DC Comics and the DC Universe streaming service have been influenced by parent company WarnerMedia, the corporate reorganization, with layoffs in both units. But a source points out variety that through the direct efforts of WarnerMedia, the DC brand will actually expand, with DC creative chief Jim Lee overseeing the creativity of all DC-related growth in the company.
At DC Comics, editor-in-chief Bob Harras, editors Brian Cunningham and Mark Doyle, senior publishing strategy and support services Hank Kanalz, marketing’s Jonah Weiland, and global publishing and digital strategy VB Bobbie Chase have all emerged as part of the restructuring. DC Universe employees have also been significantly affected by staff reductions.
A DC spokesman declined to comment on the layoffs.
Some of the original DC Universe TV series in recent months have found homes on other platforms, signaling a shift in broadcaster programming. Season 2 welcome “Doom Patrol”; debuted both on DC power, as well as on the recently launched sister platform HBO Max, which performs DC programming, including the DC Universe series “Harley Quinn”.
In early July, “Stargirl” was renewed for a second season, moving from DC Universe to broadcast the CW network, which became the exclusive house in the season of the Geoff Johns-created series starting with Season 2.
As part of DC staff layoffs, hundreds of WarnerMedia layoffs include several top executives at Warner Bros., including Jeffrey Schlesinger, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution. Ron Sanders, who served as president of Warner Bros. ‘Worldwide theatrical distribution and home entertainment and executive vice president of international business operations, as well as Warner Bros. Kim Williams, EVP and CFO. Entertainment, are also emerging.