Bethesda Gets A New Studio Head As Part Of Microsoft Changes

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On Wednesday, it was announced that Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick would be leaving the company on December 29. With his departure, a number of executive leadership changes are taking place at the studio, but it’s not the only Xbox-owned studio seeing changes. According to a new memo obtained by The Verge, Bethesda and ZeniMax Studios are also getting a new studio head.

Matt Booty, who oversees Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda, and Activision Blizzard, announced that Jill Braff will be taken over as head of Bethesda.

“Jill has a wealth of experience in games and entertainment, with previous roles at Nintendo, Sega, Glu Mobile, Home Shopping Network and at Warner Bros. building the online and marketing business for the Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Booty said in his internal memo. “She was our leader for the integration work when ZeniMax/Bethesda joined Xbox, and through that work she has come to know many of their teams and leaders well.”

He added: “Jill will be responsible for leading the ZeniMax/Bethesda game development teams, which will continue to operate as limited integration entities, as well as continuing to oversee the Microsoft Casual Games team.”

With Braff leading the way, Bethesda executive producer and director Todd Howard will be a direct report alongside Todd Vaughn, Matt Firor, Paul Jensen, and Heather Cooper.

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