DC lays off several in editorial, shutters its collectibles division

Jim Lee will reportedly move to a new role as many employees have been laid off as part of a larger cut in staff by WarnerMedia.

Several outlets including ComicBook.com and The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that DC Entertainment has laid off several staff in editorial and other departments, including Editor-in-Chief Bob Harris and Hank Kanalz, SVP of publishing strategy and support services.

Other staff who have been said to be affected by the cuts include VP of marketing and creative services Jonah Weiland, VP of global publishing initiatives and digital strategy Bobbie Chase, senior story editor Brian Cunningham, executive editor Mark Doyle and editor Andy Khouri.

Jim Lee remains as chief creative officer, but will no longer serve as publisher.

DC Collectibles, formerly known as DC Direct, has been shuttered. DC Collectibles was DC’s in-house merchandise, toys and collectibles manufacturer.

THR added that the DC Universe streaming service was also hit by layoffs, with one unidentified source saying it was “dead in the water” as soon as AT&T bought Time Warner. No word yet on what will happen to the service, which provides a streaming service for shows like Titans as well as digital access to DC’s comic book library.

The news follows a report from Variety from earlier today, which said that WarnerMedia was expected to announce up to 800 staff would be let go today across its various divisions, which include HBO, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.

This is terrible news for everyone involved, and Smash Pages wishes the best for all the staff who have been affected by this news.

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