July 12, 2011

Contact: Marianne Sugawara, VP of Business Operations

Jack Newcombe Named President/COO of Creators Syndicate

Creators' former Executive Vice President promoted to President/COO

LOS ANGELES — Creators Syndicate announces that Jack Newcombe has been named president and chief operating officer of the company, effective July 11, 2011. He takes over as president for Rick Newcombe, who will maintain his position as CEO and chairman of the board of Creators Syndicate.

"Jack is a phenomenal executive and strategic thinker," Rick Newcombe says. "He is a natural leader with brains, charm and charisma, and he is leading the best staff in the business into a new world of content distribution and syndication. I am proud that Creators Syndicate is a family business and that my son is taking over."

For the past two years, Jack has served as executive vice president/general manager of the third-largest syndicate in the country, during which time he has overseen the company’s transition from a print-oriented business to an organization focused on new media and online enterprises, in addition to its traditional sources of revenue.

In the past year, Creators Syndicate has fully automated and consolidated its content delivery service and greatly expanded its Web presence while continuing to keep the personal touch in sales and customer relations that is the company''s hallmark. Jack implemented a new corporate culture and reorganized the company in order to improve communication and foster a better sense of “team,” giving autonomy to the editorial and accounting departments while taking a hands-on approach to the business development, operations and marketing departments. In the coming years, Creators Syndicate will continue to expand while maintaining the flexibility and creativity that have allowed it to thrive in today''s media marketplace.

Following the announcement of his promotion, Jack named David Yontz to the position of managing editor. David, a graduate of Syracuse University''s Newhouse School, has worked for Creators Syndicate for four years, starting as an editorial assistant.

Prior to joining the company full time in June 2009, Jack received his Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Before business school, he worked for Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley in Washington, D.C. Jack received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, where he was a four-year varsity athlete on the rowing (crew) team and was elected captain his senior year. Jack currently lives in Redondo Beach with his wife, Allison, who is in law school at UCLA.

Los Angeles-based Creators Syndicate, founded in 1987, is one of the largest content syndicates in the world, editing and distributing over 200 features to more than 2,400 newspapers and websites around the globe, including editorial columns by Bill O''Reilly, Susan Estrich, John Stossel, Larry Kudlow, Mona Charen, Mark Shields, Pat Buchanan, Thomas Sowell and Michelle Malkin, lifestyle columns by Teresa Strasser, Daphne Oz, Chuck Norris, Margo Howard, Annie’s Mailbox® and Holiday Mathis, the comic strips B.C., Wizard of Id, Andy Capp, Archie, Rugrats and One Big Happy, the comic panels Speed Bump, Rubes, Heathcliff and Ballard Street, and editorial cartoons by Mike Luckovich, Steve Breen, Michael Ramirez and Chip Bok. To find out more, visit


Creators is a publishing and syndication house -- the third-largest syndicate in the United States. Since 1987, it has syndicated comic strips, puzzles, editorial cartoons and columns to publications worldwide. Founded on the belief that artists should own the rights to their work, Creators endures as a forward-thinking force in the media industry. Visit Creators online at


For more information, please contact:

Marianne Sugawara, VP of Business Operations, Creators


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