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.