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Walter Hamada Apointed as New President of DC Films for Warner Bros.

January 4, 2018 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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THR’s Heat Vision reports that Walter Hamada has been named the new president of DC Films for Warner Bros. With the position, Hamada will be the one to spearhead the slate of films based on DC Entertainment properties and characters for the studio. Hamada was one of the executives behind the successful horror movie franchise, The Conjuring, for Warner Bros. and New Line.

Hamada moves up to the position after Jon Berg exited from the post last December. Berg was Warner’s co-president of production and previously served as the point man for the studio’s DC films. Berg is now serving as a partner at Vertigo, the production company that’s run by producer Roy Lee.

According to the report, Hamada will work closely with Geoff Johns, president and Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, to focus on the slate of upcoming films based on DC superheroes and villains, including titles based on other characters and stories that are licensed from DC Comics.

Hamada is seen as part of the “Team Genre” duo at New Line alongside Dave Neustadter. Both men also oversaw the 2017 horror phenomenon, It, based on the Stephen King novel.

Warner Bros. president and chief content officer Tony Emmerich stated on the news: “Walter is creative, resourceful, and committed to excellence, and will bring those qualities to his oversight of our superhero films. 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.”

In 2017, while Wonder Woman was a strong hit for DC and Warner Bros., Justice League was a significant disappointment at the box office. The film only ended up making $651 million worldwide. Currently, only one DC film release is due out in 2018 with Aquaman, which is directed by The Conjuring helmer James Wan. That film opens on December 21.

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