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HBO Max faces massive scripted content cut, 70% staff cut

A new report suggests that Warner Bros. Discovery will lay off 70% of its HBO Max staff as the company scales back scripted content development.

Warner Bros. bat girl the movie was just the beginning. New reports have surfaced that suggest HBO Max is moving away from scripted content, which will lead to massive staff cuts.

According to The Wrap, HBO Max development is set to be particularly hard hit by layoffs, with two sources putting the number of development staff cuts at 70%. “Everyone at Warner Bros. Discovery is nervous right now, and [they’re] start looking at alternative employment options in case they get the ax,” a company insider revealed. of scripted shows overall. HBO Max and its exclusive scripted content began circulating after Warner Bros. canceled the streaming release scheduled for bat girl and put aside the film.

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An agent with knowledge of the situation explained the impending wave of layoffs. “HBO Max has a development team, which is a lot of overhead,” the knowledgeable agent explained. “And why do you need a development team at HBO and HBO Max? It’s redundant. Just have Casey Bloys’ team do all the scripted TV development.”

Warner Bros. Discovery makes major changes

The Wrap notes that “Wall Street expected Warner Bros. Discovery to soon take significant steps to realign the company’s streaming assets”. The company’s CEO, David Zaslav, is expected to say more about the future of its streaming services — HBO Max and Discovery+ — in a quarterly earnings report on Thursday, August 4. the streaming service could look like if it loses the majority of its scripted content to an increase in unscripted offerings.

Warner Bros. Discovery is busy cleaning up HBO Max, following the cancellation of bat girl, which was attributed to the evolution of the “strategic shift in leadership as it relates to the DC Universe and HBO Max”. Six films exclusive to HBO Max — Moon shot, Superintelligence, The witches, An American pickle, Locked and Charm of the kings of the city — have also been removed from the streaming service. No reason has yet been given as to why these films are no longer available on the platform.

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HBO Max launched in the United States on May 27, 2020, home to the libraries of HBO, Warner Bros. and their associated brands. Some original series currently on the streaming platform include Gossip Girl, Deputy Tokyo, hacks, Peacemaker, harley quinn, Our flag means death and Looney Tunes Cartoons.

Source: The Envelope