HBO Max

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HBO Max
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OwnerWarnerMedia Entertainment
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Current statusIn development

HBO Max is an upcoming American Internet video on demand service operated by WarnerMedia Entertainment. This service will launch in the spring of 2020.

Casey Bloys, programming president of HBO, oversees HBO Max programming while Kevin Reilly, president of the WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, also is chief content officer of HBO Max taking care of all new originals and library content.[1] Andy Forssell is the service's executive vice president and general manager while still reporting to Otter Media CEO Tony Goncalves, who leads development.[2]

History[edit]

On October 10, 2018, WarnerMedia announced that it will launch an over-the-top streaming service in late 2019, featuring content from its entertainment brands.[3] The original plan for the service called for three tiers with a late 2019 launch.[4] WarnerMedia's parent AT&T chairman and CEO Randall L. Stephenson indicated in mid-May 2019 that it would use the HBO brand and would tie into cable operators as HBO cable subscribers would have access to the streaming service. A beta was expected in the fourth quarter of 2019 and full launch in first quarter 2020 at the time.[5]

Otter Media was transferred in May 2019 to WarnerMedia Entertainment from Warner Bros. to take over the streaming service as Brad Bentley, executive vice president and general manager of the for direct-to-consumer development exited the post after six months. Andy Forssell transferred from being chief operating officer of Otter to replace Bentley as executive vice president and general manager while still reporting to Otter CEO Tony Goncalves, who would lead development.[2]

On July 9, 2019, WarnerMedia announced that their upcoming streaming service would be named HBO Max and launch in spring 2020. Also announced at that time was that Friends would be taken off rival streaming service Netflix for the launch, while Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine and Greg Berlanti were signed to production deals for the service.[1]

Content[edit]

HBO Max will draw content from original programming for the services plus from HBO, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks (TNT, TBS, truTV), Adult Swim, Boomerang, CNN, Cartoon Network, The CW, Crunchyroll, DC Entertainment, Looney Tunes, New Line Cinema, Rooster Teeth, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros.[1]

With the start of the 2019-20 television season, series on The CW that debut from that season on will have their seasons placed on HBO Max a month before the newest season premieres. Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine and Greg Berlanti were signed to production deals for an initial four movies in the young-adult genre and two films, respectively.[1] WarnerMedia Entertainment indicated that the service would have 10,000 hours of content.[6]

AT&T chairman and CEO, Randall L. Stephenson has not ruled out adding live content from Turner Sports in the future (such as the NBA on TNT, Major League Baseball on TBS, and NCAA March Madness).[7]

On August 1, 2019, WarnerMedia announced its long-term deal with BBC Studios after HBO Max acquired the exclusive streaming rights to all 11 seasons of the revival Doctor Who, Luther, The Honourable Woman, Top Gear, and the British version of The Office. HBO Max will also stream the future seasons of Doctor Who after their initial run on BBC America.[8]

Original programming[edit]

Series[edit]

The service's original series will be branded Max Originals.[4]

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status Production
company[9]
Notes
Circe
  • Fantasy
  • Drama
TBA TBA TBA TBA Chernin Entertainment
Endeavor Content
Dune: The Sisterhood Science fiction TBA TBA TBA TBA Legendary Television
The Flight Attendant TBA TBA TBA TBA
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai TBA TBA TBA Series order
Love Life
  • Comedy
  • Anthology
TBA TBA TBA TBA Lionsgate Television
Made for Love Comedy TBA TBA TBA TBA Paramount Television
Station Eleven Post-apocalyptic TBA 1 TBA TBA Paramount Television
Tokyo Vice Drama TBA 1 (10 episodes) TBA TBA Endeavor Content
Untitled Gossip Girl sequel Drama TBA 1 (10 episodes) TBA TBA

Films[edit]

Year Title Director Notes References
TBA Let Them All Talk Steven Soderbergh Filming [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Spangler, Todd (July 9, 2019). "'Friends' to Leave Netflix for WarnerMedia's HBO Max Streaming Service in 2020". Variety. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Spangler, Todd; Spangler, Todd (May 31, 2019). "WarnerMedia Reorg Gives Otter Media's Tony Goncalves Oversight of Streaming Service Development". Variety. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  3. ^ Lee, Ryan Faughnder, Wendy. "WarnerMedia announces new streaming service to compete with Netflix and Disney – Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Stelter, Brian (July 9, 2019). "WarnerMedia banks on HBO's brand name for new streaming service". CNN. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Spangler, Todd; Spangler, Todd (May 14, 2019). "HBO Pay-TV Customers Will Have Access to WarnerMedia SVOD Service, AT&T Chief Says". Variety. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  6. ^ Haselton, Todd (July 9, 2019). "AT&T rolls out a new, super-charged streaming service with HBO shows, 'Friends' and more". CNBC. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  7. ^ "HBO Max OTT platform to include live NBA and MLB". SportsPro Media. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  8. ^ Porter, Rick (August 1, 2019), "'Luther,' 'Doctor Who,' U.K. 'Office' Libraries Head to HBO Max in BBC Deal", The Hollywood Reporter, retrieved August 2, 2019 Text "news " ignored (help)
  9. ^ Jarvey, Natalie; Goldberg, Lesley (July 3, 2019). "WarnerMedia's Streaming Service: A Guide to All Its Programming (So Far)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  10. ^ Porter, Rick (July 17, 2019). "'Gossip Girl' Update Lands Straight-to-Series Order at HBO Max". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  11. ^ HBO Max Lands Steven Soderbergh’s Next Film Starring Meryl Streep

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