Streamers Again Top Primetime Emmy Award Nominations, Led by HBO/Max With 127

Warner Bros. Discovery’s Max platform topped all streamers with 127 Primetime Emmy nominations when combined with HBO across 17 original programs for the upcoming 75th annual Emmy Awards on Sept. 18. Netflix received 103 nominations, while Apple TV+ added a record 53 nominations for the platform.

Disney topped all media companies with 163 combined nominations across its content brands and studios, including ABC, ABC News Studios, Disney Branded Television, Disney+, Disney Television Studios (20th Television Animation, 20th Television, and ABC Signature), FX, FX Productions, Hulu, National Geographic, Onyx Collective, Searchlight Pictures, Searchlight Television, and Walt Disney Studios (20th Century Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., and Marvel Studios).

Disney’s streaming platforms earned a total of 73 nominations, with Disney+ and Hulu receiving 40 and 33 nominations, respectively. Top nominees included “The Bear” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu and “Andor” on Disney+, among others.

Paramount earned 56 Emmy Award nominations across its combined portfolio, which includes Paramount+ with seven nominations, including “Star Trek: Picard,” “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies,” “Tulsa King,” “Last Flight Home,” and “Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert.”

Amazon’s Freevee (formerly IMDb TV) grabbed four nominations for hybrid comedy/reality “Jury Duty,” while Prime Video added noms for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” including Rachel Brosnahan for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and “Daisy Jones & The Six,” for Outstanding Limited Or Anthology Series.

Peacock saw four noms for “Poker Face,” including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Natasha Lyonne) and noms for “Mrs. Davis,” among others. Paramount+/Showtime saw noms for Melanie Lynskey for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in “Yellowjackets.”

AMC+ saw noms for Rhea Seehorn (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series) in “Better Call Saul,” while Bob Odenkirk was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

The Max nominations marked the 21st time the HBO brand has received the most nominations in a single year. Nominations included 27 for the final season of “Succession,” earning the most of any program and making Emmy history with three nominations (Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, Jeremy Strong) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Additionally, the new series “The Last of Us” earned 24 nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Pedro Pascal), and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Bella Ramsey), while “The White Lotus” added nine nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Writing (Mike White), and Aubrey Plaza and Meghann Fahy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

“We are incredibly proud of our record-breaking HBO/Max Emmy nominees this year and are especially honored to send ‘Succession’ off having made Emmy history,” Casey Bloys, CEO of HBO & Max content, said in a statement.

Other Max nominated shows included 11 noms for comedy “Barry,” including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Bill Hader); eight nominations for “House of the Dragon,” including Outstanding Drama Series; six nominations for “100 Foot Wave,” including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series; five nominations for “Moonage Daydream,” including Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program (Brett Morgen); four nominations for “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” including Outstanding Scripted Variety Series; another three nominations for “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” including Outstanding Scripted Variety Series; three nominations for “2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony”; two nominations for “Perry Mason, and “The Weekend: Live at SoFi Stadium”; and single noms for “Being Mary Tyler Moore,” for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special; “Love & Death,” for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie (Jesse Plemons); “Lizzo: Live in Concert,” for Outstanding Variety Special (pre-recorded); “Love, Lizzo”; and “The Other Two,” for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider).

Max also earned noms for “Succession: Controlling the Narrative,” for Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series; “The Last of Us: Inside the Episode,” for Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series; “House of the Dragon: Inside the Episode,” for Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series; and “The White Lotus: Unpacking the Episode,” for Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series.

Netflix nominations included 13 nods each for “Beef” and “Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”; 12 nominations for “Wednesday”; seven nominations for “Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities”; and six noms for “Queer Eye,” “Stranger Things” season four and “The Crown” season five.” Keri Russell received an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for “The Diplomat.”

Apple TV+ generated nominations across 13 original titles, catapulting to the third most Emmy-nominated network in just over three years since its 2019 global launch. Major category nominations included Outstanding Comedy series for this year’s most Emmy-nominated comedy “Ted Lasso”; Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special for Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie, which also leads as this year’s most Emmy-nominated documentary; Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special for late night breakout “The Problem With Jon Stewart”; and Outstanding Short Form Comedy, Drama or Variety Series, for “Carpool Karaoke: The Series.”

