Nelson, who was head of content operations at the short-form digital platform, is leaving less than a year after joining the business.
Her departure comes after the exit of a number of senior executives including Janice Min, who was tasked with running the company’s daily news show output and left in September, and head of partnerships and distribution Tim Connolly, who left in August. Nelson is believed to have left for personal reasons.
The startup, led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, is set to launch in April and has been on a programming march including shows from the likes of Steven Spielberg, Antoine Fuqua and Guillermo del Toro
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Nelson was previously president of DC Entertainment, joining in 2009, spearheading the development of the DC Universe movies and 11 scripted shows based on DC properties. Most of the shows, which are produced by Warner Bros. Television, air on the CW, a partnership between Warner Bros. and CBS.
“Diane Nelson has been a valued member of the team, helping us build a strong organization full of exceptional people. We wish her well and support her as she focuses on other priorities, and thank her for her many contributions to Quibi,” Katzenberg said.
Nelson, in a note to colleagues, said, she enjoyed her ten months at Quibi. She said, “When I left Warner Bros. last year after over two strong decades of work there, I made a commitment to prioritize several key aspects of my life — most importantly my family and friends. Unfortunately, that commitment was tested a bit sooner and more urgently than I might have liked. However, the ability to be present for a handful of key people in my life has been invaluable and I’m appreciative for Jeffrey and Meg’s support, as well as all of your kind wishes. Given several personal priorities and upon much reflection, I have decided to resign from Quibi. I will be taking the next few months to make sure the people I love are well and settled and then will turn my attention to my next chapter of life
Nelson added that she was unlikely to “wade back” into the entertainment industry full-time and will move into “semi-retirement” and pursue board opportunities. “You are each remarkably talented and I have every faith that Quibi is going to be a great success. I will be cheering you on from the sidelines,” she added.
NBC’s Dylan Byers was first with the news.
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