Video: HBO Max Releases Official Opening Credits Sequence for “Peacemaker”





Video: HBO Max Releases Official Opening Credits Sequence for “Peacemaker”
Set to the song “Do Ya Wanna Taste It” by Wig Wam, the sequence is directed by series writer and director James Gunn and choreographed by Charissa-Lee Barton.
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
HBO Max Releases Official Opening Credits Sequence For PEACEMAKER

The First Three Episodes Of The Max Original Series Written And Directed By James Gunn Are Streaming Now

HBO Max has released the opening credits sequence for the Max Original series PEACEMAKER. Set to the song “Do Ya Wanna Taste It” by Wig Wam, the sequence is directed by series writer and director James Gunn and choreographed by Charissa-Lee Barton. It features stars John Cena, Danielle Brooks, Freddie Stroma, Jennifer Holland, Chukwudi Iwuji, Steve Agee, Robert Patrick, Annie Chang, Lochlyn Munro, Nhut Le, Christopher Heyerdahl, Mel Tuck, Rizwan Manji, Elizabeth Faith Ludlow and Dee Bradley Baker (the voice of Eagly).

PEACEMAKER explores the continuing story of the character that John Cena reprises in the aftermath of Gunn’s 2021 film “The Suicide Squad” – a compellingly vainglorious man who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he has to kill to get it. The first three episodes of the DC spin-off series premiered THURSDAY, JANUARY 13. One episode will launch weekly thereafter through February 17.

Gunn wrote all eight episodes of PEACEMAKER and directed five, including the first. Gunn, Peter Safran and Matt Miller serve as executive producers on the series, with Cena as co-executive producer. Based on characters from DC, PEACEMAKER is produced by Gunn’s Troll Court Entertainment and The Safran Company in association with Warner Bros. Television.



Max Original Comedy Special MOSES STORM: TRASH WHITE Debuts January 20





Max Original Comedy Special MOSES STORM: TRASH WHITE Debuts January 20

The Max Original stand-up comedy special, MOSES STORM: TRASH WHITE, debuts THURSDAY, JANUARY 20 on HBO Max. From executive producer Conan O’Brien and Team Coco comes a heartfelt and hilarious hour of storytelling from actor and comedian Moses Storm.

In his wildly original debut special, Storm gets unflinchingly personal about his childhood spent dumpster diving in extreme poverty… despite looking like he was conceived at an Ivy League a cappella concert. Written, co-directed, co-edited, and designed by Storm, MOSES STORM: TRASH WHITE masterfully melds visual and storytelling elements to challenge the norms of standup comedy. Whip smart, outrageously funny, visually striking, and a truly one-of-a-kind ride, the one-hour special showcases Storm’s signature brand of storytelling. Punctuated by his drum tight jokes and set against the backdrop of a hand-built stage that looks like it belongs in the museum that he used to steal toilet paper from, the speciale is a heartbreakingly honest portrait of what it feels like to grow up poor in America.

MOSES STORM: TRASH WHITE is written by Moses Storm and directed by Storm and Lance Bangs. The special is executive produced by Storm, Conan O’Brien, John Irwin, Jeff Ross, J.P. Buck, Jennie Church-Cooper, and Adam Sachs, with Casey Spira as co-executive producer.



WarnerMedia Kids & Family Greenlights New “Degrassi” Series





WarnerMedia Kids & Family Greenlights New “Degrassi” Series and Picks Up “Degrassi: The Next Generation” Library for HBO Max
The new teen and family series helmed by showrunners Lara Azzopardi and Julia Cohen will include 10 hour-long episodes and is expected to launch in the US exclusively on HBO Max in 2023.
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
WarnerMedia Kids & Family Greenlights new Degrassi Series and Picks Up Degrassi: The Next Generation Library for HBO Max

New Max Original Series Degrassi is Produced by WildBrain with Showrunners Lara Azzopardi and Julia Cohen to Debut in 2023

Jan. 13, 2022 – Burbank, CA; Toronto, ON – School is back in session at HBO Max as WarnerMedia Kids & Family announced today it has greenlit Degrassi, a brand-new version of WildBrain’s award-winning youth franchise of the same name. The new teen and family series helmed by showrunners Lara Azzopardi (Backstage, The Bold Type, Mary Kills People) and Julia Cohen (Riverdale, A Million Little Things, The Royals) will include 10 hour-long episodes and is expected to launch in the US exclusively on HBO Max in 2023. Additionally, HBO Max has picked up the U.S. rights for the entire 14-season library of the franchise’s longest running and most popular installment, Degrassi: The Next Generation which will become available on the platform this spring. Degrassi will also become available at a later date on Cartoon Network.

