In a move that was widely expected by industry insiders, DC Comics Entertainment President Diane Nelson announced that the bulk of DC’s editorial operations will move to Los Angeles to join it’s digital and administrative divisions located in Burbank, California. The move was announced in a company wide letter that was then provided to Comic Book Resources. Says Nelson, “I can confirm that plans are in the works to centralize DCE’s operations in 2015. Next week, the Exec Team will be in New York for a series of meetings to walk everyone through the plans to relocate the New York operations to Burbank. The move is not imminent and we will have more than a year to work with the entire company on a smooth transition for all of us, personally and professionally.”
According to CBR sources, high level editorial staff were informed of the move last week and rumors had been circulating of the move since the relocation of DC’s digital and administrative divisions in 2010, just one year after the creation of the umbrella “DC Entertainment” created to better ingratiate the comics company with it’s parent company, Time Warner, which is also located in California. The move would put DC closer to it’s parent company and further away from their main competition, Marvel Comics, who they have shared a city with since DC’s creation in the 1930’s. The letter also states that all New York staff have the opportunity to move to L.A as well.
Nelson has been dodging the question of relocation since 2010, when she stated in a press release that DC Comics was staying in New York for the foreseeable future. “We’re doing this to protect the legacy of what made the New York DC Comics operation great in the past, which is, again, inclusive of but not limited to the culture of publishing in New York, the creative relationships with people who live and work here.”, she was quoted to say in 2010.
To read the full e-mail along with the press release from 2010, click the link above.
As a comic fan, this can only be seen as an auspicious move for DC Comics. Their history has always been tied to New York City and the move to L.A., to consolidate their editorial, digital, and administrative offices smacks of the idea that DC is taking broad steps to make moves on Hollywood, like their competitors. Now we just have to see just how much talent Marvel snaps up.
Going To California with an Aching in my Heart,
-J. Partridge, III