In an effort to restructure their business, WarnerMedia has made a series of layoffs that has affected a number of employees at DC, both in the publishing department and the DC Universe digital streaming service.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, those who have lost their jobs 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, who oversaw the rollout of the Black Label graphic novels.
Jim Lee remains the Chief Creative Officer, he has been removed from his publishing role. Lee’s new role will be to act as a liaison between DC and other brands of Warner Media.
It is being reported that WarnerMedia has cut around one third of DC’s editorial staff, with a large percentage of staff at the DC Universe digital streaming service also laid off. It is expected that the DC Universe service will be shut down and absorbed in to HBO Max, which will expand in to the global market.
DC Direct, the company’s in-house merchandise and collectibles manufacturer, has also been shut down.
The restructure comes as the comic book industry suffers under the economic pressures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.