IDW sent out a press release early this morning announcing that they've hired former Ape Entertainment CEO David Hedgecock to the position of Managing Editor, the latest in a lengthy series of moves and announcements from the publisher. Co-founder and CEO Ted Adams has openly discussed 2013 being an extremely strong and profitable year for the company, and IDW announced more of significance at the recent NYCC than any comics publisher. Someone to 1) coordinate the company's editors 2) work on special projects, 3) develop new talent -- that's what the PR has as Hedgecock's basic duties -- makes a great deal of sense moving forward as the company has a number of strong individual arms and significant editorial personalities manning those positions. I would imagine that seeing how another layer of organization works with a company where its editors are strongly empowered might be interesting, but it's hard to think of what they have going on right now being disrupted in any way.
Hedgecock was one of three co-founders of APE, a Bay Area company now 10 years old. I have very little in the way of preconceptions as to what that particular company is about beyond it always struck me as wanting to work an unabashed entertainment/publishing strategy similar to what IDW has favored.