On May 24, 2001, Fox Interactive announced the appointment of Michael R. Heilemann as director of technology. Heilemann will report to Michael Pole, senior vice president of product development, and will direct Fox Interactive's software development efforts and technical research and development. Additionally, Heilemann will oversee the company's relationships with its hardware partners Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony. Heilemann comes to Fox Interactive from Electronic Arts Canada, where he was a senior software engineer. During his tenure, he led the discovery phase for game development on Xbox and GameCube. Additionally, he was the lead engineer on the critically acclaimed and commercially successful NHL 2001 for PlayStation 2 and the PC, as well as NHL 2000 for PlayStation. Prior to Electronic Arts, Michael worked at DreamWorks Interactive, where he was the lead programmer FOR MEDAL OF HONOR and LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK, both for the PlayStation. Heilemann began his career as a game engineer with Malibu Interactive, since acquired by Gametek. While there, he was the lead engineer on CELEBRITY POKER for the PC, TECHMO HOCKEY for Sega Genesis and JIMMY JOHNSON'S VR FOOTBALL for PlayStation. Fox Interactive, an operating unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a News Corporation company, produces and co-publishes computer and video game software based on Fox franchises as well as new and original properties.