vice President of Operations-PD
Disney•Pixar Ratatouille (2007, PSP) Special Thanks
Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island (2006, GameCube) VP of Operations, Product Development
Disney Presents a Pixar Film: Cars (2006, PSP) Special Thanks
The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer (2005, PlayStation 2) Director of Development
The Incredibles (2004, PlayStation 2) Director
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004, GameCube) Director
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius - Attack of the Twonkies (2004, GameCube) Additional Thanks To
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (2003, PlayStation 2) Project Director
Scooby-Doo!: Night of 100 Frights (2002, PlayStation 2) Project Lead
Evil Dead: Hail to the King (2001, Windows) Programmers
Hover Blade (1991, Apple IIgs) Programmed by

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