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DC Universe Severely Cut, Most Streaming Staffers Laid Off

Fern Siegel

DC Universe has laid off most of its streaming service staff, per The Hollywood Reporter.

The move was not unexpected — parent company WarnerMedia has given more attention and resources to HBO Max since its May 27 debut.

DC Universe, which began in 2018, houses live action series “Stargirl,” “Doom Patrol” and “Titans.” It’s animation lineup includes “Young Justice” and “Harley Quinn.”

HBO Max has begun streaming some of those titles, as well as developing major DC projects, such as a “Green Lantern” series and “Strange Adventures.”

The DC publishing side also was hit: Editor-in-chief Bob Harras, SVP of publishing strategy and support services Hank Kanalz, vice president, marketing and creative services Jonah Weiland, vice president, global publishing initiatives and digital strategy Bobbie Chase, senior story editor Brian Cunningham and executive editor Mark Doyle have been laid off.

DC Direct, the 22-year-old company’s in-house merchandise and collectibles manufacturer, has been cut.

The timing is ironic. DC is expected to have a sizable presence at DC FanDome on August 22.

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