Hollywood creatives furious over HBO Max turmoil

The upheaval at HBO Max has shocked the entire industry this week, and Hollywood creatives are going public with their anger at the way Warner Bros. Discovery is handling content.

Uncertainty and consternation arose when news broke that WBD was wrapping up the near-finished DC movie “Batgirl,” set to debut on HBO Max. The parent company also quietly removed a series of HBO Max original movies from the streaming service, with TheWrap reporting Wednesday that CEO David Zaslav is expected to announce a major restructuring of HBO Max and Discovery+ that will result in the removal of HBOMax. significant layoffs for his executives and staff to minimize layoffs with HBO and a combined streaming service with Discovery+ with a stricter separation between scripted and unscripted content operations.

“Streamers have been selling us creative about the virtues of platform exclusivity for some time now,” said “Doctor Strange” and “The Black Phone” co-writer C. Robert Cargill. On twitter. “The reason Hollywood is so shocked by the HBO Max stories is that no one is sure if this is an isolated incident or a canary in the coal mine. It’s not just about a few movies.”

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Carina Adly MacKenzie, writer and producer of “Roswell, New Mexico” and “The Originals” additional“We’re here concerned about the HBO Max shows we already love, but a lot of people are about to lose years of hard development work and we’ll never know. 70% of scripted development is… so, so many people’s LIFE WORK.”

In a follow-up tweet, MacKenzie called the decisions “weird” at HBO Max. “Between The CW bloodbath, this BIZARRE decision on HBO Max (ITS CONTENT WAS LEGIT GOOD) and Batgirl being thrown in the trash… I don’t know, can anyone confirm that WB isn’t being run by three kids in a trench coat? ? Very sad for all these creators who trusted their studio.

Addressing the HBO Max original movies that have been quietly pulled from the streaming service, Apple TV+ series “Dickinson” creator Alena Smith shared who requested a physical copy of his series. “The Batgirl/HBO Max situation is why I spent my last day on the Dickinson set calling an Apple exec and *begging* for a physical recording of my show…in fact they gave me one, I have the ONLY copy… People said I was crazy, but friend, it’s ten years of my life”.

Adam Conover, creator and host of the HBO Max series “Adam Ruins Everything,” assumed The apparent “dismantling” of the streaming service by David Zaslav after the merger with Warner Bros. Discovery. “HBO Max is widely recognized as the best streaming service. And now the executives who bought it are about to dismantle it, simply because they feel like it. Mergers give a few wealthy people MASSIVE control over what we see, with disastrous results.”

The reaction to Zaslav’s HBO Max decisions from the creative community could end up mirroring the initial reaction to former WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar’s decision to release all Warner Bros. 2021 movies in theaters and on HBO Max. day and date. That announcement angered filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve, who value an exclusive theatrical window, and while WarnerMedia subsequently doled out handsome payouts to talent to offset perceived box office losses from streaming releases, the damage for some had already been done: Nolan left his old Warner Bros. home to make his next film at Universal.

To put the possible consequences of Zaslav’s actions more precisely, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” and “Better Call Saul” writer Gennifer Hutchinson said“Are we sure this new kid doesn’t just have a secret vendetta against HBO Max and this is all part of an elaborate plan to get revenge?”

We should learn more during Warner Bros. Discovery earnings later Thursday, when Zaslav is expected to unveil his plans for HBO Max and beyond.

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