Video game industry pioneers and USC alumni Kevin Bachus and Chanel Summers have made a donation to the USC School of Cinematic Arts Interactive Media & Games Division (IMGD) to help establish The Bachus-Summers Fund for Innovation in Interactive Entertainment. The donation was revealed today by School of Cinematic Arts’ (SCA) Dean Elizabeth M. Daley and will be used to create a fund for student support to be awarded to those who show initiative in the fields of interactive and immersive media.
"There has never been a greater opportunity than there is today for talented and passionate individuals to come together and create the legendary game studios of tomorrow," said Bachus. "The Bachus-Summers Fund for Innovation in Interactive Entertainment is meant to do two things: to recognize and reward the most innovative work by a student in the Interactive Media & Games Division and to encourage that student to build their own future, for themselves and for others, after leaving school. It is our expectation that the recipients of this Fund will be provided with the tools to build lasting creative and commercial success."
"I've seen first-hand that the most meaningful work is always achieved when visionaries take risks and break boundaries," said Summers. "Creative and talented individuals must be allowed to realize their dreams, regardless of resources. When thinking about this Fund, it was critical to us that it be used directly to support the efforts of tomorrow's creative and entrepreneurial leaders."
Bachus is one of the original group of four individuals at Microsoft Corporation who helped create the idea for the Xbox video game system. He currently serves as Senior Vice President, Entertainment & Games Strategy, for Dave & Buster’s, Inc. Bachus has also co-founded or held executive-level positions at a number of companies in the technology and video game industries, including Capital Entertainment Group, Nival Interactive, and Bebo.
Summers began her career as a designer and producer, developing products like Microsoft’s first multiplayer internet game, Fighter Ace. After leaving Microsoft, Summers co-founded Syndicate 17, an audio production house based in Seattle and Los Angeles, and has also recorded and toured extensively as a professional drummer.
You can learn more about the new fund by visiting cinema.usc.edu/interactive.