As President, Children’s Books Publishing and Distribution at Scholastic, Marcus was very much involved in the entire Harry Potter book franchise and is credited with helping launch the phenomenon. She also worked with Diane Nelson on bringing the books to film, and helped make Scholastic the second largest children’s book publisher in the world. Scholastic was a $1.2 billion business when she left in 2005, following the publication of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Since then she’s been a consultant to Penguin’s Young Reader’s Group.
Obviously someone with huge business chops, Marcus is also a veteran publisher — she was at Scholastic for 22 years — and according to her Linked In page is located in the New York City area — so moving to the West Coast, as some think DC Entertainment may do, might be a sticking point. Also, DC Entertainment has to be seen as a a bit of a fixer upper at this point, and one would wonder why Marcus would come out of semi-retirement for one last run.
Another buzzed about name as a contender for DC: former Warner Animation President Sander Schwartz, but our sources say he is not in the running for the job for whatever reason.
While this is all speculation at this point, names like Marcus and Schwartz — proven executives with solid track records — are the most likely sorts of candidates for the job — not crazy talk like Grant Morrison and Bill Jemas.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.