President & Co-Founder
Jeannie is President of Novy Unlimited and Kaleidospace (dba Indiespace) – and lead author/editor of the Game Development Essentials series. Jeannie has provided game consulting services for tech companies, developers, publishers, research institutions, and colleges/universities such as UC Berkeley, USC’s Information Sciences Institute, Alelo, and GameSalad. Jeannie holds a B.A. in Mass Communication from UCLA and an M.A. in Communication Management from USC’s Annenberg School. She has served on the Online Gameplay panel for the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ DICE Awards and the executive boards of Women in Games International and the International Game Developers Association. Jeannie is also a professional composer and performer.
Vice President & Co-Founder
Luis is Vice President of Novy Unlimited. Prior to Novy, Luis was an account executive at a boutique firm in Los Angeles—where he represented game and high-technology clients such as Spacetime Studios, The Voxel Agents, Muzzy Lane, and TimeGate Studios. Luis has also worked in advertising, sales, film and television editing, and as a game tester at Activision and Treyarch (working on the Call of Duty series and Quake 4). He co-authored Play the Game: The Parent’s Guide to Video Games and Game QA & Testing with Jeannie Novak. Luis was born in São Paulo, Brazil and attended Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado (FAAP), where he received a B.A. in Film & Television. He also participated in the UCLA Extension Film & Entertainment Studies certificate program. Luis is the primary liaison between Novy and the media.
Julie has always had a love for creative projects and meeting passionate, innovative people – but she entered a whole new world of it once she began writing about crowdfunded gaming at The Cliqist. After a year of writing, she went on to found her own indie gaming, comic, and film news and content site, IndieRoot. At Novy, Julie manages a wide variety of projects, works directly with a number of clients, and oversees all marketing tasks involving social media, community management, advertising, promotion – along with underlying social media and ad creatives. She also works directly with co-founders Jeannie Novak and Luis Levy on staffing and operations.
Steven is a tinkerer and gaming enthusiast who has been working in games for nearly 25 years for companies such as D3Publisher and Quest Online (and in a much more freelance capacity, Sierra Online – back in the day). Steven has a deep love for troubleshooting and testing software – and he enjoys sharing that passion with others. Multiple QA roles have been the backbone of his industry work experience – but his love of interacting with people has also enabled him to work in support, community management, and production. His favorite genres are RPGs and platformers – and he’s especially swept up in great game music.
Ben is a lifelong technology and gaming enthusiast, with experience working on everything from eCommerce to Community Management and eSports. Whether it’s maintaining servers or producing live broadcasts for competitive gaming tournaments, he’s usually behind the scenes somewhere to keep the show going. In his spare time, he’s often found tinkering with microcontrollers or trying to get through his ever-growing backlog of Steam games.
Cecile is a writer who enjoys exploring the strengths of different media. She has written copy, scripts, blogs, and more for groups including AmCham Southwest China, Imagination Stage, MorrongoTV, 3Cupcakes Media, and The Writers for Hire. She has also taught in Shenzhen, China and produced independent films. At Novy, she loves working with the team to present each client’s unique artistry and passion to a wider audience.
Friends of Novy
Jeffrey Van Allen
Social Media Specialist
Book Compositor & Graphic Designer
Graphic & Web Designer
Graphic Designer & Illustrator
Copywriter & Editor
Sarah De Lellis
Community Management Specialist
Artist & UI/UX Designer
Kathryn De Shields-Moon
Voice & Sound Effects Artist
SEO Consultant & Voice Actor
Sales & Marketing Consultant