who saw at the end of the day About 70 (14%) of their employees divisions are closing, Casey Bloyschief material officer HBO And hbo maxsent an email to his team about the cuts as well as his new (old) senior HBO/MAX scripted executive team of Amy Gravitt, Francesca Orsi, and Sarah Aubrey, including new responsibilities for Gravitt and Aubrey.
In the memo (read it in full below), Bloys lays out the responsibilities for his top executives on the scripted and documentary side and also highlights the achievements of top executives who are leaving as a result of layoffs: Jennifer O’Connell , Jennifer Kim; Michael Quigley and Linda Lowery.
“While I believe these structural changes will allow us to maintain a thriving business model, these decisions have been extremely painful to make,” Bloys wrote. “We operate in an environment where we must adapt in real-time to the needs of the industry and the company. None of that lessens the shock of parting with such talented, dependable, hardworking and renowned peers.”
Here is his email:
First, I’d like to thank and acknowledge all of you for the unique, incredible work you’ve done in all of our programming endeavors. This team has overcome unprecedented challenges – from 140 Emmy nominations across our brand to recent coverage celebrating HBO Max as one of the best streaming services on the market. I appreciate your attention and commitment to excellence during these uncertain times.
Unfortunately, the environment in which we operate is rapidly changing, and it is up to us to continue to refine our model to design a course for long-term success. As you heard from David Zaslav during our last earnings call, producing top-tier HBO/MAX scripted content is critical to the future of WBD. Part of this process involves an honest assessment of what we need in order to move forward.
In order to best align our strengths and strategy with the challenges and opportunities ahead, I am announcing the following organizational changes.
Max Scripted Original
Sarah Aubrey Max will continue to oversee the original drama slate as well as expand its responsibilities to include a key strategic global role. Since the stage’s inception, Sarah has been a relentlessly dynamic leader, with a varied and long list of successes. The Flight Attendant, Peacemaker, and Just Like That…, The Sex Lives of College Girls, And ladder, among many others. Building on this, and as our company grows in its global aspiration and reach, Sarah’s dispatch will include working with Gerhard Zeiler and his team to define and implement our international programming strategy. Joy ChavezzoEVP Programming will continue to report on Sarah as the lead of the Max Original Drama, and together they will focus on developing and producing tentpole IP series such as peacemaker, doon, penguin, And Green Lantern.
Susanna Makoso Now Amy Gravitt, Head of Comedy and EVP, Programming for HBO will report. Susannah has led an incredibly successful comedy slate for Max Originals, punctuated by the acclaimed, Emmy-winning series. hacksWith all Sex Lives Of College Girls, Rap Sh! Tea, And Julia, and also animated series including the upcoming velma And Young Love, This change will align our scripted comedy slate under a powerhouse, genre-redefining team; And by integrating this department under Amy, we will be able to maximize our effectiveness in continuing to build out our slate across both the HBO and Max Originals brands. Susannah will also continue to lead Adult Swim adult animation programming.
Apart from Amy now overseeing a joint HBO/HBO Max comedy group, the HBO leadership remains unchanged. Francesca OrsieHBO’s Head of Drama and EVP Programming will continue to lead the HBO Original Drama team. Nancy AbrahamEVP programming, and Lisa HellerEVP will continue to lead programming, HBO’s documentary slate, and Nina RosensteinEVP continues to lead programming, our late nights, conversations and exclusive content.
As we contemplate the offer of Discovery content that is joining HBO Max for an eventual joint stage, we have had to make the incredibly difficult decision to disband or reorganize the following teams, any of which It does not reflect the contribution of the affected persons here.
Max Originals non-fiction and live-action family originals
Jane O’Connelll and his talented team have led to a diverse, impressive and entertaining slate of titles ranging from competition series, including Emmy-winning titles. Famous To FBOY Island, 12 Dates of ChristmasAnd Finding Magic Mic; like for documentaries Class Action Park, The Way DownAnd On the record; and family programming Gordita Chronicles. I can’t say enough about my respect for Jane’s talent, vision and passionate commitment to inclusive content. As we move forward, we will not be adding new reality/documentaries to the Max Slate. For existing Max Reality programming, we will make upgrade decisions based on traditional measures of success.
International Originals, HBO Max
In light of the large international footprint of Warner Bros. Discovery, led by Gerhard Zeiler, we will no longer have a dedicated US team to pursue these opportunities. During his time at HBO Max, jennifer kim, SVP was responsible for programming international content, including International Originals, the acclaimed limited series It’s a Sin, and the Peabody Award-winning Sort Off. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Jane and her team for all their inspired work. Going forward, similar to the model employed at HBO for titles such as Years and years, I can destroy youAnd my brilliant friendDifferent drama and comedy teams will evaluate and follow up on any international co-productions valuable outside of Warner Bros.
Casting, HBO Max
To reflect the models we’ve proven successful at HBO over the years, we will no longer have an in-house casting department for Max Originals. linda lowyEVP Casting is one of the most talented casting executives in the business. He and his team have a lot to be proud of, and the impact of their contributions can be seen in the success Max Original Series.
Content Acquisition, HBO and HBO Max
With a significant reduction in team size, our model here will also change. This reflects an emerging need as the industry moves away from third-party Pay 1 deals and acquisitions, and as a company we continue to leverage our library from the Warner Bros. portfolio. Michael Quigley, EVP, Content Acquisition, who joined the HBO Max team shortly before the platform’s launch, will depart. In his time with the company, Michael led major acquisition deals—including South Park-and have led a talented team based in Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles. He has been an accomplished leader in a changing market, and I wish him all the success in the future. Royce BattlemanThe SVP, Content Acquisitions, an essential member of HBO’s acquisitions team for nearly three decades, will lead the newly reorganized division and will now report to Glenn Whitehead, President of Business Affairs and Production for HBO and HBO Max.
While I believe these structural changes will allow us to maintain a thriving business model, these decisions have been extremely painful to make. We operate in an environment where we must adapt in real time to the needs of the industry and the company. None of this lessens the shock of parting with such talented, dependable, hardworking and renowned peers. I extend my deepest appreciation to each of them as they transition to their next opportunity.
And there’s more to come as I gather my core team, where I can provide more insight on these changes and the road ahead, and I’ll do my best to answer any questions you may have.