Here is a press release via Newsarama on Wizard staffing adds and changes:
"Wizard Entertainment today announced several Wizard editorial promotions and the addition of a newly created West Coast office. Brian Cunningham has been promoted to the position of Executive Editor; Mike Cotton has been promoted to the position of Managing Editor; Sean Collins steps into the newly created position of Online Managing Editor and Savas Abadsidis has been hired to head up the Hollywood editorial office in the position of West Coast Editor.
In making the announcement Wizard Editor-In-Chief Scott Gramling said, “The promotion of three of the key editorial minds behind Wizard is a credit to their extensive body of work with the brand. The addition of a West Coast office was a logical step forward for a brand that serves fans of entertainment and pop culture.”
Brian Cunningham has been with Wizard Entertainment since 1991, becoming a full-time staffer in 1993. Cunningham has contributed to more than 150 issues and is spearheading the creation of the magazine’s special 200th issue due out the early part of 2008.
Mike Cotton started at Wizard as a staff writer in the fall of 1999. He has conducted several of the high-profile celebrity interviews for which Wizard has become known, including recent features on Tobey Maguire, Transformers Director Michael Bay, Samuel L Jackson and writer/director Kevin Smith.
Sean Collins joined Wizard in 2004 as a managing editor. He will be shifting his focus from print to the rapidly growing WizardUniverse.com, which in the past 12 months has increased its total audience by 600%.
Savas Abadsidis gives Wizard a significant editorial presence on the West Coast. He is an accomplished editor with an extensive background in entertainment and publishing, having recently served as executive editor of men’s lifestyle magazine Complex.
Gramling continued, “These moves bolster our ability to continue to produce the most relevant magazine and Website for 18-to-34-year-old male fans of comics, pop culture and entertainment. It also allows us to start focusing on several huge future projects, including our milestone 200th issue, which is now less than a year away.”
So basically, this means that nothing is going to change. Yes, the banner of pop culture rather then comic books is being waved, but keeping the same guys around and promoting them is not going to lead to a significant step forward to diversity or new interests. It means that I can expect the same kind of articles that cater to the "oh look, boobies!" mentality that have put this magazine out of my subscription list. As a reader of Maxim and a former reader of Wizard, I can tell the difference between "manly fun" and ignorance, and I am fearful this means that things are not going to change.
Forgive my disapointment, but I was really hoping for lots of new blood to be injected here. Having met Mike Cotton and thinking he was a good guy, it is hard for me to criticise, but I just can't help but think this is not the step forward that readers were hoping for.
Does anyone know a female staffer at Wizard I could e-mail? I am curious about the experiences of women working for Wizard. Ten years ago, I thought it was one of the coolest places to work at possible. Now I just don't know.