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January 20, 2016

Brendan Burford Promoted At King Features Syndicate

imageKing Features Syndicate announced Tuesday that Editor Brendan Burford will be named to a new position: General Manager, Syndication. KFS is a member of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication Group.

The release says the position means that Burford "will have responsibility for all editorial, marketing and worldwide syndication sales for the world's premier distributor of syndicated features to newspapers, magazines, web portals, mobile outlets and news organizations worldwide." The appointment went into effect on January 1.

Target areas for Burford indicated in the release are the company's digital presence and its expansion into wider entertainment media. The latter was something I believe Burford had been spearheading for several years now.

Burford became comics editor at KFS in 2007 with the passing of his mentor and supervisor Jay Kennedy. He was named editor of the company in 2012. A graduate of SVA and a small-press veteran as a cartoonist and anthology editor, Burford is one of the most-liked industry people by creators. I certainly have a high opinion of him, and look forward to see what he does with the new gig.

I double-checked with Claudia Smith at KFS to see if there would be anyone hired to Burford old position and was told that would not be the case, that Burford's new duties will incorporate his old ones.

Burford turned 37 last month.

photo provided by KFS
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