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Netflix Dismisses Idea Of Bundling With Rival Streamers Like Disney+ & Max - deadline.com
deadline.com
18.07.2024

Netflix Dismisses Idea Of Bundling With Rival Streamers Like Disney+ & Max

Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery made noise earlier this spring when they announced plans to bundle their streaming services Disney+, Hulu and Max, a move that WBD boss David Zaslav called a “moment” for programmers in the streaming wars.

Warner Bros Discovery Mulling Split To Boost Stock Price - deadline.com
deadline.com
18.07.2024

Warner Bros Discovery Mulling Split To Boost Stock Price

Warner Bros Discovery is reportedly looking to break up its streaming and studio businesses from its linear networks to energize its falling stock price.

Warner Bros. Discovery to Lay Off Under 1,000 Employees, Cuts to Max Staffers in Single Digits - variety.com
variety.com
16.07.2024

Warner Bros. Discovery to Lay Off Under 1,000 Employees, Cuts to Max Staffers in Single Digits

Jennifer Maas TV Business Writer A new round of layoffs has hit Warner Bros. Discovery, though the number of employees affected in this wave is far less in comparison to the sweeping cuts made across the David Zaslav-led company last year. Sources tell Variety that under 1,000 employees will be laid off across a few sectors in a new cost-cutting move at WBD, including finance, business affairs, production and at streamer Max.

NBA Inches Closer To Locking Up $76 Billion In Media Rights Deals - deadline.com
deadline.com
13.07.2024

NBA Inches Closer To Locking Up $76 Billion In Media Rights Deals

The NBA is moving ever closer to clinching a set of media rights deals worth a total of $76 billion, even as uncertainty continues to swirl around the league’s future with longtime partner Turner Sports.

List Of Hollywood & Media Layoffs So Far In 2024 : From Paramount To The Los Angeles Times To CNN - deadline.com - New Zealand - Los Angeles - Los Angeles - Hollywood
deadline.com
13.07.2024

List Of Hollywood & Media Layoffs So Far In 2024 : From Paramount To The Los Angeles Times To CNN

After the COVID-19 pandemic, two strikes in Hollywood and with the impact of streaming and the advent of A.I, the media landscape has continued to shift and consolidate, as Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav predicted as recently as the 2024 Allen & Co. Sun Valley Retreat.

Sun Valley Sees Moguls & Governors Mingle, With Strategy, Succession & Politics In Play - deadline.com - Paris - state Idaho
deadline.com
12.07.2024

Sun Valley Sees Moguls & Governors Mingle, With Strategy, Succession & Politics In Play

July in full swing sees top media executives and an impressive political cohort gathered at a storied mountain resort to hike, chat and whitewater raft. The elixir of relaxed proximity distilled in Sun Valley’s rustic woods is credited with hatching a number of consequential deals over the decades.

David Zaslav Sees Major Media Consolidation Coming – Sun Valley - deadline.com - state Idaho
deadline.com
12.07.2024

David Zaslav Sees Major Media Consolidation Coming – Sun Valley

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav expects media deals to pick up sharply, be it traditional M&A or streaming pacts, as the contours of the industry continue to evolve.

Eric Illowsky, Veteran Cable Executive Who Helped Launch Sci Fi Channel, Dies at 66 - variety.com - USA - New York
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26.06.2024

Eric Illowsky, Veteran Cable Executive Who Helped Launch Sci Fi Channel, Dies at 66

William Earl Eric Illowsky, a cable TV veteran who helped launch the original Sci Fi Channel in the early 1990s, died June 15 at in Peekskill, New York after a battle with glioblastoma brain cancer. Illowsky started his career at Disney Channel in 1985 and later moved to Cox Cable. He worked in cable throughout the 1980s and ’90s.