“These brilliantly original stories have made us laugh, given us a greater sense of empathy and a fresh understanding of our world through many different genres of storytelling,” Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video, said in a statement.

“Ted Lasso” became the most-nominated comedy for the third consecutive year with 21 in total, expanding its nominations for its acclaimed third season. The series has also landed nine total acting nominations, becoming only the fifth comedy in history to receive Emmy Award nominations for all of its original series regulars, joining “All in the Family,” “Golden Girls,” “Schitt’s Creek” and “Will & Grace.”

Emmy Award-winning stars Jason Sudeikis, Brett Goldstein and Hannah Waddingham were recognized with back-to-back nominations for season three. Stars Phil Dunster and Juno Temple, and guest stars Sam Richardson, Sarah Niles, Harriet Walter and Becky Ann Baker also landed acting nominations.

The Apple Original documentary Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie led this year’s documentary films and docuseries with a total of seven Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special and Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Special.

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For the first year, Apple TV+ broke through in late night programming as “The Problem With Jon Stewart” was recognized with nominations for Outstanding Talk Series, Directing for a Variety Series, and Technical Direction and Camerawork for a Series.

Apple Originals “Shrinking,” “Bad Sisters,” “Black Bird,” “Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me,” “Prehistoric Planet,” “Five Days at Memorial” and “Hello Tomorrow!” were recognized with first-time Emmy Award nominations. In addition, “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” scored with its sixth consecutive series nomination, following its fifth win in a row.

Apple TV+ series stars earned 15 acting category nominations, including nine top acting nominations for acclaimed performances in the third season of “Ted Lasso,” and first-time nominations for “Shrinking” stars Jason Segel and Jessica Williams and “Black Bird” stars Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser. Sharon Horgan landed her first acting nomination in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category for her celebrated performance in “Bad Sisters.”

HBO’s ‘Succession: The Complete Series’ Coming to DVD Sept. 12

Warner Bros. Discovery June 20 announced that all 39 episodes from HBO’s award-winning family drama “Succession” have been combined into one DVD boxed set ($89.99) plus all the bonus materials, with the release of Succession: The Complete Series on Sept. 12.

Succession: The Fourth and Final Season ($24.99) includes all 10 episodes from the fourth season, plus more than an hour of bonus material, including, “Controlling the Narratives.”

Succession: The Fourth and Final Season and Succession: The Complete Series are available now to purchase digitally from Redbox Digital, Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, and Vudu, among others. Season four episodes are averaging 9.4 million viewers across platforms, according to HBO.

“Succession,” about a family of an aging media tycoon dealing succession issues, stars Brian Cox as the patriarch, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Matthew Macfadyen, Nicholas Braun, J. Smith-Cameron, Peter Friedman, David Rasche and Fisher Stevens.

The first three seasons of the show garnered 48 Emmy nominations and 13 wins, including Outstanding Drama Series, for the second and third seasons. Season three, which premiered October 2021, earned the SAG Award for drama ensemble, and swept at WGA, DGA and PGA.

Samba TV: ‘Succession’ Viewers Opted for Linear HBO Over Streaming Max

The final season and episode of original family drama “Succession” was a critically acclaimed ratings hit. While the May 28 season four finale saw record viewers, as previously reported, the majority of viewers watched on their pay-TV HBO channel instead of the newly-named Max subscription streaming service, according to new data.

Samba TV found that 1.5 million U.S. households watched the May 28 final episode during the live + 1 day window, compared to 869,000 homes that streamed the episode. That’s a 42% comparative decline for the platform Warner Bros. Discovery is staking its streaming future on.

Worse still, the significant gap between legacy television and streaming remained the same throughout the entire 10-episode season four, which again featured Brian Cox as aging patriarch Logan Roy who is dealing with family members determined to take control of his international media conglomerate.

The HBO viewership ranged from 1.1 million (episode two) to between 1.2 million and 1.3 million each episode heading into the finale. On the streaming side, viewership fell below 700,000 homes for episode three, while hovering between 700,000 to 800,000 throughout the season. No streamed episode broke 1 million households.

