John Nee named Senior VP of Biz Dev, DC Comics

Mon, September 24th, 2007 at 12:00am PDT

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Official Press Release

Sepetmber 24th, 2007 - New York, NY -John Nee has been promoted to Senior

Vice President of Business Development, DC Comics. It was announced today by

Paul Levitz, DC Comics President & Publisher. Nee will continue to report

directly to Levitz.

Nee, who joined DC Comics in 1998 as VP, General Manager WildStorm, oversees

Business Development, the WildStorm studio, and the CMX manga imprint. In

his new role, Nee will continue to provide leadership for DC Comics in

potential opportunities for expanding the company's core businesses areas,

including in international publishing, videogame production and new media

initiatives with sister divisions Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment and

Warner Bros Digital Distribution.

Levitz commented, "John has a wide-ranging and entrepreneurial approach to

our business, and has been able to expand DC's activities through

relationships he's built across the world and inside our affiliated

companies. It's my pleasure to recognize his contributions with this

promotion, and to count on his continued effect on DC's growth."

As VP, Business Development, Nee supervised Business Development during a

time of substantial growth for the graphic novel category worldwide,

expanding DC's relationships with international publishers, and increasing

the range of DC publications domestically through licensed publishing

programs. In recent years, Nee has guided DC's venture into publishing

manga. In 2004, he spearheaded the launch of CMX, DC's manga imprint; in

2007, he was instrumental in securing DC's investment in Flex Comix, a newly

established company for manga production and digital/print distribution in

Japan. Nee is also a Director and sits on the Board of Flex Comix.

Before joining DC Comics, Nee served as President of WildStorm Productions

(legendary comic artist Jim Lee's studio which published through Image

Comics). WildStorm was sold to DC Comics in 1998. As stand alone company,

WildStorm Productions published bestselling comics such as WildCATs, Gen13,

Danger Girl, Battlechasers, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and WetWorks.

Nee diversified WildStorm's publishing business into merchandise, film and

television deals. During this time, CBS aired the cartoon program WildCATS

and Buena Vista Home Entertainment produced a Gen13 animated feature. Nee

was also responsible for the company's successful trading card division,

which included many of the top-selling entertainment cards of the '90s and

the long-running super-hero trading card games, WildStorms and Marvel

OverPower.

Previous to that, Nee held various positions as a Product Manager and

Marketing Manager in the emergent electronic publishing world, where he

developed high end imaging tools for printing, including the world's first

comic book colorization tool.

 
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