IDW has announced the creation of their new licensing division, IDW International. The division will oversee all of the international licensing for the entire IDW catalogue. Not only will it include IDW’s own catalogue, but it also includes Archie Comics, who will be represented for non-English language rights.
Controlling our own global publishing was a natural step for IDW as we continue our growth as a fully integrated media company,” said IDW CEO Ted Adams. “We’re very pleased to also provide global publishing services for Archie and we’ll be adding other creators and publishers as the new year progresses. Interested creators or publishers should contact Jeff Webber at [email protected].”
“It’s been a longtime goal of mine to expand the Archie brand internationally in terms of translations,” said Archie Comics Publisher/CEO Jon Goldwater. “Expanding our existing partnership with IDW will help make this a reality. We are all immensely excited to help IDW launch their new International division with some of the most beloved properties in pop culture: Archie and the gang.”
Leading the new division is Jeff Webber, formerly Vice President of Digital Publishing & Business Development who will now take on the role of Vice President of Licensing, Digital & Subsidiary Rights. “This is an exciting time for comics around the world,” stated Webber. “ There is a growing audience for American comics to be translated for other countries and languages. Additionally, we’ll be bringing some of the best international titles to the US audience.”
IDW International will make its debut at Angoulême International Comics Festival held this year from January 28th – 31st. For licensing and representation opportunities or to schedule a meeting at Angoulême, contact Jeff Webber at [email protected].