Has the new DC boss been found?
Dan LinCEO-turned-producer who counts as many hits as a live event Aladdin, the lego movie, and the He. She Horror films among his credits, are in talks to take on the role of DC president, according to multiple sources The Hollywood Reporter.
The role will include overseeing not only film but television as well, with Lynn reporting directly to Warner Bros. CEO. Discovery David Zaslav, according to sources.
The proposed structure would bypass three separate division heads – the heads of Warner Bros. Pictures Michael De Luca and Pam Abdi, President of HBO/HBO Max Casey Blows, President of Warner Bros. Television. Channing Dungey Puts control of DC in the hands of one person.
Walter Hamadeh is the current president of DC . MoviesShe will move out of the role, according to sources. A Warners insider says no negotiations have taken place and no formal offer has been made, though other sources say the two are discussing salary, reporting structure and the future of Lane’s prolific production company, Rideback.
If any deal closes, one of the most intense executive searches in recent memory, which has faced scrutiny from Hollywood producers and rival executives as well as DC fans, will be terminated.
Zaslav said he was looking for Warner’s own version of Kevin Feige, the famous Marvel CEO who spearheaded the rival comic book company’s slate of films and later its television portfolio, turning it into a multibillion-dollar pop culture.
This is an almost impossible question, but it hasn’t stopped the CEOs’ names from coming up. Emma Watts proved to be an early rival, while in recent months names like Amy Pascal, Matt Tolmach, Sean Bailey and Greg Berlanti have been rumored to be meeting or being pushed by savvy agency heads.
Lin’s name came up late in the game, but he has a champion in it Warriors Counselor Alan Horn, the former Disney president who ran Warner as President and COO of Strings. During that last stint, Lin worked at The Horn Company, where he started as a junior executive and rose to the position of senior vice president of production. He had huge success as a producer in 2008, but not before sponsoring films like the late And the 10000 BC He also oversaw the infamous and aborted Justice Squad The feature that was to be directed by George Miller. (The 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike and the complexities of the tax credit were factors that derailed it.)
Lin is a respected producer known for his intelligence, and, in a town full of noise and vanity, his desire to find experts in fields that are not his forte. He’s worked on franchises—Robert Downey Jr. starring Sherlock Holmes, and four Lego films—as well as the hugely successful two-part adaptation of Stephen King. He. She. His resume ranges from big shows, such as billion dollars in earnings Aladdinto intimate dramas, such as Oscar-nominated films Popes. It’s coming out of the early August release of Universal’s Jo Koy comedy Easter Holiday.
He also has television experience, which is a key factor for the new position. Lin and the CEO of his company produced a file lethal Weapon Turns out it aired for three seasons on Fox and WalkerRestart Walker, Texas Ranger which will begin its third season on The CW this fall. He and his company are in post-production on the big-budget live action series Avatar: Another Airbender for Netflix.
Lynn also displayed off-screen ambitions. His banner, Rideback, has a nonprofit arm and several initiatives and fellowships that assist BIPOC and up-and-coming entrepreneurs. It’s not clear what will happen to Rideback, but one scenario, according to sources, is for Warner Bros. Discovery is a kind of stake in the company. Rideback will also continue to operate as a production entity and be managed by current president Jonathan Erich.
If Lin takes over, he will replace Hamada, who Join DC in 2018which is the time when the brand was looking forward to the reset next Justice Squad (2017) Bombed. Hamada, famous for being a friendly collaborator, has maintained a much lower profile than Marvel’s Feige, which is pretty much the face of the franchise. Although rival Marvel Studios has a closely related universe, DC under Hamada explored some of the stories that took place in separate universes, including the Academy Award-winning Billion Dollars. joker (2019) and Matt Reeves Batman (2022), which brought in $769.2 million globally. A supplement to both is in the works.
Hamada has built relationships with talented people like Marvel favorite James Gunn, who directed it suicide squad (2021) and the creation of the HBO Max . show peace maker He has other projects in development in DC.
However, Hamada’s tenure also underlined the popular pressures that come with the leadership of the capital. Over the past two years, Hamada has found himself the subject of critical tweets from Justice Squad Actor Ray Fisher, who put the CEO in the unusual position of running the film department while being publicly criticized by one of his co-stars. In the summer of 2020, Fisher accused filmmaker Joss Whedon of abusive and unprofessional conduct on the set of 2017. Justice Squad, which was supervised by Whedon after the departure of director Zack Snyder. Although Hamada was not in the capital during the production Justice SquadCEO Fisher accused of attempt To throw Whedon as well as Producer Jon Berg “under the bus” in order to protect Jeff Jones, someone else Justice Squad Producer Fisher said enabled and blogged. Hamada was acquitted in the studio investigations of any Justice Squad confusion.
Hamada was preparing to release three or four films a year between theaters and HBO Max when the Warner Bros. merger took place. Discovery. Some see his exit only partially off track in DC, while other observers believe he didn’t get enough internal support from the previous AT&T system.
Lin will join the capital while Zaslav vows to reshape the capital With a 10-year plan he hopes will allow the brand to compete with Disney-owned Marvel Studios, which built the largest movie franchise in history.
“We’ve done a reset. Zaslav said in an earnings call on August 4, just two days after HBO Max canceled $90 million bat girl The film headed by Hamada. As part of that, we will focus on quality. We won’t release any movie before it’s ready. …the capital is something we can improve.”
Aaron Koch contributed to this story.