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Amazon, WarnerMedia and Discovery Join Russian Boycott

Discovery, WarnerMedia and Amazon have joined the growing media boycott of Russia,  suspending all its operations in the country amid Russia’s invasion and the ongoing war in Ukraine. “Discovery has decided to suspend the broadcast of its channels and services in Russia,” a Discovery spokesperson said Wednesday. The around 15 channels Discovery operates in Russia […]

Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network Yanks ‘Home Work’ After Hosts Accused of Blowing Budgets and Deadlines: “Remodel From Hell”

Magnolia Network, the new joint venture between Chip and Joanna Gaines and Discovery, has removed one of its series from the air two days after the channel’s launch following allegations that its hosts performed shoddy work and did not finish projects on time or on budget. A rep for the network, which debuted Wednesday, confirmed […]

Discovery Stock Soars on Analyst Upgrade

Shares in Discovery soared on Friday after a Bank of America analyst upgraded the company’s stock ahead of a proposed merger with AT&T’s WarnerMedia. On Friday, shares in Discovery rose by $4.34, or nearly 17 percent, to $30.06 on the NASDAQ Exchange after entertainment analyst Jessica Reif Ehrlich issued a price target of $45 for […]

European Union “Concerned” Over Poland’s New Media Law

The European Commission on Monday said it was “following…with concern” developments in Poland after the country’s parliament last week pushed through a new law that critics say could severally restrict media freedom in the country. Polish lawmakers on Friday voted to overturn a senate veto of the controversial media bill, which would make it illegal […]

Discovery+ Orders Animal-Centric ‘The Mating Game’ With David Attenborough Narrating (Exclusive)

Discovery+ is taking an inside look at how animals overcome challenges to reproduce and leave a lasting legacy in the world. The streaming service has greenlit a new series titled The Mating Game, narrated by David Attenborough, that hails from the producers behind A Perfect Planet. The series, which was filmed in 22 counties spanning […]

AT&T CEO: “I Wasn’t Pleased With Where We Stood” Before WarnerMedia Merger Plan

AT&T CEO John Stankey has defended his decision to merge WarnerMedia with Discovery to allow the telecom giant to value its streaming service HBO Max like Netflix. Stankey told the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference that investors were not giving HBO Max the market value it deserved, so it had to be separated out from AT&T […]

‘Gold Rush’ Spinoff Greenlighted at Discovery Channel (Exclusive)

Discovery Channel’s top-rated series Gold Rush is getting another spinoff. Gold Rush: Winter’s Fortune will give viewers a look inside the “high-stakes gambles of the gold-mining offseason for the first time ever.” It will follow fan favorites including Tony Beets, Rick Ness, Dave Turin, Fred Lewis and Dustin Hurt as they go about their winter […]

John Oliver Mocks Warner Bros. Discovery’s New Logo, Slogan

John Oliver took yet another jab at his new corporate bosses on Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight. In his opening segment, Oliver addressed the United Kingdom’s plans to fully reopen this month, despite warnings from experts that a third wave of COVID-19 may be underway. He showed a clip of a former chief adviser […]

Discovery+ Orders True-Crime Series From Blumhouse Television (Exclusive)

Discovery+ has ordered a true-crime series centered on a documentary filmmaker’s obsessive journey to find the truth behind the disappearance of a missing woman. Relentless will follow Christina Fontana search for what happened to 21-year-old Christina Whittaker, who disappeared in the small town of Hannibal, Mo., leaving behind her 6-month-old daughter. Eight months later, Fontana […]

“Shorter Theatrical Window Is Likely Here to Stay,” ViacomCBS CFO Says

Naveen Chopra, executive vp and CFO of ViacomCBS, says the studio is not phased by AT&T’s entertainment arm unveiling a major deal to merge with Discovery Inc. for global reach. “We continue to really like our competitive position. We’ve had tremendous momentum,” Chopra told the virtual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference about […]

John Oliver Takes a Jab at New Bosses Following Announcement of WarnerMedia-Discovery Merger

John Oliver has never shied away from biting the hand that feeds him. Over the years, the Last Week Tonight host has taken several shots at HBO parent company AT&T, which he condescendingly refers to as “Business Daddy,” and has frequently mocked what he calls its “terrible” service. He also took jabs at AT&T during […]

As David Zaslav Takes Deal Crown, How Will He Rule His Discovery-WarnerMedia Empire?

The irony of David Zaslav’s ascent to the top of the as-yet unnamed WarnerMedia and Discovery combination is that had the Discovery CEO gotten this job at any other time in Hollywood history, he would have been the lowly outsider with no meaningful scripted experience, a purveyor of reality shows beneath the notice of the […]