WHO: Karen Snyder (KYS Realm), MFA

Your name, company, and title:

Karen Snyder (KYS Realm), MFA, is a Transmedia Producer and Instructor. With over 12 years of experience in developing and creating multi-media projects, she is a Lecturer of Digital Media at the University of Houston. She secured her Masters of Media Design, MFA as Valedictorian from Full Sail University, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Business Administration from Capella University.

Years in the game industry:

8 years. She is co-producing and filming a web series, Behind The Beta, with her daughter, Anastasia Snyder, that showcases unsung heroes within the video game industry and highlighting their contributions. From sound design and IT server support all the way to a game title’s creator, various ‘behind the beta’ jobs and opportunities are presented so that youth understand ways to enter the industry as well as immerse themselves in how a quality game title is crafted.

Games worked on:

As KYS REALM, she is the creator of the world’s first transmedia romance series, The Elements Club®. One of only a hand-full of female video game producers focused on the casual game space, she created and launched The Elements Club: Unity Match® video game.

Companies worked for:

The co-founder of  Kazap Company, a transmedia production studio, as well as CEO of  Trans / Seven Studio, she is focused on developing transmedia projects that envelope full-motion video games, video production, and mobile technology.

Events spoken at:

She was spoken at and led panels at GamesBeat and SXSW regarding full-motion video game development and transmedia.

Schools taught at:

Wharton Community College and the University of Houston.