If you were wondering if any of the recent turmoil at DC Comics would affect president Diane Nelson’s standing at WB, the answer is no. She’s already proven herself a strong executive who gets the way Warners works, and as a result she’s just added running Warner Bros Consumer Products to her portfolio, along with DC Entertainment and CCO of Warner Bros. Interactive, THR reports. She replaces Brad Globe, who served as president from 2005 until now and announced his retirement for next spring.
“With more and more of our consumer products business being directly driven by DC characters and storylines, a closer alignment of the divisions makes a lot of sense for us,” said Warners chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara. “Diane’s background, which includes a great balance of business, creative and marketing, will help us bring fans exciting news ways to enjoy all of Warner Bros.’ great entertainment properties through wide-reaching, innovative consumer products experiences.”
Globe and Nelson will work together closely in the next few months to ensure a smooth transition—and will help find a successor for Globe, who she will oversee.
however the original THR story suggests that it’s a temporary move for Nelson as she will work to find a successor for Globe. We’re checking on that.
WB/s consumer products/licensing division is enormous worldwide, encompassing not only DC but the classic Looney Tunes characters Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and a host of film and TV properties.
Congrats to Nelson. this is a big step for her but one that she’s earned.
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.