It came as a huge surprise when we came across news of major layoffs by WarnerMedia. The move is said to have been triggered by different reasons and one of them is the COVID-19 pandemic. It is learnt that some high positioned figures have been released at DC Comics and DC Universe, and it hasn’t gone down well with the fans.
The names which have been given the pink slips include – Bob Harris (Editor-in-Chief), Hank Kanalz (Senior VP of Publishing Strategy and Support Services). The list also includes- Bobbie Chase (VP of Global Publishing Initiatives and Digital Strategy), Brian Cunningham (Senior Story Editor) and many more.
Also, Jeffrey Schlesinger (President of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution), Ron Sanders (President of Warner Bros. Worldwide Theatrical Distribution and Home Entertainment and Executive Vice President of International Business) and Kim Williams (Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Warner Bros. Entertainment), were amongst the released ones as per Variety.
The layoffs at DC Universe is said to be an expected one owing to its pairing with HBO Max.
Whatever the reasons are, fans are really furious over this move.
One user on Twitter wrote, “Unacceptable, DC. For f*ck’s sake – we’re all doing the best we can – LAY OFF.” Another user wrote, “Man, after a productive day, I just heard the news out of DC. My thoughts, prayers, and future support will always be to those affected by the lay off’s today. My heart is breaking. I love you guys and gals. Always will #dccomics #comics.”
Check out some other reactions:
man whoever at dc decided to lay off so many people during a fucking pandemic is not gonna see heaven
— 🎈🌻 (@milfdere) August 11, 2020
2020 is like "and for my next trick, DC Comics will lay off 800 people"
— Oozi (@OoziHobo) August 11, 2020
If DC, HBO and Warner Media need to lay off that much staff, I can’t even begin to start about how mismanaged that entire chunk of entertainment is.
— Jason Schwartz (@jaycrimes) August 10, 2020
How the heck can lay off so many people before DCFandome? AT&T legit has no respect for DC comics at all
— Melancholic Dog (@MrMarooned) August 11, 2020
Dammit, I feel slightly more informed on this whole DC Comics lay off, news.
I hope it’s not as bad as it sounds, that those impacted are okay, and hoping like hell the company has bounced back from worse in the past.
— BileShinobi (@SupMyNinja2020) August 11, 2020