Destiny Animation, Film & TV Head Leaves Bungie

Derick Tsai, former Head of Destiny Universe Transmedia, has left Bungie

By Zuhaad Ali
Image: Bungie

Derick Tsai, who joined Bungie in January 2022, overseeing the expansion of Bungie‘s Destiny IP into other mediums (Animation, TV and Film, Books, Comics), exited the company last month.

Although there has not been an official announcement regarding Tsai’s departure, his LinkedIn and Twitter profiles indicate that he left the company in March 2023, after a tenure of one year and three months.

Tsai was acting as a Senior Development Executive and Head of Destiny Universe Transmedia at Bungie. During his time at the company, Tsai helped develop ideas to “expand Destiny into linear mediums (Animation, Film & TV, Books, Comics) and drive long-term engagement with new and existing fans,” per his LinkedIn profile description.

Furthermore, Tsai also “served on Advisory Group to guide unannounced Bungie IPs in incubation on how to use transmedia to broaden audience reach.” So, similar to the Destiny IP, it looks like Bungie is also interested in expanding its new unannounced titles into transmedia. Bungie currently is working on several unannounced projects, some of which are related to Destiny, others being completely new IPs.

Destiny Head Of Transmedia Leaves Bungie
Image: Derick Tsai’s LinkedIn profile

Prior to working at Bungie, Tsai directed animated short films set in the League of Legends universe at Riot Games. In 2021, Bungie announced that it is interested in expanding the Destiny IP into other mediums, including Animation, Film, TV, and Books.

Since Bungie’s acquisition, fans have been speculating about a potential Destiny animated series. Interestingly, Tsai’s LinkedIn profile has linked a Forbes article about a potential Destiny Anime—which doesn’t exist, officially.

Following Bungie’s acquisition deal with Sony in early 2022, Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki said Bungie can leverage Sony Picture and Sony Music to turn its franchises into Film and TV.

“Bungie want to nurture the IP they have in a multi-dimensional manner, and that’s their hope,” said Totoki during an earnings call.

“For that, we believe we can help that – we have [Sony] Pictures and [Sony] Music, and Bungie can leverage our platform so that their IP can flourish and grow big.”

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