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WarnerMedia is seeing massive changes in the business and one of the biggest effects can be seen on HBO Max, which is expected to lose a large number of titles soon.
As reported by Variety, HBO Max is set to lose 36 titles from the streaming service’s catalog, including 20 of its own originals and other projects such as infinite train and Aquaman: King of Atlantis. In a statement, a spokesperson explained that the impending change is due to the merger between HBO Max and Discovery+.
The streaming giant said, “As we strive to bring our catalogs of content together on one platform, we will be making changes to the content offering available on both HBO Max and Discovery+…This will include the removal of certain content from both platforms.”
The list of HBO Max Originals includes, 12 dates of Christmas, About last night, Aquaman: King of Atlantis, Close enough, Ellen’s Next Great Designer, Esme & Roy, The Fungi!, The restlessness of the generation, Generation, infinite train, Little Helen, My mother, Your father, Odon, The Pursuit of Happiness by Ravi Patel, summer camp island, The show not too late with Elmo, The Rabbit on the Run, Theodosia, Tig and Seek and Dinosaurs Yabba Dabbaincluding HBO Originals My dinner with Hervé and To share.
Cartoon Network titles set to disappear from the streaming service include Dodo, Elliott of Earth, Mao Mao, Hero of Pure Heart, Powerful Master Swords, OK KO! – Let’s be heroes, uncle grandfather and Victor and Valentino. Finally, the titles acquired Detention Adventure, The mess goes to Okido, Mia’s Magical Playground, The Ollie & Moon Show, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, Do it big, do it small and Gurgling will leave the service alongside them.
Since the merger of Warner Bros. and Discovery in April, the company, now Warner Bros. Discovery, has undergone a slew of changes and made numerous announcements, including plans to expand the content library on HBO Max. and improving the original content budget. President and CEO, David Zaslav, explained, “Quality is what [Chief Content Officer] Casey [Bloys] and this team delivers. It’s the best team in the business. We’re dubbing this HBO team. They are all under contract and we are going to spend a lot more this year and next year than we spent last year the year before.”
Beyond the shows and movies available to the public, reports have also surfaced suggesting that the coming months will see massive layoffs at Warner Bros. Discovery over the next month, with some suggesting all departments will be affected. The first round of layoffs saw 70 employees cut from HBO Max. On top of that, it was recently reported that it suffered a net loss of $3.4 billion in the second quarter of this year. About $1 billion of that was attributed to the cost of restructuring following the Warner Bros. merger. Discovery.