IDW Publishing has promoted David Hedgecock from managing editor to editor-in-chief in what the company characterizes as an "editorial-group restructuring." Chris Ryall, who has served as editor-in-chief for more than a decade, will remain as chief creative officer, but in "an expanded capacity," focusing on developing new creative opportunities across the company's divisions.
In addition, the publisher has hired Chris Cerasi, who previously worked at Lucasfilm, DC Entertainment and Rovio, as an editor.
Former CEO of Ape Entertainment, Hedgecock joined IDW as managing editor in October 2013. He currently spearheads "Revolution," a crossover event involving the publisher's licensed Hasbro properties. In his new position, Hedgecock will oversee the day-to-day operations associated with producing the company's print publications, and supervise the editorial staff.
“In his three years at IDW, David has shown the drive and commitment that is needed to be successful in his new position,” Ryall said in a statement. “This move is well-earned, and I can’t think of anyone better suited to succeed me in this position."
Ryall was hired in 2004 as editor-in-chief, and during his tenure has helped to develop such properties as "Locke & Key," by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, and licensed properties like "Transformers," "Godzilla" and "Star Trek." He was named in 2010 as IDW's first chief creative officer, but also retained the title of editor-in-chief.