IDW Media Holdings has announced a group of new executive hires in its publishing group, all of whom will be based out of IDW’s San Diego offices.
Rebekah Cahalin has been named general manager/head of operations, responsible for information technologies, human resources, and operations. She is returning to IDW (she left in 2018) and began working at IDW in the archive department in 2009.
Tara McCrillis, formerly with Fodor’s Travel, has been named director of design & production, responsible for project management between the editorial, digital design and operations departments.
Jud Meyers, formerly director of sales and marketing at Humanoids, has been named sales director, responsible for sales strategy and overall business objectives.
Rosalind Morehead, most recently consumer marketing manager at DC Entertainment, is returning to IDW as direct market sales manager, working as a liaison to comic shop retail accounts. Earlier in her career Morehead worked as IDW’s marketing and PR manager and book mrket director of sales.
Anna Morrow, formerly marketing manager for the book, library and academic markets at DC Comics, has been appointed marketing director, responsible for IDW’s overall B2B and consumer marketing strategy, including digital marketing, public relations and conventions.
According to a spokesperson, the hiring of Calahan, Meyer, and Morrow are the result of IDW’s recent restructuring; while McCrillis and Morehead’s hiring were needed to fill staff vacancies.
IDW president, publisher and CCO Chris Ryall said, “It’s been quite a year of change for IDW’s publishing division, and we’re incredibly happy with key roles within the organization being filled.”
For the third quarter ended July 31, 2019, revenue in the publishing unit fell to $5.3 million from $5.6 million in the third quarter ended July 31, 2018. The unit had one big hit in the most recent period, George Takei's They Called Us Enemy which was published by IDW's Top Shelf imprint. In last year's third quarter, the publishing group had a big hit with Zombies vs. Robots, the company noted, adding that the decline in publishing sales was also the results of softness in the direct market channel.
For all of IDW, which includes its entertainment division, third quarter sales were down 13%, to $11.5 million, and the net loss rose to $1.5 million from $461,000 in last year's third quarter.