The COncept Art House Partner Promise:
Consistent Quality - Flexibility - Personal Service
Concept Art House leverages teams on either side of the Pacific to deliver the best of both worlds – California creativity, with Chinese scalability.
We helped to ship over 130 games in 2015 alone, with many of them reaching top rankings in the Apple App and Google Play stores. Beginning with our influential work helping to launch social gaming and continuing through to our present day VR work, we're proud of our successful track record of bringing new types of games to market. Our team of world-class art directors, dedicated producers, and talented artists bring our partners decades of expertise in digital entertainment and art services. We can do the same for you.
Meet Our Team
Founder and CEO
James has been on the cutting edge of digital entertainment for nearly two decades. Since its founding in 2007, James has built Concept Art House into one of the video game industry’s most celebrated art services companies, and continues to establish lasting partnerships with industry powerhouses such as Activision/Blizzard, DeNA, Hasbro, Kabam, Netease, and Supercell.
James is also the Founder and CEO of Spellgun, a mobile games publisher focused on bridging the gap between Chinese and Western markets. He additionally serves on several Advisory Boards including: 1World Online, a crowdsource service that combines social polling with analytics, Redemption Games, a leading casual game developer, Waygate, an interactive VR content platform and Wistla, a social activities mobile app.
Prior to Concept Art House, James was Art Director at Factor 5 where he led the artistic development of Lair - a PlayStation 3 launch title - and was a concept artist on Star Wars and other bestselling LucasArts Entertainment franchises.
President of Asia Operations
Jenny graduated in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999. While studying she developed a B2B e-marketing platform, influencing her future direction. In 2003 Jenny began work in the emerging media industry at Everest Media. She then moved into computer games art outsourcing at Massive Black to build the initial Shanghai operations, attracting blue chip clients and over 40 staff. From here she moved to Electronic Arts, Shanghai, as an operations director of an in-house art outsourcing group. Jenny returned to media as the head of the Shanghai office of Walk-On Advertising before co-founding and becoming CEO of advertising agency iMedia China Holdings in Beijing.
Matthew Le Merle
Chairman of the Board
Matthew Le Merle brings deep expertise in management and investment strategy for digital entertainment companies. In addition to being Chairman of Concept Art House’s Board, Matthew is the Managing Partner of Fifth Era LLC and of Keiretsu Capital - the co-investment fund of the world's largest angel investor network – and a member of the Academy for Interactive Arts and Sciences. He was an early investor and founding Chairman of Telltale Games - an award winning independent developer and video game publisher- and Advisory Board Director of 1World Online - a digital platform for creating polls, quizzes, surveys, and fostering online debate.
Matthew began his career as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company, Booz & Company, and A.T. Kearney and Monitor Group where he led both firms' West Coast USA practices. Matthew has been Director of ApplePie Capital, Evertold, Les Concierges, Perkville, Soundwave, Unknown Worlds Entertainment and Zattikka. He was also SVP Strategy and Business Development, and SVP Global Marketing for Gap, Inc. and was an internal Board Director for Gap, Gap International and Old Navy.
Studio Art Director
KJ (Kaijing) Yu joined the company in 2010, fulfilling multiple roles, such as: concept art, production art and art direction for numerous console and casual game titles. He focuses on clear art direction, communication, art team building and casting, and improving the quality assurance system. He's an expert on global art outsourcing service.
Lead Concept Artist
With over a decade of experience, Ken Chou was formerly at The9 interactive and SHANDA in Shanghai. As the Lead Concept Artist of Concept Art House, Ken is responsible for art direction and IP visualization. Since 2006, Ken has contributed to many of the most recognized brands in digital entertainment including World of Warcraft, Command and Conquer, Dungeons and Dragons, Everquest, Star Wars, and many other titles.
Director of Publishing, San Francisco
Ling Gong is Spellgun’s Director of Publishing and responsible for Developer Relations and China Publishing with our partner, TalkWeb. Prior to Spellgun, she was the Sr. Business Development Manager at Taomee Entertainment where she led investment and publishing deals for Taomee’s Platform and Game group. Ling has been active in China's Entertainment and Gaming business since 2010.