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HBO communications boss departs after 39 years

One of the primary engineers of the HBO brand, communications boss Quentin Schaffer, is the latest to leave the channel in a series of exec departures. Schaffer, EVP of corporate communications, is leaving HBO next month after 39 years with the WarnerMedia-owned brand. His exit comes just days after details emerged of a creative struggle […]

JJ Abrams close to US$500m AT&T deal

Star Wars and Cloverfield director JJ Abrams is reportedly about to sign a US$500 million (€446 million) deal with AT&T-owned Warner Media. The deal will see AT&T and Warner have first refusal on anything produced by Abrams’ Bad Robot production house. The New York Times claims that this will include “movies, television shows, video games, […]

AT&T boss: WarnerMedia will take back ‘Friends’ for its SVOD

AT&T boss Randall Stephenson has said that the business will pull back titles such as Friends and The Big Bang Theory for its own platforms in the near future.  Speaking at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference in Boston on Tuesday (14 May), the exec highlighted that WarnerMedia’s “key video product” will be integral in driving revenue […]

WarnerMedia to reveal details of streaming service in autumn

AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson has confirmed that WarnerMedia is to unveil its streaming service in the fourth quarter of 2019. During an AT&T earnings call, Stephenson said the company is planning to demonstrate the paid video service to investors in either September or October. “We’re going to give you a detailed look at […]

‘Game Of Thrones’ smashes records as HBO bosses contemplate spin-offs

The series eight premiere of Game Of Thrones on Sunday (14 April) smashed ratings records for US cable channel HBO and UK pay-TV operator Sky.  The drama, which returned after an almost two-year break for its final series on HBO, captured 17.4m across the linear channel, catch-up service HBO Go and domestic SVOD platform HBO […]

Hulu buys back minority stake from AT&T

Hulu has struck a deal with AT&T to take back a 9.5% minority stake from the company for $1.43bn, as the telecoms and media business looks to reduce its debt. The transaction valued Hulu a $15bn. It did not require any governmental or other third-party approvals and was simultaneously signed and closed. Hulu is part-owned […]

WarnerMedia boss says HBO Europe is a “valuable asset”

WarnerMedia boss John Stankey has refuted that the business is looking to sell its HBO Europe business, after reports emerged this morning (10 April). The Financial Times reported that AT&T has been having internal discussions about selling its HBO Europe business in an attempt to rid itself of debt. Current and former senior executives of HBO […]

Report: Disney in talks to acquire WarnerMedia’s Hulu stake

Disney is in active talks with AT&T to acquire WarnerMedia’s 10% stake in Hulu, according to reports. The house of mouse is already set to own 60% of the US streamer once it closes its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets. If the deal with WarnerMedia were to go forward, it would have a majority […]

Will 2019 mark the end of niche SVOD?

Media giants are closing their niche streamers to prepare for mega mainstream platforms, but will this mark the end of speciality services? Kaltrina Bylykbashi investigates The closure of Warner-owned streamers DramaFever and Filmstruck – which AT&T inherited in its takeover of Time Warner in 2018 – rocked the industry and its fans late last year. […]

AT&T CFO: WarnerMedia’s content “treasure trove” will fight competition

WarnerMedia’s “treasure trove” of quality content will give the company a key point of differentiation to competitors as it prepares for its direct-to-consumer launch later this year, according to AT&T chief financial officer John Stephens. Speaking at the Citi 2019 Global TMT West Conference this week, Stephens also said that AT&T, which acquired WarnerMedia last […]

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