Exclusive: Shorts Int’l hires WarnerMedia alum for EMEA & Lat Am expansion

AMC-backed Shorts International has appointed former WarnerMedia and Mediapro Group exec Ian Carrasco as VP of EMEA and Lat Am. London-based Carrasco will be responsible for growing the company’s short film network, ShortsTV, across those territories and overseeing the rollout of the Shorts and Cortos-branded FAST channels, which have already been launched around Europe via deals with […]

Warner Bros. Discovery merger closes, creating global content behemoth

The newly combined Warner Bros. Discovery has begun trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange today, after the $43bn merger of Discovery and AT&T’s WarnerMedia closed on Friday. The closure of the deal brings WarnerMedia’s entertainment, sports and news assets under the same roof as Discovery’s array of factual entertainment offerings to create a $150bn content […]

Warner Bros. Discovery unveils top execs, hands key roles to JB Perrette & Kathleen Finch

Warner Bros. Discovery has unveiled its leadership team under CEO David Zaslav, with JB Perrette and Kathleen Finch among those taking key roles. The team, unveiled days after a slew of senior execs from WarnerMedia, will see Perrette – the ex-president & CEO of Discovery Streaming & International – taking charge of Warner Bros Discovery […]

WarnerMedia exits ramp up as Discovery merger looms

The exodus of WarnerMedia executives continues, with the company confirming that six more execs are to depart ahead of its merger with Discovery. The latest confirmed departures include Jim Meza, EVP general counsel; CFO Jennifer Biry; EVP chief human resources officer Jim Cummings; EVP chief revenue officer Tony Goncalves; EVP communications and chief inclusion officer […]

Exclusive: HBO Max Int’l boss on subs growth, scale & Discovery synergies

HBO Max has scaled quickly since launch but its international chief believes the importance placed on subscriber growth is decreasing as investors and operators drill down on longer term profitability.  Johannes Larcher pointed to the importance of scale during his MIPTV keynote yesterday, highlighting that Netflix’s international growth provides it with the means to plough billions more dollars into […]

WarnerMedia exodus as Jason Kilar, Ann Sarnoff & Andy Forssell confirm exit

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar, its studios chief Ann Sarnoff and HBO Max boss Andy Forssell are all to leave the media giant ahead of its mega-merger with Discovery. Kilar’s future at WarnerMedia had been in doubt for more than a year but was confirmed on Tuesday, along with former BBC Studios exec Sarnoff and Forssell. […]

Exclusive: HBO Max EMEA on hunt for live-action comedy & unscripted pre-school shows

HBO Max is looking to commission and acquire unscripted pre-school formats, live-action children’s comedies and shows that appeal to young female viewers as the streamer continues its expansion across Europe. The WarnerMedia-owned SVOD, which has had success in EMEA with shows including Looney Tunes Cartoons and Teen Titans Go!, rolled out in 15 European countries […]

CNN promotes Jon Adler to SVP of originals ahead of streamer launch

CNN has upped Jon Adler to become SVP of programme development for original series, as the WarnerMedia brand expands it push into its own shows for streamer CNN+. Adler has worked more more than a decade at the WarnerMedia-owned news brand and will now develop shows for the CNN streamer, which launches 29 March. “With […]

WarnerMedia’s HBO Max to merge with Discovery+ following $43bn deal

Discovery will merge streaming services HBO Max and Discovery+ after it completes its acquisition of WarnerMedia, the company has said. The $43bn deal, announced in mid-2021, was ratified on 11 March by Discovery shareholders and is set to close in early 2022. While there had been much speculation on whether the company would continue operating […]

Discovery shareholders vote for $43bn WarnerMedia acquisition

Discovery shareholders have given the greenlight to its $43bn acquisition of WarnerMedia from AT&T, with the deal on track to close in the middle of next month. The US Department of Justice and directors of both firms have already given their nod to the takeover, while the European Commission and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) […]

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