When a company spokesman suggested that the LA Times story stating that 20 percent of DC’s 250 or 50 employees would be laid off, was incorrect, he was perhaps half right. Bloomberg News uncovered a NY State Dept. of Labor WARN filing (Worker Adjustment and Retraining) which says that 80 employees will be laid off or relocate. Layoffs will begin on 12/27/2010 and continue through 8/27/2011, according to filer June Martin, SVP Human Resources. A DC spokesman told Bloomberg:
“The reorganization of DC Entertainment includes promotions, relocations and layoffs, and beyond that we are not commenting on any specifics,” Paul McGuire, a spokesman for Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner, said today in an e-mail.
DC Entertainment head Diane Nelson had said much the same thing in several of her interviews.
Eighty employees represents about a third of the publisher’s work force.
Since this is a New York state filing, it’s unclear if this includes workers at WildStorm. As we reported yesterday, employees are under a NDA regarding their HR meetings, so no further details are available.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.