WarnerMedia


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; […]

HBO chief Plepler steps down amid WarnerMedia consolidation moves

HBO CEO Richard Plepler has abruptly stepped down from the AT&T-owned company after 27 years of service, as WarnerMedia looks to reorganise its operations. Plepler’s decision arrived on Thursday, days after the United States Court of Appeals rejected the US Justice Department’s last-ditch attempt to break up the AT&T-Time Warner merger. AT&T has moved quickly […]

Disney reportedly in talks to acquire WarnerMedia Hulu stake

Disney is in active talks with AT&T to acquire WarnerMedia’s 10% stake in Hulu, according to Variety. The house of mouse is already set to own 60% of the US streamer once it closes its acquisition of 21stCentury Fox assets. If the deal with WarnerMedia were to go forward, it would have a majority stake […]

Hulu and WarnerMedia execs reveal details of future streaming plans

Top brass at Hulu and WarnerMedia have lifted the lid on their streaming plays as the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour reaches its final week. TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly, who is to lead the content strategy for parent company WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, said that the business – whose portfolio includes HBO, […]

AT&T chief says WarnerMedia streamer will rely on mixed revenue model

WarnerMedia’s new streaming service will work with a mix of ad-supported and ad-free models to keep the business profitable, according to AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson. Speaking as AT&T released Q4 earnings, Stephenson said: “We are strong believers and what [WarnerMedia chief] John Stankey likes to call two-sided business models” combining subscription and advertising elements. […]

WarnerMedia launches content Innovation Lab

WarnerMedia has announced plans to launch Innovation Lab, an incubator that will combine emerging technologies with content from across its operating units. The company said that the WarnerMedia Innovation Lab would encourage deep collaborations across WarnerMedia and AT&T, as well as between corporate partners and developers of emerging new technologies. The new initiative will combine […]

AT&T CFO: WarnerMedia ‘treasure trove’ of content will provide competitive advantage

WarnerMedia’s “treasure trove” or quality content will give the company a key point of differentiation to competitors as it prepares for its direct-to-consumer launch later this year, according to AT&T chief financial officer John Stephens. Speaking at the Citi 2019 Global TMT West Conference this week, Stephens also said that AT&T, which acquired WarnerMedia last […]

WarnerMedia’s ‘Netflix killer’ SVOD service to offer three tiers

WarnerMedia owner AT&T has revealed that the company’s upcoming SVOD service will include three separate packages for consumers, during an analyst event held Thursday. The service will include an entry-level movie-focused package; a premium service with original programming and blockbuster movies; and a third service that bundles content from the first two plus an extensive […]

WarnerMedia hires AT&T exec for streaming service

WarnerMedia has appointed AT&T Entertainment’s Brad Bentley as general manager and executive VP for direct-to-consumer development for its upcoming streaming service, due to launch in late 2019. Bentley will be responsible for overall product coordination and for delivering the new WarnerMedia streaming service. He will manage overall cost, schedule and performance of the service. The […]