DC Comics announced today that Dan DiDio has been promoted to the position of Vice President – Executive Editor, DC Universe. The full press release has been reprinted below.
Official Press Release
New York, NY – Dan DiDio has been promoted to Vice President – Executive Editor, DC Universe, it was announced by Paul Levitz, DC Comics President & Publisher. DiDio will continue to report to Levitz.
DiDio, who joined DC Comics in January 2002 as Vice President – Editorial, oversees the editorial department for the DC Universe imprint. As the DC Universe Executive Editor, DiDio charts the ongoing adventures of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and scores of heroes and villains; he also works to develop new titles with the industry’s premier writers and artists.
“Dan has brought great energy and love of our characters to his work on the DC heroes,” said Levitz, “And is already making an important difference in the creative direction of their world. We’re pleased to recognize his contributions with this promotion, and look forward to an even more exciting DC Universe in the future.”
“I want to thank Paul for the opportunity to work with the best characters and creators in the industry,” says DiDio. “We have assembled a closely knit group of writers, artists, and editors and, together, we are working to create stories that will continue to excite and surprise our readers. We have some big, big things in store for the next year and readers who are paying close attention will see that we our laying the groundwork now.”
Before joining DC, DiDio was with the computer animation company Mainframe Entertainment where he served as freelance story editor and scriptwriter for the series Reboot and War Planets. Later he became its Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs, overseeing the development, distribution, marketing, and promotion as well as merchandising and licensing of all Mainframe’s television properties. Among the projects he developed were Weird-Ohs, Beast Machines, Black Bull’s Gatecrasher and Jill Thompson’s Scary Godmother. He began his television career in 1981 at CBS, where he worked at a variety of positions before moving to Capital Cities/ABC in 1985. At ABC, DiDio served as Public Relations Manager for the three New York-based Daytime Dramas, then moved to Los Angeles to become Executive Director of Children’s Programming. There he was responsible for Saturday morning programs and After School Specials, serving as Program Executive on such series as Tales from the Cryptkeeper, Hypernauts, Madeline, Dumb and Dumber, and Reboot.
At DC Comics, DiDio has spearheaded such bestselling projects as IDENTITY CRISIS, TEEN TITANS, OUTSIDERS, and the revamp of SUPERMAN. At the start of this year, Wizard Magazine named him its first ever “Man of the Year,” writing, “in an industry of movers and shakers, DiDio moved and shook the most in 2003.”