Warner Bros. to supply greater than 10 movies solely for HBO Max launch

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Warner Bros. will bolster HBO Max subsequent yr with greater than 10 new film titles made solely for the streaming service, WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar mentioned Thursday.

Speaking throughout AT&T’s second-quarter earnings name, Kilar mentioned that theatrical releases will proceed to be necessary to the corporate, however it may well’t ignore the success it has seen from at-home viewing.

“The motion picture format absolutely matters and it matters in a number of ways,” Kilar mentioned. “It matters in theaters …They also matter at home and, absolutely, in terms of the response that we’ve gotten not just from that title but from all of our day in day titles. We feel very good about the response that consumers have given it in the home.”

During the second quarter, HBO and HBO Max topped 47 million U.S. subscribers, up 2.eight million from the primary quarter. Globally, subscriber numbers reached 67.5 million as of the tip of June, up from 63.9 million final quarter.

WarnerMedia has utilized a day-and-date launch mannequin for its theatrical releases in 2021, which places its function movies on the massive display screen and on HBO Max on the identical day. This technique will disappear in 2022 and Warner Bros. movies which can be earmarked for theatrical launch will run solely in cinemas for a minimum of 45 days.

Films made only for HBO Max will solely go to theaters in restricted runs at choose areas if they’re anticipated to be Oscar contenders.

“In terms of where things go in the future, I think it’s fair to say that, and I’ve said this before publicly, I certainly don’t anticipate us going back to the way the world was in 2015 or 2016 or 2017, where windows were quite lengthy between theatrical and home exhibition whether it was an a la carte transaction or something else,” Kilar mentioned.

WarnerMedia, which is presently owned by AT&T, is predicted to merge with Discovery subsequent yr if the transaction is authorised by regulators.

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