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WarnerMedia consolidation sees vast restructuring at TruTV, CNN

TruTV is laying off around 40% of its workforce, including the bulk of its marketing and programming teams, as parent group Turner gets absorbed into WarnerMedia. The US cable channel, which is home to such programmes as Adam Ruins Everything, Impractical Jokers and Those Who Can’t (pictured), has laid off around 50 staff in New York […]

TNT becomes US home of All Elite Wrestling

Alternative wrestling league All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has secured US broadcast distribution via a deal with WarnerMedia’s TNT.  The channel is to give AEW a weekly primetime slot, launching later this year — an arrangement that marks the first time in decades that wrestling has been broadcast on TNT. Fledgling independent wrestling collective AEW is […]

HBO readies two-hour ‘Game Of Thrones’ documentary

HBO is readying a two-hour documentary that goes behind the scenes on the final series of Game Of Thrones.  The WarnerMedia-owned channel released a 70-second trailer for the doc on Monday (13 May), teasing an air date of 26 May — a week on from next Sunday’s highly anticipated series finale. The 115-minute film — whose […]

Lionsgate’s O’Connell lands at WarnerMedia

Lionsgate’s Jennifer O’Connell has landed at WarnerMedia, where she will serve as EVP of original non-fiction and kids programming for the business’s new streaming service. The appointment comes on the heels of O’Connell’s departure from Lionsgate, where she most recently served as EVP of alternative programming, overseeing a slate that includes Kevin Hart: What the […]

TBI Weekly: Content rights are ‘key battleground’ in streamer war

As 2019 goes by, the looming clash of the streamers gets closer. WarnerMedia this week confirmed it will unveil its streaming service in the fourth quarter of 2019, and Netflix borrowed another $2bn to further build up its library of content. The announcements come just weeks after Disney+ and Apple announced details of their upcoming […]

WarnerMedia to reveal details of streaming service in autumn

AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson has confirmed that WarnerMedia is to unveil its streaming service in the fourth quarter of 2019. During an AT&T earnings call, Stephenson said the company is planning to demonstrate the paid video service to investors in either September or October. “We’re going to give you a detailed look at […]

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 […]