As part of a reorganization of its DC film operations, Warner Bros. is promoting Walter Hamada to oversee his comic movies, Variety has learned. He will serve as president of DC-based film production. In December, the studio decided to replace Jon Berg and Geoff Johns as directors of the DC films. Berg became a production partner with Roy Lee, the producer of "The Lego Movie" and "It", which has an agreement on the lot.
Johns remains in DC as president and creative director, but his portfolio does not just involve movies. He will continue to provide creative guidance on the company's television and comics efforts. In an official announcement of the hiring of Hamada, Warner Bros. said that Johns "will work closely" with the new president of production.
The move comes when DC seeks more quality control of their efforts on the big screen: the studio captured the acclaim and box office bonanza with the "Wonder Woman" last summer, but was criticized by "Suicide Squad" and "Justice" League. "There is widespread frustration at DC's failure to match the popularity of Marvel movies."
Previously, Hamada worked for a decade as a production executive at New Line, a division of Warner Bros. There, he helped to shepherd successes. of horror as "It", "The Gallows" and "The Conjuring" for cinemas.The executive enjoys a close relationship with director James Wan, who directs "Aquaman" for DC, and is credited with helping to expand the universe "The Conjuring" by making a well-received sequel to the movie, as well as spin-offs with "Annabelle." "Series. He will leave New Line to work for Warners, and will also oversee any other type of comic book films that the studio produces outside of the DC Canon.
Toby Emmerich, who was promoted in 2016 to president and content director of Warner Bros., worked with Hamada on New Line, which he directed before moving to the main studio.
"Walter is creative, resourceful and committed to excellence, and will bring those qualities to his supervision of our superhero films," Emmerich said in a statement.
Emmerich added: "I am confident that Walter and Geoff, working with our film partners, will offer films that will resonate with both the global audience and DC fanboys and fangirls."
Last summer, Warner Bros. named Courtenay Valenti, best known for her work in the Harry Potter films, as production president at Warner Bros. She will continue in that role, as will the DC Entertainment director Diane Nelson.
Before coming to New Line in 2007, Hamada spent four years as a partner in the management and production company H2F Entertainment. He began his career as an assistant at TriStar and eventually became a production VP for Columbia Pictures. He also directed the development of MBST Entertainment.
A Warner Bros. spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.