Since March, DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson has been on a leave of absence and was expected to return in the not-too-distant future. But it seems that plan has been scrapped as Nelson will instead leave Warner Bros. entirely after 22-year stint at the company.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the news was delivered across the organization by Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara. “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,” he said. “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.”
“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,” Nelson said in a statement.
Nelson was a key part of the overall success of the Harry Potter series and was the natural choice to lead DC Entertainment when Warner Bros. reorganized DC Comics into its present form in 2009. At the time, the plan was to transition the DC Comics characters into a replacement series for Harry Potter, which buoyed the studios earnings for the previous decade. While that plan delivered mixed results, DC properties on television and in publishing thrived under her watch.
THR claims the current interim power structure will remain in place with Thomas Gewecke, Warner Bros. chief digital officer and executive vice president of strategy and business development, overseeing the DC executive management team of Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns and Amit Desai. Eventually, though, a new president will be chosen.
Despite some of the set-backs during her tenure, DC Entertainment is in a better place than it was when various Warner Bros. producers competed to produce disconnected projects with characters from the comics library. Though there still seems to be a lack of vision — like the insane decision to develop two unrelated Joker projects simultaneously — Nelson’s management created a stable TV universe and the beginnings of a film universe while delivering legitimate critical and financial successes like Wonder Woman.
Nevertheless, her departure is big news and suggests a major change on the way for DC Entertainment as a whole.