Reports: HBO, HBO Max to Lay Off 70 as Cost-Cutting at Warner Bros. Discovery Continues

Warner Bros. Discovery is planning to cut 70 staffers at HBO and HBO Max, according to reports.

The newly formed congolmerate, created in April from the combination of Discovery and AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia, is undergoing cost-cutting as CEO David Zaslav moves on the plan to combine streaming and other operations.

The latest eliminated positions are primarily focused on reality content with HBO Max reality-TV unit head Sarah Aubrey moving to focus on Max original dramas, according to reports. The layoffs represent 14% of HBO chief content officer Casey Bloys’ staff, according to the reports.

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The move was not unexpected considering Discovery’s strong do-it-yourself reality-TV business led by HGTV and The Magnolia Network. 

Warner Bros. Discovery Aug. 4 officially announced plans to combine the Discovery+ and HBO Max subscription streaming platforms into a single service in the summer of 2023. 

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