Last month, it was reported that Warner Bros. is undergoing another shakeup of its DC Films division, following Justice League‘s poor box office performance. Jon Berg would move on to another area in the studio, while Geoff Johns may have a smaller role going forward. Now, we have a new president.
It has been announced New Line production executive Walter Hamada is moving to Warner Bros. to oversee DC Films and other comic book movies. He will work “closely” with Geoff Johns, who will also keep providing creative guidance to DC’s television shows and comics. The Hollywood Reporter adds that Hamada impressed Emmerich with his overseeing of New Line’s Shazam, which is the next DC movie to start shooting.
Check out Warner Bros.’ press release below, and stay tuned for more as we have it.
(January 4, 2018 – Burbank, CA) – Walter Hamada has been named President, DC-Based Film Production, Warner Bros. Pictures, it was announced today by Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, to whom Hamada will report.
In his new role, Hamada will focus on Warner Bros. Pictures’ slate of upcoming films based on Super Heroes and Super-Villains licensed from DC Comics, as well as titles based on other characters and stories also licensed from DC. Hamada will draw resources from across Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema and work closely with Geoff Johns, President and Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment.
Hamada most recently served as Executive Vice President, Production at New Line Cinema, part of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
“Walter is creative, resourceful, and committed to excellence, and will bring those qualities to his oversight of our superhero films,” said Emmerich. “He’s a terrific production executive and served as an executive producer on two of the summer’s most popular films, New Line’s IT and Annabelle: Creation. I’m confident Walter and Geoff, working with our filmmaking partners, will deliver films that will resonate with both broad global audiences as well as DC fanboys and fangirls. Walter’s a great addition to the Warner Bros. Pictures team, and I look forward to working with him in his new post.”
Prior to this promotion, Hamada spent a decade at New Line, having joined the company in 2007 as Senior Vice President, Production. Among the films he worked on during his tenure at NLC are Friday the 13th (2009), The Final Destination, A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), Final Destination 5, The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation, The Gallows and Lights Out.
Before New Line, Hamada spent four years as a partner at the management and production firm H2F Entertainment. Prior to that, he ran development for MBST Entertainment. Hamada began his career at TriStar Pictures where he ultimately served as Vice President, Production for Columbia Pictures.
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