Disney Begins Laying Off Marvel Comics Employees

Disney is seemingly trimming all it can trim in different divisions of the company, given its dire financial state right now. After the Disney Parks suffered a massive layoff of over 28,000 Cast Members, and after cutbacks at ESPN, it seems that Mickey is turning his attention to Mighty Marvel Comics.

From comic book news site Bleeding Cool

Today, Bleeding Cool has been hearing that a handful of staffers at Marvel Comics has been made officially redundant at various departments and levels – though none in comic book editorial.

However, this includes John Nee, the publisher of Marvel Comics who, amongst other things, brought League Of Legends and Warhammer to the comic book publisher, as reported by Comic Book. He had been placed on furlough, and it appears that all the affected staff had been previously furloughed as well. Formerly, John Nee had set up Cryptozoic Entertainment, had been a VP at DC Comics and Earner Bros, and CEO of Wildstorm when DC Comics purchased it.

The other name out there is Judy Stephens, a producer who worked on a variety of projects at the publisher. This included being producer and host of the Women Of Marvel podcast and well as the series Marvel Make Me a Hero, Marvel Becoming, Marvel Quickdraw, This Week in Marvel, The Pull List, and more. Judy posted earlier today, “Marvel, and I said goodbye today. I’m working through my emotions as I mourn my career over the last 14 years.”

It’s unclear if more layoffs are coming to Marvel Comics in the near future.

WarnerMedia recently gutted rival DC Comics as parent company AT&T looks to shed its massive debt load. Comics professionals referred to that as a “bloodbath,” and it’s quite possible Marvel Comics could be looking at a similar scenario as Disney continues to bleed out financially during the pandemic.

[Source: Bleeding Cool]


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