After 75 years in New York City, DC Comics is planning to pack up its offices and head on out to sunny California.
DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson on Tuesday informed the staff of the company that in 2015, the comics branch of the company will be heading out to Burbank, Calif. to work more closely with its multimedia branch in animation, gaming, movies and television production. Everyone who currently works at DC will be allowed to make the choice of whether or not they will be making the move, but thankfully they have some time to think about it.
Here is what the email sent out to the team had to say.
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.
While the move makes sense, it’s also a sad one for long time comic book fans such as myself. New York City has always been the home of the two biggest comic companies, and it has always felt right. You know that setting and vibe has to have an influence on what they produce. Can you imagine Batman having a California influence? No, you can’t.
What this does say to me, however, is that DC and parent company Warner Brothers are more than likely planning to get very serious about film and TV production. While this move sounds expensive on the surface, imagine the dividends it could pay in the end by letting the two divisions talk to each other in real time? This plan, as sad as it may be, makes complete sense when you look at it.
Still… sad thoughts for comic fans.