Hollywood’s Checkered History With DC Hires — A Cautionary Tale For WBD’s Bet On Robert Gibbs - deadline.com - USA
deadline.com
19.06.2024

Hollywood’s Checkered History With DC Hires — A Cautionary Tale For WBD’s Bet On Robert Gibbs

David Zaslav can now boast of having a former Press Secretary to the President of the United States among his corporate inner circle. However, even with trophy of Robert Gibbs on his shelf now,  the Warner Bros Discovery CEO may do well to remember the transition from DC to Hollywood has proved full of pitfalls over the years.

Warner Bros. Discovery Taps Robert Gibbs, Former White House Press Secretary, as Communications Chief - variety.com
variety.com
18.06.2024

Warner Bros. Discovery Taps Robert Gibbs, Former White House Press Secretary, as Communications Chief

Michaela Zee Warner Bros. Discovery is set to name Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary to former President Barack Obama, as its new communications chief, Variety has confirmed. The company is expected to make the announcement official on Monday, and is believed to have already informed WBD chief David Zaslav’s direct reports with the news.

Warner Bros. Discovery Taps Robert Gibbs, Former Obama White House Press Secretary, To Head Communications - deadline.com
deadline.com
18.06.2024

Warner Bros. Discovery Taps Robert Gibbs, Former Obama White House Press Secretary, To Head Communications

Warner Bros. Discovery’s search for a new comms chief is over with the media giant expected to name Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary for former president Barack Obama, to the job, Deadline has learned.

‘Adventure Time’ Movie in Development With Rebecca Sugar, Patrick McHale and Adam Muto Attached; Two Spinoff Series Also in the Works (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com
variety.com
12.06.2024

‘Adventure Time’ Movie in Development With Rebecca Sugar, Patrick McHale and Adam Muto Attached; Two Spinoff Series Also in the Works (EXCLUSIVE)

Jamie Lang Ahead of today’s Warner Bros. Animation studio focus panel at the Annecy Animation Festival, Variety has learned that Cartoon Network Studios (CNS) is working on three new “Adventure Time” properties, including a movie and two new series. Currently in development, details are still scant regarding the “Adventure Time” movie, but the project features an animation superstar lineup of talent including “Steven Universe” creator Rebecca Sugar, “Over the Garden Wall” co-creator Patrick McHale and “Adventure Time” showrunner Adam Muto.

‘The Day the Earth Blew Up’ Review: Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Save the World in Side-Splitting Looney Tunes Movie - variety.com - Germany
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12.06.2024

‘The Day the Earth Blew Up’ Review: Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Save the World in Side-Splitting Looney Tunes Movie

Peter Debruge Chief Film Critic Look up “cartoon villain” in the dictionary, and you’re likely to find a picture of David Zaslav. Since taking over Warner Bros. Discovery, he’s orphaned not one, but two feature-length Looney Tunes projects.

Max streaming service is latest to hike prices — here’s how much it will cost you - nypost.com
nypost.com
05.06.2024

Max streaming service is latest to hike prices — here’s how much it will cost you

Max streaming service.The move, which will take effect immediately for new subscribers, hikes the monthly ad-free plan’s price by $1 to $16.99 a month.It will also increase the annual ad-free plan price by $20 to an annual cost of $169.99.Prices for Max’s ultimate ad-free tier, which includes features such as the ability to have four streams running at the same time and 4K streaming options, will increase by $1 to $20.99 a month.Current monthly subscribers will receive a notice informing them about the price changes 30 days before their plan renews, with changes reflected after their July billing cycle, while users with annual subscriptions won’t see a change until their renewal date.The price for the Max plan that includes ads remains unchanged at $9.99 per month.Warner Bros. Discovery’s move comes as a range of streaming platforms have moved to raise prices and bundle their offerings with those from other services.Last month, Warner Bros.

Viggo Mortensen weighs in on potential ‘Lord Of The Rings’ return for Gollum film - www.nme.com
nme.com
03.06.2024

Viggo Mortensen weighs in on potential ‘Lord Of The Rings’ return for Gollum film

Lord Of The Rings film focusing on Gollum.Last month, it was confirmed that Warner Bros. is working on a number of projects set in Middle-earth, the first of which is a 2026 film tentatively titled Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum.Mortensen, who played Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s original trilogy of films, has now addressed the possibility of returning as the character in the new film, saying he would do it if it was “right for the character”.“I don’t know exactly what the story is, I haven’t heard. Maybe I’ll hear about it eventually,” he told GQ.“I like playing that character.

