Warner Bros. Discovery lays off 70 staff in HBO Max restructure

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has laid off 14% of HBO and HBO Max staff – around 70 people – with unscripted and live-action family programming hit the hardest, in its latest round of staff cuts. Senior execs being given their marching orders include Jennifer O’Connell, EVP of non-fiction & live-action family originals for HBO Max; […]

WBD unveils top team in Germany, with Discovery veteran departing

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has unveiled its new-look team in Germany, with veteran exec Alberto Horta among those to depart. Horta had been VP of commercial development at WBD and led distribution, advertising and digital operations, as well as managing Germany’s Tele 5 channel. He had been with Discovery for 15 years, initially working for […]

WBD to launch merged streamer in 2023, details HBO boost & DC strategy

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has set a summer 2023 launch for its combined DTC streamer, shared plans to “double down” on HBO and revealed a 10-year plan for the DC superhero brand, in its first post-merger earnings call. The company posted $9.8bn revenues in its Q2 financial results yesterday, with shares dropping by up to […]

TBI Weekly: Why HBO Max & Hulu’s rights-sharing deal adds up

HBO Max and Hulu’s decision to share ‘co-exclusive’ streaming rights to breakout comedy hit Abbot Elementary can be easily explained – but it also underlines that pragmatism is the name of the game now for US studios. The past seven days have again underlined how once red-hot feelings for streaming have turned decidedly tepid. NBCUniversal-owned Peacock has […]

Hulu & HBO Max share ‘exclusive’ rights to hit US comedy ‘Abbott Elementary’

Warner Bros Discovery’s HBO Max and Disney-backed streamer Hulu are to share exclusive streaming rights to ABC’s hit comedy Abbott Elementary. The unusual deal for the workplace comedy, which debuted its first season on ABC in December, has come about because the show is produced by WBD’s Warner Bros. Television and Disney’s 20th Television. Hulu […]

SkyShowtime appoints HBO Max & Disney execs to senior roles

Pan-European streamer SkyShowtime has appointed former HBO Max exec Roberto Soto as chief strategy officer and named Disney alum John Heinemann as general counsel. Both will join the company later this year, with Soto arriving from his role as SVP & head of growth marketing for EMEA at the Warner Bros. Discovery-owned streamer, which is […]

Exclusive: WBD cuts hit Europe as HBO Max EMEA’s originals team to disband

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) is in the process of making deep cuts across Europe, with the originals division led by HBO Max EMEA chief Antony Root set to be closed by the end of the year, TBI understands. Root, who became EVP & head of original production for WarnerMedia EMEA in 2021, will see most […]

HBO content boss Casey Bloys inks new five-year contract

Casey Bloys, chief content officer for HBO and HBO Max, has inked a new five year contract at the Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) brands. Retaining Bloys, who has been with HBO since 2004, for the foreseeable future will offer some stability and continuity for the network and its streaming service at an uncertain time which […]

News round-up: Disney+ Hotstar unveils Banijay Asia show with Bollywood legend; ABC Me ‘Turns Up The Volume’; HBO Max cancels ‘Close Enough’

Disney+ Hotstar unveils show with Bollywood legend Kajol Disney+ Hotstar has snagged Kajol, one of India’s most famous actors, for its next scripted series, with Banijay Asia set to produce. The streamer revealed via social media that it had a project in the works with Kajol, who previously appeared in Netflix movie Tribhanga. Details of the […]

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