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Layoffs Hit HBO Max: Casey Bloys Reshapes Leadership Structure

As expected, layoffs have hit Casey Bloys’ HBO Max and HBO teams. An estimated 14 percent of Bloys’ teams — an estimated 70 people — have been let go as part of the workforce reduction following the merger of WarnerMedia with Discovery. The moves are the latest step in cost-cutting for the combined Warner Bros. […]

Warner Bros. Discovery Takes $825M Write-Down on Content Following High-Profile DC Axings and TBS-TNT Cancellations

Just how much content has Warner Bros. Discovery axed since the WarnerMedia merger just a few months ago? $825 million worth. The company disclosed in a regulatory filing Friday that it has taken a $825 million write-down on content following the deal. That figure includes a $496 million impairment on content, as well as content […]

DC Films’ Walter Hamada Was on the Brink of Exit After ‘Batgirl’ Cancellation

Amid the shelving of the HBO Max film Batgirl and the clear desire of Warner Bros. Discovery chief David Zaslav to find new leadership for the DC universe, DC Films president Walter Hamada has come to the verge of exiting the studio and consulted with counsel, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Hamada has now agreed […]

DC Will Have 10-Year Plan Akin to Marvel’s Playbook, Says David Zaslav

Just two days after Warner Bros. Discovery made the stunning move to cancel the HBO Max film Batgirl, an unapologetic CEO David Zaslav sought to reassure Wall Street there is a cohesive plan for the future of DC. “You look at Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman — these are brands that are known everywhere in […]

Warner Bros. Discovery Reports 92.1M Combined Streaming Subscribers In First Full Earnings Since Merger

For the first time since WarnerMedia and Discovery Inc. merged earlier this year, the combined Warner Bros. Discovery reported full quarterly earnings, outlining its plan to fully integrate the two companies, and find billions of dollars in cost savings along the way. But of course it’s streaming that remains top of mind for Wall Street, […]

‘Batgirl’ Star Leslie Grace Responds After Film Is Shelved, Calls Herself “My Own Damn Hero”

Leslie Grace is speaking out after the announcement that HBO Max’s Batgirl will no longer get a release. The actress took to Instagram on Wednesday to share her thoughts after news broke the day prior that Warner Bros. Discovery is shelving the $90 million film. The social media post from Grace, who plays Barbara Gordon, […]

Behind the Cancellation of ‘Batgirl’

On Tuesday, Batgirl filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were in Morocco, where they had recently celebrated El Arbi’s wedding at a bash attended by guests such as their Bad Boys for Life star Will Smith. In the afterglow of the happy occasion, they received the stunning news that their upcoming DC film Batgirl […]

Warner Bros. Discovery Taps TelevisaUnivision Exec Luis Silberwasser as CEO of Sports Business

Warner Bros. Discovery has found its global sports chief. The company has tapped Luis Silberwasser, currently president of U.S. networks for TelevisaUnivision, to serve as chairman and and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery Sports. The new role instantly makes Silberwasser one of the most powerful executives in the world of sports, and one of the […]

J.J. Abrams’ ‘Demimonde’ Dead at HBO

As expected, Demimonde will not be moving forward at HBO. The series, which marked the first original created by J.J. Abrams since Fringe in 2008, has officially been passed over by the premium cable network following issues surrounding the show’s sprawling budget. Sources tell THR that Abrams made a last-ditch plea to HBO/HBO Max boss […]

‘Demimonde’ on the Bubble as Warner Bros. Discovery Puts Pressure on J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams’ Demimonde, the first show the prolific producer has written since Fringe in 2008, is on the bubble at HBO as sources say Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav is frustrated by the lack of output from Bad Robot’s $250 million overall deal. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the budget for HBO’s Demimonde […]

Nathaniel Brown Named Chief Corporate Communications Officer of Warner Bros. Discovery

Warner Bros. Discovery has tapped Nathaniel Brown to be its chief corporate communications officer, serving as the company’s lead spokesperson, and overseeing all global communications and media relations. Brown had previously led corporate communications for Discovery Inc., before it merged with WarnerMedia earlier this year. Before joining Discovery in 2019, Brown was senior vp of […]

Upfront Dispatches: Zaslav and Oprah Bet on CNN, Lizzo Can’t Be Censored

Succession and Shark Week are together at last. Exactly 366 days after closing a blockbuster deal to marry Warner Bros. and Discovery, David Zaslav took the upfront stage Wednesday morning for the first time as CEO of the newly merged media behemoth. And he did not mince words. Referencing Rupert Murdoch’s 1980s power play to […]