Warner Bros has reupped Walter Hamada as president of DC Films. He will continue to oversee the DC film slate, along with features produced for the HBO Max streaming platform. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed, but Hamada’s new contract runs through 2023.
“Walter is an incredibly talented, well respected executive, known by his colleagues and our filmmakers as a great collaborator,” said Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group. “I’m excited about where he’s taking DC Films and look forward to working with him and the rest of the team to build out the DC Multiverse.”
The re-up comes as Hamada’s name came up during an investigation by Warner Bros into conduct on its original Justice League, after allegations from the film’s co-star Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg, that director Joss Whedon’s “on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.”Hamada was not in charge of DC feature production and release of Justice League; he was a New Line executive at the time but has been looped in to the matter as acting president.
Warner Bros said last month that an investigation into the accusations had been concluded and “remedial action has been taken.” Fisher later called out Hamada over the probe and said he would no longer work with the DC Films boss.
Hamada was New Line’s EVP Production and was one of the key executives in charge of the label’s horror successes It and The Conjuring franchises.
He was named president of DC Films in January 2018.
Variety was first to report the Hamada news today.
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