It’s the start of a new day in Hollywood, as the now officially merged WarnerMedia and Discovery will open for business on Monday as Warner Bros.
While little is known about the future of the new company, it is clear what valuable brands, IPs, executives and customers they will present on their first day as a combined entity.
Founded in 1985, Discovery, Inc. has approximately 11,000 employees at the time of publication. WarnerMedia, which was first founded in 1923 as Warner Bros., has approximately 25,000 employees.
For a detailed overview of the Discovery side’s top leadership and organization charts as it stands on day one, including CEO David Zaslav and his lieutenants, as well as its current growth deals and talent partnerships, readers can consult this data. Compiled through the Variety Insight Platform. ,
And here’s to the WarnerMedia side, which has been responsible for several recent departures in top leadership prompted by the close of the merger, including CEO Jason Keeler, HBO Max head Andy Forsell, and studio and network group president. and CEO Ann Sarnoff.
As of the end of 2021, which is the last time WarnerMedia disclosed streaming subscriber data, HBO and HBO Max currently have a combined 73.8 million subscriptions. By comparison, Discovery reported it had 22 million — and now has way more by acquisition. No customer statistics have been released for the recently launched CNN Plus.
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In terms of brands, WarnerMedia boasts the crown jewels like Warner Bros., HBO, HBO Max, CNN and DC Films; While Discovery is swimming in top lifestyle channels, including HGTV, Food Network and TLC and young streamer Discovery Plus.
More specifically, they each hold valuable IP: WarnerMedia is home to the “Game of Thrones”, the DC Universe of movies, the “Harry Potter” franchise, NBA and MLB games, and the Emmy-winning series “Ted Lasso”; Discovery owns Chip and Joanna Gaines’ “Fixer Upper,” “90 Day Fiancé” franchise, “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives,” “Mythbusters,” “Battle Bots,” “Gold Rush” and “Shark Week” content .
See below for these Warner Bros. Discovery facts, and more, in detail.
Key Development Deals