James Perry exits Fandom Australia after 11 month stint

Entertainment and pop culture fan site Fandom has lost its managing director with James Perry having ‘moved on’ from the company after 11 months, Mumbrella can reveal.

The site, owned by US based digital media company Wikia, appointed Perry as the company’s first managing director of Fandom Australia and New Zealand, with plans to launch by March next year.

Perry, who was previously Evolve Media’s managing director, was involved with setting up the entertainment site locally. Following his appointment, Jeremy ‘Junglist’ Ray joined Fandom as Australia’s managing editor.

Fandom confirmed the departure to Mumbrella: “James Perry has moved on from Fandom.”

But while Perry has departed after less than a year, Fandom said it remains confident and committed to its local arm, appointing Ryan Blick, former Pandora account director to the role of director of sales for Australia and New Zealand.

The company also told Mumbrella Perry would continue to work with the company on a consulting basis, but Eric Welles, vice president of sales for Asia Pacific will continue oversee and drive the Fandom brand in the region.

Blick joins the company after 18 months with music streaming service Pandora, before it closed its doors in July this year.

Prior to that he worked with AOL in the US for seven years across various account roles.

“We are very committed to Australia as we continue to expand our sales and editorial teams in this key market, including the recent hire of Jeremy Ray as Managing Editor.

“What we’ve achieved to date is just the beginning and we have many growth plans for FANDOM in Australia as well as the APAC region.”

Perry will not be replaced.


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