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BAFTA Games Lecture: Dan Hay

16 October 2017
Dan Hay

Ubisoft Montreal’s BAFTA-winning Executive Producer and Creative Director will speak on Tuesday 14 November

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced today that Dan Hay, BAFTA-winning Executive Producer and Creative Director at Ubisoft Montreal, will deliver this year’s prestigious BAFTA Games Lecture. The event will take place at BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly on Tuesday 14 November.

Dan Hay is best-known as the executive producer on Ubisoft’s multi-BAFTA-winning Far Cry franchise. In his lecture, ‘Rooted in reality: how the real world can make your creativity soar’, Hay will use practical examples to discuss how developers can leverage the world around them to build inspiring games.

The BAFTA Games Lecture aims to deliver valuable insights into the creative minds of some of the world’s most compelling and esteemed games professionals, providing a platform for speakers to share their experiences, as well as their personal vision for the future of the industry. Previous speakers include Ilkka Paananen, Jade Raymond, Will Wright, Peter Molyneux, Hideo Kojima, Dr. Ray Muzyka, Greg Zeschuk and David Cage.

Dan Hay began his career in film and television 18 years ago. During that time he worked as a modeller, texture artist, lighter, animator, lead animator, lead lighter, and commercial animation director for numerous commercials and films.

In 2003, Hay made the leap into the games industry by working for Activision/Raven Software on Marvel Franchise titles, gaining credits including X-Men Legends (2004), X-Men Legends 2: Age of Apocalypse (2005), Marvel Ultimate Alliance (2006) and Wolverine (2009).

In 2008, he joined Day 1 Studios as a producer on Fracture (2008) for Lucas Arts and Fear 3 (2011) for Warner Brothers.

Dan Hay joined Ubisoft in 2011 as a producer for the BAFTA-winning game Far Cry 3 (2012). In 2012, Hay became the executive producer for the multi-BAFTA-winning Far Cry franchise, overseeing Far Cry Blood Dragon (2013), Far Cry 4 (2014), and Far Cry Primal (2016). He is currently the executive producer for Far Cry 5, which is slated for release in 2018.

Nick Button-Brown, Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee said: “Dan Hay is one of the games industry’s leading creative leaders. Through his games he has taken us to amazing places, told us riveting stories and inspired us with the creativity that games can offer. We are looking forward to him sharing his insights at the Games Lecture, where BAFTA aims to drive debate around creative excellence and the future of the games industry.”

‘BAFTA Games Lecture: Dan Hay’ event details:

Tuesday 14 November at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly in London
19:15 Champagne Taittinger Reception
20:00 Event commences

Public tickets for the BAFTA Games Lecture will go on sale on Friday 20 October at 12.30pm. To book tickets, please visit

The lecture will be streamed live at Video highlights, a podcast and a transcript from the event will be available post-event on BAFTA Guru, BAFTA’s online learning channel Recordings of previous Games Lectures are available now.

For further information, please contact:

Chris Glover at BAFTA
T +44 (0) 77 9977 5640
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Eleanor Pickering at BAFTA
T +44 (0) 20 7734 0022
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