A reprise of the original teen drama, Degrassi is a character-driven series about the high school experience and the thrilling, often painful journey of self-discovery. Set in Toronto, the new series explores a group of teenagers and school faculty living in the shadow of events that both bind them together and tear them apart. The show travels deep into the hearts and homes of diverse, complicated characters, as they struggle to find their new normal, reaching for hope, redemption and love.

“Series after series, the Degrassi franchise continues to make an indelible impact on young viewers looking for trustworthy and authentic storytelling,” said Amy Friedman, Head of Kids & Family Programming, Warner Bros. “WildBrain continues to artfully capture high school life in a compelling format that can be experienced seamlessly on HBO Max.”

Eric Ellenbogen, CEO of WildBrain, said: “I’m delighted that our first-ever commission from HBO Max is for Degrassi, a truly venerable franchise with a highly devoted and passionate audience. This is yet another evergreen property from our vast IP library that we are reviving with a fresh vision and creative-first approach.”

Josh Scherba, President of WildBrain, said: “Now in its fourth decade, Degrassi is one of those beloved evergreen properties that demands to be refreshed for each new generation. Stephanie Betts, our Chief Content Officer, along with showrunners, Lara Azzopardi and Julia Cohen, have envisioned an evolution for Degrassi that, while staying true to the fundamental honesty, humanity and integrity of the brand, promises fans a journey into exciting new territory, both creatively and dramatically. We’re delighted to be partnering with HBO Max to deliver this new vision to fans and extend Degrassi’s legacy.”

Azzopardi and Cohen said: “What excites us maybe the most about reviving this beloved franchise is turning it into a truly serialized one-hour drama. We’re honored to be given the opportunity to lead this evolution and bring this iconic series back into people’s homes.”

Degrassi will be produced by WildBrain Studios and developed by Azzopardi and Cohen who also serve as executive producers. Filming will take place in Toronto during summer 2022. The series and Degrassi library are distributed worldwide by WildBrain.

Lara Azzopardi is a multi-nominated writer, producer and director. Her credits include the critically acclaimed show The Bold Type for Freeform and Hulu, plus 911, Mary Kills People and The LA Complex, among others. She created and show ran the CSA-nominated youth drama Backstage, for Family Channel and Disney Channel – which included 60 half-hour episodes. Azzopardi started her career in the Toronto theatre scene. She is a graduate of the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop, is Canadian/Maltese and a proud mother of three girls, all living in Los Angeles. Azzopardi is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment, Vanguarde Artists Management and Tara Kole.

Julia Cohen is a successful television writer and producer whose credits include such acclaimed series as A Million Little Things, Riverdale, Legion, Quantico and Dallas. A graduate of the Warner Bros. Writers’ Workshop and the WGA Showrunner Training Program, Cohen has a passion for character-driven, serialized drama and has a proven track record of helping to launch first-season shows onto multi-season runs. Hailing originally from Toronto and now based in Los Angeles, Cohen is a reformed high-school drama major turned TV writer. Cohen is represented by A3 Artists Agency, Vanguarde Artists Management and Tara Kole.

Degrassi’s 40-year legacy

For over four decades, watching Degrassi has been a rite of passage for teenagers everywhere, providing a mirror into their passions, struggles and triumphs as they navigate the road to selfhood. Always at the vanguard of inspiration, education and entertainment, Degrassi is one of the most iconic brands in youth culture, unafraid to tackle even the most challenging stories. No issue has been too controversial or too real for Degrassi to explore, often breaking new ground on such subjects as teen pregnancy, racism, AIDS, eating disorders, child abuse, learning disabilities, gender identity, violence and more.

Owned by WildBrain, Degrassi was originally created by Linda Schuyler and Kit Hood in 1979 and has become a Canadian institution celebrated worldwide and recognized with dozens of awards across its six series, over 500 episodes and four TV movies, including two International Emmy Awards, two Teen Choice Awards and a Peabody. WildBrain’s newest series for the brand, titled Degrassi, is set to launch in the US with 10 one-hour episodes on HBO Max in 2023.

