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WarnerMedia cuts 600 jobs as distribution chief Jeffrey Schlesinger departs

WarnerMedia’s wholesale restructuring has continued with the departure of Warner Bros. distribution chief Jeffrey Schlesinger and Ron Sanders, the company’s EVP of international business operations. The duo join Warner Bros. Entertainment’s CFO Kim Williams in departing the AT&T-owned firm, with US reports suggesting that around 600 staff across divisions are to be laid off. The […]

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 […]

Netflix ends ‘Sabrina’ after two seasons, greenlights Lumiere & Nexiko dramas

Netflix has cancelled The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina after just two seasons but expanded its offering in Europe, with shows from Lumiere Group and Swedish prodco Nexiko. Sabrina was originally developed for US broadcast network The CW as a companion to Riverdale, but shifted to the global streamer in 2017 when it offered a two-season […]

UK resumes sports, TV and film production, with lockdown exemptions

The British government has announced a deal that will allow the staging of selected sports events and the resumption of film and TV production. The news comes just as the government pledged £1.57 billion to the arts sector which has been left abandoned since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. This new declaration will see […]

News round-up: Viaplay greenlights Covid-19 drama; Discovery UK’s lifestyle orders; NHK’s Coronavirus cruise doc

Viaplay orders social distancing drama Nordic Entertainment (NENT) Group has ordered a drama produced under social distancing rules for its streaming service Viaplay. Orca, described as an “experimental Swedish drama”, has been created, written and directed by Josephine Bornebusch (Love Me) and will premiere exclusively across the Nordic region on Viaplay from the autumn. Characters […]

HBO Max orders Bad Robot shows, incl ‘The Shining’ & ‘Justice League’ dramas

Soon-to-launch US streamer HBO Max has given the greenlight to three new one-hour dramas from JJ Abrams and Katie McGrath’s Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television Group. The production commitments for the trio follows the exclusive production pact struck by Bad Robot and the streamer’s parent company WarnerMedia in autumn last year. Duster, to […]

News round-up: Korea’s Wavve lands at NBCU; Lifetime’s ‘Married At First Sight’ travels; Starzplay inks Warners deal; and more…

NBCUniversal signs content deal with Korea’s Wavve South Korean streamer Wavve will supply Korean content to NBCUniversal as part of a new deal announced over the weekend. The platform’s operator, Content Wavve, is a consortium established last year, made up of South Korea’s terrestrial broadcasters – SBS, MBC and KBS – as well as telecoms […]

WarnerMedia poaches Freeform boss for global kids, young adult role

WarnerMedia has appointed the president of Disney’s US cablenet Freeform to head up the global kids, young adults and classics division of Warner Bros. Tom Ascheim will oversee Adult Swim, Cartoon Network and Boomerang, as well as LA-based Warner Bros. Animation and the TCM channel. Shows under his remit are sold around the world while […]

Southeast Asian streamer Hooq files for liquidation

Singapore-based streamer Hooq – backed by Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros. and regional telco Singtel – has filed for liquidation. The on-demand service launched six years ago with backing from the US studios but has more recently moved towards launching its own local originals. It had more than 30 original titles either on the platform […]

Sony replaces LA Screenings with ‘virtual & on-demand’ event

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has unveiled plans to create a digital screening experience for clients around the globe as an alternative to the studio’s traditional LA Screenings. SPT – along with Disney, NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS and Warner Bros. – cancelled this year’s edition of the annual US sales event earlier this month as the Covid-19 pandemic […]