DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson confirms that the company will be moving from New York City to their digital and administrative divisions in Burbank, California. This move will be the first in the publishers history.
The move was detailed in an internal memo sent out to employees stating: “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.”
The letter goes on to indicate that all New York-based employees will have the opportunity to move to Burbank, should they so choose. Sources indicate that high-level DC editorial employees were informed about the move last week.
In December of 2010, DC Entertainment issued a press release stating that, though their digital and administrative offices had relocated to Burbank starting in 2010, the publishing company would remain in New York City. NYC is also the home of Marvel Comics editorial staff.
“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,” Nelson said in 2010 of DC editorial staying put in New York.
Full text of the letter below:
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.