Katherine Anna Kang

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Katherine Anna Kang appears at left, with Trent Reznor and then-husband John Carmack.

Katherine Anna Kang (born December 15, 1970) is an American businesswoman and machinima film producer.[1][2][3] She is notable within the context of Doom for founding Fountainhead Entertainment and aiding in the creation of the Doom RPG series of games.


In 2000, as founder and CEO of Fountainhead Entertainment, she championed machinima and became known as one of machinima’s biggest supporters.[4] Through Fountainhead Entertainment, she produced, wrote, and directed a variety of machinima pieces and co-founded the Academy of Machinima Arts & Sciences.[5] In Machinima For Dummies, the machinima piece Anna is mentioned as “… one of the top ten list of every prominent machinima maker in the world.”

While at Fountainhead Entertainment, Kang produced and designed mobile games for id Software,[6] in particular Doom RPG and the Orcs & Elves series. Orcs & Elves was eventually ported to the Nintendo DS, with Kang producing and designing.

Formerly, Kang was the Director of Business Development for id Software where she worked on Quake III Arena and various mission packs, as well as Quake II ports.[7] In 2008, she returned to id Software as President of id Mobile where she produced and designed Wolfenstein RPG and Doom II RPG.[8] She also produced the iPhone-only game Doom Resurrection. A 2014 article listed her as a "former director of business development at id Software", following her husband's departure from id in 2013.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Kang married computer programmer and businessman John Carmack in January 2000[10] in Hawaii.[11] In August 2004, Kang gave birth to their first son, Christopher Ryan.[12] Their second son was born in November 2009. Due to her involvement with id Software and John Carmack, she was mentioned in the final chapters of Masters of Doom. According to social media posts by John, the couple separated some time during 2021 and are now divorced.[13]


Through Fountainhead Entertainment, Kang has won the following awards:



  • Anna's name is mentioned as a minor character in Doom RPG, where a computer terminal lists a message from an "A. Kang".

Further reading[edit]

  • Hancock, Hugh and Ingram, Johnnie (2007). Machinima for Dummies, New Jersey: Wiley Publishing. 978-0-470-09691-8.
  • Cefrey, Holly (2008). Career Building through Machinima, New York: The Rosen Publishing Group. 978-1-4042-1358-6.


External links[edit]


  1. "Orcs & Elves DS Developer Diary #1." vgblogger.com. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  2.  (12 August 2005). "Independent film makers see market in machinima." money.cnn.com. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  3. "Orcs & Elves." Gamefaqs.com. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  4. http://www.machinima.com/article/view&id=383.. (archived 🏛). Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  5. Andy Clarke and Grethe Mitchell (eds.) (23 May 2005). "Videogames and Art: Intersections and Interactions." Intellect Books (UK). Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  6. http://www.idsoftware.com/games/mobile/orcselves/.. (archived 🏛). Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  7. "GameGirlz.Com - Weekly Women Spotlight- Katherine Anna Kang." Gamegirlz.com (archived 🏛). Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  8. Leigh Alexander, John Carmack, and Katherine Anna Kang (23 November 2007). "Carmack, Kang Talk Id Mobile, Nintendo Love." GamaSutra (archived 🏛). Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  9. Michael McWhertor (18 August 2014). "John Carmack's 9-year-old son just released his first video game." Polygon. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  10. Ajami, Amer (15 December 1999). "Carmack Gets Engaged." GameSpot (archived 🏛). Retrieved 30 September 2023.
  11. Kushner, David. Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture. Random House, 2003. p. 282.
  12. Carmack, John (16 August 2004). "Rebuilding, New team member." Armadillo Aerospace News Archive (archived 🏛). Retrieved 30 September 2023.
  13. Carmack, John (27 May 2022). https://twitter.com/ID_AA_Carmack/status/1530022920130543630. Twitter. Retrieved 30 September 2023.

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