Warner Brothers is making changes to the way it handles a lot of its releases, specifically and most important to us lantern fans, DC Entertainment. THR has all the details (and apparently more shakeups to come) of this executive rodeo dance but the juicy bits are below. Read on!
Current executive vp Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, DC’s chief content officer who successfully launched the comics label’s foray into television, will co-run the newly created DC Films, according to multiple sources.
This move is part of a broader refinement of executive roles at Warners, which has suffered a disappointing run of movies and has vexed producers and filmmakers, some of whom complain about a murky greenlight process.
Now, instead of a broad range of movies to oversee, executives will be charged with managing “genre streams” while reporting to Warner Bros. Pictures president Greg Silverman. In many cases, these streams formalize interests and specialties for specific executives. Courtenay Valenti, for example, will now oversee all Lego projects as well as the Harry Potter line that begins with November’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Senior production execs Jesse Ehrman and Niija Kuykendall will focus more on comedy/family and sci-fi/action, respectively, according to sources.
Its interesting that Johns is getting a lot (i.e. ALL) of the credit for putting together the DC television stable of shows (Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and the recently announced Krypton). Greg Berlanti, who’s rumored to be directing (and confirmed to be producing) a Booster Gold film, is the one common thread behind all of those shows but I guess Geoff has been there as well. Clearly, his position in DC Entertainment as Chief Creative Officer has put him in an amazing place to rise within the company. It literally doesn’t get any higher than this for Johns as far as DC adaptations go (although he’ll still report to Diane Nelson the President of DC Entertainment). So, congrats to him but now all the pressure is on those Michigan made shoulders.
Finally, a bit on Jon Berg. He was apparently a conduit to Ben Affleck, having worked with the actor-filmmaker on Argo and Live by Night, the crime thriller Affleck recently wrapped.