In the radio-edited words of rapper T.I., there are “big things poppin'” here at the Nerdist offices. Or in the words of Pokemon trainers across the Kanto region, “What?! Nerdist is evolving!” You already know that you can find all manner of awesome podcasts, the latest news and analysis on Nerdist.com, and everything from a daily dose of Nerdist News to cosplay to Scott Ian taking you inside Hollywood’s biggest special FX houses on the Nerdist Channel, but now we’re expanding into even larger arenas.
On the dotcom side of things, you’ll notice a couple new changes. Malik Forte, our resident video game expert, is joining our ranks full-time as our Gaming Editor and correspondent on Nerdist News, where he’ll be unlocking achievements and breaking hearts. Longtime Nerdist staffer Perry Michael Simon is stepping down as Editor in Chief and transitioning into the role of Managing Editor. His voice and editorial guidance have been crucial to the development of Nerdist as you know it today, so we are beyond thrilled that he is staying aboard. Brian Walton, who has spearheaded a number of intiativies for us both on the editorial and business side of Nerdist, will be donning the mantle of Editor in Chief and helping to guide Nerdist.com into its next chapter.
Yesterday, we made it official that Nerdist is expanding in a big way by adding some real heavy hitters into our administrative arsenal as well: Adam Rymer is coming aboard as President; Jack Herrguth is joining us as Head of Development to help push us into television, feature film production, and beyond; and Chris Michael has been tapped as Director of Audience Development. They’re an incredibly talented group of people and we couldn’t be happier to be working with them.
Here’s the press release in full:
Nerdist Industries announced today it has hired Adam Rymer as President and Jack Herrguth as Head of Development, a move that signals the company’s building out of its pop culture platform. In his new role, Rymer will be responsible for leading Nerdistʼs efforts in expanding across multiple platforms, setting company priorities and driving revenue growth. In the newly-created head of development post, Comedy Central and CBS vet Herrguth will be responsible for developing and producing content for film, television and digital media. Nerdist Industries also announced the appointment of Chris Michael as Director of Audience Development and the promotion of Brian Walton to Editor in Chief, Nerdist.com. Digital media strategist Michael comes to Nerdist most recently from YouTube MCN Fullscreen where he worked with independent creators and brands to grow their audiences online.
Rymer comes to Nerdist from Lava Bear Films, where he was COO/CFO and executive produced the feature film The Rover (releasing in 2014). Before that he served eight years at Universal Studios Motion Picture Group, most recently as SVP, Universal Pictures Digital Platforms.
At Comedy Central, Herrguth was instrumental in the development of shows like Nathan For You with Nathan Fielder and Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time, and developed a pilot for Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick that was a precursor to Hardwickʼs new late-night show for the network, @midnight. Prior to Comedy Central, Herrguth worked in Alternative Programming at CBS on suchshows as Survivor, Amazing Race and Big Brother.
Walton, who has been editor at Nerdist.com since 2011, has played a large role in evolving the site from its early roots as a blog into a popular news source. In his new role as Editor in Chief, Walton will continue to grow Nerdist as a cited outlet, increase referral and direct traffic, and make Nerdist a destination for news and conversation.
Thank you all for your continued support and we’re looking forward to taking this next step in nerdiness with you. In the meantime, enjoy your burrito.