About HBO Max

HBO Max(TM) is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer streaming platform, offering best in class quality entertainment. HBO Max features the greatest array of storytelling for all audiences from the iconic brands of HBO, Warner Bros., DC, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and more. The platform launched in the United States in May 2020 and introduced a lower priced, advertising-supported tier in June 2021. HBO Max began its global rollout launching in markets across Latin America and the Caribbean last summer, followed by its first European launches in the Nordics and Spain in the fall. Currently available in 46 countries, there are plans for continued expansion of HBO Max in 2022.

About WildBrain

At WildBrain we inspire imaginations to run wild, engaging kids and families everywhere with great content across all media. With approximately 13,000 half-hours of filmed entertainment in our library – one of the world’s most extensive – we are home to such brands as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Yo Gabba Gabba! Caillou, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test andDegrassi. At our 75,000-square-foot state-of-the-art animation studio in Vancouver, BC, we produce such fan-favourite series as The Snoopy Show, Snoopy in Space, Chip & Potato, Carmen Sandiego, Go, Dog. Go! and more. Our shows are enjoyed worldwide in more than 150 countries on over 500 streaming platforms and telecasters, and our AVOD business – WildBrain Spark – offers one of the largest networks of kids’ channels on YouTube, garnering billions of views per month from over 245 million subscribers. Through our leading agency, WildBrain CPLG, we also license consumer products and location-based entertainment in every major territory for our own properties as well as for our clients and content partners. Our television group owns and operates four family entertainment channels that are among the most viewed in Canada. WildBrain is headquartered in Canada with offices worldwide and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: WILD). Visit us at WildBrain.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” under applicable securities laws with respect to WildBrain including, without limitation, statements regarding WildBrain’s new Degrassi series and the business strategies and operational activities of WildBrain. Although WildBrain believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on information currently available to WildBrain and assumptions that management believes are reasonable at the time they are made but may prove to be incorrect. Actual results or events may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, among other things, include, epidemics, pandemics or other public health crises, including the current outbreak of COVID-19, the magnitude and length of economic disruption as a result of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, and risk factors discussed in materials filed with applicable securities regulatory authorities from time to time including matters discussed under “Risk Factors” in WildBrain’s most recent Annual Information Form and annual Management Discussion and Analysis. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and WildBrain assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.



Video: “Raised by Wolves” Season 2 – Official Trailer – HBO Max





Video: “Raised by Wolves” Season 2 – Official Trailer – HBO Max
As previously announced, the series returns Thursday, February 3.
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
Raised By Wolves Season 2 | Official Trailer | HBO Max

In season two of RAISED BY WOLVES, Android partners Mother (Amanda Collin) and Father (Abubakar Salim), along with their brood of six human children, join a newly formed atheistic colony in Kepler 22 b’s mysterious tropical zone. But navigating this strange new society is only the start of their troubles as Mother’s “natural child” threatens to drive what little remains of the human race to extinction.

About HBO Max:

HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering with 10,000 hours of curated premium content. HBO Max offers powerhouse programming for everyone in the home, bringing together HBO, a robust slate of new original series, key third-party licensed programs and movies, and fan favorites from WarnerMedia’s rich library including Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more. #HBOMax #WarnerMedia



Max Original Docuseries TAKE OUT WITH LISA LING Debuts January 27





Max Original Docuseries TAKE OUT WITH LISA LING Debuts January 27


The Max Original docuseries, TAKE OUT WITH LISA LING, debuts with all six episodes THURSDAY, JANUARY 27 on HBO Max. When it comes to choosing where to eat out, Chinese, Indian, or Japanese food is as ubiquitous as pizza and burgers. These days, there are Asian restaurants in practically every mall food court and Main Street across the United States Yet, little is known about the diverse communities behind them. Asian Americans have long been lumped together, misunderstood, exoticized, and even purposefully cut out of our history books.

In TAKE OUT WITH LISA LING, award-winning journalist Lisa Ling — who’s own family story began in a Chinese restaurant — travels from the bayous of Louisiana to Orange County’s Little Saigon, exploring the foods we love while shining a long overdue spotlight on the contributions Asian Americans have been making to the United States since before the United States was even the United States.

The docuseries is executive produced by Lisa Ling, Helen Cho and David Shadrack Smith.



