DC Entertainment announced today that their comics publishing division will remain in New York City while all their other offices will relocate to Burbank, CA. This announcement comes after much speculation that the entire company would move their offices after forming the DC Entertainment group a little over a year ago. According to their Official Press Release:
“These organizational changes reinforce the strengths of DC’s greatest legacies – most importantly its people and its creative talent – and offer greater opportunity for maximum growth, success and efficiency in the future,” said Nelson. “Our two offices will stretch and build their respective areas of focus, while prioritizing and aggressively striving to connect and cooperate more strongly than ever before between them and with their colleagues at Warner Bros.”
“This strategic business realignment allows us to fully integrate and expand the DC brand in feature films as well as across multiple distribution platforms of Warner Bros. and Time Warner,” said Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, to whom Nelson reports. “We are creating a seamless, cohesive unit that will bring even more great characters and content to consumers everywhere.”
Shortly after these announcements, DC Co-Publishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee announced, via The Source, that the WildStorm imprint will end this December. WildStorm has been home to many great comics like The Authority by Warren Ellis & Bryan Hitch and later Mark Millar with Frank Quietly, Planetary by Ellis & John Cassaday and Sleeper by Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips. That superhero universe will effectively end with the final isues of WildCats and The Authority. From the article:
"After taking the comics scene by storm nearly 20 years ago, the WildStorm Universe titles will end this December," the Co-Publishers explained in a joint statement, noting the end of the brand was not the end of all the characters stories. "In this soft marketplace, these characters need a break to regroup and redefine what made them once unique and cutting edge. While these will be the final issues published under the WildStorm imprint, it will not be the last we will see of many of these heroes. We, along with Geoff Johns, have a lot of exciting plans for these amazing characters, so stay tuned."
DC is, also, dropping all uses of the Zuda name that marked their web comics. These titles will live on as digital releases. DC Entertainment President, Diane Nelson, has spoken with both Comic Book Resources and Newsarama on the changes announced today. A similar interview with Jim Lee and Dan Didio can also be found at Comic Book Resources.