DC Hit by Parent Company Restructuring
DC Comics was hit hard on Monday by a massive round of layoffs. It was part of parent company WarnerMedia’s restructuring in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Several editors and executives lost their jobs, and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee lost his additional publisher title. Also affected was the DC Universe app, which was already on life support after losing some of its exclusives. Numerous staff on the app lost their jobs. There are rumors they will be rolling the DC Universe app into the more popular HBOMax platform.
Those at the top lost in the shuffle supposedly include editor-in-chief Bob Harris, senior VP of publishing strategy and support services Hank Kanalz, VP of marketing and creative services Jonah Weiland, VP global publishing initiatives and digital strategy Bobbie Chase, senior story editor Brian Cunningham, and executive editor Mark Doyle. DC laid off one-third of their editorial staff.
In addition, they will be folding the DC Direct collectibles line into Warner Brothers Consumer Products.
Fans and Pros Unite in Tribute
With FanDome less than two weeks away, this restructuring couldn’t come at a worse time. Trade papers requested comment from DC, who have not responded. This definitely casts a pall on the event, which was billed as the biggest DC fan event of all time.
As the news hit, comic book pros and fans took to social media to express their support for those laid off. However, other “fans” took the opportunity to mock those who lost their jobs, push their own agendas, or predict doom for the company. However, and thankfully, the pros and other fans met this with pushback.
This is a rough time for everyone it affects, especially with the pandemic. We must hope that they can bounce back from this unfortunate event.
Word of the Nerd will continue to keep an eye on this developing story.