More and more ch-ch-changes at DC, as various folks in the online department have announced they are heading to the West Coast office as the DC Online department moves to Burbank next summer. Ron Perazza will become VP of Online for DC Entertainment, Dave McCullough will become Director of Online for DC Entertainment, and Kwanza Johnson is Digital Editor. Heading up the department, you may recall, is Hank Kanalz, Senior Vice President, Digital of DC Entertainment
These are the first announced westward personnel changes, although at least two DCU editors are also moving west to work more closely with CCO Geoff Johns.
More organizational changes have been announced this week. In a letter to DC talent, VP Terri Cunningham announced that the Editorial Administration department will now become the Talent Relations & Services department:
Dear Creative Contributor,
I wanted to take some time during this hectic holiday season to drop you all a quick note of good wishes and to let you know about a very significant and exciting new addition here at DC (one of many this year): the new Talent Relations & Services department. I also want you to know that the primary focus of this new department is YOU.
As you may know, I’ve run the DC’s Editorial Administration department for a number of years now and during that time my staff and I have acted as a support arm for both the Editors and our talent. We’ve built and maintained systems to keep track of the scheduling and workflow and to ensure quick and timely payments. We’ve instituted and overseen policies and practices to make sure that our talent are fairly compensated and credited for their work in all its forms and mediums. And we’ve worked hard to bring to you a host of other services for you that help set DC apart from our competitors.
Going forward that will be the goal and driving purpose behind the Talent Relations and Services department. We will be your first point of contact for everything from rate questions to workload concerns to convention travel. And we’ll be in regular contact with you to keep you fully informed on the goings on at DC.
You’ll recognize many of the people in the new department because you’ve worked with them as part of the Editorial Administration department. We’ll be adding a few new faces shortly that will be your primary contacts; details will follow after the first of the year.
Dan and Jim and our entire executive team join me in recognizing your value in everything that you contribute to DC. It’s for that reason that we’ve created this new department to address your needs to look out for your bests interests and be a place for you to go when you have questions or concerns.
We are very excited to be working with you and hearing suggestions you may have on ways to improve your working relationship with us.
Once again, warm wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy holiday!
Although a few details of DC’s ongoing changes have leaked out, we’ve avoided reporting on them out of respect for all the difficult personal decisions being made. (And an exceptional veil of privacy has covered the proceedings.) However, everything is pretty much done now, if today’s tweets and Facebook status updates are any guide. To recap what seems to be known:
The art department has been reorganized under Mark Chiarello.
Production and manufacturing have been reorganized under Alison Gill.
Editorial, including Vertigo and MAD, have been reorganized under Bob Harras. The reprint department has been scaled back and we’ve heard some talk of major changes there.
Licensing and special projects are moving to Burbank, although little official word of how these departments will operate has been announced; smart money would guess that they will be more fully integrated into Warners’ existing infrastructure in these areas. Accounting and operational personnel in the New York office are being let go as those functions also move west. Finance will be run by new SVP Nairi Gardiner. Layoffs take effect at the end of the year.
Staying in New York, editorial, production, and Bob Wayne’s sales and marketing force, Talent Relations and Services. DC’s New York offices will be consolidated and some redecorating is expected.
That’s a lot of change. Now you know why it took so long. And thus the solemn looks we’ve seen on the faces of DC execs at various functions over the last few months.
If you are looking for a job, the Time Warner job site lists open positions:
Associate Art Director, Digital
Creative Services Manager
Senior Secretary for the Creative Services department.
Senior Analyst, Financial Planning & Analysis for the DCE Finance & Administration
Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis
Director, Financial Planning & Analysis
Senior Vice President Publicity
And in New York:
Publishing Operations Analyst
This has obviously been a long and difficult process for all involved. And Diane Nelson’s DC Entertainment is pretty much a completely different company than Paul Levitz’s DC Comics.
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.