WarnerMedia appoints distribution presidents

WarnerMedia’s sales and international division has appointed Sofia Chang and Rich Warren as president of its distribution business. Both Chang and Warren arrive in the position with the same remit to oversee distribution for all Turner channels, HBO, Cinemax, and upcoming SVOD HBO Max and will report in to Gerhard Zeiler, chief revenue officer, WarnerMedia […]

Elliott invests US$3.2bn in AT&T, slams DirecTV investment and WarnerMedia strategy

Activist investor Elliott Management’s funds have invested US$3.2 billion in AT&T and called for a radical overhaul of the US telco in the interests of “value creation”, including a potential sale of DirecTV. Elliott currently said that the US telco was underperforming the S&P 500 index by over 100 percentage points at a time when […]

Anime platform Crunchyroll acquires majority stake in VIZ Media Europe Group for enhanced distribution

Anime OTT platform Crunchyroll has signed a deal with Viz Media Europe Group to bring its global platform together with Viz’s network of partners, distributors, and licensees.  Crunchyroll, a subsidiary of WarnerMedia-owned Otter Media, will become the majority investor in VIZ Media Europe Group, with The Hitotsubashi Group (Shogakukan Inc., Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., […]

WarnerMedia chief Stankey becomes AT&T COO

WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey has been appointed president and COO of HBO parent group AT&T. The role – which will begin in October – sets up the long-time AT&T exec as the successor to chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, whom he now reports into. Stankey first joined AT&T in 1985 and has worked across all areas, […]

HBO bites back against the algorithm with ‘Recommended by Humans’

HBO has launched ‘Recommended by Humans’, a “human-powered show recommendation tool”. The standalone website features 50 free HBO episodes, movies and documentaries – all complemented by video suggestions and fan tweets. Users can scroll through the site and read micro-reviews of the network’s critically acclaimed shows such as Westworld, The Sopranos and Chernobyl. A release […]

New role for Stock at WarnerMedia

Giorgio Stock has been appointed president of WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, distribution and ad sales for EMEA and APAC. The former Turner exec will oversee all entertainment networks, distribution of all networks, advertising sales and kids networks operations in Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region. The London-based exec will continue to report into […]

HBO Max secures Doctor Who and raft of BBC content

HBO Max has scooped up exclusive streaming rights to Doctor Who via a major licensing deal with BBC Studios. The WarnerMedia-owned platform has picked up exclusive streaming rights to the current season, along with 10 other seasons of the rebooted sci-fi show, which was re-launched on BBC One in 2005 after a 16-year absence. The programme, which […]

AT&T chief promises live sport and news for HBO Max

HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s new subscription video-on-demand service to be launched next spring, will ultimately include live content including premium sports and news, according to AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson. Speaking on AT&T’s latest quarterly earnings call, Stephenson said that “unique live premium sports” including NBA, Major Leaghe Baseballand NCAA Basketball would be “really important elements […]

HBO Max content team unveiled

WarnerMedia is assembling the content team behind its fledgling service HBO Max.  The business has appointed TNT exec Sarah Aubrey, the exec who greenlit such series as Claws, Animal Kingdom and Good Behavior, as head of original content for the original programming division. She will report into HBO Max chief content officer Kevin Reilly. Set to join the team […]

HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s Netflix-competitor 

WarnerMedia has named its soon-to-launch streaming service HBO Max and unveiled its programming slate, which will include 10,000 hours of content ranging from classic comedy Friends to new original shows. The streamer will house series including Batwoman and Katy Keene from Warner Bros TV, which will debut on The CW and then be added to […]

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