CEO Diane Nelson has named her executive team at the recently created DC Entertainment (see “Warners Forms DC Entertainment”), including her choices for replacement of long-time publisher Paul Levitz. All of the people named today will report to Nelson.
Jim Lee, currently Editorial Director in charge of Wildstorm and Executive Creative Director for the DCU MMOG, and Dan DiDio, currently SVP and Executive Editor of the DC Universe, will serve as Co-Publishers of DC Comics. Nelson told ICv2 shortly after taking her new post at DC (see “Interview with DC’s Levitz and Nelson”), that she was looking for a knowledge of and a passion for publishing in her replacement for Levitz, and DiDio and Lee certainly have that, along with a deep knowledge of DC's characters and history.
Writer Geoff Johns has been named Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. Johns was one of three writers sent to work with Warner Pictures on developing DC films in late 2008 (see “Johns to Produce Flash Movie”).
DC newcomer John Rood has been named Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing, and Business Development. Rood comes to DC from Disney ABC Television Group, where he was SVP of Marketing for ABC Family. Prior to his ten year stint at Disney, Rood worked for six years at Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
Longtime DC finance executive Pat Caldon has been named Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration.
The appointments end a long period of uncertainty following the quick announcement of the formation of DC Entertainment in early September, shortly after Disney announced that it was acquiring Marvel.