IDW Entertainment and IDW Publishing, divisions of IDW Media Holdings, have announced they’ve beefed up their Original Initiative with the appointment of Jonny Gutman as Vice President of Series, IDWE; Mark Doyle as Editorial Director, Originals, IDWP; and Cassie Conaway as Director of Development, IDWE.
As IDWE’s Vice President of Series, Gutman will be responsible for managing creative development and production strategy for the growth of original scripted content.
Gutman was previously the Senior Director of Longform Premium Content at Funny or Die where he oversaw IP to develop scripted, non-scripted and animation projects. Prior to that, he served as TV Literary and Packaging Agent at William Morris Endeavor Agency, where he was for more than a decade.
Doyle signs on as IDWP’s Editorial Director of Originals, where he will be responsible for acquiring and developing original materials for comic books and graphic novels. He will also help to drive the Publishing team’s original content by directing the strategic brand positioning and leading the editorial strategy of its portfolio.
Doyle comes to the IDW team after previously serving 14 years as DC Comics’s Executive Editor. Prior to his time at DC, he was a Development Assistant at ABC News.
Conaway joins the team as IDWE’s Director of Development where she will be responsible for managing development for a slate of drama and comedy programming based on graphic novels, prose and other source material. She will be tasked with working closely with the senior development staff, showrunners, executives and other partners to develop, package and sell a variety of formats for streaming, cable, broadcast networks and other platforms.
Prior to joining IDWE, Conaway served as a Creative Executive at AGBO Films where she worked directly with writers and directors to develop, hone and sell projects to both SVOD and cable networks. Additionally, she was one of the AGBO points on shows such as SYFY’s “Deadly Class” and Amazon’s “Citadel”, and was charged with staffing along with managing episodic director needs.
Additionally, IDWE announced the promotion of Andy Behling to Senior Coordinator, Development and Production. Behling has been a key player across the Drama, Comedy and Kids & Family divisions helping to staff and support all active shows.