Jacqueline S. Beauchamp – Co-founder, Chairwoman and CEO
Jacqueline Beauchamp is the co-founder, chairwoman and CEO of Nerjyzed, Inc., (pronounced energized), a privately held interactive digital media and animation company headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Nerjyzed is committed to forging the boundaries of technological innovation while delivering culturally relevant products and content in today’s digital media space.
With more than 20 years of high-tech multimedia and executive-level experience, Beauchamp’s career is marked by her work as an engineering technologist with IBM, where she acquired 10 years of extensive expertise in the areas of product design and advanced technology development. From her work at IBM, she holds a United States patent for the high-density memory module. Her career progressed to Motorola, where she was responsible for overseeing a team of more than 200, who developed and supplied digital settop boxes and licensed, distributed and developed video games for companies around the world. Her career was marked by her becoming the first African-American female general manager. Her work was distinguished by growing Motorola’s market share to 85 percent within the Telecommunications digital settop box market segment and establishing their Streamaster product to a number-one market share position with global deployments in the U.S., Australia, Hong Kong, U.K., Spain, France, and Japan.
Following a childhood dream, Beauchamp co-founded Nerjyzed Entertainment in 2005, in Dallas, Texas. The company quickly distinguished itself in the gaming sector with its first video game, The “Doug Williams” Edition of BCFx: The Black College Football Xperience. The product designated Nerjyzed the first African-American development studio to ship on next-generation consoles. It also made them the first to integrate two top-tier genres – football and head-to-head rhythm-based competition – into one product. The game showcased the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) football game experience, including the coveted battle of the bands, complete with interactive halftime shows featuring spirited drum majors, cheerleaders and band members. A first of its kind, BCFx seized shelf space at major gaming retailers: Walmart, GameStop, Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, the Army & Airforce Exchange Service (AAFES), and online through Amazon.com.
Today, under Beauchamp’s leadership, the company has a newly expanded focus, targeting a broader spectrum of next-generation technology. In addition to console gaming, the company has taken a determined leap into some of today’s fastest-growing sectors: social and casual gaming, mobile applications, animated and feature film production.
Beauchamp is a noted speaker on digital entertainment technology and is also recognized in the video gaming industry as a pioneer. She has been featured in local, regional and national business and consumer media, including: CNN, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Jet Magazine, Black Enterprise and Essence Magazine. Most recently, Beauchamp received the 2011 Congressional Minority Business Award as a Technology Innovator. She volunteers her time to numerous organizations, for many of which she holds board positions. Her board appointments include: board member of the State of Louisiana Workforce Investment Council; State of Louisiana Innovation Council; chair of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber Entrepreneur & Innovation Committee; Louisiana Arts and Science Museum and the Southern University System Foundation. She was recently appointed to Louisiana’s prestigious Committee of 100 and to the RIO/Jumpstart America Advisory Board committee. She is an active member of Star Hill Baptist Church and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
A cum laude graduate of Louisiana’s Southern University and A & M College, Beauchamp holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering with minors in computer science and mathematics. A Baton Rouge native, she also has an adult daughter, Corbin.
Ezra Jay – Vice President, Product Development
Ezra Jay (E.Jay) is a VP at Nerjyzed, Inc with over 20 years experience in music and digital media production having worked with clients such as abc Radio Networks, A&M Records, CBS/EMI, and Grammy award winning producer Nile Rodgers. In his role at Nerjyzed, E.Jay built a strong Audio and Film department that successfully produced audio for BCFx – The Black College Football Xperience for the Xbox 360 including play by play and color commentary, authentic band recordings of some of the best marching bands in the nation, an interactive halftime show, and the first game to combine a sports title with rhythm-based music gameplay. He is currently leading the development of mobile and social gaming as well as digital media productions.
E.Jay began his musical journey in 1976 studying piano, voice and music theory. Shortly after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and intrigued by new technologies in music production, E.Jay returned to his first love and began writing, arranging and producing songs, commercial jingles, and music beds for radio stations across the country including abc Radio Networks. In 1998 E.Jay co-founded Maroon Nation Productions a full service music production company utilizing innovative production techniques and creative services to deliver positive stimulating messages to the entertainment and education marketplace. E.Jay developed innovative products to utilize the appeal and popularity of Rap Music and Hip Hop culture to educate and make a positive impact on the lives of youth.
His list of production credits include: “Battle Cry” on the “Public Enemy” soundtrack released by the famed producer Nile Rodgers, two songs featured in the movie “Uninvited Guest” – starring Mekhi Phiffer, produced “Vibe” with George “Dr. Funkenstein” Clinton on “Mind, Body & Soul” project, produced ground-breaking Spoken Word project “Revolution” featuring Amon Rashidi on CBS Records/ EMI Distribution, produced several re-mixes for various artists on A&M Records, and worked with Erykah Badu on the Nommo spoken word project.