DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson is taking a leave of absence from the company, as well as her role as president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
The news was announced in a memo to staff by Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara. Nelson will step away from her dual posts on April 2, and while it’s unclear when she will return, she is expected to return following an extended break.
In the meantime, the DC executive management team of Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns and Amit Desai will continue to run the company’s day-to-day, with support from Thomas Gewecke, chief digital officer and executive vp of strategy and business development at Warner Bros.
THR broke the news moments ago, reporting that Nelson needed time to deal with personal matters, including properly recovering from back surgery she underwent late last year. Her leave of absence comes just as Justice League ends its theatrical run as the lowest-grossing entry in the DCEU.
Read Tsujihara’s full memo below.
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.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief