DC Studios appoints Candice McDonough as executive vice president of advertising and communications

DC Studios appoints Candice McDonough as executive vice president of advertising and communications

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Warner Bros. Discovery’s recently launched DC Studios division is getting its own communications executive.

Longtime Warner Bros. veteran Candice McDonough has been named to the newly created role of executive vice president of advertising and communications for DC Studios, the arm run by co-presidents and co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran.

According to Wednesday’s announcement, McDonough will oversee media relations, advertising, as well as external and employee communications, reporting to Gunn and Safran.

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Additionally, he joins the Gary Barbosa division in the position of Director of Integrated Marketing and Creative.

The hiring comes when, for the first time, DC-related screen content is under one umbrella as DC Studios. Launched late last year, it seeks to produce not just feature films, but television and animation series while weaving an interconnected narrative universe across mediums and platforms. The first movie to formally launch DC’s new universe will be Superman: Legacy, which has been furiously launched in recent weeks. The film, to be released in 2025, will be preceded by an animated series Commandos creature.

“Candice is not only one of the smartest communications strategists out there, but we also know firsthand that she has a unique ability to collaborate with creative talent to ensure their work is presented in the strongest and most compelling way,” they said. Gunn and Safran in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Candice to DC and our senior team.”

McDonough said, “I am thrilled to join DC Studios at such an important time, working for leaders who have a unique and inspired vision for the iconic DC Universe across film, television and animation. While this role is new, I have been fortunate to work with both James and Peter as directors for many years, and I look forward to even more closely while remaining a part of the Warner Bros. Discovery family.

McDonough began her career at Warners in 2001, working in advertising for New Line Cinema, the division specializing in horror, comedy and, at the time, Lord of the Rings franchise. In 2012 she was promoted to oversee advertising and corporate communications for New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Studio Operations.

The executive, who is a graduate of Boston College, spent two years managing communications for EuropaCorp before returning to Warners in 2018 to head up film communications for Warner Bros. Pictures Group.