Nicholas Callaway Steps Back at Callaway Digital Arts as Company Closes New York Office
By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid
UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect Nicholas Callaway’s response to request for comment.
Nicholas Callaway has changed titles at the company he founded and majority owns to chief creative advisor from chief creative officer following the company’s closing of its New York office two weeks ago. The move signals a step back from day-to-day operations at the children’s book app publisher for Callaway, who is still on the company’s board and is the company’s largest shareholder.
A committed New Yorker, Callaway declined to join up with his company’s San Francisco headquarters when the New York office was closed.
“The company decided to double-down with its operations on the West coast and become one studio,” said a company spokesperson, adding that Callaway is still involved in the company but not at the same level as before.
Callaway is involved in a new interactive venture launching next week, according to an email he sent Digital Book World. He would not provide more detail.
There were no other senior executive changes but several of the New York employees are no longer with the company. Some were extended the option to move to the San Francisco office, said the spokesperson. Digital Book World has not yet learned how many employees lost their jobs. When DBW interviewed Callaway in March, the company had “nearly 50 employees” and Callaway alluded to hiring in 2012.
According to the company spokesperson, Callaway has not yet decided what he will do with his added free time and said, “he is free to work on other projects in addition to his involvement in Callaway [Digital Arts] and I’m sure he would very much want to do both.”
In March in an interview, Callaway told DBW that he was engaged in building the publishing company of the future from the ground up in Callaway Digital Arts. Recently, Callaway and Sesame Street won a kids app award for their collaboration on The Monster at the End of This Book app following a March deal in which the two companies agreed to work on three more apps together.
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