Area/Code, Chairman & Co-Founder
In 2005, Kevin Slavin co-founded Area/Code Entertainment (acquired by Zynga in 2011) which pioneered new forms of game design and cross-media entertainment with clients including Nike, Nokia, Puma, Disney, MTV, CBS, FremantleMedia, A&E, EA, and the Discovery Channel. Slavin was named to the Creativity 50 in 2007, and Area/Code's work has gathered recognition from the Clios, the One Show, MoMA, the London International Awards, Dwell, BLDGBLOG, the AIGA and Brandweek, and has been extensively featured, most recently as chapters in the Thames and Hudson edition "Sixty: Innovators Shaping our Creative Future", "Space Time Play: Computer Games, Architecture and Urbanism" and John Brockman's "This Will Change Everything: Ideas That Will Shape the Future."
Kevin co-founded Starling in 2010, a co-viewing platform for broadcast TV. Still in beta, Starling is partnered with networks and producers like MTV and Fremantle, and agencies including JWT and BBH. It has been profiled in Wired magazine and other major media.
Prior to 2005, Kevin worked in advertising for 10 years, at companies like DDB, ChiatDay and SS K. He has taught Urban Computing and Thesis at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, and has written for various publications on design, games and game culture. Slavin has addressed and spoken at the Aspen Institute, LIFT, the Cooper Union, the Royal Society of Art, Creativity and Technology, and companies including Pepsi, Nokia, and the BBC. He has exhibited internationally, including the Frankfurt Museum fuer Moderne Kunst, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, the New Museum, and has work in an upcoming show at MoMA.