Majority of DC Universe staff have been laid off by WarnerMedia, report says

The Riddler, Joker and Harley Quinn on the DC Universe original TV series Harley Quinn

After reading the WarnerMedia CEO letter and not seeing anything about DC Universe, I was nervous for the service (see: WarnerMedia Company Shakeup Memo Doesn’t Mention Fate of DC Universe), and earlier today comes reports that the “majority” of DC Universe staff have been laid off. The comics division is being hit especially hard.

Insiders also say the majority of the staff of the streaming service DC Universe has been laid off, a move that had been widely expected as WarnerMedia shifts its focus to new streaming service HBO Max. “DC Universe was DOA as soon as the AT&T merger happened,” said one source.

DC Comics, DC Universe Hit By Major Layoffs | Hollywood Reporter

Hopefully the “source” is wrong about DCU being “DOA” (Dead On Arrival). Keep it around for at least the wide selection of comic books. Will continue to push for that from our tiny, relatively insignificant — but growing, hey! — web crevice.

Saw another article the other day — no sources cited, so probably not credible — saying that DC Universe had around only 50,000 paid subscribers. Don’t believe the numbers are that low. We’re one of them, having gotten in at a lower monthly price deal at the end of 2019, but it just seems to me that they must have at least a couple hundred thousand paid subscribers for their comics … yes/no?

Even though Stargirl’s first season is now finished, we’re staying subscribed to see what comes out of the FREE virtual event, DC FanDome on Saturday August 22, 2020. Presumably, we’ll find out from the source what is happening with DCU. Will be posting more about that in the not too distant future.

Now, could be wrong, but despite the layoffs, I don’t think WarnerMedia is going to shut down DCU.

Will the service be changed? That much seems all but a certainty. My money is on it being a comics-only service, perhaps even with a bundling deal with HBO Max (which would promote HBO Max, so it plays into WarnerMedia’s strategy).

I mean, if they’re keeping Crunchyroll (see: WarnerMedia’s Crunchyroll growing, despite curated hub on HBO Max, maybe DC Universe will enjoy similar autonomy?), they aren’t opposed to keeping other niche services. I do think the days of seeing anything movie or TV-oriented original and exclusive at DC Universe are gone.

Job Posting from Centurylink: $1,000 to watch Hallmark Christmas movies

If Christmas is your favorite time of year (it’s my favorite holiday anyway), and you enjoy Hallmark Christmas movies, this offer from Centurylink might be of interest.

CenturyLink is paying the ultimate Hallmark Christmas movie lover $1,000 to watch 24 movies in 12 days all while documenting the experience on social media.

Get paid $1,000 to watch Hallmark Christmas movies

Reading through the details, it doesn’t sound like you are compromised for your opinion of the various Hallmark movies you watch every day, but it’s a chance at a semi-professional critic gig for those interested. You can apply for this positions here.

Speaking of holiday films, this is a good time to provide an update to the …

2019 Holiday Movie Viewing Challenge – progress update

Goal is to watch 25+ holiday movies from November 1 – December 25, 2019.

  1. Klaus ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. A Country Christmas Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  3. Last Christmas ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. Let It Snow ⭐️⭐️½
  5. Christmas Inheritance ⭐️⭐️½
  6. A Holiday Engagement ⭐️⭐️
  7. A Christmas Kiss ⭐️⭐️
  8. Christmas Break-In ⭐️½