Fans of HBO Max’s popular original shows and movies are eagerly awaiting their fate as rumors circulate that major changes are coming to the streaming service.
Ever since HBO Max’s parent company, WarnerMedia, merged with Discovery earlier this year to become Warner Bros. Discovery, industry watchers have speculated that CEO David Zaslav will seek to combine Discovery+ and HBO Max into a single platform. of transmission.
The reorganization is likely to result in a massive downsizing of HBO Max, according to a report by The Wrap, to reduce redundancies between the production teams of HBO Max originals and HBO’s flagship properties.
Fans started sounding the alarm this week when Warner Bros. announced it was scrapping its HBO Max original movie “Batgirl,” even though filming was already complete. The move is part of cost-cutting measures for Warner Bros. Discovery, which under Zaslav is turning its attention to theatrical releases.
Removing releases and removing originals from the service will help the company in the form of tax breaks, IndieWire reports. Fans of the service, which is considered by many to have the strongest library of any streamer, have voiced opposition to the rumored moves. Tweets criticizing the corporate reorganization have racked up tens of thousands of likes in recent days.
But the fate of shows like “Hacks,” “The Sex Lives of College Girls” and “FBoy Island” is not yet sealed. Zaslav is expected to reveal more details about his plans for HBO Max on Thursday when Warner Bros. Discovery makes its quarterly earnings call.
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