More on Wizard Layoffs
And Competition in Chicago
Published: 02/27/2009, Last Updated: 03/01/2009 03:39pm
We spoke to Wizard Entertainment CEO Gareb Shamus to get more information on the company’s layoffs Thursday (see “Wizard Lays Off Seven”). All of the affected personnel were from the company’s Congers,
He confirmed that the changes to editorial staffing were being done in conjunction with expanding the company’s use of freelancers. “What we decided to do was open up our freelance budget dramatically,” he said. “We have some really amazing writers out there that we wanted to be able to bring into the magazine.”
We also asked about the changes in conventions, where Benji Dejohn is now running Wizard’s shows in
Wizard recently went from running the only major comic-anchored convention in the
Shamus wasn’t backing down from competition. “We’ve competed against many large, well-financed companies in the past, and we’ve always been able to produce a more compelling product,” he said. “That’s not going to change now.”
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