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HBO and HBO Max are reportedly laying off 70 production staffers

The major cost-cutting drive at Warner Bros. Discovery is continuing, because the company is reportedly laying off around 70 workers across HBO and HBO Max. The majority of the cuts are privately of the streaming service, in accordance with Deadline.

The layoffs take into account around 14 percent of staffers over the two divisions. HBO Max’s nonfiction team has been downsized, which isn’t surprising given the influx of reality and documentary programming from the Discovery side of the business enterprise. Leadership may believe it’s redundant for HBO Max to possess its reality division. As Variety notes, kids’ programming will undoubtedly be less of important for HBO Max too, as there were cuts to the live-action family originals department.

Although there have been rumors that the ax would fall on many HBO Max originals within budget cuts and a changing strategies, that isn’t exactly that case, in accordance with The Hollywood Reporter. The publication notes that leadership at the streaming service is expanding its lineup of originals, albeit with fewer non-fiction and live-action family projects. No projects were canceled within today’s layoffs.

Warner Bros. Discovery recently canned Batgirl and Scoob!: Holiday Haunt, movies which were prearranged as HBO Max exclusives. In accordance with reports, the business shelved the films and only tax breaks.

Furthermore, HBO Max’s casting and international teams have already been downsized. The team that handles acquisitions of third-party content has been affected too. Meanwhile, layoffs are reported to be expected in other Warner Bros. Discovery divisions. Engadget has contacted HBO Max for comment.

WarnerMedia and Discovery merged in April to create Warner Bros. Discovery. An attempt to slash costs got underway quickly, with the business announcing it could turn off CNN+ just a few weeks from then on streaming service launched. Next year, the business will merge HBO Max and Discovery+ right into a single platform. It isn’t yet clear what the unified streaming service will undoubtedly be called, though it could wthhold the HBO Max name or, in accordance with one report, it might simply be named “Max.”

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