(BALTIMORE, MD) — (January 21, 2021) — Geppi Family Enterprises (GFE), a leading distributor, licensor and creator of pop culture products worldwide, has named Josh Geppi to the newly created role of Chief Creative Officer. Geppi takes on this new role in addition to his responsibilities as President, Diamond International Galleries (DIG) & Sapphire Studios.
Diamond International Galleries buys and sells pop culture collectibles and operates DIGAuction, an online auction house for comic books. Sapphire Studios produces video content for the GFE portfolio of brands including fan favorites PREVIEWSworld Weekly and Painting Happy Lil Minis.
As Chief Creative Officer, Geppi provides expanded leadership to drive the development of world-class creative work that delivers on the strategic goals across the GFE portfolio of brands. He has already started working on an exciting, to be announced project for Overstreet under the Gemstone Publishing brand.
“Josh is incredibly talented with a passion for creative technology that makes him the perfect leader as we look to ignite innovation across the enterprise,” said Steve Geppi, President, Chairman and CEO, Geppi Family Enterprises.
Josh Geppi responding saying, “I believe deeply in our people, our culture, and the work we do and I am thrilled to take on the role of Chief Creative Officer. It has been an honor to lead DIG and Sapphire Studios and I’m excited to see how we can continue to grow and evolve with a renewed focus on creative innovation throughout GFE.”
ABOUT GEPPI FAMILY ENTERPRISES – Geppi Family Enterprises (GFE) has served as the nexus of comics and pop culture since 1982. GFE is comprised of 11 brands in the US and the UK, including Diamond Comic Distributors and Alliance Game Distributors. GFE provides a multi-channel platform of publishing, marketing and fulfillment services, coupled with an unparalleled global distribution network for retailers, publishers and vendors. What started as one man’s hobby, with a single warehouse and 17 retail customers, has evolved into the Geppi Family Enterprises of today: the largest distributor of English language comics, graphic novels and pop culture related merchandise worldwide.
ABOUT DIAMOND INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES – Diamond International Galleries (DIG) specializes in the online sales and auction of pop culture collectibles, with an almost-limitless array of comics, original comic art, posters, animation cels and backgrounds, drawings, oils, and antique toys at its headquarters. With weekly auctions at its DIGAuctions.com site, the company reaches collectors worldwide, providing professional auction services for the sale of pop culture collectibles and memorabilia.
ABOUT SAPPHIRE STUDIOS – Sapphire Studios is a multimedia production studio focused on developing original video, graphics, and voice over content for the Geppi Family Enterprises portfolio of brands. Sapphire Studios produces fan-favorite shows like PREVIEWSworld Weekly and Painting Happy Lil Minis, in addition to other content aimed at highlighting the products available at local comic and games shops.
ABOUT GEMSTONE PUBLISHING – Best known as the home of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Gemstone Publishing was formed by Geppi Family Enterprises President, Chairman and CEO Stephen A. Geppi to focus on preserving and promoting the history of the comics medium. Gemstone's product line also includes recurring publications such as The Big Big Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Overstreet's Comic Book Marketplace Yearbook, The Official Price Guide to Pop Culture: 150 Years of Character Toys & Collectibles, and a variety of special editions such as The Overstreet Guide to Grading Comics, The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comics, and The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comic and Animation Art.
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