Kibbles ‘n’ Bits: Business edition

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§ Reed Exhibitions is hiring a marketing guru for their pop culture shows: I am looking for someone to join our team here in Borwalk, CT as a Marketing Director to oversee all of our marketing efforts on New York Comic Con, New York Anime Fest and the new C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo). […]

Weidenbaum leaves Viz; Original content on hold?

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Tina Anderson at Gynocrat writes that Viz’s plan for original manga has been put on hold, following the departure of guiding editor Marc Weidenbaum: Weidenbaum’s departure has been confirmed independently, but the fate of Viz’s original content line would leave a huge gap. Tokyopop’s once-aggressive original manga program has dwindled to nothing, as, for instance, […]

DC layoffs include Schreck

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The Beat has confirmed that DC Senior Editor Bob Schreck was laid off yesterday. Other layoffs, expected in the wake of Warner Brothers’ companywide 10 percent reduction, include Subcriptions Manager Christine Sawicki and several MAD Magazine personnel. The magazine-related layoffs certainly reflect the general crumbling of the entire magazine business. As for Schreck, the layoff […]

Recession Watch: 13 laid off at Diamond

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The Beat has confirmed that Diamond laid off 13 employees yesterday, including the managing editor and designer for the recently canceled Diamond Dialog magazine. In addition to the layoffs, wages for management and other staff were reduced. According to a letter sent to staff by COO Chuck Parker, the cost cuts were a result of […]

Recession Watch: WB cuts, Top Cow cuts

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• On Monday, Rich Johnston reported that Top Cow has laid off two of its top people, VP of Sales and Marketing Mel Caylo and VP of Editorial Rob Levin. We’ve received the email from Levin confirming this…but he will be attending New York Comic-Con with Top Cow for those who might wish to talk […]

Pat Johnson takes over Pantheon

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Following the layoff of Pantheon publisher Janice Goldklang last week, Random House’s Knopf division has completed its reorganization, Jim Milliot reports. Pat Johnson, formerly head of Knopf, will add Pantheon to her duties, with the title Executive Vice President, Publishing Director, Alfred A. Knopf and Pantheon. Editorial Director Dan Frank, who has spearheaded much of […]

More layoffs at Tokyopop

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Eight more staffers, including editor Bryce Coleman, were laid off from Tokyopop this week, as confirmed by marketing director Marco Pavia. The other staff cuts were from around the company. The move came in response to the bad economy. “It’s one of the worst selling periods in history,” Pavia said. “We’re trying to be responsive […]

Layoff watch: McFarlane Toys and more

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We’re hearing chatter about major layoffs at McFarlane Toys today, as many as a dozen people. More as it becomes available. Also, Anjali Singh, the editor who acquired PERSEPOLIS and EPILEPTIC for Pantheon before moving on to Houghton Mifflin, was one of those let go last week in HMH’s housecleaning. In addition, at the MTV […]

Comic book layoffs: Devils Due, Tokyopop

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While the comics industry has thus ar been immune from the massive layoffs hitting the media sector, that could be changins. CBR reports that three staffers have been laid off at Devils Due: CBR News has confirmed that Devil’s Due Publishing, the home of Tim Seeley’s “Hack/Slash” and Milo Ventimiglia’s “Rest,” among other titles, laid […]

Vertical layoffs

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As mentioned in “Lying in the Gutters” this week, Vertical, best known for its manga line of Tezuka releases, but also a publisher of translations of various literary Japanese works, has had several layoffs. We can confirm that Steve Vrattos, Vertical’s marketing manager, has been let go. And another company joins the current holocaust in […]

Loeb and Alexander out at Heroes

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Plagued by falling ratings and fan gripes in its third season, Heroes has announced a top-level shakeup with co-exec producers Jeph Loeb and Jesse Alexander being removed: Both scribe-producers had been with the show since its first season and were known to have led the day-to-day production operation under the direction of creator/exec producer Tim […]

Sad day in Nerdville: Tennant leaving DR WHO

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In news that could probably best be described as a “when, not if” story, David Tennant announced that he will be leaving DR WHO after the last of the TV specials scheduled for 2009 and 2010. Numerous websites have speculated on who Doctor # 11 will be, including Rich’s rumor about Patterson Joseph. Just who […]

Yen Press moves to Orbit; Johnson leaves

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Via PR from Hachette: Yen Press, the manga imprint led by Kurt Hassler and Rich Johnson, will be folded into a new publishing division, Orbit, which will include Yen and the existing SF line, Orbit. In addition, Yen co-founder Rich Johnson will be leaving the division at the end of the month. Hachette Book Group […]

Executive shuffle at DC

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Observers who follow executive moves at the Big Two are buzzing this afternoon over word that James “Ski” Sokolowski is ankling DC for Marvel, where he’ll take the position of COO. He was director of Publishing Operations at DC. Ski is already a well-known industry figure from his first go-round at Marvel, back in the […]

COO Fred Pierce out at Wizard

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Our email inbox is stuffed with word that Wizard COO Fred Pierce has been let go. Pierce was definitely the mover and shaker who ran Wizard’s day-to-day business and was probably much more involved than CEO Gareb Shamus for the last few years. Newsarama reports: The move (which is seen as cost-cutting by observers) is […]

Goldstein joins IDW

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Media veteran Greg Goldstein has joined IDW as Chief Operating Officer, according to a press release excerpted below: “We are thrilled that Greg has joined our growing family,” said IDW CEO Ted Adams. “Greg’s demonstrated leadership capabilities and solid background in consumer entertainment publishing make him the ideal person to help guide us through the […]