The big cost-cutting movement at HBO continues as the company reportedly cut about 70 employees at HBO and . According to the streaming service, most of the cuts are made on the streaming service side .
The layoffs account for around 14 percent of employees in the two divisions. HBO Max’s non-fiction team is downsizing, which isn’t surprising given the influx of reality and documentary programs from the Discovery side of the business. Leadership may feel that having its own reality department is redundant for HBO Max. As notes that children’s programming will also be a lesser priority for HBO Max as there have been cuts in the live-action family originals division.
While there have been rumors that the ax would fall on many HBO Max originals as part of budget cuts and a shift in strategy, that’s not exactly the case, according to the specs . The publication notes that the streaming service’s leadership is expanding its offering of originals, albeit with fewer nonfiction and live-action family projects. No projects were canceled as part of today’s layoffs.
Warner Bros. Discovery recently bat girl and Scoob!: Vacation Home, films offered exclusively for HBO Max. The company has reportedly shelved the films in favor of tax breaks.
Additionally, HBO Max’s casting and international teams have been downsized. The team that handles the acquisition of third-party content is also affected. Meanwhile, layoffs are expected in other divisions of Warner Bros. Discovery. Engadget has reached out to HBO Max for comment.
WarnerMedia and Discovery form Warner Bros. Discovery. It was quick to try to cut costs, and the company announced it would do so just weeks after the streaming service launched. In the next year, the company will become a single platform. It’s not yet clear what the unified streaming service will be called, though it could keep the name HBO Max or simply be called “Max,” according to one report.
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