Marvel's studio operation has solidified its executive staffing and changed people up top. David Maisel is now Chairman, Marvel Studios; Kevin Feige is now President of Production; lost of people join the board. Here's the press release. According to the PR, Maisel was the one who put together the self-produced film strategy and funding for same; Feige has been involved in some capacity with Marvel's major film releases. In glorious "line at the end of a later graph" tradition, Marvel announced that the previous holder of the President and COO positions at Marvel Studios, Michael Helfant, has left the company.
Marvel's ability to self-produce films starting with Iron Man in 2008 should determine the overall success of the company to an extent that even the insular publishing division will likely feel the buffeting winds of any good or bad publicity that results.