Bad news in the world of streaming. The cancellation of the almost finished ‘Batgirl’ (Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, 2023) has only been the beginning of a series of catastrophic news related to the merged Warner Bros. Discovery and its main streaming service, HBO Max.

    Since TheWrap The worst confirmations came when it was known that HBO Max will lay off 70% of its staff and stop making original fictionincluding the series that had already been renewed and that will now either become an HBO production, or will join the list of canceled series and final seasons in 2022.

    So in the air There are still productions like ‘The Peacemaker’, ‘Titans’, ‘Minx’, ‘Hacks’, ‘Our Flag Means Death’, ‘Doom Patrol’, ‘Gossip Girl’, ‘Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’, ‘The Sex Life of the university girls’, ‘And Just Like That…’ and the wonderful ‘Harley Quinn’.

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    On the other hand, the HBO productions continue and, although some could make room to accommodate some of the HBO Max titles that will be saved, there is no need to fear for the future of ‘Euphoria’, ‘Succession’ and, of course, ‘The House of the Dragon’.

    The merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery, Inc. propelled David Zaslav as CEO of a conglomerate that promised a bright future for the HBO Max brand but has ended up being the subject of a large part of the operations to reduce expenses and debts accumulated over the years.

    Things started to stink when, in November 2021, Discovery Streaming CEO JB Perrette discussed with Zaslav the options of uniting his channel, Discovery+, on a single platform. This merger was confirmed in March 2022 and, although it was stated that it would be “long-term”, the first movements have not taken long to be noticed.


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    The first stick was taken by Europe, seeing how the projects to produce Max Originals were canceled in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland), Central Europe, the Netherlands and Turkey. At the same time, series already released disappeared from the catalogue, like the Spanish ‘Foodie Love’, ‘Sin novelty’ and ‘Por H o ​​por B’.

    Then it was the North American market itself that saw how self-produced titles disappeared from HBO Max for no apparent reason. Among others, the catalog no longer had available ‘The Kings of Baltimore’ (Angel Manuel Soto, 2020), ‘Superintelligence’ (Ben Falcone, 2020), ‘Pickled in Time’ (Brandon Trost, 2020), ‘The Witches ( by Roald Dahl)’ (Robert Zemeckis, 2020), ‘Confined’ (Doug Liman, 2021) and ‘Moonshot’ (Christopher Winterbauer, 2022).

    The news of the cancellation of ‘Batgirl’, filmed and at the end of its post-production, has made us understand a little more the sad reality behind the movements of a company willing to do anything to reduce expenses, even putting a 70 million film in a drawer to deduct taxes.

    Zaslav decided the production was too cheap for a theatrical release but too expensive to simply appear on HBO Max, so opted for that deduction with which a percentage of what was invested will be returned and the title will disappear from the face of the earth Along with ‘Scoob!: Holiday Haunt’ (Bill Haller, Michael Kurinsky, 2023), another finished title that will suffer the same fate.

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