HBO Max faces analyst scorn, rejigs ‘Love Life’ & takes ‘Big Bang’ spin-off

HBO Max’s recent roll-out has been handed a dour assessment by two leading US analysts, as the WarnerMedia streamer revealed a new binge-friendly schedule for one of its originals and the acquisition of Young Sheldon. The streamer was launched in the US last week with an array of originals such as scripted comedy Love Life, […]

WarnerMedia to launch HBO Max originals in Asia via channels & HBO Go

WarnerMedia is rolling out at least 15 originals commissioned by its recently launched US SVOD HBO Max in Asia, via the company’s channel portfolio and its pre-existing streamer HBO Go. The programming slate, which WarnerMedia said had been curated “to suit the taste of Asian audiences”, includes comedy and drama series such as Anna Kendrick-starring […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Breaking down the numbers for 2019/20

2019 might seem like a different world to the Covid-19 dominated landscape we live in today, but the flurry of annual results revealed by US and European majors over recent weeks have provided an illuminating set of insights into how the content business is changing. Tim Westcott and Kia Ling Teoh, analysts at TBI sibling […]

TBI Special Report Part Three: AVOD, SVOD & FTA: What’s Next?

Covid-19 has blindsided most of the TV business but the severity of the repercussions on SVOD, AVOD and broadcast sectors look likely to be felt across the long-term, writes Richard Middleton. There is a school of thought that the current pandemic we’re living through will provide the impetus for a wholesale shift in the way […]

Foxtel remains exclusive home of HBO in Oz

Australian pay-TV network Foxtel has expanded its standing deal with WarnerMedia, retaining exclusive rights to broadcast HBO content – including upcoming HBO Max original series – on its platforms. The HBO Max streaming service is due to launch in the US later this month and will be home to original content including the Gossip Girl […]

HBO Max broadens unscripted with Selena Gomez, expands comedy offer

WarnerMedia’s soon-to-launch US streamer HBO Max has made a straight-to-series order for a cookery show featuring Selena Gomez and a scripted series that has The Good Place creator Michael Schur attached. The as-yet untitled 10-episode cooking project will star and be executive produced by Gomez for her July Moon Productions banner and see the the […]

WarnerMedia hires former Disney exec for APAC kids team

WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks has appointed former Disney exec Carlene Tan as director of original production and development for its Asia Pacific (APAC) kids’ content team. Based in Singapore, she will lead on identifying new IP and producing original series, as well as overseeing the current slate of APAC originals across channels Cartoon Network, Boomerang and […]

WarnerMedia owner AT&T names John Stankey as CEO

Randall Stephenson is to retire as AT&T CEO and will be replaced by president and chief operating officer John Stankey. Stephenson, aged 60, will step down from the role on July 1 but will remain executive chairman until January to ensure a smooth transition, the company said. AT&T is characterising Stankey’s appointment as the final […]

AT&T reveals stinging losses for WarnerMedia as pay-TV subs fall

AT&T has revealed stinging losses for its WarnerMedia division, just a day after unveiling the launch date for its new streamer HBO Max. The US telco giant said it had lost a little under 900,000 TV subscribers in Q1 2020 in a continued downward spiral for the operator. Announcing its quarterly results on April 22, […]

WarnerMedia to launch HBO Max on 27 May but without ‘Friends’ reunion

AT&T-owned WarnerMedia is to launch its new streaming service HBO Max in the US on 27 May, albeit without the much-talked about Friends unscripted reunion show, which has been hit by the production halt caused by Covid-19. The platform was unveiled in October complete with its top tier pricing, and will offer more than 10,000 […]