David Zaslav Is Talking M&A Again As WBD Pays Down Debt, Expands Max Globally - deadline.com
deadline.com
30.05.2024

David Zaslav Is Talking M&A Again As WBD Pays Down Debt, Expands Max Globally

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who started talking about more deals shortly after inking a massive merger, irritating Wall Street, has been publicly quiet on that front for a bit. Today said he sees opportunities in M&A with the company on a stronger financial footing and rolling streamer Max out globally to achieve necessary scale.

‘Harry Potter’: Daniel Radcliffe Doesn’t Think He’ll Be Back For Upcoming Max Series: “I Don’t Know If It Would Work To Have Us” - theplaylist.net
theplaylist.net
24.05.2024

‘Harry Potter’: Daniel Radcliffe Doesn’t Think He’ll Be Back For Upcoming Max Series: “I Don’t Know If It Would Work To Have Us”

Max‘s TV remake of the “Harry Potter” series won’t hit the streamer until 2026, which gives fans of the character plenty of time to speculate about the show. For instance, beyond rehashing a successful IP in a blatant cash-grab maneuver, why should this series exist? That’s a topic for another piece, however.

Embracer Sees Entertainment Unit Sales Drop But Predicts ‘Lord Of The Rings’ IP Will Be “Key Driver In The Coming Decades” - deadline.com
deadline.com
23.05.2024

Embracer Sees Entertainment Unit Sales Drop But Predicts ‘Lord Of The Rings’ IP Will Be “Key Driver In The Coming Decades”

Lord of the Rings IP owner Embracer Group has seen net sales at its Entertainment & Services division fall by 15%, but is betting big on Middle-earth in coming years.

Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t want to cameo in new ‘Harry Potter’ TV series - www.nme.com
nme.com
22.05.2024

Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t want to cameo in new ‘Harry Potter’ TV series

Daniel Radcliffe has said that he does not want to appear in the upcoming television adaptation of the Harry Potter series.The news of a version of J.K. Rowling’s book saga was first confirmed by HBO Max last April, with reports that each of the seven books will get its own season.But now, Radcliffe, who played the eponymous wizard in the eight-film series from 2001 to 2011, has revealed that he does not think “it would work” for him to make an appearance in the new reboot.Speaking to E!, he said: “Like the rest of the world, [I’m] very excited to watch as an audience member.”But when asked if he would consider a cameo role, he replied, “No, I don’t think so. I don’t know if it would work to have us do anything in it.”He was coy about whether HBO Max had already approached him to be a part of the project, saying: “I’m going to be a politician about this and not deal in hypotheticals.”“Your Hogwarts letter is here,” a tweet from the streaming company read when they first announced the series.

Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront Focuses on Big Franchises Like ‘Harry Potter’; David Zaslav Confident NBA Will Return to TNT Sports - variety.com
variety.com
15.05.2024

Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront Focuses on Big Franchises Like ‘Harry Potter’; David Zaslav Confident NBA Will Return to TNT Sports

Jennifer Maas TV Business Writer Warner Bros. Discovery kept up with TV upfronts week’s biggest trend at their presentation out of The Theater at Madison Square Garden Tuesday: Promoting not just its TV slate as a prime ad-buying opportunity — but also its film franchises. First up from CEO David Zaslav’s team, WB Discovery revenue and strategy chief Bruce Campbell addressed the Madison Avenue crowd following a sizzle featuring top WBD IP and brands across film and TV series.

Upfronts 2024: Where & When They’re Happening - deadline.com - New York
deadline.com
12.05.2024

Upfronts 2024: Where & When They’re Happening

The traditional pilot process may be dying out but that’s not stopping the glitz and glamor of the TV Upfronts in New York.

