Hollywood creators are livid with HBO Max Upheaval

Confusion on HBO Max sent shock waves throughout the industry This week, Hollywood creators are going public with anger over how Warner Bros. Discovery manages the content.

Uncertainty and anxiety reigned as word spread that WBD was present killing the nearly finished DC movie Batgirl, which was set to debut on HBO Max. The parent company is also quiet removed a number of original HBO Max movies from the streaming service, and TheWrap reported Wednesday that CEO David Zaslav is expected to announce a major restructuring of HBO Max and Discovery+ that will gut HBO Max, lay off executives and employees, reduce HBO layoffs, and combine the streaming service with Discovery+ with stricter separation of operations for scripted and unscripted content.

“Streamers have been selling us the creative benefits of platform exclusivity for some time,” said Doctor Strange and Black Phone co-creator C. Robert Cargill. on Twitter. “The reason Hollywood has been so shaken 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 a few movies.

Roswell, New Mexico and The Originals writer and producer Carina Adly MacKenzie added, “We’re worried here about the HBO Max shows we already love, but so many people are about to throw out years of hard work and we’ll never even know. 70% of scripting is… so many people’s LIFE’S WORK.

In a follow-up tweet, MacKenzie mentioned “weird” decisions at HBO Max. “Between the CW bloodbath, this WEIRD HBO Max decision (THEIR CONTENT WAS GOOD), and the trashing of Batgirl… can anyone confirm that WB isn’t run by three kids in bathrobes?” Too bad for all these developers who trusted their studio.

Alena Smith, creator of the Apple TV+ series Dickinson, addresses HBO Max original movies that have been quietly pulled from the streaming service. shared that she requested a physical copy of her series. “Because of the Batgirl/HBO Max situation, I spent my last day on the Dickinson set calling an Apple executive *asking* for a physical recording of my performance…they gave me one, the ONLY copy I have….People said I was crazy , but dude, that’s ten years of my life.

Adam Conover, creator and host of HBO Max’s Adam Breaks Everything. took up David Zaslav apparently “dismantled” the streaming service after Warner Bros. Discovery merger. “HBO Max is widely recognized as the best streaming service. And now the executives who bought it are on the verge of dismantling it because they like it that way. Mergers give just a few rich people a LOT of control over what we watch, and the results are disastrous.

The creative community’s reaction to Zaslav’s HBO Max decisions may mirror the initial reaction to former WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar’s decision to release all of Warner Bros. in 2021 movies in theaters and on HBO Max daily. The announcement angered filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve, who value the exclusive theatrical window, and while WarnerMedia later offered goodwill payments to talent to offset any perceived box-office losses from streaming debuts, some were hurt — Nolan left his longtime Warner Bros his next Universal film..

Gennifer Hutchinson, writer of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and Better Call Saul, elaborated on the possible consequences of Zaslav’s actions. said“Are we sure this new guy doesn’t just have a secret vendetta against HBO Max and it’s all part of an elaborate revenge plan?”

We should know more via Warner Bros. Discovery earnings later Thursday, when Zaslav is expected to outline his plans for HBO Max and beyond.

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