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21st Annual Choice Awards Special Awards Jury

Chris Charla

Chris Charla is the senior director of content curation in the Gaming Ecosystem Organization at Xbox, where he helps direct the [email protected] program for independent developers who want to bring their games to Xbox, as well as global portfolio team and second party publishing. Before joining Microsoft, he worked at an independent developer making games using licensed and original IPs for 10 years, and way back in the distant past he was the launch editor for and editor of Next Generation magazine. In his spare time he edits the fanzines Incredibly Strange Games and Floating Tomb, and enjoys modding handheld game systems and skateboarding very slowly.

Mark Cerny

Mark Cerny has been in the public eye as the lead system architect of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles, but over the course of his nearly 40 years in video games he has primarily worked to create the games themselves. Mark has contributed as game designer, programmer, producer and director, on titles as diverse as his breakout arcade game Marble Madness, the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon series on the original PlayStation, and The Last Guardian and Marvel's Spider-Man on PlayStation 4.

In 2004, the IGDA honored Mark with its Lifetime Achievement Award, calling him a "master collaborator" and a "jack of all trades." In 2010, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences inducted Mark into its Hall of Fame as its 13th member.

Emily Greer

Emily is the co-founder & CEO of Double Loop Games, a new mobile game studio. Previously she was the co-founder & CEO of Kongregate, leading its rapid rise as a web destination before expanding into mobile publishing, launching hits such as AdVenture Capitalist and Animation Throwdown.  A data geek at heart, Emily is well-known in the game industry for her presentations on the economics and psychology of free-to-play games.

Caryl Shaw

Caryl Shaw is currently the VP of Development for Double Fine Productions in San Francisco, California.

Prior to joining Double Fine, Caryl worked for large developers like Electronic Arts/Maxis and Amazon as well as smaller companies like Telltale Games and ngmoco:). Her focus is typically on team management and growth, game production, online features, quality assurance management, and promoting diversity in the games industry.

She's spoken internationally about a range of topics including: Running a Live Mobile Game, the changing role of Game Production in Development and Putting User-Generated Content to Work in Video Games.

Brandon Sheffield

Brandon Sheffield is creative director of Necrosoft Games and game archaeologist for collections like Street Fighter 30th Anniversary and SNK 40th Anniversary. He has been working on games since 2005, and is lucky enough that only two of them have been cancelled. He's a panelist on the insert credit show, advises a number of game conferences, and enjoys 90s electronics.

Advisory Committee Alumni

  • Simon Carless
  • Mark Cerny
  • Frank Cifaldi
  • Ben Cousins
  • Ed Fries
  • Tracy Fullerton
  • Chris Charla
  • Clint Hocking
  • Clinton Keith
  • Raph Koster
  • Doug Lombardi
  • Julien Merceron
  • Laine Nooney
  • Bob Rafei
  • Amir Rao
  • Jade Raymond
  • Brian Reynolds
  • Margaret Robertson
  • Erin Robinson
  • Meggan Scavio
  • Caryl Shaw
  • Brandon Sheffield
  • Mare Sheppard
  • Harvey Smith
  • Tommy Tallarico
  • John Vechey
  • Kiki Wolfkill