HomeCelebrity NewsIn the latest round of layoffs at HBO Max, the non-scripted community is devastated

In the latest round of layoffs at HBO Max, the non-scripted community is devastated

’s new administration at Discovery promised sweeping changes at the studio, and in recent weeks, some of these plans have become apparent. was abruptly canceled and several Warner Bros. properties disappeared from their own streaming service, as well as massive layoffs and the abrupt cancellation of straight to HBO Max Batgirl.

With the newly merged company reporting a third-quarter net loss of $3.4 billion and declining revenue, Zaslav has made his intentions clear. As shows and movies are being canceled left and right, a new report from Deadline reveals that the non-scripted community is “devastated” as a number of diverse shows and their casts are soon to be affected.

HBO Max, the studios’ streaming service, will merge with Discovery+ next summer. It is feared that the new combined service will result in budget cuts and cancellations. In recent years, HBO Max had become a haven for original reality series — ’s cooking show Selena+Chef has enjoyed a successful 4-season run, and Queer Eye producer Scout Productions’ voguing competition series Legendary has been praised for bringing something new to the table.

In terms of non-scripted series, Netflix usually spends nearly four times as much as Discovery does. There has been no cancellation or renewal announcement yet for these shows, but they have a better chance than ’s dating show 12 Dates of Christmas, -hosted dating show My Mom, Your Dad, and ’s Tattletales reboot About Last Night, Generation Hustle, Generation+ion, and more.

“That’s two years of my life gone, and many collaborators,” said the creator of the show scheduled for removal, calling the decision “heartbreaking.”  In addition to Warner Bros Discovery’s controversial decisions, they affect the diversity of its projects. Leslie Grace’s debut as the first Afro-Latina Batgirl was canceled by the studio, causing much backlash. Having canceled unscripted series, the studio now faces another wave of backlash.

A number of shows like About Last Night, My Mom Your Dad, and others have diverse casts and crews both in front and behind the camera. As a consequence of cost-cutting, the studio’s relationships with talent may be put at risk. It was revealed by one source: Warner Bros Discovery has yet to reveal the full extent of its cost-reduction plan. 

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