Warner Bros. Discovery ended the first quarter (March 31) with 97.6 million combined HBO, Max and Discovery+ subscribers — up from 90.6 million in the prior-year period.

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‘Succession’ Season 4 Finale Draws Series High 2.9 Million Viewers; ‘Barry’ Finishes Strong

The final episode of the last season of HBO drama “Succession” generated 2.9 million viewers across Max streaming and linear telecasts May 28 for a series high, according to Warner Bros. Discovery. The viewership represented a 68% gain on the season three finale of 1.7 million viewers. Prior to the series finale, the Sunday night high for “Succession” was the April 30 episode with 2.75 million combined viewers.

The Emmy-award-winning series, which explores themes of power and family dynamics through the eyes of patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his four grown children, Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Siobhan (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin), and Connor (Alan Ruck), averaged 8.7 million viewers across the fourth season episodes, a jump of 1.5 million viewers when compared to season three.

Bill Hader in “Barry”

Separately, the series finale of the dark comedy “Barry” generated 700,000 viewers across Max and linear telecasts, a 13% gain from the season three finale of 620,000 viewers on June 12, 2022. Due to the extended runtime of the “Succession” finale, “Barry” had a delayed start time, which resulted in approximately a 20% increase over typical viewing on a Monday and nearly doubling the audience to 1.35 million, according to WBD. “Barry” averaged 3.4 million viewers for the season.

The Emmy-winning series, starring and directed by Emmy and DGA-winner Bill Hader, returned for its fourth and final eight-episode season with two new episodes on April 16. This season, Cousineau (Henry Winkler) is hailed as a hero as Barry’s (Hader) arrest has shocking consequences. Hader and Alec Berg are the series co-creators and executive producers.

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JustWatch: ‘Dungeons & Dragons,’ ‘Succession’ Top Weekly Digital Transactions, Streaming

Digital purchase and rental access to recent box office releases proved a winner among consumers, with Paramount Pictures’ Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves topping Universal Pictures’ current 2023 theatrical champ The Super Mario Bros. Movie and Amazon Studios’ Air on JustWatch’s weekly streaming chart through May 21. Lionsgate’s World War II drama Sisu entered the chart at No. 4.

The research firm tracks the streaming video habits, including digital retail and rental, of 20 million users across 59 markets, including the United States.

Among episodic programming, the final season of Max’s “Succession,” which ends May 28, topped the chart, holding off the previous week’s No. 1, “Silo” on Apple TV+ at No. 3, and the streamer’s perennial charter “Ted Lasso” as runner-up.

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HBO/HBO Max ‘Succession’ Season Four Premiere Draws 2.3 Million Viewers, A New Series High

The season four debut of “Succession” on HBO and HBO Max generated a record 2.3 million combined viewers. Total viewing for Sunday night (March 26) was up 62% compared to last season’s premiere (1.4 million) and up 33% compared to last season’s finale (1.7 million), with season three episodes going on to average 7.2 million viewers per episode across platforms, according to an HBO/HBO Max release. Viewership figures are based on Nielsen and first party data.

Compared to other Sunday night HBO Original premieres, Sunday’s total viewing number was 51% ahead of the season two premiere of “The White Lotus” and trailed only “House of the Dragon,” “The Last of Us” and “Euphoria” among recent HBO series. In addition, viewing of “Succession” on Max has been accelerating in anticipation of the new season, with last week up more than 400% versus the previous week.

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The Emmy-winning drama series, created by Jesse Armstrong, airs its 10-episode fourth and final season each Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT through May 28.

The series explores themes of power and family dynamics through the eyes of patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his four grown children, Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Siobhan (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin) and Connor (Alan Ruck).

The first three seasons garnered 48 Emmy nominations and 13 wins, including Outstanding Drama Series for the second and third seasons. Season three, which premiered October 2021, earned the SAG Award for drama ensemble and swept at WGA, DGA and PGA.

Between new episodes, viewers can tune in to the official “Succession” podcast, which features conversations with the major players from the series. Hosted by Kara Swisher, the multi-part podcast dives deep into the razor-sharp writing, dynamic performances and high-powered family drama that drive the series.

The podcast is currently No. 1 on Apple’s TV & Film chart in the United States.

