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Long-serving HBO comms boss heads for exit

One of the primary engineers of the HBO brand, communications boss Quentin Schaffer, is the latest to leave the channel in a series of exec departures. Schaffer, EVP of corporate communications, is leaving HBO next month after 39 years with the WarnerMedia-owned brand. His exit comes just days after details emerged of a creative struggle […]

HBO Go launches in Vietnam

HBO Asia has launched the streaming service’s multiscreen OTT TV offering HBO Go in Vietnam. HBO Asia, its Vietnam agent Q.net and their platform partner FPT Play unveiled the launch at a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City. HBO Go is now available on the FPT Play app. HBO Go Asia offers series, movies and documentaries from the US and Asia, […]

Sky doubles investment in originals and launches Sky Studios

UK broadcaster Sky has announced the opening of Sky Studios, its Europe-wide development and production hub. The company also announced an injection of investment in its original programming, promising that spend will ‘more than double’ over the next five years. The announcement is a mark of confidence from new parent company Comcast, following the broadcast […]

WSJ: Warner streaming platform to cost USD$16-17

The upcoming WarnerMedia streaming platform is likely to cost between US$16-17 (€14-15) per month, claims the Wall Street Journal. Citing ‘people familiar with the matter’, the report says that while it will cost more than Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video, the value proposition comes from the inclusion of HBO Now and Cinemax in addition […]

HBO EVP moves to WarnerMedia as CMO

As it prepares to launch its Netflix-rivalling OTT platform, WarnerMedia has continued its executive reshuffle with the appointment of Chris Spadaccini as chief marketing officer. Spadaccini moves over from HBO, where he held various positions in the group’s programme advertising unit since joining in 1999. He will be responsible for all aspects of WarnerMedia Entertainment’s […]

HBO sees record audience for Game of Thrones finale

The final episode of Game of Thrones saw a record 19.3m US viewers tune in on Sunday night for HBO. The finale, The Iron Throne, broke the record set by last weekend’s episode, The Bells, which attracted 18.4m viewers. The viewership for The Iron Throne includes 13.6m people who watched the episode on HBO at 9pm Sunday […]

Parrot Analytics: Game of Thrones premiere breaks record

Global demand for the series on the day of Game of Thrones’ eighth season premiere exceeded the global premiere demand of every other TV series, including Game of Thrones’ own global season seven premiere day demand, for any season across all platforms and markets under measurement, according to Parrot Analytics. Parrot Analytics partnered with Guinness World Records  to chart […]

Launch of HBO’s Game Of Thrones season 8 triggers global piracy frenzy

The scale of the global content piracy problem was again underlined this week with the news that the first episode of the new season of Game Of Thrones was pirated almost 55 million times in the first 24 hours after launch, according to analytics firm Muso. By comparison, the show attracted 17.4 million viewers via […]

WarnerMedia chief slams report of potential HBO Europe sale

WarnerMedia has emphatically denied a story published by the Financial Times that its new owner AT&T was mulling a sale of HBO Europe in a bid to reduce its US$170 million debt following the US telco’s acquisition of Time Warner. “We normally do not comment on speculation, but when a news outlet is advised that […]

WarnerMedia revamps leadership team ahead of streaming launch

WarnerMedia has reorganised its leadership team and has named Robert Greenblatt, formerly chairman of NBC Entertainment, as chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer, following completion of AT&T’s US$81 billion acquisition of Time Warner. WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey has also given expanded roles to Jeff Zucker, who becomes Chairman, WarnerMedia News & Sports, and President, CNN; […]

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