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Xbox exec moves on from Microsoft, cites differences in direction with Xbox One

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Just a week after attending the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show for Microsoft, Xbox multimedia executive Blair Westlake has resigned from the company, according to a report today from GameSpot.

Westlake, officially the corporate vice president of media and entertainment for Microsoft, said as the company shifts philosophies with the Xbox One in terms of media and the company reorganizes, he said in a statement to Hollywood news website Variety that he didn’t fit into his role anymore.

“As the reorganization has unfolded, it has become clear to me that the organization is moving in a direction that does not fit my expertise or skill sets,” Westlake said in a statement. “Therefore, I have made the decision to leave Microsoft.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, Westlake oversaw the group that licensed movies and TV shows for Xbox consoles and other products.

The sudden resignation comes more than a year after Microsoft hired former CBS TV executive Nancy Tellem as the president of Microsoft’s entertainment and digital media division, according to a previous report from GameSpot.

Tellem heads the Xbox Entertainment Studios, which creates original video content for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.


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