Warner Bros. Discovery

Warner Bros. Discovery is “absolutely, not for sale”, says David Zaslav

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) CEO David Zaslav has denied that the newly merged company is for sale, amid recent cost-cutting measures and mass staff layoffs. WBD has been undergoing extensive restructuring since Discovery completed its $43bn merger with WarnerMedia in April, since when the media giant has been seeking to make $3bn in savings. Its […]

WBD distribution veteran exits amid rejig in France, Benelux & Africa

Long-time Warner distribution exec Caroline Lang is exiting after a quarter of a century at the company in a reshuffle, as Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) confirms Pierre Branco’s leadership team for France, Benelux and Africa. SVP and MD Lang led TV distribution for France & French-speaking territories and is leaving after 25 years to “seek […]

Warner Bros. Discovery’s Norway chief Espen Skoland steps down

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD)’s Norwegian chief, Espen Skoland, is stepping down following the recent reorganisation in the Nordics. Skoland, who oversaw Discovery’s operations in Norway prior to the merger with WarnerMedia, had a remit across channels such as TVNorge, as well as leading on communications in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He told Norwegian trade magazine Kampanje, which […]

Warner Bros. Discovery veteran Marc Graboff to exit at year end

Marc Graboff is stepping down from his role as president of global business and legal affairs at Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), after almost eight years at the company. Graboff, who joined pre-merger Discovery in 2015, served as a senior member of CEO David Zaslav’s executive team and will exit the firm at the end of […]

US media giants pledge $4m for underrepresented talent

A coalition of media companies, including Amazon Studios, Disney, Fox, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, Paramount, and Warner Bros. Discovery have signed on as founding partners of a fund designed to help people from underrepresented backgrounds pursue careers in TV and film. The Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet Fund was established by industry professionals including Hollywood […]

ProSiebenSat.1 buying Warner Bros. Discovery out of Joyn, takes full control of streamer

German commercial broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 is buying Warner Bros. Discovery out of their joint-venture streaming platform Joyn. The companies are currently 50:50 partners on the AVOD, which was established with Discovery in 2017, and has been operating under the name Joyn since 2019, but ProSiebenSat.1 will now acquire the other half of the business. Warner […]

WBD UK & Benelux, 7Mate among deals struck for ‘Gem Hunters’

Seven Network’s 7Mate in Australia is among a raft of buyers to have struck pre-sale deals for Gem Hunters Down Under. The show, sold by Wild Thring Media, is an obs doc series about a unique and adventurous band of miners. It is produced by WildBear Entertainment and has also been acquired by Warner Bros. Discovery […]

Warner Bros. Discovery ‘firing up’ third-party distribution as FAST push emerges

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) is “firing up” its third-party distribution efforts and exploring a push into FAST channels as it looks to increase revenues. WBD is in the midst of a vast restructuring and cost-cutting exercise following the $43bn merger between Discovery and WarnerMedia, but the company’s CFO chief financial officer Gunnar Wiedenfels defended programming cuts […]

News round-up: NHK & Walter Presents engage with ‘Bright Minds’; WBD EMEA picks up ‘Toad & Friends’; UK’s Peanut & Crumb expands audio push

NHK & Walter Presents engage with ‘Bright Minds’ Japanese pubcaster NHK and non-English language platform Walter Presents are among a slew of international buyers to strike deals for crime drama Bright Minds with France TV Distribution. Produced by JLA Productions, and originally airing on France 2, the series follows an autistic woman who works as […]

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