While Warner Bros. itself is facing a round of layoffs following the abortive takeover attempt by Rupert Murdoch, DC Comics is hiring a few people for Burbank:
• Editor Burbank, CA
• Creative Associate, Live Action Burbank, CA
• Senior Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs Burbank, CA
• Manager, Franchise Management Burbank, CA
The Editor position is for Vertigo, and requires the following skills:
DC Entertainment – Burbank, CA
SUMMARY OF POSITION
DC Comics seeks an Editor for the Editorial-Vertigo department. Manages a line of editorial product within the Vertigo imprint.
Performs full editorial function for a minimum of 4 monthly titles.
Manages the creative process from conception through publication. Ensures that schedules and budgets are met and product quality is at or above Vertigo’s standards. Seeks ways to keep ongoing series fresh and exciting.
Identifies and develops new editorial products for Vertigo.
Identifies potential new talent and maintains relationships with current talent.
Ensures that other DCE staff members have the materials required to maximize service to the product.
Writes solicitation copy for monthly publications
Supervise and develop a junior staff member.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
BA/BS degree in English, Journalism or Communications preferred.
3-5 years editorial experience, comic books/graphic novels preferred.
Ability to manage a creative team.
Knowledge of comic book industry strongly preferred.
Knowledge of art (ability to discuss composition, design, etc…) required.
Copyediting and proofreading skills preferred.
Ability to meet deadlines required.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing required.
Ability for some light travel strongly preferred.
Must have the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with managers and other levels of personnel.
Must have the ability to pay close attention to details.
Must have the ability to organize.
Must have the ability to work well under time constraints.
Must have the ability to handle multiple tasks.
Must have the ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple project elements simultaneously.
MAC /PC proficiency required.
Domestic travel up to 5%.
While there is expected to be a huge hiring run at DC burbank once the move from New York is finalized early next year, most positions can’t yet be filled. However, Vertigo Executive Editor Shelly Bond has already relocated, moving house right after Comic-Con, so Vertigo appears to be getting a jump on the relocation, especially with mainstay Will Dennis staying back in New York.
As far as the layoffs go, I’d be surprised to see DC lose too many people, as they are already winnowing out many positions due to the move. On the other hand, maybe WB will take this opportunity to cut loose some people and hire for new positions in Burbank. Ugh. Good luck whatever your job status!
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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.