IDW Publishing just announced some restructuring in editorial as they embark on Revolution, a groundbreaking reworking of Hasbro properties into a shared universe.
Chris Ryall moves from Editor in Chief to Chief Creative Officer, with an emphasis on developing new creative opportunities for all divisions of IDW, including pursuing new creative talent, stories, and licenses, developing proposals, and identifying new publishing opportunities, distribution channels, and formats. Ryall was an editor at the website MoviePoopShoot.com prior to joining IDW in 2004 as EiC, making him one of many to take the road from journalism to editorial. He’ll continue to write the Rom title which is part of Revolution.
David Hedgecock has been promoted from Managing Editor to Editor-in-Chief, where he’ll handle day-to-day supervision of the print publication and editorial staff, while looking to increase readership and utilize new media. Hedgecock joined IDW as managing editor in 2013, after serving as CEO for Ape Entertainment.
Chris Cerasi has joined editorial after working in licensed properties for various companies, including Star Wars for LucasBooks, and the DC Universe in the Licensed Publishing division of DC Entertainment. Licensing projects he’s managed include Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, Smallville and Superman Returns. He’s also worked on Supernatural since 2006. Recent work includes Angry Birds,
“In his three years at IDW, David has shown the drive and commitment that is needed to be successful in his new position,” says Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall. “This move is well-earned and I can’t think of anyone better suited to succeed me in this position. I’m excited to continue working with him and the rest of the team while working to take the company to even greater heights.”
“Chris has given me big shoes to fill,” said newly minted Editor-in-Chief David Hedgecock. “Working with the editorial team at IDW over the past few years has been a career high. I’m excited for this next chapter to begin and for many more years of creativity to come working with the the most talented people in comics.”
“We’re excited to welcome our newest addition to the team, Christopher Cerasi, who brings with him a wealth of talent and experience from his considerable time at DC, Lucasfilm, and Rovio,” said David Hedgecock. “Chris is another perfect addition to the IDW staff.”
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