Iconic comic book company hit with massive layoffs, including editor-in-chief; streaming service effectively dead as majority of staff let go.
Fabled comic book publisher DC Comics, along with the DC Universe streaming service, were hit yesterday with massive layoffs, part of the WarnerMedia restructuring announced this past Friday that saw numerous senior level executives, as well as roughly 800 studio staff, lose their jobs. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the venerable comics house lost close to one third of its editorial staff, including editor-in-chief Bob Harris.
The report notes that insiders say the majority of the DC Universe staff was let go, a forgone conclusion as WarnerMedia refocused its operations on HBO Max. According to one source, “DC Universe was DOA as soon as the AT&T merger happened.”
The layoffs hit the DC world just two weeks before the huge August 22 online DC Fandome event featuring stars of DC films, TV and comics.
Since launching in 2018, DC Universe has been home to a number of live-action (Doom Patrol and Stargirl), and animated (Young Justice and Harley Quinn) shows, of which some are now streaming on HBO Max.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.