What Are Your Thoughts on David Zaslav, HBO Max, and the Future of Warner Bros. Discovery?

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Okay, so there’s a lot of rumors and reports going around right now regarding the future of Warner Bros., HBO Max, and multiple streaming series and films. Instead of writing all of that up, I’ve instead decided to open the floor up for the screenagers to discuss in the comments. Warner Bros. Discovery will hold a Q2 earnings call on Thursday where details surrounding “WTF is going on right now” at the company should come to light.

Reportedly 70% of HBO Max’s staff will be laid off because WBD CEO David Zaslav is planning on merging HBO Max with Discovery+ into a new streaming service that will focus more on unscripted content than scripted content. HBO Max has already quietly pulled six Max Original movies from its streaming service and are planning on removing even more films and series that have underperformed, so WBD can use them as tax write-downs.

Batgirl has already been shelved. We don’t know which projects are safe and which aren’t. Zaslav wants DC films to feel like blockbusters. He also wants all Warner Bros. films to release in theaters. This information is readily available online, so feel free to search for it before commenting. (Seriously, check out trade publications like Variety, they got the good information.)

So, the question I ask today is: what are your thoughts on the situation that is currently taking up most of the online film chatter?

I’ll chime in down in the comments, but I shared some thoughts on Batgirl‘s cancellation in the previous news story (linked above).

So what about you, screenagers? Do you think HBO Max is about to die? Will Zaslav make Warner Bros. a studio with a bright future again? Discuss! (Respectfully!)

I’ll see you in the trenches.

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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