As senior vice president of story and franchise development at Blizzard Entertainment, Lydia Bottegoni is tasked with overseeing the creative strategy and execution of cross-media development around Blizzard’s award-winning game franchises.
In this role, Bottegoni’s mission is to extend the Blizzard universe across a variety of media formats and platforms. She is responsible for establishing and developing a business strategy for Blizzard’s universes, driving the company’s game worlds into new arenas to engage fans old and new and to entertain an expanding global audience.
Previously Bottegoni was head of production for Sony Pictures Imageworks, responsible for overseeing all projects in production and managing the production team, while also leading the artist management team across multiple studio locations. She was co-producer on Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania and served as the digital producer for The Smurfs. She was also co-producer on Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as well as Surf’s Up, an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature and winner of two Annie Awards.
Bottegoni was the senior visual effects producer on the Academy Award-winner for Best Visual Effects, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man. She also oversaw the production of visual effects on such films as Michael, Ghost and the Darkness, Contact, and Starship Troopers. As a visual effects producer, her credits included the Academy Award nominated Stuart Little, Sphere, and The Postman.
Bottegoni is a member for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Producers Guild of America and holds a degree in Economics from California State University, Northridge.