HBO Max’s Turmoil sent shockwaves across the industry this week, and Hollywood creators are venting to audiences angered by the way Warner Bros. is handling it. Discovery with content.
Uncertainty and dismay loomed over the horizon when news broke that WBD was killing the almost-completed DC movie “Batgirl,” which was set to premiere on HBO Max. The parent company has also quietly removed a number of HBO Max original films from the streaming service, and TheWrap reported on Wednesday that CEO David Zaslav is expected to announce a major restructuring of HBO Max and Discovery+ that will destroy HBO Max, lay off executives and employees. Significantly to reduce redundancy with HBO and the streaming service combined with Discovery+ with a stronger separation between written and unrecorded content operations.
Co-author “Doctor Strange” and “The Black Phone” C. on Twitter. “The reason Hollywood is so shaken by the HBO Max stories is that no one is sure if this is an isolated incident or a canary in the coal mine. This isn’t just a few movies.”
“Roswell, New Mexico” and “The Originals” writer and producer Karina Adly Mackenzie added“Here we’re worried about HBO Max shows that we already love but a lot of people are about to throw away their years of hard development work and we’ll never know. 70% of written development is…so there’s a lot of people in LIFE’S WORK’s work.”
In a follow-up tweet, McKenzie described the “strange” decisions on HBO Max. “Between the CW bloodbath, that weird decision in HBO Max (their content was good) and Batgirl being tossed in the trash… I wonder, can anyone confirm that WB isn’t run by three kids in heavy coats? So sad for all these creators.” who trusted their studio.”
HBO Max original movies quietly pulled from the streaming service address Apple TV+ “Dickinson” series creator Alena Smith subscriber She requested a physical copy of her series. “The Batgirl/HBO Max attitude is why I spent my last day on the set of Dickinson calling an Apple CEO and *begging* for a physical recording of my show…They actually gave me one, I have the only copy….People said I Crazy but dude, that’s ten years of my life.”
Adam Conover, creator and host of the HBO Max series “Adam Ruins Ruins Everything”, I took on the David Zaslav’s apparent “dismantling” of the streaming service after the Warner Bros. merger. Discovery. “HBO Max is widely known as the best streaming service. And now the executives who bought it are on the verge of breaking it up, simply because they feel like it. Mergers give only a very wealthy a huge number of control over what we watch, with disastrous results.”
The reaction to Zaslav’s HBO Max decisions from the creative community may end up reversing the initial reaction to former WarnerMedia CEO Jason Keelar’s decision to release all Warner Bros. 2021 movies in theaters and on HBO Max today and date. The announcement infuriated filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve who value the exclusive theatrical window, and while WarnerMedia later handed out a decent payout to talent to make up for any anticipated box office losses by first broadcasting, the damage was done to some – Nolan left his old home Warner Bros. to make his next movie at Universal.
To put the potential ramifications of Zaslav’s actions more clearly, “Lord of the Rings: Rings of Strength” writer and “Better Call of Saul” writer Jennifer Hutchinson He saidAre we sure this new guy doesn’t just have a secret vendetta against HBO Max and is it all part of an elaborate plan to get his revenge?
We should learn more during Warner Bros. earnings. Discovery later Thursday, when Zaslav is expected to lay out his plans for HBO Max and beyond.