CNN programming veteran Michael Bass to depart at end of year

Michael Bass, EVP of programming for CNN in the US, is to exit the Warner Bros. Discovery-owned news network at the end of the year. His upcoming departure was announced in a memo to staff from CNN chairman and CEO Chris Licht, who said that Bass had “demonstrated incredible leadership and perseverance” and had been […]

CNN cuts ‘outside partners’ ties by moving series & documentary production in-house

CNN is pulling back from third-party series commissions as the Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD)-owned news division continues to pare back its offering. Chris Licht, CNN’s CEO, told employees in a memo on Friday that the organisation would be “making changes to how we approach premium longform content” and moving away from third-party producer involvement. Since […]

CNN names NowThis president as EVP & chief digital officer

CNN has named Athan Stephanopoulos as its EVP & chief digital officer of CNN Worldwide, following a warning earlier this week of imminent cutbacks to staffing and budgets. Stephanopoulos, will oversee editorial, product, technology, business operations and innovation strategies worldwide, reporting into CNN chairman and CEO Chris Licht. He joins CNN after more than eight […]

CNN warns of ‘unsettling’ change & imminent cuts to staff, budgets

CNN staffers have been warned to expect “noticeable change” at the global news network that will impact employees, budgets and projects. Chris Licht, chairman and CEO at the Warner Bros. Discovery-owned division, told staff via a memo that the group was preparing itself for turbulent times. “There is widespread concern over the global economic outlook […]

Exclusive: BBC Arts boss seeks cultural history & eyes co-pros for increased scale

The BBC is looking for contemporary cultural history content, particularly for its BBC2 channel, as well as co-pros for increased scale, the UK pubcaster’s arts boss has told TBI here at Sunnyside of the Doc in France. Mark Bell, the long-serving BBC Arts commissioning editor, said that he is looking for both series and singles, […]

CNN+, TBS, TNT & TruTV execs among latest WBD departures

The head of programming at now defunct CNN+ is among the latest execs to depart Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), joining unscripted duo Corie Henson and Todd Weiser. Rebecca Kutler had been SVP & head of programming for CNN+, which was swiftly shut down following the merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery. She has been seen as […]

TBI Weekly: What’s next for Warner Bros. Discovery?

Warner Bros. Discovery boss David Zaslav has wasted little time in implementing his new-look international executive team and shuttering CNN+, but with $3bn in savings to find, there are numerous moves left to make.  Cost-cutting will be uppermost in the minds of the newly-installed senior C-suiters, but Discovery’s factual entertainment roots and Warner Media’s more […]

Nascent streamer CNN+ to close just a month after launch

Warner Bros. Discovery is to close down streamer CNN+ just a month after its launch. The news and factual-focused SVOD will cease operations from 30 April, with the decision coming after the completion of the $43bn merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery. Andrew Morse, EVP & chief digital officer of CNN Worldwide and head of CNN+, […]

CNN promotes Jon Adler to SVP of originals ahead of streamer launch

CNN has upped Jon Adler to become SVP of programme development for original series, as the WarnerMedia brand expands it push into its own shows for streamer CNN+. Adler has worked more more than a decade at the WarnerMedia-owned news brand and will now develop shows for the CNN streamer, which launches 29 March. “With […]

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