Nelson Departs Warner Brothers After 22 Years
Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment, has resigned from Warner Brothers. She has been part of the company for 22 years. This comes after Nelson took a leave of absence in March, citing family issues. WB President Kevin Tsujihara said in a company-wide letter:
“Diane has been a friend and colleague as well as a valued member of the Warner Bros. family for more than 20 years. Throughout her tenure, her leadership and contributions have helped shape the way the studio operates today, and we’re better for having had her on our team. While we’re sad she’ll be leaving us, we completely respect and support her decision. Whatever her next chapter holds, I know she’ll make it amazing.”
Nelson herself penned a letter to everyone at DC Comics and DC Entertainment:
“Warner Bros. has been my home for over 20 years with a wide variety of incredible professional experiences. The last nine—rebuilding and managing DC Entertainment—have been a particular highlight and privilege. With the support and talents of our staff and creators, I am proud to leave DC even stronger than when I joined it. I will miss everyone—particularly my executive management team—without whom none of our achievements could have been realized. And I am excited to take on my next professional adventure.”
From Harry Potter to Batman
Nelson came to a beleaguered and floundering DC Comics after successfully leading the Harry Potter franchise to great heights. Under her tenure, she restructured DC Comics, created a more talent-friendly environment, and led DC to TV success. Her results with the movies have been not as acclaimed, but she led the charge to bring Wonder Woman, her favorite character, to the screen. Under her tenure, DC Comics brought former talent like Neil Gaiman back into the fold. She also helped poach talent from Marvel, such as John Romita Jr. and Brian Michael Bendis. She also oversaw DC’s massive move from New York City to Burbank.
In the interim, DC Entertainment will continue on. The temporary leadership structure is still in place. According to THR: “That framework sees Thomas Gewecke, who serves as chief digital officer and executive VP of strategy and business development at Warner Bros., overseeing the DC executive management team of Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns and Amit Desai. Warner Bros. Consumer Products president Pam Lifford will now report directly to Tsujihara.”
We at Word of the Nerd would like to thank Diane for her long years of service as caretaker of our favorite characters. We hope she will continue to find success wherever she goes.