WarnerMedia cuts jobs & restructures, with Bob Greenblatt & Kevin Reilly to exit

AT&T-owned WarnerMedia has become the latest US giant to overhaul its operations to focus on streaming, with some of its most senior execs set to depart. The major restructuring around HBO Max will see Bob Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer, departing along with Kevin Reilly, CCO of HBO Max and president of TNT, […]

SVODs leading the way with LGBT+ content

SVOD operators around the world are leading the way in commissioning LGBT+ content, according to new research from UK-based analyst group Ampere Analysis. A report from the group found that between Q1 2019 and Q2 2020, 12 commissioners globally ordered movies or series with LGBT+ themes. Eighty percent of those commissions were destined for on-demand […]

Ava DuVernay to helm Twitter-inspired filmmaking series for HBO Max

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay is to exec produce and narrate a new docuseries for HBO Max inspired by and named after the popular Twitter account One Perfect Shot. The original Twitter account celebrates iconic shots from films and TV shows, while each episode of this half-hour unscripted series will see one acclaimed director “pull back the […]

Global SVOD subscriptions soar by 28% in 2019, research suggests

Global SVOD subscriptions grew by more than a quarter in 2019, a year with a number of high-profile streaming service launches and an ongoing trend towards cord-cutting. According to Digital TV Research, the number of gross subscriptions grew by 28% in the year to 642 million up from 503 million the year prior. Showing the […]

TBI Weekly: What next for the novel adaptation boom?

With drama producers around the world being forced to put filming on hiatus, development has taken centre-stage, something apparent in the recent flurry of news emerging about novel adaptations and option deals. TBI explores what’s next for the literary boom. Novels have been adapted for the screen pretty much since the day that the first […]

HBO Max exec Michael Quigley tapped for NATPE Streaming Plus keynote

HBO Max’s EVP of acquisitions Michael Quigley has been announced as the opening keynote speaker at NATPE Streaming Plus, which is moving to a fully virtual format. Quigley will kick off the four-day conference, which will run from 14-17 September and see execs from companies including Fox, Pluto, Tubi and Univision discussing topics including monetisation, […]

HBO Max snags 4 million subs but WarnerMedia revenues fall 25%

AT&T reported a depressed Q2 with sales down across all of its sectors, but streaming service HBO Max has claimed a little over 4 million subscribers since launch.  The streamer rolled out in May and while the company did not give explicit subscriber numbers, AT&T CEO John Stankey did say that HBO Max and the […]

HBO Max adds raft of international shows, incl ‘Gomorrah’ & ‘Singletown’

HBO Max has bagged a raft of international programming for its new service including hit Italian drama Gomorrah and ITV2’s reality show Singletown, as the recently launched streamer looks to build relationships ahead of further expansion. The third, fourth and fifth seasons of Gomorrah – the Beta Film-sold drama based on Roberto Saviano’s bestselling book […]

HBO Max shines A-list stars for relaxation show

US streaming service HBO Max has ordered a 10-part series aimed at helping people relax, and featuring a slew of A-list stars. A World Of Calm, from factual prodco Nutopia and the makers of meditation app Calm, will feature narration from stars such as Mahershala Ali, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Lucy […]

HBO Max orders ‘The Batman’ spin-off series

US streamer HBO Max has given a series commitment to a spin-off from Matt Reeves’ upcoming superhero film The Batman. The series will be helmed by Reeves and written by Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter. It will be a drama set in the same world as Reeves’ upcoming feature, which is based upon the popular DC Comics […]

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