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Leading Game Industry Recruiter Speaks at Animex Games Festival

CEO Mary Margaret Walker moderates session on breaking into the industry (January 31, 2006), a leader in international recruitment services for the interactive entertainment industry, announces today their participation in The Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games 2006 at the University of Teesside in North East England. This years conference is scheduled from Monday, February 6 to Friday, February 10.

Now in its seventh year, the Animex festivals brings together animators, designers, directors, writers, artists and students to explore the latest developments in animation and the gaming industry, showcasing talent and providing visitors with an opportunity to share skills and knowledge.

Leading game industry recruiting firm is conducting a career panel called ?Break Into The Industry on Tuesday, February 7. Mary Margaret Walker, founder and CEO of, will lead a discussion of CVs, interview tips, presenting your demo, and other hot games hiring topics. Walker will be joined by Richard ?Levelord Gray, president of Ritual Entertainment in Dallas, Texas, as well as Kaye Elling (Blitz Games), Dean Wilson (Rare Ltd.) and Ken Wong (Enlight Software).

Mary Margaret Walker states ?One of the most important ways to address the shortage of qualified employees in this industry is to help people gain the skills needed and learn how to navigate their way into their first game industry job. I am pleased to be sharing the stage with these industry veterans - I know they will bring a wealth of experience to this panel.

Highlights of the 2006 festival will be Animex Game (a festival looking at computer games design), Animex Talk (a festival looking at the biggest and brightest talent in animation) and Animex Screen, which will showcase some of the best new work from the UK animation scene. Other attractions include game developer Eutechnyx discussing the latest art techniques for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, Blitz Games outlining their latest projects and prolific fantasy artist Rodney Matthews discussing his concept art for games including Shadow Master and Haven.

Gabrielle Kent, Games Coordinator for Animex, offers, ?Animex is an exciting event to be a part of. It just keeps getting bigger and better every year, bringing together animators, students, game designers, artists and directors from all over the world. Everyone that joins us has great fun and leaves inspired, whether they are industry veterans or just starting out on their careers.

The Animex International Festival of Animation & Computer Games is being held at the School of Computing at the University of Teesside in Middlesbrough, Tees Valley. The full Animex Pass for February 6 though 10 is 150, and 70 for students and the unwaged. Passes at lower rates for individual event at Animex are also available. Book online at to secure your place.

About Animex International Festival of Animation
The Animex International Festival of Animation takes place every year in Middlesbrough in the North East of England. The festival has its roots firmly planted in the creative side of the animation business and acts to provide animators, directors, students, artists, designers, writers and educators with a forum in which they can share their knowledge and skills and promote the art of animation.

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