15-Year-Old ‘Hunt for Gollum’ Fan Film Restored Online After It Got Blocked Following Warner Bros.’ New ‘Lord of the Rings’ Movie Announcement - variety.com
variety.com
10.05.2024

15-Year-Old ‘Hunt for Gollum’ Fan Film Restored Online After It Got Blocked Following Warner Bros.’ New ‘Lord of the Rings’ Movie Announcement

Zack Sharf Digital News Director A 15-year-old “Lord of the Rings” fan film titled “The Hunt for Gollum” is back online and streaming on YouTube after it was temporarily blocked in the aftermath of Warner Bros. revealing its next “Rings” movie has the same title (via Entertainment Weekly). The fan film, which centers on Gandalf tasking Aragorn with hunting down Gollum before the latter can find Frodo and the One Ring, has earned 13 million views since its debut more than a decade ago.

Willy Wonka Reality Series Heats Up At Netflix As Rise Of Unscripted Bake-Offs Rattles Producers - deadline.com - Britain - USA
deadline.com
09.05.2024

Willy Wonka Reality Series Heats Up At Netflix As Rise Of Unscripted Bake-Offs Rattles Producers

EXCLUSIVE: Willy Wonka, the eccentric founder of the Wonka Chocolate Factory from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, has been played by Gene Wilder, Johnny Depp and Timothée Chalamet on the big screen.

A new ‘Lord Of The Rings’ film from Peter Jackson is coming in 2026 - www.nme.com
nme.com
09.05.2024

A new ‘Lord Of The Rings’ film from Peter Jackson is coming in 2026

Warner Bros. is set to release a new Lord Of The Rings film in 2026, featuring help from Peter Jackson.The news of the upcoming film arrived earlier today (May 9), during a conference call about Warner Bros.

‘Lord Of The Rings: The Hunt For Gollum’: Andy Serkis To Direct & Star In New Film Coming 2026; Peter Jackson Producing - theplaylist.net
theplaylist.net
09.05.2024

‘Lord Of The Rings: The Hunt For Gollum’: Andy Serkis To Direct & Star In New Film Coming 2026; Peter Jackson Producing

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has announced that the next “Lord of The Rings” movie is aiming for a theatrical release in 2026 and will have the creative involvement of filmmaker Peter Jackson, who co-wrote and directed all six Middle-Earth feature films based on the beloved high-fantasy novels of Professor J.R.R.

Disney+, Max and Hulu Bundle Reflects a ‘Restructuring’ of Streaming Viewing, Warner Bros. Discovery Chief Says - variety.com
variety.com
09.05.2024

Disney+, Max and Hulu Bundle Reflects a ‘Restructuring’ of Streaming Viewing, Warner Bros. Discovery Chief Says

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor Netflix used to say its goal was to become HBO faster than HBO could become Netflix. Well, Netflix succeeded on that front. Now Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. to Release First New ‘Lord of the Rings’ Movie ‘The Hunt for Gollum’ in 2026, Peter Jackson to Produce and Andy Serkis to Direct - variety.com
variety.com
09.05.2024

Warner Bros. to Release First New ‘Lord of the Rings’ Movie ‘The Hunt for Gollum’ in 2026, Peter Jackson to Produce and Andy Serkis to Direct

Jennifer Maas TV Business Writer Warner Bros. will release the first of its new batch of “The Lord of the Rings” films in 2026, which will focus on Andy Serkis’s Gollum. Original “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy filmmaker Peter Jackson and his partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are producing the movie and “will be involved every step of the way” on the movie, Warner Bros.

Andy Serkis To Direct, Star In New ‘Lord Of The Rings: The Hunt For Gollum’ Set For 2026 Release – Update - deadline.com - county Walsh
deadline.com
09.05.2024

Andy Serkis To Direct, Star In New ‘Lord Of The Rings: The Hunt For Gollum’ Set For 2026 Release – Update

UPDATED with name of film, details: The first of two new films — working title Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum — will be directed by and star Andy Serkis (Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle), with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens set to write the screenplay, along with Phoebe Gittins and Arty Papageorgiou (Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim). The film will be executive produced by Ken Kamins, with Serkis and The Imaginarium’s Jonathan Cavendish.

