Ted Adams is the CEO of IDW Media Holdings (OTC – QX: IDWM), which includes IDW’s publishing, games, and entertainment divisions – all founded by Adams — as well as CTM Media, a digital print and advertising firm. As the CEO of IDWM, Adams develops and oversees the execution of IDWM’s strategic growth plans, including development of its key media properties, publishing titles, and licensing initiatives.
Since founding IDW Publishing in 1999, Adams has negotiated dozens of comic book licenses, including CSI, 24, Transformers, GI Joe, Star Trek, and My Little Pony. IDW has been awarded “Publisher of the Year” five times by Diamond Comic Distributors and dozens of Eisner and Harvey Awards. IDW titles are also regularly featured on the New York Times Best Seller List.
IDW, through its Top Shelf division, publishes Congressman John Lewis’s three-volume graphic novel autobiography, March. The March trilogy of books have won many awards including the National Book Award – the first time a graphic novel has received that prestigious honor, multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards, four American Library Association awards, and was named the #1 non-fiction book of 2016 by Time magazine.
IDW is also at the forefront of the digital distribution of comic books and its titles can be found on dozens of devices and platforms. Bleeding Cool magazine named Adams one of the 20 Most Powerful People in Comics.
IDW Entertainment launched in 2013 and has two shows on air in the US – Wynonna Earp on Syfy and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency on BBCA. Adams is an Executive Producer on both of those shows. Wynonna Earp was named one of the Top 20 new shows of 2016 by Variety magazine and was nominated for a GLAAD award.
Adams is also the Chairman of Traveling Stories, a San Diego based non-profit that helps children in underserved communities fall in love with reading.
Adams has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Southern Oregon University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.