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Ex-Apple, Warner execs launch high-end prodco

Former Apple executives Sebastien Janin and Andy Docherty, together with ex-Warner Bros. exec Chris Law, have launched a European production company focused on high-end TV and film. The Media Musketeers label will initially invest in a raft of high-end scripted TV projects, with plans to release up to eight series per annum. It forecasts a […]

Why content execs are winning in Hollywood

Hollywood is facing some of the most drastic executive restructuring it has ever encountered, with regime changes at Disney and NBCUniversal setting the scene for the industry’s next SVOD-focused chapter. Manori Ravindran reports on why content, and not digital, execs are getting the top jobs As Hollywood digs itself out of a seismic 18-month period […]

HBO miniseries exec Kary Antholis steps down after 25 years

Long-time HBO exec Kary Antholis is the latest to depart the WarnerMedia-owned channel. According to Variety, the 25-year veteran, who serves as president of HBO Films’ miniseries and Cinemax programming, accepted a buy-out from HBO. His credits across the years include Angels in America, John Adams, Tsunami: The Aftermath and Mildred Pierce. He will be replaced by HBO Films […]

WarnerMedia lays out new leadership team with Greenblatt as chairman

WarnerMedia has named former NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt (pictured) as chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer as it reorganises its top team. The move has arrived days after HBO boss Richard Plepler abruptly stepped down from the AT&T-owned company, joined by Turner’s president David Levy who also has decided to exit the company. The […]

HBO chief Richard Plepler steps down amid WarnerMedia reorg

HBO CEO Richard Plepler has abruptly stepped down from the AT&T-owned company after 27 years of service, as WarnerMedia looks to reorganise its operations. Plepler’s decision arrived on Thursday, days after the United States Court of Appeals rejected the US Justice Department’s last-ditch attempt to break up the AT&T-Time Warner merger. AT&T has moved quickly […]

Report: Disney in talks to acquire WarnerMedia’s Hulu stake

Disney is in active talks with AT&T to acquire WarnerMedia’s 10% stake in Hulu, according to reports. The house of mouse is already set to own 60% of the US streamer once it closes its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets. If the deal with WarnerMedia were to go forward, it would have a majority […]

TCAs: Hulu, WarnerMedia execs lift lid on streaming future

Top brass at Hulu and WarnerMedia have lifted the lid on their streaming plays as the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour reaches its final week. TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly, who is to lead the content strategy for parent company WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, said that the business – whose portfolio includes HBO, […]

WarnerMedia launches content Innovation Lab

WarnerMedia has announced plans to launch Innovation Lab, an incubator that will combine emerging technologies with content from across its operating units. The company said that the WarnerMedia Innovation Lab would encourage deep collaborations across WarnerMedia and AT&T, as well as between corporate partners and developers of emerging new technologies. The new initiative will combine […]

What Friends tells us about rights ownership in 2019

Media giants building SVODs to rival Netflix are talking the talk, but who will walk the walk? Manori Ravindran investigates the knock-on effects of consolidation and the bigger picture around windowing and rights ownership. If 2018’s media disruption taught us anything, it was to expect the unexpected in the laser-focused drive for scale. As potential […]

Will 2019 mark the end of niche SVOD?

Media giants are closing their niche streamers to prepare for mega mainstream platforms, but will this mark the end of speciality services? Kaltrina Bylykbashi investigates The closure of Warner-owned streamers DramaFever and Filmstruck – which AT&T inherited in its takeover of Time Warner in 2018 – rocked the industry and its fans late last year. […]