A Third Wave Of Job Cuts In The New Year For DC Comics and Warners

DC Comics – and all of Warners – have suffered two waves of job cuts during 2020, including senior and longstanding company members, including staff that had been with the company for over 25 years. But Bleeding Cool has been made repeatedly aware that it won't be stopping and that there is a third expected wave to come in the New Year.

It wasn't all just in those two pushes either, DC Comics had lost a few senior staffers back in 2019, including Mark Chiarello, SVP, DC Art & Design Director, John Cunningham SVP DC Sales Trade Marketing and Eddie Scannell, VP DC Consumer Marketing.

Publisher of DC Comics Dan DiDio was fired in 2020, after a number of editorial departures including Pat McCallumAlex AntoneMolly Mahan, Rob Levin followed by VP Courtney Simmons Brown deciding to quit in favour of working on the new Lord Of The Rings series for Amazon instead.

But it was the two waves of firings across Warners after the AT&T buyout that really got the headlines, with employees repeatedly calling it a bloodbath when talking to Bleeding Cool. The first wave in August 2020 included the following names;

  • DC Editor-In-Chief Bob Harras
  • Executive Editor at DC Black Label, Mark Doyle
  • Vice President, Global Publishing Initiatives & Digital Strategy Bobbie Chase
  • DC Comics Editor Andy Khouri
  • Senior Story Editor Brian Cunningham
  • SVP Publishing Strategy & Support Services, Hank Kanalz
  • Executive Assistant to Jim Lee, Eddy Choi
  • International Publishing, Ad Sales & Custom Creative Studio, Sandy Resnick
  • Marketing Director, Sara Haskell
  • Director of Publicity (Publishing) Michael Shelling
  • VP of Marketing & Creative Services Jonah Weiland
  • VP, Comic Book Specialty & Newsstand Sales Jim Sokolowski
  • Vice President of Creative Affairs Dan Evans III

While November saw the departure of:

  • Adam Philips, Director, Marketing Services at DC Comics
  • Stuart Schreck, Sales Manager DC Comics,
  • Fletcher Chu-Fong, Events Director at DC Comics
  • Sandy Yi – SVP, Global Franchise Management,
  • Lissette Osterloh, VP Digital Marketing & Events
  • Michele R Wells, co-Editor-In-Chief at DC Comics, Vice President and Executive Editor, DC Children's/Young Adult
  • Alex Carr, Group Editor at DC Comics (Justice League titles)
  • Vince Letterio – Executive Director – Direct Sales

Each time, DC lost centuries of experience and knowledge. And a third wave will be just as damning.

A Third Wave Of Job Cuts In The New Year For DC Comics and Warners
Credit: DC

Thanks to Rod for numerical typo check.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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