Some personnel changes around the league of late:
§ Laurie Windrow has joined IDW as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, a new position that will oversee the sales and marketing efforts for all of IDW’s division, including publishing, games and entertainment. Windrow was previously Managing Director for Bulldog Licensing, where she worked with such brands as LIFE, Talking Friends and Garfield. Before that she was Senior Vice President, Marketing & Licensing, at 4 Kids Entertainment, where she helped re-launch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in their 2003 version. She also worked with Discovery Channel’s international consumer products business.
“This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the world’s leading comic book publishing companies,” Window said in a statement. “IDW’s properties have a strong and proven track record with consumers, and the company is having great success extending their business into new areas. I am delighted to be working with this talented team.”
Given IDW’s current success with the Turtles, and their relationship with Co-Creator Kevin Eastman, obviously Windrow brings some strong knowledge to the team, and with IDW’s wider portfolio of business ventures having a veteran to oversee development sounds like a win all around.
§ At Dark Horse, Kari Yadro has bee promoted to the role of director of custom programs which oversees custom publishing and products program. She’ll also take over B2B development, new licensing programs and other co-marketing programs with entertainment partners, and other functions key to leading Dark Horse’s custom program division.
Yadro joined Dark Horse from Barnes & Noble in 2010 as an events manager, with a promotion to director of conventions and events in December 2013.
“I have always been very fortunate in my career and gotten to work at places with amazing colleagues and business partners,” said Yadro in a statement. “Directing conventions and events for Dark Horse Comics has been an incredible experience, but I’m looking forward to this new opportunity, the chance to work with our existing licensors and creative teams in different ways and cultivating new ventures to launch exciting projects.”
This is another area where comics companies are expanding their business these days, and Yadro is a great fit for this role.
§ In the goings department, Christine Dinh has left Boom! Studios where she served as Brand Communications Manager. She was previously at DC and Top Cow in social media positions, which is a natural job for her given her smarts and outgoing personality. I’m sure some other company will snap her up asap.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.