Diane Nelson, whose leadership as president of DC Entertainment and president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products has seen many changes at the company, is taking a leave of absence, THR reports, The leave starts April 2nd and has no end date.
The moves was announced in a company email from WB head Kevin Tsujihara. DC Entertainment will continue to run under Dan DiDio, Jim Lee and Amit Desai, all reporting to Biz Dev head Thomas Gewecke.
You can read the memo below, but even as this news crossed my wire, I was about to write a story about a very curious social media post today by Geoff Johns, formerly the CCO at DC Entertainment, but not mentioned in the story about Nelson. And recet changes at DC Films have left Johns’ portfolio shrinking.
John and Nelson were very close during her tenure at the top. While who doesn’t like awesome Hulk art by Alex Ross (and the Hulk’s standalone movie rights are held by Universal, NOT Marvel/Disney), it seemed like an odd thing for a studio vet like Johns to post.
Perhaps the Johns version of a cornetto?
Whatever that was all about, Nelson’s tenure at DC has seen many changes: the move to Burbank, a closer relationship with consumer products, and the integration of DC Seperhero Girls as one of the top brand launches in recent memory.
Nelson always been a thoughtful, thorough executive, and while leaving to spend time with your family always sounds a bit ominous, I know many in the industry hope she’ll return.
Here’s Tsujihara’s email:
Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment and President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, has decided to take time off starting Monday, April 2. After 22 years with the company, she wants to recharge, as well as have immediate and uninterrupted time with her family. This is her decision and the entire senior management team and I support this, and will help facilitate it as follows:
– The DC Executive Management team will report to Thomas Gewecke (Chief Digital Officer and EVP, Strategy and Business Development) in the interim
– Pam Lifford will report to me in the interim
Diane continues to be an important member of the Warner Bros. family and has worked on many of our most iconic properties. She has contributed greatly to the company’s successes, and we look forward to her returning to the Studio.
In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your management team, Thomas or me if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support and continued commitment to excellence in everything we do.