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Marvel Entertainment’s Digital Media Hires

Marvel recently announced a $10 million investment in digital media. If you’ve been paying attention to what positions Marvel has been hiring for the last year or two, this shouldn’t have come as a surprise to you. Since you probably weren’t paying attention to this, I’ve done a quick flip through LinkedIn and identified 12 people that would be directly involved in Marvel’s digital initiative. Surprise, surprise, the majority have been at Marvel for less than 2 years. It would be responable to assume these plans started moving past the “study” phase in November of 2006 when John Dokes changed titles from VP of Marketing and Business Development to VP of Online Operations and Marketing.

Have a look at who’ve they’ve been hiring. Recognizable former employers include Sony’s digital wing and WWE. MBA’s and MFA’s seem to be a definite plus for higher-level positions.

And remember, this is just what I found giving it a once-over, there will be a larger cast than just 12 people.  You don’t hire this many people at the management and executive levels unless you’re building out a robust department.  Oh, yes, real change is coming.

Format of the list:

{Name & position at Marvel}

  {Last position before current}


  • Glenn Magala 
      SVP and CIO at Marvel Entertainment, Inc.
      February 2006 – Present (2 years 10 months)   

      Atari, Inc.

      February 1996 – January 2006 (10 years)   

      Chubb Institute 
      Computer Science

      Pennsylvania State University-Erie Campus 

  • Ira Rubenstein 
      Executive Vice President at Marvel Entertainment 
      April 2008 – Present ( 8 months) 

      Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment

      2000 – 2008 (8 years) 

      University of Southern California 
      MFA, Motion Pictures Producing. Peter Stark Program 

      University of California, San Diego

  • John Dokes 
      Vice President of Online Operations and Marketing at Marvel Entertainment
      November 2006 – Present (2 years 1 month)   

      Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
      Marvel Entertainment
      December 2005 – November 2006 (1 year)   

      California State University-Northridge 
      B.S., Business Administration; Marketing 

  • Andreea Enache 
      VP Games & Digital Distribution at Marvel Entertainment 
      June 2008 – Present ( 6 months)   

      Director Business Development
      Sony Pictures Digital / Sony Online Entertainment

      May 2005 – June 2008 (3 years 2 months)   

      California State University-Northridge 
      BA, Communication Studies 

      University of Bucharest 
      BA, Linguistics and Foreign Languages 
      September 1994October 1996  

  • Seana Baruth 
      Vice President of Production, Digital Media Group
      July 2008 – Present ( 5 months)  

      Director of Product Development, Interactive 
      Travel Channel Media, a Cox Communications Company

      January 2007 – July 2008 (1 year 7 months)   

      University of South Carolina-Columbia
      BA, English 

  • Peter Olson
      Director of Web Development at Marvel Entertainment 
      (time at position uncertain, but at least a couple years)  

      Internet Consultant 
      June 2001 – April 2004 (2 years 11 months)  

      Wesleyan University

  • John Cerilli 
      Director of Content, 
      November 2007 – Present (1 year 1 month)   

      Director of Content, 
      World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.
    August 2006 – October 2007 (1 year 3 months)   

      Emerson College 
      BFA, Creative Writing 

  • Joshua Shimkin 
      Manager, Premium Services at Marvel Entertainment 
      August 2008 – Present ( 4 months)   

      Summer Associate Brand Manager 

      June 2007 – August 2007 ( 3 months)   

      New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business
      MBA, Finance; Marketing; Entertainment, Media & Technology 

      Wesleyan University 
      BA, Italian Studies 
      September 1995May 1999   

  • Edward Ticzon 
      Web Quality Control Process Manager at Marvel Entertainment Group 
      October 2007 – Present (1 year 2 months)  

      Q/A Analyst

      March 2005 – September 2007 (2 years 7 months) 

      De La Salle University 
      BSCS, Information Technology 

  • Margarita Vaisman 
      Marketing Coordinater, Digital Media Group at Marvel Entertainment 
      May 2008 – Present ( 7 months)  

      Executive Assistant 
      Marvel Entertainment

      June 2007 –May 2008(11 months)   

      Emerson College

  • Ryan Penagos 
      Associate Editor, at Marvel Entertainment 
      (time at position unclear)  

      Associate Editor 
      Wizard Entertainment

      2003 – 2006 (3 years) State   

      University of New York College at Purchase

      Adelphi University 

  • Tara Fenton
      Flash Developer at Marvel Entertainment
      October 2007 – Present (1 year 2 months) Flash Developer   

      Summit Tech Communications 
      March 2006 – May 2007 (1 year 3 months) 

      Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale


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