The home of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman is officially going bi-coastal, with DC Entertainment announcing it will move its administrative, digital and multimedia production offices to Burbank, Calif., by the end of next year while the company’s comic-book publishing operations remain in New York City.
Moving west are the company’s digital comics initiatives, headed up by co-publisher Jim Lee, and the development of the company’s characters for other media, including movies, television and other multimedia platforms. Co-publisher Dan DiDio will oversee the publishing of comic books and graphic novels in New York.
The changes were announced Tuesday by DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson.
The moves are expected to result in about 50 layoffs while some employees will be offered the chance to relocate and stay with the company, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The company further announced its Wildstorm Universe titles, which are produced out of the San Diego studio founded by DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, will end in December. The company also will close its online Zuda operation, with no new material to be published after this week.
The Wildstorm properties ‘ which include Gen 13, The Authority and Wildcats ‘ are expected to continue in some fashion under the DC banner, as will the remainder of projects that were to be published by Zuda this year.