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    Diane Nelson ’89

    Arents Award Recipient for Excellence in Entertainment

    Diane Nelson ’89Diane Nelson is president of DC Entertainment (DCE) and Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP). For DC Entertainment, she oversees a vast portfolio of stories and characters, including such cultural icons as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, across all media and platforms, while strategically integrating the DC, Vertigo, and MAD brands throughout Warner Bros. Entertainment and all its content and distribution businesses.

    Since 2009, when Nelson took over leadership of DCE, the comic book publisher has partnered with studio colleagues on the development of television projects, feature films, blockbuster video games, and a host of other headline-making initiatives, which sparked Advertising Age to name DCE one of America’s hottest brands.

    In collaboration with Warner Bros. Television, she has brought more DC TV shows on the air than ever before. DC’s 2017 film slate, in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures, has featured The LEGO Batman Movie, Wonder Woman, and Justice League. And, in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, DC is home to the most successful super hero game franchise in the industry—Batman: Arkham.

    At Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Nelson works with divisional management on the group’s global business strategies and execution to optimize Warner Bros.’ slate of film, television, and animation properties. WBCP represents some of the world’s most highly regarded entertainment franchises, including DC and J.K. Rowling’s Wizard World (Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts). WBCP also manages a successful global-themed entertainment business, which features the groundbreaking The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

    Previously, Nelson was president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, where she oversaw the development of a slate of top-tier digitally powered console and mobile games, including those based on DC characters, as well as other Warner Bros. properties and original intellectual property. In addition, she served as president of Warner Premiere; executive vice president, global brand management, for Warner Bros. Entertainment; and executive vice president of domestic marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures.

    A graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications (advertising) and the College of Arts and Sciences (English) at Syracuse University, Nelson joined the company in 1996 as director of worldwide corporate promotions and held several other positions with the studio.

    Active in philanthropy, Nelson serves on the board of There with Care, a Boulder, Colorado-based nonprofit organization that supports families with children affected by critical illnesses.