Video: “The Girl Before” – Official Trailer – HBO Max





Video: “The Girl Before” – Official Trailer – HBO Max
The series tells the story of Jane (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who gets the chance to move into a beautiful, ultra-minimalist house designed by an architect (David Oyelowo), the one catch being that occupants have to abide by his list of rules.
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
Max Original Limited Series THE GIRL BEFORE, Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw And David Oyelowo, Debuts February 10

Max Original limited series THE GIRL BEFORE, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Oyelowo, debuts with all four episodes THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10.

THE GIRL BEFORE tells the story of Jane (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who gets the chance to move into a beautiful, ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect (David Oyelowo). There’s just one catch: the occupants must abide by his list of exacting rules. Jane starts to feel the house changing her in unexpected ways, but when she makes the shocking discovery about her predecessor, Emma (Jessica Plummer), she’s forced to confront unnerving similarities. As the two women’s timelines interweave, Jane begins to question if her fate will be the same as the girl before…

A gripping adaptation of JP Delaney’s best-selling novel, the series stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Loki,” “The Morning Show,” “Black Mirror”), David Oyelowo (“Selma,” “Les Misérables”), Jessica Plummer (“EastEnders” and “How To Talk To Girls At Parties”) and Ben Hardy (“Bohemian Rhapsody” and “X-Men: Apocalypse”).

THE GIRL BEFORE is written and executive produced by JP Delaney with Marissa Lestrade (“White Stork,” “Deep State 2”) co-writing episodes. Emmy-nominated Lisa Brühlmann (“Killing Eve,” “Servant,” “Blue My Mind”) directs and serves as an executive producer. Additional executive producers include Eleanor Moran, Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh for 42, and Ben Irving for the BBC. Rhonda Smith produces and Gugu Mbatha-Raw is an associate producer.



Video: “Looney Tunes Cartoons” – Season 4 Trailer – HBO Max Family





Video: “Looney Tunes Cartoons” – Season 4 Trailer – HBO Max Family
Starting off the New Year right, Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Tweety and all of your favorite Looney Tunes return with a jam-packed new season streaming Thursday, January 20 on HBO Max.
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
Toon Into Laughter and Fun in 2022 with a Brand-New Season of “Looney Tunes Cartoons” on HBO Max

Season Four Premieres Thursday, Jan. 20 on HBO Max

Starting off the New Year right, Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Tweety and all of your favorite Looney Tunes return with a jam-packed new season of Looney Tunes Cartoons streaming Thursday, Jan. 20 on HBO Max.

In this new batch of episodes, Elmer Fudd tries to arrest Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird goes to the Grand Canyon and Daffy plays one too many pranks on Porky. Don’t miss these and many more antics on this new season of Looney Toons Cartoons!

From Warner Bros. Animation, and starring the cherished Looney Tunes characters, Looney Tunes Cartoons echoes the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts with a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling. In this modern iteration of the classic series, marquee Looney Tunes characters are featured in their classic pairings in simple, gag-driven, and visually vibrant stories.

Looney Tunes Cartoons is executive produced by Pete Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa) and Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!). The voice cast includes Eric Bauza (Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck/Tweety/Marvin the Martian), Bob Bergen (Porky Pig), Jeff Bergman (Elmer Fudd/Sylvester), Fred Tatasciore (Yosemite Sam) and Candi Milo (Granny), Michael Ruocco (Beaky Buzzard).



HBO And HBO Max Receive 14 SAG Award Nominations, The Most For Television Of Any Network





HBO And HBO Max Receive 14 SAG Award Nominations, The Most For Television Of Any Network Or Streaming Platform

“Succession” Receives First-Ever Nominations, Ties With 5 For Most Of Any Film Or Television Program

Jean Smart Leads Performer Nominations With 3 For “Hacks” And “Mare of Easttown”
HBO and HBO Max received 14 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for the upcoming 28th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The SAG Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 27.

HBO and HBO Max’s 14 SAG Award nominations this year are:
5 nominations for “Succession”: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, 3 for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin), and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Sarah Snook)
4 nominations for “Mare of Easttown”: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series (Evan Peters), 2 for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series (Kate Winslet, Jean Smart), and Outstanding Action Performance in a Television Movie or Limited Series
2 nominations for “Hacks”: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (Jean Smart)
2 nominations for “The White Lotus”: ​​Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series (Murray Bartlett) and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series (Jennifer Coolidge)
1 nomination for “Scenes from a Marriage”: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series (Oscar Isaac)

All HBO and HBO Max nominated programs are available to stream on HBO Max.



