In April we posted about Ed Kramer and his ties with Dragon*Con. You can read that update HERE, but the short version is that I no longer felt I could support the convention with my own money if it would benefit someone like Ed Kramer. I certainly wasn’t alone, a lot of voices felt the same way. Yesterday Dragon*Con updated their Facebook with the statement below.
Thanks to all of our fans, guests, and
volunteers for your support!
DRAGON CON, INC. REPLACES DRAGON CON / ACE,
Dragon Con will Continue the Agreements With
Hotels, Guests and Performers.
ATLANTA – July 8, 2013 – The Board of
Directors and Shareholders of Dragon Con / ACE, Inc., producer of Dragon*Con,
Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention,
have agreed to merge the company into Dragon Con, Inc. (Dragon Con) in a
Led by Pat Henry, David Cody and Robert
Dennis, ownership of Dragon Con includes five of the six founding owners of
Dragon Con / ACE (the old Dragon Con). The effective date of the merger is July
Edward Kramer, who has not had any role in
managing or organizing the convention since 2000, was offered cash for his
shares in the old company. Financial terms of the transaction were not
decision only affects the ownership of the old Dragon Con,” said Pat Henry,
President and Chief Executive Officer of Dragon Con. “Our members and others
who attend Dragon*Con 2013 will experience the same fantastic convention they
have come to expect from us.”
Dragon Con will continue the agreements with
each of the host and overflow hotels associated with the convention as well as
all of the guests and performers scheduled to appear at this year’s event,
either “as is” or with amendments recognizing Dragon Con as owner.
This is great news for everyone who has been
following the story. Maybe Kramer
finally caved to the other Dragon*Con owners, maybe the backlash finally
started to threaten their paychecks; I don’t know why or how it finally
happened and I don’t care.