With the new five-headed management team being unveiled at DC, a big question is who reports where? Meetings with the new management team are ongoing today at the DC offices — the announcement was made at a 9 am meeting with Diane Nelson — and we’ve gotten word of a few key changes.
Vertigo SVP/Executive editor Karen Berger will be reporting to Dan DiDio. The two have never had a very close creative relationship, so this will be…interesting. Given Vertigo’s strength as an IP developer, however, it would seem foolish to mess with the formula too much.
Gregory Noveck, currently SVP Creative Affairs for DC, and their main Hollywood connection, will report to Geoff Johns; who tangentially, Noveck was instrumental in getting Johns involved with the Hollywood side of things. Noveck was widely seen as a fall guy for DC’s halting efforts in the movie business, (a story in Variety about all the changes last September did all but finger him directly), so his future with the company remains clouded at best.
We’re also hearing that Richard Bruning, currently SVP-Creative Director, is getting a diminished role at the company. Bruning’s future at DC was widely speculated on, since he is also married to Berger, and Warner Brothers has very stringent rules about relatives working together.
Another name that many have wondered about is Bob Wayne, currently VP of Sales. The Lee/DiDio/Johns group would seem to have strong ties to Wayne, so we’d expect him to stay in his current role, although this has not been confirmed.
Developing, as they say.
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.