HBO Max: December Most-Streamed Month Since May 2020 Service Launch

December marked HBO Max’s most-viewed month since its launch in May 2020 in terms of hours viewed, due in part to a programming lineup that included originals shows “And Just Like That …” and “The Sex Lives of College Girls,” finales of HBO series “Succession,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Insecure,” and movies The Matrix Resurrections and King Richard.

December kicked off with the final episodes of “Sex Lives of College Girls,” which delivered a 76% jump in viewership from its series premiere. The half-hour comedy has proven to be a top performer ranking as the second-best start for a Max original comedy on the platform only behind “And Just Like That …” and No. 2 in the European Union and Latin America among Max original half-hour series.

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The “Sex in the City” relaunch continued its reign throughout the month as the No. 1 series on Max in the U.S., E.U. and Latin America since its release. The new chapter remains the best start for any series to-date on the platform and has been the top series every week since its debut. Viewership of its most recent episodes on Dec. 30 spiked nearly 20% from the week prior for its largest single-day audience since it debuted. The original series, “Sex and the City,” also saw viewership highs throughout December.

The finale of “Succession” delivered a series-high across all platforms with total viewing increasing 47% versus the season two finale, 21% from the season three premiere and 8% from the prior week’s episode.

The final two Warner Bros. Pictures films to debut on Max the same day as their theatrical premieres were The Matrix Resurrections and King Richard, both debuting to strong viewership. Resurrections closed out the month securing a top four spot among the studio’s day-and-date films for the year. It was the most-watched film overall on Max in December, boosting viewing to previous films in “The Matrix” franchise as well.

The momentum continued into the New Year with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint appearing on the “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts,” the highly anticipated retrospective celebrating one of the top film franchises of all time.

The show debuted as the platform’s top title overall for the week in the U.S., E.U., and Latin America, despite only being available for two days. It had the second-best start of any special on Max, ranking only behind “Friends: The Reunion.” Additionally, new series “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses” and the “Harry Potter” movies all experienced a strong halo effect from the arrival of the special, with the new competition series ranking 3rd among all series on Max over the weekend and all eight movies ranking among the Top 15 movies in the week and seeing double digit gains versus the prior week.

Warner to Release ‘Succession: The Complete Second Season’ on DVD Sept. 15

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is set to release the second season of critically-acclaimed HBO series, “Succession,” on DVD on Sept. 15. Created by Emmy Award winner and Oscar Award nominee Jesse Armstrong (“In the Loop,” “The Thick of It”) “Succession” is about an enormously wealthy, aging patriarch (Golden Globes winner Brian Cox) and his four grown children, who together control one of the biggest entertainment conglomerates in the world.

Succession: The Complete Second Season will be priced at $24.98 SRP ($29.98 in Canada). The boxed set is also available via purchase from digital retailers. Bonus material includes “Invitation to the Set” and 10 “Inside the Episode” featurettes.

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“‘Succession’ is one of the most engaging dramas on television today,” Rosemary Markson, SVP of TV Marketing for WBHE, said in a statement. “The writing is smart, with deeply layered and well-crafted story lines that surprise viewers with unexpected twists and turns.”

“Succession” premiered on HBO in August 2019.

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Leads Golden Globes as Traditional Studios Dominate Film Categories, Streamers Take a Handful of TV Trophies

Traditional studios led the way in the film categories, while streamers and Pay-TV networks divvied up the TV categories at the 77th Annual Golden Globes ceremony Jan. 5 in a ceremony held in Los Angeles and broadcast on NBC.

The Golden Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and are seen as one of the bigger precursors to the Academy Awards.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won three Globes, including Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Best Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino, and Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt. The film is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digitally from Sony Pictures.

Best Motion Picture — Drama went to Universal Pictures’ World War I film 1917, which was recently released in theaters. The film also won Best Director for Sam Mendes.

South Korea’s Parasite won Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language. Universal Pictures will release the film digitally Jan. 14, and on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 28.

Best Motion Picture — Animated went to Fox’s Missing Link, now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital.

