DC Comics is leaving the home it's known for almost 80 years. DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson announced DC Comics would be moving from New York City to join its digital and administrative office in Burbank, California, in a letter sent to her employees yesterday.
Here's the letter DC employees received:
Dear DCE Team,
As I hope you know, I and the entire DCE exec team work hard to offer transparency about as much of our business plans and results as we possibly and responsibly can. In an effort to continue to do that where possible and to ensure you are hearing news from us, rather than a third party, I am proactively reaching out to you this afternoon to share news about our business.
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.
Everyone on the New York staff will be offered an opportunity to join their Burbank colleagues and those details will be shared with you individually, comprehensively and thoughtfully next week. Meeting notifications will be sent tomorrow to ensure the roll out of this information and how it affects the company and you personally.
We know this will be a big change for people and we will work diligently to make this as smooth and seamless a transition as possible.
This consolidation makes a lot of sense, but given that New York City has been the home of the American comics industry for nearly a century, it also feels extremely weird. I tend to think the communication gap between DC Comics and DC Entertainment (to say nothing for Warner Bros.) is something more fundamental than mere distance, but I honestly don't know how this will affect DC's comics, movies, or anything else.
I do know I have a lot of friends who work as DC Comics who now have to decide if they want to uproot their lives and move across the country or lose the jobs they love. I wish them — and all the other non-executive people at DC's NY offices — the best.
[Via Comic Book Resources]