Jay Powell


Over the past 15 years, Jay has negotiated and closed countless deals for licensing, development and distribution. Jay has developed and continues to maintain relationships with companies such as Amazon, National Geographic, Disney, Cartoon Network, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Microsoft. In 2010 Jay licensed the NYT bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews’ work which led to a #1 casual game, and he has overseen the development of more than a dozen titles based on licenses such as Garfield, Holly Hobbie, Strawberry Shortcake, and a wide selection of Disney characters on multiple platforms. He has also been published in ‘Game Design Methods’ and ‘Secrets of the Game Business’ and spoken at numerous industry trade shows and events.

Jennifer Cooper

Business Development

Jennifer oversees lead generation activities, PR/marketing, scheduling and manages the business development database for The Powell Group. A veteran of multiple game companies (including fiveonenine games and Playdom, a division of Disney Interactive Media), her key role in office administration has given her a strong foundation in cultivating and maintaining vendor relationships and keeping company routines running smoothly. She is an organizational superstar, with experience customer support, accounts payable and receivable, recruiting, calendar management and production. In addition, Jennifer’s background in package design and print advertising has made her meticulous with details and has an eye for meaningful branding.

Laura Angell

License & Account Management

Laura Angell is a multimedia expert with over 15 years of experience spanning game development, video production and education. She managed all video services for the largest professional video game conference on the east coast and was chair of the NC-Triangle chapter of IGDA. She brings a wealth of knowledge in current media, and excels at researching the latest in comics and video games to provide actionable leads. Well versed in corporate media, asset management, PR, licensing and business relations, Laura brings a variety of skills to the team. She is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro with a degree in Communications and Media Production and also serves as Women in Games Austin’s Development Chair.

Wendy Beasley

Marketing Communications Expert

Wendy has spearheaded marketing and PR campaigns for numerous titles in her 15 years in the videogames industry.

Larry Kuperman

Emeritus Dir. of Business Development

Larry’s knowledge of the technology sector and extensive contact list has helped companies translate new technologies into products and profits for the past 20 years.

Jen Verriere

Business Development , Licensing

Jen is a business development professional with over a decade of experience negotiating and closing strategic partnerships. Her deal experience and expertise ranges from technology licensing to brand licensing to digital content acquisition and distribution. Jen previously worked in legal and business development roles at global companies including CBS Interactive and LeapFrog. She has worked with countless companies in the gaming industry as well as in children’s digital content. With her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law and both legal and business development experience, Jen brings a unique approach to business development with her expertise in the nuances of contract negotiation and language.

James Barrell

Senior Project Manager

James Barrell is what one would call a ‘jack-of-all-trades’. He has been part of the games industry for over 16 years and has taken a major role in almost every aspect of development from concept, to release and live-ops plus everything in-between. Skilled at managing teams and ensuring that products ship on time and on budget while achieving the project’s objectives. He is an energetic leader with excellent organizational, creative and technical skills with thorough understanding of interactive entertainment, computer industry trends, social gaming and mobile practices gained from a decade of production and design experience. A strong technical background with the skills to handle hardware and software installations, diagnostics and end user support. But at the end of the day, he is a gamer.