Friday, July 24, 2020

President/Publisher/Chief Chris Ryall Leaves IDW Publishing

A few days ago, Chris Ryall has announced that he is stepping down from his role as IDW Publishing's president/publisher/chief creative officer to work for a new, as-yet-unnamed company developing some of the creator-owned projects he published while at IDW.

"Change is often hard, and I will miss this extended family I have worked with for more than 15 years," Ryall said in the announcement. "In the past year alone, we brought on some amazing hires, expanded the scope of many of the departments, and re-focused the foundation of the business to best support the integrated multi-media company that IDW has become.

"Our collective success with the entertainment team on Locke & Key has been a crowning moment for the entire company," Ryall continues. "I'm so proud of this special place and the incredible people who work here. I know that I leave IDW perfectly poised for continued success."

In the wake of Ryall's departure, IDW chairman Howard Jonas said the company "will be restructuring and expanding its operations, and we will name a new management team very soon."

According to IDW, Ryall will still have a relationship with the company. He intends to be the "sole editor" of any Locke & Key projects, will remain as an executive producer of Netflix's adaptation of the comic, and will have what IDW calls an "advisor role" with the publisher in general.

"After the wonderful experience this past year serving as an Executive Producer on ‘Locke & Key' and working with the amazingly creative team that brought the show to life, I look forward to bringing exciting new stories into the world through many different storytelling forms," Ryall added. "I'm thrilled to be back working alongside Ashley Wood, as well as other creators to come, in developing interesting projects for our World of Syzygy venture."