Award-Winning Actress, Writer and Activist Sharon Stone Joins the Season Two





Award-Winning Actress, Writer and Activist Sharon Stone Joins the Season Two Cast of the Max Original Series “The Flight Attendant” as a Recurring Guest Star
Stone will play Lisa Bowden, Cassie’s (Kaley Cuoco) estranged mother who would prefer to stay estranged.
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
Award-Winning Actress, Writer And Activist Sharon Stone Joins The Season Two Cast Of The Max Original Series THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT As A Recurring Guest Star

The critically acclaimed, breakthrough Max Original series THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT has added Sharon Stone as a recurring guest star for the second season. Stone will play Lisa Bowden, Cassie’s (Kaley Cuoco) estranged mother who would prefer to stay estranged. After a lifetime of dealing with Cassie’s alcoholism, she no longer has any patience or goodwill to spare. Season one, currently available on HBO Max, was nominated for nine Emmys(R), winning for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.

Logline: Season two of THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT finds Cassie Bowden (Cuoco) living her best sober life in Los Angeles while moonlighting as a CIA asset in her spare time. But when an overseas assignment leads her to inadvertently witness a murder, she becomes entangled in another international intrigue. Season two is in production and is shooting in Los Angeles, Berlin and Reykjavik.

About Sharon Stone:

Sharon Stone is an internationally recognized actress, producer, humanitarian and New York Times bestselling author of her recent book The Beauty of Living Twice. Her film and television credits include Basic Instinct and Casino, for which she won a Golden Globe(R) for Best Actress in 1996 and an Academy Award(R) nomination for her leading role opposite Robert de Niro in Martin Scorsese’s crime drama. Stone received two more Golden Globe Award nominations for her roles in The Mighty (1998) and The Muse (1999). Other film credits include Sliver (1993), The Specialist (1994), The Quick and the Dead (1995), Last Dance (1996), Sphere (1998), Broken Flowers (2005), Alpha Dog (2006), Bobby (2006) and Lovelace (2013), among others. Stone’s television credits include roles in limited series such as Netflix’s Ratched (2020), HBO’s Mosaic (2017), The New Pope (2019), as well as The Practice (2004), for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Stone has been honored with a Nobel Peace Summit Award, a Harvard Humanitarian Award, a Human Rights Campaign Humanitarian Award and an Einstein Spirit of Achievement Award, among other accolades. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her three sons. Stone is represented by AIG.

Previously announced cast members include: returning series regulars Kaley Cuoco, Zosia Mamet, Griffin Matthews, Deniz Akdeniz and Rosie Perez; new series regulars Mo McRae, Callie Hernandez and JJ Soria; returning recurring guest stars T.R. Knight, Yasha Jackson and Audrey Grace Marshall; and new recurring guest stars Alanna Ubach, Cheryl Hines, Jessie Ennis, Mae Martin, Margaret Cho, Santiago Cabrera and Shohreh Aghdashloo.

Credits: THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT is developed by showrunner Steve Yockey, who serves as executive producer alongside co-showrunner and executive producer Natalie Chaidez. Greg Berlanti, Kaley Cuoco, Sarah Schechter, David Madden, Suzanne McCormack and Silver Tree are executive producers. Jess Meyer is co-executive producer and Bonnie Munoz is producer. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television, Cuoco’s Yes, Norman Productions and Berlanti Productions.



Video: “Kimi” – Official Trailer – HBO Max





Video: “Kimi” – Official Trailer – HBO Max
From Academy Award-winning director Steven Sodenbergh comes an original thriller starring Zoë Kravitz.
[via press release from WarnerMedia]
KIMI | Official Trailer | HBO Max

What if every breath, every sound, every moment was recorded? From Academy Award-winning director Steven Sodenbergh comes KIMI, an original thriller starring Zoë Kravitz.

Stream KIMI on HBO Max starting February 10.

About HBO Max:

HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering with 10,000 hours of curated premium content. HBO Max offers powerhouse programming for everyone in the home, bringing together HBO, a robust slate of new original series, key third-party licensed programs and movies, and fan favorites from WarnerMedia’s rich library including Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more. #HBOMax #WarnerMedia