Universal Uclick President Lee Salem to Take Leave of Absence

Sets Retirement Date Vice President and Editorial Director John Glynn to become President

Kansas City, Mo. (October 11, 2012) – Lee Salem, president of Universal Uclick (UU), an Andrews McMeel Universal (AMU) company, will take a three-month leave of
absence effective February 15, 2013, announced John P. McMeel, chairman and
president of AMU. Salem will return May 15 as president emeritus with a planned
retirement date of March 31, 2014. John Glynn, UU vice president and editorial
director, will become president on February 15, 2013, and will retain his positions as
editorial director of UU and a member of AMU’s board of directors.
“It is hard to overestimate – or quantify - Lee Salem’s contributions to Universal Uclick,”
said McMeel. “His prescient eye for discovering talent, remarkable skill in nurturing that
talent, and tireless pursuit in developing new opportunities and platforms for our
creators is unequalled. He has been essential in establishing UU as the vibrant, thriving
home renowned for exceptional original content and has advanced the editorial vision of
my founding partner, Jim Andrews, and myself for nearly four decades. We are
immensely grateful for his commitment to AMU.”
“It has been a singular privilege to work with and for the good people at Andrews
McMeel Universal for so many years and to represent the efforts of so many talented,
creative individuals,” said Salem. “I now look forward to helping to make the transition
as smooth and productive as possible for John Glynn, my other colleagues and our
creators.”
Salem will retire after a 40-year career with Andrews McMeel Universal. As editor,
Salem fostered the talents of some of the most gifted creators in the industry, including
Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Cathy Guisewite
(Cathy), Gary Larson (The Far Side), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse) and
Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac). His leadership has been integral to UU’s growth and
diversification into a variety of print, online and mobile platforms.
A native of New Hampshire, Salem joined Universal Press Syndicate as assistant editor
in 1974 after receiving his B.A. in English from Park University. He received an M.A. in
English from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 1972, was named vice president
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and editorial director of UPS in 1981. Salem was named president of UPS in 2006 and
in 2009 was named president of Universal Uclick when UPS, the largest independent
syndicate in the United States, joined with Uclick, the leading digital entertainment
provider of humor, comics, editorial cartoons, daily games and text features for the
desktop, web and mobile phones, to become a single, full service print and digital
syndication and licensing company.
“UU has flourished by representing extraordinary talent, cultivating relationships, and by
being an innovator in terms of content and delivery,” continued McMeel. “Lee has
championed UU’s effectiveness in all of these areas. He has earned the admiration and
respect of our sales force by providing matchless content, print and online editors
worldwide (including weathering storms as Garry Trudeau’s editor for more than 30
years), and UU’s creators as a sound and insightful guide in the development of
beloved features. It is hard to imagine UU without Lee’s fundamental involvement. We
are very pleased he will be working with us in an advisory capacity during the transition
to new leadership.”
About Andrews McMeel Universal
Andrews McMeel Universal, a Kansas City-based company, was founded in 1970 and is
comprised of Andrews McMeel Publishing, Universal Uclick, and AMUSE.
About Universal Uclick
Universal Uclick is the largest independent syndicate in the world and a leading digital
entertainment provider of humor, comic strips, political cartoons and gaming content for
print, Web and mobile devices. Universal Uclick provides editorial development,
licensing and other distribution services for iconic brands like Doonesbury, Dear Abby,
Miss Manners
and some of the most significant comics in history, including Calvin and
Hobbes, The Far Side, Garfield, Peanuts, Dilbert, For Better or For Worse, Cathy
, and
Ziggy. Recent standout successes include Lio, Cul de Sac, Pearls Before Swine, Get
Fuzzy, Big Nate
and The Argyle Sweater. A full comic catalog can be found at
GoComics.com. For more information on Universal Uclick, visit UniversalUclick.com.


Media Contact:
Gene Willis, Universal Uclick/GoComics
816.581.7645
gwillis@amuniversal.com