Mariani originally entered the toy business as European editor for Trivial Pursuit during the eighties and has a successful track record in bringing many big-name games to the UK marketplace.
During the summer, for contractual reasons (and by mutual agreement) Mariani will continue to work on a number of outstanding projects with Upstarts, while simultaneously developing concepts with the Drumond Park creative and marketing team. These include the three versions (board, table-top electronic and pocket game) of Deal or No Deal, plus several electronic/interactive games linked to the entertainment and music industries.
"John’s experience and expertise strategically enhances our own successes, enthusiasms and upcoming plans for the company,” says DPL's joint founding director Claire McCool. “Like us he is ‘hands on’. Like us, his experience embraces the biggest and best titles and, like us his contacts within the industry are of the highest order. We are pleased to be welcoming him on board."
"Drumond Park has an excellent reputation, and has remained staunchly independent while its status in the industry has grown and grown,” added Mariani. “Witness their superb handling of the renaissance of the Rubik’s Cube over the last couple of years, the runaway success of the Carol Vorderman Suduko board game last Christmas, and this year’s much heralded Football Who Wants to be a Millionaire - the only official FA England board game of 2006 – which launches in early June."
“There is hardly a major worth its salt which does not take a range of Drumond Park adult and family games, puzzles or children’s action games – and I’m delighted to be joining such a great team, at such an exciting time in its development.”