A shake up in KC, as comics strip giant Andrews McMeel has consolidated its syndications and online divisions, merging syndicate Universal Press Syndicate with digital entertainment company Uclick .
The resulting company, called Universal Uclick, will encompass print and digital syndication and licensing services.
Universal Press Syndicate President Lee Salem will take over as interim CEO of Universal Uclick. Douglas Edwards, who had been CEO of Uclick, resigned effective Tuesday.
Universal Uclick Marketing Director Paul Richardson said that Edwards left the company to seek other opportunities but described the split as amicable.
The article goes on to say that the reconfiguration will combine processes for a more efficient company.
Universal is the syndicate behind such comic strip giants as Doonesbury and Garfield, and Andrews McMeel has long published collections of these strips. In recent months Uclick had gotten into digital distribution of the same; merging the two arms is yet another tacit acknowledgment that digital distribution is now as important as print.