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DC Comics, DC Universe staffers laid off in major Warner Media reshuffling

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Aug 10, 2020, 10:40 PM EDT

The rise of HBO Max has led to major layoffs at DC.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, following the launch of its premiere streaming service, Warner Media has decided to let go of a slew of high-powered executives at DC Comics and sister streaming service DC Universe as part of a major restructuring now underway. SYFY WIRE confirms that DC Comics COO Jim Lee will remain in his position and that his duties will expand to include supervising the creative side on all future DC-related initiatives.

Among the biggest names being let go are DC's editor-in-chief Bob Harris, executive editor Mark Doyle, and senior story editor Brian Cunningman. Suffering similar fates are some major players on the publicity and marketing side, most notably senior VP of publishing strategy and support services Hank Kanalz, VP of marketing and creative services Jonah Weiland, and VP global publishing initiatives and digital strategy Bobbie Chase.

The loss of Doyle is a particularly tough blow for fans of DC's Black Label, the imprint he helped spearhead in 2018, which published graphic novels aimed at a more mature audience. No word on who'll be replacing him.

The corporate realignment also caused an earthquake at DC Universe, which saw the majority of its staff lose their jobs.

The once promising video-on-demand service was meant to be the vanguard leading Warner Bros. into the streaming wars. Now it's one exclusive original show, Doom Patrol, is popping up under the DC option in HBO Max's ever expanding hub, stirring speculation that DC Universe may eventually be aborbed by the more prestige streaming service.

Among the hundreds of layoffs at Warner Media today were numerous high-profile executves at Warner Bros. as well.