Warner Bros. makes DC appointments

Jim Lee, Dan DiDio, Geoff Johns named new top executives

NEW YORK -- Warner Bros. on Thursday named new top executives at DC Entertainment, which is charged with using the library of DC Comics characters across media platforms.

Diane Nelson, president, DC Entertainment, named Jim Lee and Dan DiDio co-publishers of DC Comics, and Geoff Johns chief creative officer of DC Entertainment.

The company also appointed John Rood to the post of executive vp, sales, marketing and business development, and Patrick Caldon to the post of executive vp, finance and administration.

They will all report directly to Nelson.

"DC Entertainment's new executive team is a creative 'dream team,' with accomplishments and talent unrivaled in the business," said Nelson.

With this new leadership team, Diane will be able to fully and respectfully integrate DC's brand and characters, not only as key content drivers in the film division, but across all of the businesses of Warner Bros. and Time Warner," said Jeff Robinov, president of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

Lee is a comic book illustrator/creator/publisher who started his career at Marvel Comics where he worked on the "X-Men" and "Punisher," among other things. In 1992, he started his own production company, WildStorm Productions, and co-founded the independent Image Comics. His creations "WildCats" and "Gen 13" were turned into a CBS Saturday morning cartoon. In 1998, he left Image Comics and sold WildStorm to DC Comics.

DiDio most recently served as senior vp and executive editor, DC Universe, overseeing such superhero brands as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. He also spearheaded such projects as "All Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder" and "Teen Titans."