Wizard World Today Announced The Appointment Of John D. Maatta As The Con Top Dog.
Wizard World, today announced the selection of John D. Maatta as its Top Dog and CEO. WW is the top producer in North America of your favorite comic con that celebrates the very best of gaming, stars, movies, TV shows, pop culture, technology and live music.
“John brings Wizard World his solid entertainment industry experience and proven success in creating innovative content and distribution strategies. Wizard World is poised to expand its already significant footprint, and John will work with us to guide the company through its next phase of growth and beyond,” said Paul Kessler, Chairman of the Wizard World Board of Directors.
Maatta has enjoyed a particularly successful career as an entertainment executive, having served as the first employee of the WB Television Network, as well as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of both the WB and the CW Television Network-where he was the co-head of the network for more than six years. Maatta served in various capacities as an executive at Warner Bros and Lorimar-Telepictures Corporation for almost 28 years.
“Wizard World is the dominant producer of pop culture multi-city tours that aggregates huge audiences of fans across the country. Wizard World comic con is a high-energy event bringing entertainment enthusiasts the most sought-after and compelling celebrities and content from movies, television, and music to technology and sports. Wizard World is on the verge of becoming an especially strong force in the entertainment business as it rapidly develops into the area of content creation together with the launch of new distribution initiatives. WW stands squarely at the intersection of the audience, celebrities and cutting edge content. Wizard events are the sweet spot where the entertainment industry interacts one-on-one with its audience,” said Maatta.
Mr. Maatta currently works as the President of UNICEF in Southern California, and as Chairman of the UNICEF Chinese Children’s Initiative. Additionally, Mr. Maatta serves on the Board of Trader Vic’s Corporation and is a part of the advisory Board of the Asia Society.
Mr. Maatta’s appointment will be effective as of May 3, 2016.