Executive Editorial Director

Who We Are

IDW Media Holdings (IDWMH) is a public company with the following divisions: • IDW Publishing (IDWP), a publishing company that creates comic books, graphic novels, digital  content, and games through its imprints IDW Publishing, IDW Games, and Top Shelf; • IDW Entertainment (IDWE), a company that leverages properties, principally those of IDW  Publishing, into television series—developing, producing and distributing original content  worldwide;

Job Opening

This position will be responsible for developing licensed products for IDW Publishing, including single-issue comic books and graphic novels, and both managing and providing direction to the editorial staff to enable the highest quality creative output. This person will work closely with IDW’s Publisher, SVP,  Sales, Marketing & Strategy, Director, Content Strategy, and Managing Editor to ensure that all licensed publishing products maximize revenue, profitability, and brand visibility while ensuring the licensor’s brand integrity. 

The Executive Editorial Director will help to craft publishing plans and schedules for a multitude of monthly periodical series, graphic novel releases, original graphic novels, specials and annuals, and specialty products for all sales channels. This position will also be responsible for evaluating new licensor viability and establishing strategic goals for launch plans and ongoing product lines. The Executive  Editorial Director reports directly to the Publisher. 

Responsibilities 

  • Partner with Publisher on the long-term strategy for approximately 220-240 periodical and 50- 60 collection titles annually
  • Perform full editorial functions for titles on an ad hoc basis 
  • Foster and maintain relationships with licensors and creators 
  • Manage the creative process from conception through publication for those titles
  • In concert with the Publisher, SVP, Sales, Marketing & Strategy and Director, Content Strategy,  develop publishing plans for all licensors, including monthly periodical series, graphic novel  releases, original graphic novels, specials, and annuals and specialty products for all sales  channels 
  • Monitor and enforce schedules and deadlines across the editorial team 
  • In concert with the Managing Editor and VP Publishing Operations, monitor and adjust  Production Schedule as needed to ensure proper schedules of titles with on-time approvals
  • Proof, review, and approve licensed content comics and graphic novels 
  • Identify new talent and maintain relationships with current talent 
  • Manage a team of 10+ editors, directing and supporting the staff through supervision, goal  setting, workload allocation, performance evaluation, and professional development
  • Working with VP Publishing Operations, train staff on best practices for productivity and overall  performance 
  • Alongside Business Affairs, advise on licensor contracts, amendments, and extensions
  • Collaborate with PR, Marketing, and Sales to maintain synchronized execution of projects
  • Attend conventions as needed 

Requirements

  • 8-10 years of experience in a comics editorial field 
  • 5 years of management experience 
  • Knowledge of comic book, publishing, and entertainment industries 

Skills

  • Superior ability to manage a large group of people 
  • Superior organizational skills 
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills 
  • Superior ability to multitask 
  • Superior ability to work with tight deadlines 
  • Excellent ability to understand what is appealing to readers 
  • Superior copyediting and proofreading skills

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