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Warner’s Joker won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama for Joaquin Phoenix, and Best Original Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir. The film, a dark imagining of the origin of the DC Comics Batman villain, is available now digitally, and on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Jan. 7.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama went to Renee Zellweger for playing Judy Garland in Judy, which is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally from Lionsgate.

A24’s The Farewell, on Blu-ray, DVD and digital from Lionsgate, won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for Awkwafina.

Taron Egerton won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for playing Elton John in Rocketman. The film also won Best Original Song for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Rocketman is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digitally.

Netflix did find some love in one movie category, as Marriage Story won Best Supporting Actress for Laura Dern.

Netflix also won in the TV categories with the third season of “The Crown,” as Olivia Colman won Best Actress in a TV Series — Drama after taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy, who had previously won for the role in the category during the show’s first season.

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HBO programming won four awards, with “Succession” taking two, winning Best Television Series — Drama for its just concluded its second season, and Brian Cox for Best Actor in a TV Series. The miniseries Chernobyl won Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, with Stellan Skarsgard taking the trophy for best performance by a supporting actor on television.

Amazon Prime Video’s “Fleabag” repeated its Emmy success, taking Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy for creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Hulu series took a couple of trophies as well, with Ramy Youssef of “Ramy” winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy, and Patricia Arquette of “The Act” taking the award for best supporting actress on television.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television went to Russell Crowe for Showtime’s The Loudest Voice, on DVD from Paramount and CBS.

FX’s Fosse/Verdon won Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Michelle Williams, following her Emmy win for the role.

Several presenters and winners took a moment to call attention to the devastating bush fires in Australia. But aside from a smattering of more pointed comments throughout the night, honorees largely avoided the kind of blatant politicizing these kinds of awards ceremonies are often criticized for. Host Ricky Gervais began the event by calling out Hollywood hypocrisy in his opening monologue.

“Apple rolled into the TV game with ‘The Morning Show,’ a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China,” Gervais said to a smattering of shocked laughter. “You say you’re woke but the companies you work for, I mean unbelievable, Apple, Amazon, Disney, if ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent. Wouldn’t you?”

“So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use this as a platform to make a political speech right, you’re in no position to lecture the public about anything,” Gervais continued. “You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So if you win, all right, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent, and your god, and f**k off, OK.”

 

AT&T CEO: WarnerMedia Looking to Partner SVOD Service With Pay-TV Operators

WarnerMedia’s pending fourth-quarter soft-launch of a branded subscription streaming video service will look to partner with — rather than antagonize — third-party pay-TV operators.

Speaking May 14 at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Communications  Conference in New York, Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, said the service would be centered around HBO and be included with a pay-TV subscription.

“The MVPDs, Comcast, we think are going to be an important partner to all of this,” Stephenson said. “If you’re a Comcast subscriber and you acquire HBO, you will get this [OTT video] capability with your HBO subscription on Comcast.”

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The proposed symbiotic relationship between SVOD and linear television distribution is significant considering the former was launched in part to replace pay-TV.

Indeed, Dish Network launched pioneering Sling TV in 2015 in an effort to offset declining satellite TV subscribers. AT&T followed with DirecTV Now.

Yet, online TV subscriber growth has cooled. Sling added just 7,000 subscribers in the most-recent fiscal period, and DirecTV Now lost 83,000 subs compared to a gain of 312,000 subs last year.

Stephenson said the new SVOD service is projected to generate “tens of millions of subs” — a figure dependent upon AT&T sustaining its base of DirecTV and U-verse subscribers.

The strategy is not dissimilar with Comcast, which plans to launch an OTT service free to Xfinity subscribers, with non-subscribers charged a monthly fee.

“Keeping the satellite, the U-verse customer base in check and stable is really important because it’s going to be a major distribution platform [for SVOD],” Stephenson said. “And then we want to just continue to push digital distribution on top of that as well.”

Much of that distribution will be centered around HBO, which is currently generating strong viewership through the last season of “Game of Thrones”.

Stephenson said content investment at HBO has “stepped up considerably” this year with the second seasons of “Big Little Lies” and “Succession” slated to follow “Thrones,” in addition to new series, “Chernobyl”.

“We’ve got a lot of really great content coming online as ‘Game of Thrones’ winds down,” he said.