HBO Max picks up OWN drama ‘David Makes Man’ to bolster slate

WarnerMedia’s HBO Max has taken rights to David Makes Man, the Tarell Alvin McCraney drama that first aired on US cabler OWN. The South Florida-set show, which launches on the streamer 16 July, has been created by Academy Award-winning McCraney (Moonlight) and is produced by US trio Page Fright, Outlier Society Productions and Harpo Films, […]

HBO Max inks overall deal with US star Marlon Wayans

American actor, comedian and producer Marlon Wayans has signed an overall deal with HBO Max. The agreement with the recently launched streaming service includes a new one-hour stand-up comedy special from Wayans as well as a multi-act special which he will host. Wayans will also develop scripted and unscripted projects for HBO Max as part […]

TBI Weekly: Six Reasons Why Adult Animation Is Set To Flourish

Adult animation is a well-worn medium but the unique combination of a global production shutdown, ongoing uncertainty over the viability of big budget scripted projects and the insatiable demand for content is pushing the genre forward at rapid speed. And while animated projects are not quick turnarounds, they are perhaps the most viable for production […]

HBO Max strikes first-look deal with Salma Hayek’s Ventanarosa

WarnerMedia’s HBO Max has struck a two year first-look deal with Ventanarosa, the prodco founded by Hollywood actress Salma Hayek. HBO Max will become the first port of call to develop Hayek’s projects at Ventanarosa, which is led by president Jose Tamez and Siobhan Flynn, head of production & development. Hayek, who is CEO at […]

Lionsgate, HBO Max execs admit insurance remains ‘unanswered question’

Insuring productions against the threat of future Covid-19 outbreaks remains an “unanswered question” for the US side of the content business, leading execs have admitted. Lionsgate TV’s chairman Kevin Beggs and HBO Max’s president of business operations & productions Sandra Dewey, appearing as part of Banff World Media Festival, both suggested that a US industry-wide […]

WarnerMedia to shutter HBO Go as HBO Max takes centre stage

WarnerMedia is to shut down its HBO Go mobile app in the US as it seeks to simplify a complex line-up of streaming offerings to focus attention on HBO Max. HBO said that it was now in a position to “implement some significant changes to our app offering in the US” following the launch of […]

HBO Max launch hit ‘Love Life’ renewed

Newly launched streamer HBO Max has renewed its first scripted original series, Love Life, for a second season. This makes the Lionsgate Television and Feigco Entertainment-produced romantic comedy anthology the first Max Original to earn a renewal. Season one of the show is now available to stream in its entirety on the service, following Anna […]

HBO Max faces analyst scorn, rejigs ‘Love Life’ & takes ‘Big Bang’ spin-off

HBO Max’s recent roll-out has been handed a dour assessment by two leading US analysts, as the WarnerMedia streamer revealed a new binge-friendly schedule for one of its originals and the acquisition of Young Sheldon. The streamer was launched in the US last week with an array of originals such as scripted comedy Love Life, […]

TBI Weekly: What HBO Max’s Amazon dispute tells us about SVOD’s

WarnerMedia’s roll-out of HBO Max earlier this week went without a hitch, even if its launch was more of a gentle release into the US landscape rather than an unleashing in the way Disney+ dominated the headlines. Given the vastness of its offering, that’s perhaps a surprise, yet with the majority of its line-up already […]

WarnerMedia to launch HBO Max originals in Asia via channels & HBO Go

WarnerMedia is rolling out at least 15 originals commissioned by its recently launched US SVOD HBO Max in Asia, via the company’s channel portfolio and its pre-existing streamer HBO Go. The programming slate, which WarnerMedia said had been curated “to suit the taste of Asian audiences”, includes comedy and drama series such as Anna Kendrick-starring […]

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