TBI Weekly: Exploring the stakes in the clash of Rings and Dragons

Once upon a time, two of the world’s biggest media giants both launched prequel drama series as part of popular fantasy franchises within the same two-week span. One of the shows was handed the largest budget of any TV series ever, while the success or failure of the other could have major consequences for a […]

Factual round-up: MagellanTV & Nigel Marven pact; HBO producing ‘BS High’ doc

MagellanTV & Nigel Marven pact Global documentary streaming service MagellanTV has partnered with veteran travel and wildlife TV presenter, conservationist and author Nigel Marven (Discovery’s Shark Week; BBC’s Chased by Dinosaurs) to produce and star in original content for the platform. Later this year, MagellanTV and Marven will launch original feature documentary Wild El Salvador – In the Shadow of the […]

Sky eyes extended HBO pact, unveils raft of comedy shorts

Sky expects to continue to work with HBO despite owner Warner Bros. Discovery’s planned roll-out of its new streamer in Europe, while the pay TV operator has also unveiled a raft of comedy shorts.  Sky has held a rich output deal with HBO for more than a decade, providing it with hit programming, including the recent […]

HBO Max crashes as ‘House Of The Dragon’ causes streamer outages

Warner Bros. Discovery’s streamer HBO Max suffered major outages on Sunday night due to the premiere of House of the Dragon. The series is a spin-off from HBO’s iconic Game of Thrones, and has been one of the brand’s most hotly-anticipated launches in years. However, the streaming app suffered technical difficulties – particularly for users […]

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; […]

TBI Weekly: What Warner Bros. Discovery’s latest moves spell for DC & HBO

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has finally started drawing out the roadmap for its merged streaming service, but for all the clarity that onlookers have received in the last 24 hours, there is yet more to be gleaned about what the future holds for the media giant. Thanks to yesterday’s Q2 earnings call, we now know […]

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 […]

HBO orders ‘The Palace’, starring & exec produced by Kate Winslet

HBO has ordered The Palace, a new limited drama series starring and executive produced by Kate Winslet. The production will be directed and executive produced by Stephen Frears (The Queen) and showrun, written by, and executive produced by Will Tracy (Succession). Frank Rich (Succession) also serves as an executive producer, while writers for the limited […]

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 […]

HBO ditches ‘Gentleman Jack’ leaving BBC hit show’s future uncertain

HBO has cancelled Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack, leaving its UK-based coproduction partner the BBC unsure about the show’s future. The drama, which was produced by BBC Studios-owned Lookout Point, starred Suranne Jones as nineteenth-century landowner and industrialist Anne Lister. The first season was a major hit for the BBC, with the show receiving a second season commission less than […]

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