Warner Bros. Endgame Discovery: Flip to Comcast, NBCUniversal?

With October fast approaching, we are slowly approaching the two-month “anniversary” of the president of Warner Bros. Discovery David Zaslav He made his intentions known during the much-anticipated investor call (and not long after he and WBD received a backlash for Batgirl being shelved indefinitely for obvious tax write-off reasons). He saw the importance of the global brand of DCU characters such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, so he was going to put together a collection similar to what Disney has with Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige. Basically, it will be one person running plays on behalf of DCEU across all media who will respond directly to Zaslav. since then? Eh… things balance between “status quo” and “not good” with Dan Lin It is rumored that the focus is on the situation before negotiations collapse on what to do with Lin’s production company. Now, thanks to another great version of “seeing heat” Kim Masters Putting there for public consumption is another twist on this whole thing that not many have discussed outside the corridors and conference rooms. What if all of this was just another stage at the end of a completely different game, one that would see Comcast go into combining discovery with Warner Bros. And NBCUniversal (owned by Comcast)?

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Given the financial and structural challenges the WBD faces, the “ultimate” reversal does not prove to be too shocking for those behind the scenes, although the chaotic burden of contractual and merger factors precludes any negotiations until April 2024 at the earliest. And while Masters notes that such a move would be met with “some interesting antitrust issues,” the benefits it would bring to Comcast would be too much to resist. “There are some good synergies. I’m sure [Roberts] He licked a piece because [WBD] Stock is very low. I think this is the end of the Zaslav game. Get the place sold out,” a source quoted in the article. For their part, a WBD spokesperson released the following statement: “We are building Warner Bros. Discovery in the long term. “However, when it comes to one person’s definition of ‘long run’ compared to another, let’s just say the mileage may differ. People definitely feel it’s Comcast,” said the head of one company, quoted in the article. “It would be very frustrating. To lose another major studio [after Disney bought Fox]. And Warner was Tiffany’s studio.”

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