Four high-ranking DC Comics employees are planning on moving with the editorial department from New York City to Burbank, California in 2015, CBR News has learned: Co-publisher Dan DiDio, editor-in-chief Bob Harras, Vertigo executive editor Shelly Bond and group editor Eddie Berganza.Â
All four are long-running members of DC’s editorial team. DiDio has been in a top-level position at the publisher since 2002, becoming co-publisher in 2010. He’s also authored several comics at DC, including the recently announced “Infinity Man and the Forever People.” DiDio’s fellow co-publisher, Jim Lee, is already based on the west coast.
Harras has been editor-in-chief at DC since 2010, and held the same position at Marvel from 1995 to 2000. Bond has been at Vertigo since 1993, and was promoted to executive editor of the celebrated mature readers imprint in December 2012. Berganza has been at DC since 1992, with multiple stints editing the Superman books along with high-profile projects like “Blackest Night.”
DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson confirmed plans to move the company’s editorial operations from New York City, its home since DC’s inception, to the Los Angeles area last October. In a letter to employees announcing the news, Nelson wrote that the entire New York staff would have the chance to relocate to Burbank. Speculation followed among industry observers as to which employees would take DC up on its offer, and which would remain in New York.
Editor Wil Moss moved from DC to Marvel last December; a month later, Mike Marts left his post as Batman group editor to return to Marvel as executive editor. Former DC executive director of publicity Alex Segura returned to Mamaroneck, New York-based Archie Comics in February as senior vice president of publicity and marketing, and editor of its Red Circle line; while publicity representative Alex Nagorski left the company in January.
DC started the move towards the west coast in 2009 with the inception of “DC Entertainment,” intended to better integrate DC’s various operations with parent company Time Warner. DC Comics’ digital and administrative departments were relocated to Burbank in 2010.
DC Comics did not respond when asked to comment on this story.