Videogame journalist and host Geoff Keighley from Spike TV's GTTV
Over the past two decades Geoff Keighley has established himself as one of the leading media figures, live event producers and hosts in the $100B a year game industry. Whether he is anchoring live TV coverage of E3, producing tentpole events like The Game Awards and the landmark 5-hour Discovery Channel series The Rise of the Video Game, or new ventures such as the live theatrical production The Last of Us: One Night Live, Keighley and his GameSlice brand have deftly moved between mediums to chronicle, celebrate, and cement games as the leading form of entertainment. Newsweek says that Keighley is "Mike Wallace meets Kurt Loder for the video game generation."
Sensing a shifting media landscape, in late 2014 Keighley created, self-financed and produced The Game Awards, a new awards show for the game industry built from the ground up for digital and streaming platforms like YouTube, Twitch, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Created in partnership with the CEOs of Activision, EA, Konami, Nintendo, PlayStation, Rockstar Games, Xbox, Ubisoft, Valve, and Warner Bros Interactive, The Game Awards 2014 featured appearances by Kiefer Sutherland, Imagine Dragons, Conan O'Brien, and South Park co-creator Trey Parker.
Keighley is best known for his extensive work in-front of the camera for both G4TV and Viacom Media Networks, where he hosted and produced video game programming for a decade across Spike TV, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and VH1 while working as Viacom's Executive in Charge of Publisher Relations. Whether it was a weekly news-magazine show (GTTV on Spike), a roundtable talk show (The Bonus Round on GameTrailers.com), the annual Video Game Awards, or even Spike TV’s live coverage of E3, and Comic-Con, Keighley established Viacom as a leading outlet for gaming coverage across its diverse portfolio of TV networks and platforms. Most recently Keighley executive produced and hosted live TV launch specials for both the Xbox One (featuring Macklemore and Deadmau5) and the PlayStation 4 on Spike TV, and has produced half-hour TV specials for a diverse slate of game franchises including the live launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops II in Times Square, Madden NFL, Halo, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Gears of War, Tomb Raider, Uncharted and many other blockbuster franchises.
In 2011 Keighley founded his own publishing group to create a groundbreaking series of iPad apps that Fast Company says are “pushing the limits of storytelling” and “serving as a model for publishing a la carte journalism.” Called The Final Hours, these 15,000 word multimedia experiences give a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the ups and downs of game development at the world’s top studios behind games like Portal 2, Mass Effect 3, Tomb Raider, and Titanfall (forthcoming, March 2014). These “futuristic magazine articles” (according to Kotaku.com) reconnect Keighley with his roots as a game journalist, where he spent six years after college writing about games for Entertainment Weekly and penning feature stories for Business 2.0 magazine on companies like Cirque du Soleil and internet news entrepreneur Matt Drudge.
Today Keighley is also seen as a host on GameStop TV in 4,300 retail locations across the US, and serves as the chairman of the Game Critics Awards, an independent body of game journalists who award the annual “Best of E3” honors. He has also worked with Fathom Events to bring video games to movie theaters nationwide starting with last year's PlayStation E3 Experience, which brought the annual PlayStation E3 press conference live to fans in over 40 cities nationwide.
Keighley, who was named one of the top 30 journalists under 30 in 2004 by NewsBios, is a graduate from the University of Southern California.