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Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address

Sunday, May 22
4:00 pm–5:30 pm
Orange County Convention Center – Chapin Theater

Diane Nelson

President of DC Entertainment (DCE)
President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP)
President & Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE)

As President of DC Entertainment, Nelson is charged with leading the efforts to fully realize the power and value of DC Entertainment’s rich 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 Comics, Vertigo and MAD brands deeply across 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, as well as a host of other impressive headline-making initiatives – all sparking Advertising Age to name DC Entertainment one of America’s Hottest Brands.

In close collaboration with Warner Bros. Television, there are more DC TV shows on the air than ever before. A total of eight DC Entertainment television shows will air during the 2015-2016 season.  New series premiering include Supergirl (CBS), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (CW) and Lucifer (FOX), with returning series Arrow (CW), The Flash (CW), iZombie (CW), Gotham (FOX) and the animated show Teen Titans Go! (Cartoon Network).

A robust film slate through 2020 in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema includes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), The LEGO Batman Movie (2017), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League Part 1 (2017), The Flash (2018), Aquaman (2018), Shazam (2019), Justice League Part 2 (2019), Cyborg (2020) and Green Lantern Corps. (2020). Additional films currently in development include Dark Universe and Vertigo titles The Sandman and 100 Bullets.

Nelson’s responsibilities at Warner Bros. Consumer Products include oversight of the division’s business functions, including domestic and international licensing, worldwide marketing, business and legal affairs, finance and retail business development.  WBCP represents some of the most highly regarded entertainment franchises in the world, including DC Comics, Harry Potter, “The Hobbit” Trilogy, “Godzilla,” Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo and “The Big Bang Theory,” among many others.  With more than 3,700 active licensees worldwide, WBCP licenses the rights to names, likenesses and logos for the intellectual properties in Warner Bros. Entertainment’s vast film and television library.

As President & Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Nelson has the additional responsibilities of overseeing, in partnership with Ron Sanders, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution, 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 IP, such as Mortal Kombat and LEGO.  WBIE’s portfolio of studios includes TT Games, Rocksteady Studios, NetherRealm Studios, Turbine, WB Games Montreal, WB Games San Francisco and Monolith Productions.  The company is an award-winning, worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and emerging platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.  There are currently 35 million monthly active users playing WBIE games worldwide.

Previous to her current roles, Nelson served as President of Warner Premiere, developing and producing direct-to-dvd feature films and short-form digital content for Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s distribution businesses. She was also Executive Vice President, Global Brand Management for Warner Bros. Entertainment, a group she started in 2005 in order to continue the cross-company brand management work she began on the Harry Potter property in 2000, expanding efforts to include such iconic films as Batman Begins, Superman Returns, The Polar Express, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Happy Feet.

Nelson transitioned into this cross-company role from her position as Executive Vice President of Domestic Marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures.  She has held a number of other positions within the Studio, having joined the company in 1996 as Director of Worldwide Corporate Promotions.

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

Nelson is a graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications.


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