Wizard VP and Associate Publisher Rob Felton was found to be surplus to requirements yesterday. In addition, “Toy industry guru” and publisher Jim Silver very quietly gave notice over the last few weeks.
This is the latest (and highest) in a string of goings (no comings) at Wizard over the last few months. And oddly, people just couldn’t wait to tell us about it. (Can this same crowd please update us regularly on the comings and goings elsewhere in the biz?) Why all the glee? Well, perhaps it is because Wizard has a lot of disgruntled ex-employees now…or perhaps because their business model is so rooted in the past, and everyone has been telling them that for 7 or 8 years or so.
Speculation on the exits of Felton and Silver involved high paychecks and cost cutting.