In a memo sent to DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products staff, Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced that DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson (who also oversees the Consumer Products division) will be taking a leave of absence beginning April 2nd.
According to the memo, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Nelson wants to “recharge, as well as have immediate and uninterrupted time with her family.” The site also suggests the leave will allow her to fully recover from back surgery she underwent last year. In her absence, the DC executive management team of Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns and Amit Desai will report to Thomas Gewecke, the chief digital officer and executive vice president of Warner Bros. Entertainment strategy and business development.
While it is unclear when Nelson will return to her duties, Tsujihara wrote in the memo that “we look forward to her returning to the Studio.”
Nelson has worked at Warner Bros. in various capacities for the last 22-years and was credited with shepherding the Harry Potter novels of J.K. Rowling into a successful film series and multimedia empire. That experience led to her appointment as president of DC Entertainment when it was founded out of the bones of DC Comics in 2009. At the time, the intent was to mold the film enterprise into a cohesive vision like Marvel Studios was building, but the results have not been as critically successful despite racking up box office wins. On the television and consumer products side, Nelson’s leadership at DC Entertainment has led to a number of television success stories and successful multimedia/consumer products initiatives like DC Super Hero Girls.
The company’s next big move is the upcoming DC-branded streaming service; which will be home to the Titans TV series, a Superman-prequel series called Metropolis and the third season of the much-loved Young Justice animated series. On the film end, Shazam is currently filming with Aquaman do out in December and a Wonder Woman sequel set for 2019.