Layoffs Hit DC Comics During Today’s Restructuring

Earlier today, we informed you of a “restructuring” happening at DC Comics. The rumors quickly took hold of course–ranging from Dan DiDio being let go to Jim Lee leaving; all the usual rumors that get mentioned in times like this.

Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, we know whats’ up now–three percent of DC Comics’ 240-person workforce have been let go, including high-level figures like SVP sales trade marketing John Cunningham, VP consumer marketing Eddie Scannell and SVP art director Mark Chiarello amongst those who have left the company.

The restructuring included no small amount of changes in three big areas: Editorial, which will continue to be overseen by editor-in-chief Bob Harras; Production and Manufacturing, which remains under the purview of SVP Manufacturing and Operations Alison Gill; and the brand new Publishing Support Services. The latter will handle sales, marketing, and promotion for DC Comics products, to be handled by Hank Kanalz as SVP publishing strategy and support services.

Other notable news from the restructuring was DC Collectibles being placed under Warner Bros. Consumer Products’ Toy team.

It’s worth noting, as THR did, that Warner Bros. Consumer Products was also hit with layoffs today, with roughly 10 percent of staff being affected, a source told the outlet.

THR had the inter-office memo written by President of Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences Pam Lifford included in the news as well:

Today has been a challenging day. We have made organizational changes across DC that we believe will help to strengthen and evolve the division for future success. With these changes come difficult decisions which we take very seriously.

We recognize and appreciate that all of our employees have made considerable contributions to our business and that it is difficult to lose colleagues, many of whom have been here for a long time and have made an important impact on DC. We thank them for their hard work and dedication to DC. As always, we are committed to taking care of our employees and will be as thoughtful as possible with those who are impacted by these changes.

Together with Dan and Jim, and the executive team, we have spent time assessing DC’s business, as well as the comic book publishing landscape. DC is going back to its roots of delivering epic stories with our world-class characters, stories and brands. Being a premier house of storytelling will never go out of style and we intend to ultimately super-serve our existing fans, while providing new compelling content that engages and excites even more fans around the globe. Rest assured, the direct market will remain at the heart of our business – and will continue to be one of our greatest strengths.

The new streamlined structure is focused on creating, delivering and supporting a robust publishing operation that will allow DC to be nimble, navigate an industry in change, and thrive. As we communicated today, we are forming three distinct work streams – Editorial, Production & Manufacturing, and Publishing Support Services.

• Editorial will continue to be run by Bob Harras, SVP & Editor-In-Chief, who will now also be responsible for new initiatives and global publishing, editorial scheduling, and art direction

• Production & Manufacturing will continue to be run by Alison Gill, SVP Manufacturing & Operations

• Publishing Support Services is a new business unit consisting of all departments that support the sales, marketing and promotion of our books, and this will be run by Hank Kanalz who is taking on additional responsibilities as SVP Publishing Strategy & Support Services As a result – DC Collectibles and its team will be part of the Consumer Products Toy team moving forward.

We recognize there are other groups across DC who are not fully dedicated to supporting the publishing business and, therefore, are not directly addressed in today’s news. As The Global Brands & Experiences structure continues to develop, I look forward to sharing more with you as that evolves.

Many of you will have questions and in the coming days you will receive more information from Bob, Alison and Hank about their teams. Together with Dan and Jim, I will be hosting Town Hall meetings Thursday on the individual floors to discuss these changes and provide more insight. 

Thank you again for your support, hard work and loyalty to DC. Each of you are incredibly valued and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow afternoon where I will do my best to answer any questions.

We will more than likely be hearing more of the implications of this restructuring throughout the rest of the week, we’ll do our best to update you.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.



Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 



Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 



Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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