Report: Warner Bros. to announce DC Comics restructuring [Updated]
Nikki Finke reports an announcement is expected, possibly as soon as today, that Warner Bros. will restructure DC Comics, moving in two top Warner executives to oversee the division.
The reshuffling, whose rumors were reported two weeks ago by Rich Johnston, would have DC President and Publisher Paul Levitz reporting to Warner Bros. Picture Group President Jeff Robinov and Warner Premiere President Diane Nelson. Currently Levitz reports directly to Alan Horn, president and COO of Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Update [9:48 a.m.]: Finke and Johnston both now say they’re told by DC Comics “insiders” that Levitz is expected to step down as president and publisher. Levitz has worked for DC for 35 years, becoming president in 2002.
Finke also reports that Robinov has “called back” several in-development movie projects, like The Flash and Wonder Woman, as part of a strategy “to severely limit the number of gross participants on the projects.” Producers reportedly could get some of the titles back under deals that would better benefit Warner Bros.
Nelson has headed Warner Home Video’s direct-to-DVD division since it was established in August 2006, during which time Warner Premiere produced DC Universe Original Animated Movies such as Batman: Gotham Knight, Justice League: The New Frontier and Superman: Doomsday. Before that Nelson was executive vice president of domestic marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures.