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President of DC Entertainment Diane Nelson to take leave of absence

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Mar 26, 2018, 5:37 PM EDT

Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment and president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, is taking a leave of absence effective April 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Although the length of her break has not been specified, Nelson is expected to return. 

The news was announced in a memo to DC and Consumer Products employees by Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara. “After 22 years with the company, she wants to recharge, as well as have immediate and uninterrupted time with her family,” said Tsujihara in the memo. The extended break is Nelson’s decision and has the full support of Tsujihara. 

THR noted that Nelson underwent back surgery late last year.

During her absence, Thomas Gewecke, chief digital officer and executive vice president of strategy and business development at Warner Bros., will support the DC executive management team of Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, and Amit Desai, who will continue to run the company’s day to day operations. Gewecke will not be assuming Nelson's role but will instead be supporting the team as needed.

Nelson’s departure comes as DC Comics gears up for a massive 80th anniversary celebration for Superman and following the launch of DC Entertainment's new “edgy and provocative” Black Label imprint