exclusive: Warner Bros. Discovery has laid off 29 employees in Europe, including key programming executives, as it transitions to phasing out. HBO Max European originals and the shift towards a new domestic commissioning model, the deadline could reveal.
Senior executives who have left include HBO Max EMEA Original Vice President of Programming and Production CEE Johnathan Young; Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Original Programming, Nordex Christian Wikander; Head of the original unregistered production division, Sithfast. Mia Edde, who joined last year as CEO, has already left content acquisition in Turkey.
In all, 29 people will leave over the next 15 months, with other departures coming from teams of external CEOs.
Deadline understands that WBD will continue to invest in local commissions and acquisitions in Europe, but that original programming responsibilities will now be handled by the company’s linear and streaming teams, and no commissions will be made for broadcast only.
We saw an internal staff memo sent out this morning from HBO Max EMEA Head of Original Programming Anthony Root Identify changes Individuals are expected to move after completing the projects they are currently working on. No new software developments will occur.
Young, Wikander, and Sitvast produce several unannounced shows that have been green-lit for HBO Max. Details are expected to follow in due course.
Young is known for shows like package And the solubility from Poland, Greed in the czech republic, detective in Hungary and rox In Romania, while Wikander was at the back Pray, obey, kill From Swedenbefore signing The second season in Norway and kamikaze from Denmark. He has also acted as an unscripted local HBO Max presence. Sitvast oversaw the unstudied expansion across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and worked on the four European versions of the US format Fboy . Island In Denmark, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands, production traitors In Spain.
Root remains in the position, as do Hanka Kastelicová (Vice President for Documentaries), Steve Matthews (VP Scripted Development), Miguel Salvat (Vice President and Commissioning Editor Iberia, HBO Max), and Vera Peltekian (Vice President and Editor) Commissioning in France, HBO Max).
The cuts had been expected since the news broke that HBO Max would stop developing new original programming across much of Europe following the merger of Discovery and Warner Bros. David Zaslav and his senior team sought to cut costs and find $3 billion in savings. global business.
WBD plans to merge HBO Max, which has been expanding internationally, and Discovery+, which is focused on no-registration.
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