Jeannie Novak is Lead Author and Series Editor of Thomson's Game Development Essentials series. Through Indiespace, an interactive entertainment company she founded, Jeannie consults with creative professionals in the music, film, and television industries to help them migrate to the game industry. Jeannie is the Academic Program Director of the Game Art & Design and Media Arts & Animation programs at the Art Institute Online. She has been a game instructor and course development expert at UCLA Extension, Art Center College of Design, DeVry University, Westwood College, ITT Technical Institute, UC Berkeley, and the Academy of Entertainment and Technology at Santa Monica College. Jeannie holds a BA in Mass Communication and an MA in Communication Management, and currently serves on the MMOG and Online Excellence committees for the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS).Hall, Rick is the author of 'Game Development Essentials Online Game Development', published 2008 under ISBN 9781418052676 and ISBN 1418052671.