WBD Q1 A Miss Vs ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ Bump A Year Ago; Advertising Dips But Streaming Is Profitable - deadline.com
deadline.com
09.05.2024

WBD Q1 A Miss Vs ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ Bump A Year Ago; Advertising Dips But Streaming Is Profitable

A year ago, Warner Bros. Discovery was raking in cash from astonishing sales of Hogwarts Legacy, the game launched in February of 2023 that had sold more than 12 million units and hit $850 million in global sales in its first two weeks. CEO David Zaslav said then that games were key to the merged company’s strategy. It made for a very tough comp to this year as the Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League game, also out in February, was no Hogwarts Legacy.

Media CEO Pay 2023: Guess Who Didn’t Get the Memo? - variety.com
variety.com
08.05.2024

Media CEO Pay 2023: Guess Who Didn’t Get the Memo?

Bob Iger, CEO2023 compensation: $31.6M/+110.7%Median employee compensation $54,010Iger pay ratio to median employee: 595 It was a contentious time for the congenitally congenial Disney chief. First, he made some ill-considered remarks at Sun Valley, a conference for media barons held in a posh resort, characterizing striking actors’ demands as “not realistic.” Those words were slammed by SAG-AFTRA head Fran Drescher, with Iger becoming exhibit A for corporate greed.

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav Largely Evades Questions About Paramount Global And NBA Talks, Says Executive Pay “Should Be Aligned” With Stock Performance - deadline.com
deadline.com
06.05.2024

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav Largely Evades Questions About Paramount Global And NBA Talks, Says Executive Pay “Should Be Aligned” With Stock Performance

Warner Bros. Discovery chief David Zaslav largely evaded questions about NBA talks and Paramount Global‘s potential as a WBD merger partner, but he did weigh in on the hot topic of executive pay.

David Zaslav Sidesteps Paramount Global M&A Question, Talks NBA Rights Deal and High CEO Paychecks at Milken Conference - variety.com - Beverly Hills
variety.com
06.05.2024

David Zaslav Sidesteps Paramount Global M&A Question, Talks NBA Rights Deal and High CEO Paychecks at Milken Conference

Cynthia Littleton Business Editor Warner Bros. Discovery is staying on the sidelines of the Paramount Global acquisition drama — at least for now. That was the signal sent Monday by WB Discovery CEO David Zaslav during his appearance at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills.

Game On! Top Congressmen Want Disney, Fox & Warner Bros Discovery CEOs To Spill Details On Joint Sports Streaming Service - deadline.com
deadline.com
16.04.2024

Game On! Top Congressmen Want Disney, Fox & Warner Bros Discovery CEOs To Spill Details On Joint Sports Streaming Service

Two top Congressman want Bob Iger, David Zaslav and Lachlan Murdoch to provide some solid answers about Disney, Warner Bros Discovery and Fox’s proposed sports streaming service.

U.S. Reps Raise Concerns That Disney, Fox, WBD Sports Streaming Venture Will Be Anticompetitive - variety.com - Texas
variety.com
16.04.2024

U.S. Reps Raise Concerns That Disney, Fox, WBD Sports Streaming Venture Will Be Anticompetitive

Todd Spangler NY Digital Editor The Disney/ESPN, Fox Corp. and Warner Bros. Discovery sports-streaming joint venture has drawn congressional scrutiny.

From CinemaCon To Cannes: Has The New Oscar Season Rung Its First Bell? - deadline.com - Las Vegas - county Harrison - county Ford
deadline.com
12.04.2024

From CinemaCon To Cannes: Has The New Oscar Season Rung Its First Bell?

It has only been one month since the 96th Academy Awards ended, but this week it looks like the race for the 97th has (un)officially begun.

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