The merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery has been seen as a huge thing for a variety of reasons. So far, WarnerMedia has been quite satisfied with AEW’s performance on TNT and TBS.
AEW signed a deal with WarnerMedia, which will finish at the end of next year. For the most part, WarnerMedia has been happy with AEW, despite inconsistent ratings on a weekly basis.
On the latest edition of John Arezzi’s Pro Wrestling Spotlight podcast, Arezzi reported that Warner Bros wants to keep on doing long-term business with AEW and plans on collaborating with AEW for a new TV deal.
“They see this property, AEW, as someone they want to be in business with long-term. They had a contract which was absorbed by them when they merged that wasn’t the sweetest deal for TNT and TBS. It was kind of one-sided.
So now what they are trying to do is to kind of collaborate and work together so they can work on the next long-term deal with them. I can’t get into it too much but there’s a lot of faith behind the AEW product right now from the folks at Warner Bros. Discovery.
The strategy is that they are pushing AEW into the sports category, not the entertainment category.”
This would certainly fit the plans to turn TBS into a “more sport-centric network” and seems to be good news for AEW in the long run as well.
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