WarnerMedia saw a lot of unprecedented changes following the Discovery Merger and that surprise, and to some extent, worried AEW fans. As previously noted, top executives were unhappy with MJF’s promo during a previous episode of Dynamite.
However, it appears that the new management is pretty content with the ongoing wrestling programing and could very well introduce additional wrestling-themed shows in the future.
According to Deadline, TNT is shifting from their previous strategy of creating dramas with high budgets and Hollywood A-listers. The network is looking to incorporate cost-effective strategies for both scripted and unscripted series. Read the details below.
“TNT is now looking for more cost-effective series that don’t go after A-list movie talent and would complement the tentpole sports/unscripted programming on TNT — as well as the rest of Warner Bros. Discovery’s suite of linear networks under Finch. That could include wrestling-themed shows, as AEW is a major draw on TNT, and scripted series that have the feel of some of the signature Discovery docu reality series like The Deadliest Catch. IP-based/genre series also are being explored, we hear.”
Kathleen Finch, Chairman and Chief Content Officer, US Networks Group, Warner Bros. Discovery, outlined her strategy for future scripted/unscripted programing on TNets, which consist of TNT, TBS and TruTV.
“I’ve had some great meetings with agents and production partners to let them know that yes, we’re definitely open for business at TNT, TBS, and at all the brands that make up the WBD US Networks portfolio. We’ve spent the past few months evaluating content, our audience make up, which audience groups we want to grow and what kinds of series we need to do that. The content teams are looking at both scripted and unscripted, and have already put some exciting projects into development. Once the deals are signed we’ll be able to share more, but for now the message we want to send to the production community is that we’re bullish on delivering great slates to the fans of these Top 10 networks.”
AEW were previously told by Warner Bros. Discovery to tone down the amount of swearing on live programing. We’ll have to wait and see what the new network leadership has in store for AEW.
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