IDW Publishing today announced some exciting editorial shifts with a major promotion and a new hire.
David Hedgecock has been promoted from Managing Editor to Editor-in-Chief. In his new role, David will be handling the day-to-day management associated with producing the company’s print publications, providing direction and supervision for the editorial staff, while also focusing his attention on increasing readership and utilizing new media. David joined IDW as Managing Editor in 2013 after having previously served as CEO for Ape Entertainment. He is currently spearheading the Revolution event series, which sees multiple Hasbro properties merge into a single shared universe.
Chris Ryall continues as the company’s Chief Creative Officer in an expanded capacity by concentrating his efforts on developing new creative opportunities for all divisions of IDW. This includes the pursuit of new creative talent, stories, and licenses, developing proposals, and identifying new publishing opportunities, distribution channels, and formats. Having joined IDW as Editor-in-Chief in 2004, Chris boasts one of the longest-standing stretches for this position in comics and under his watch helped grow the company into an editorial powerhouse, developing such properties as the award-winning Locke & Key, Hasbro’s Transformers, Toho’s Godzilla, CBS/Paramount’s Star Trek, and 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd, among many others. He will also remain actively involved in writing for the company including Rom, which will tie-in closely with the new universe established in Revolution.
Joining the newly restructured editorial department is Chris Cerasi, who has held various editorial positions over the years with a concentration in licensed publishing having handled some of today’s biggest global properties, including the Star Wars franchise for LucasBooks, and the pantheon of the DC Universe in the Licensed Publishing division of DC Entertainment. He has project managed titles tied in to both the comic and multi-media interpretations of DC’s characters, including Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, Smallville, Superman Returns, and has worked on Warner Bros.’ hit TV show, Supernatural, since 2006. Other recent work includes Angry Birds and other properties for Rovio Entertainment.