Discovery and AT&T Close WarnerMedia Transaction





Discovery and AT&T Close WarnerMedia Transaction
The combination creates a premier standalone global media and entertainment company, Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc., which will begin trading on the Nasdaq with the start of trading on Monday, April 11, under the new ticker symbol “WBD.”
[via press release from Discovery, Inc.]

Discovery and AT&T Close WarnerMedia Transaction

Combination of Discovery and WarnerMedia Creates Warner Bros. Discovery, Global Leader in Entertainment and Streaming

Warner Bros. Discovery to Begin Trading on the Nasdaq as “WBD” on Monday, April 11

NEW YORK and DALLAS, April 8, 2022 – Today Discovery, Inc. and AT&T Inc.* (NYSE:T) announced that they have closed their transaction to combine the WarnerMedia business with Discovery. The combination creates a premier standalone global media and entertainment company, Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc., which will begin trading on the Nasdaq with the start of trading on Monday, April 11, under the new ticker symbol “WBD.”

Warner Bros. Discovery will create and distribute the world’s most differentiated and complete portfolio of content, brands and franchises across television, film and streaming. The new company combines WarnerMedia’s premium entertainment, sports and news assets with Discovery’s leading non-fiction and international entertainment and sports businesses, including Discovery Channel, discovery+, Warner Bros. Entertainment, CNN, CNN+, DC, Eurosport, HBO, HBO Max, HGTV, Food Network, Investigation Discovery, TLC, TNT, TBS, truTV, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, New Line Cinema, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others.

“Today’s announcement marks an exciting milestone not just for Warner Bros. Discovery but for our shareholders, our distributors, our advertisers, our creative partners and, most importantly, consumers globally,” said David Zaslav, Warner Bros. Discovery chief executive officer. “With our collective assets and diversified business model, Warner Bros. Discovery offers the most differentiated and complete portfolio of content across film, television and streaming. We are confident that we can bring more choice to consumers around the globe while fostering creativity and creating value for shareholders. I can’t wait for both teams to come together to make Warner Bros. Discovery the best place for impactful storytelling.”

“We are at the dawn of a new age of connectivity, and today marks the beginning of a new era for AT&T,” said John Stankey, AT&T chief executive officer. “With the close of this transaction, we expect to invest at record levels in our growth areas of 5G and fiber, where we have strong momentum, while we work to become America’s best broadband company. At the same time, we’ll sharpen our focus on returns to shareholders. We expect to invest for growth, strengthen our balance sheet and reduce our debt, all while continuing to pay an attractive dividend that puts us among the top dividend paying stocks in America.

“In WarnerMedia, Discovery inherits a talented and innovative team and a dynamic growing and global company that is well positioned to lead the transformation that’s taking place across media and entertainment, direct-to-consumer distribution and technology. The combination of the two companies will strengthen WarnerMedia’s established and leading position in media and streaming. And our shareholders will now have a significant stake in Warner Bros. Discovery and its future successes. We look forward to seeing what the WBD team accomplishes with these industry-leading assets.”

Under terms of the agreement, which was structured as a Reverse Morris Trust transaction, at close AT&T received $40.4 billion in cash and WarnerMedia’s retention of certain debt. Additionally, shareholders of AT&T received 0.241917 shares of WBD for each share of AT&T common stock they held at close. As a result, AT&T shareholders received 1.7 billion shares of WBD, representing 71% of WBD shares on a fully diluted basis. Discovery’s existing shareholders own the remainder of the new company. In addition to their new shares of WBD common stock, AT&T shareholders continue to hold the same number of shares of AT&T common stock they held immediately prior to close.

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About Discovery

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as discovery+, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

About Warner Bros. Discovery

Warner Bros. Discovery (NASDAQ: WBD) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates and distributes the world’s most differentiated and complete portfolio of content and brands across television, film and streaming. Available in more than 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Warner Bros. Discovery inspires, informs and entertains audiences worldwide through its iconic brands and products including: Discovery Channel, discovery+, CNN, CNN+, DC, Eurosport, HBO, HBO Max, HGTV, Food Network, Investigation Discovery, TLC, TNT, TBS, truTV, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others. For more information, please visit www.wbd.com.

About AT&T

We help more than 100 million U.S. families, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to our 5G wireless and multi-gig internet offerings today, we @ATT innovate to improve lives. For more information about AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), please visit us at about.att.com. Investors can learn more at investors.att.com. AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information is available at about.att.com. © 2022 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Information set forth in this communication, including any financial estimates and statements as to the expected timing, completion and effects of the transaction between AT&T, Magallanes, Inc. (“Spinco”), and Discovery constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These estimates and statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. Such estimates and statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the transaction, including future financial and operating results, the combined Spinco and Discovery company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the management of AT&T and Discovery and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties outside of our control. Among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those described in the forward-looking statements are the following: risks that the anticipated tax treatment of the transaction is not obtained; risks related to litigation brought in connection with the transaction; the risk that the integration of Discovery and Spinco being more difficult, time consuming or costly than expected; risks related to financial community and rating agency perceptions of each of AT&T and Discovery and its business, operations, financial condition and the industry in which it operates; risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the merger; failure to realize the benefits expected from the merger; effects of the announcement, pendency or completion of the merger on the ability of AT&T, Spinco or Discovery to retain customers and retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with their suppliers, and on their operating results and businesses generally; and risks related to the potential impact of general economic, political and market factors on the companies or the transaction. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may give rise to risks that are currently unknown or amplify the risks associated with the foregoing factors.

These risks, as well as other risks associated with the transaction, are more fully discussed in the proxy statement/prospectus included in the registration statement on Form S-4 filed by Discovery with the SEC in connection with the transaction, the registration statement on Form 10 filed by Spinco with the SEC in connection with the transaction and the information statement made available to AT&T’s shareholders in connection with the transaction. Discussions of additional risks and uncertainties are contained in AT&T’s and Discovery’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Neither AT&T nor Discovery is under any obligation, and each expressly disclaims any obligation, to update, alter, or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Persons reading this announcement are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date hereof.



Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Television to Debut “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai”





Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Television to Debut “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai” at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival
The first episode of the animated prequel series of the popular film franchise will have its world premiere at the Grande Salle de Bonlieu.
[via press release from Warner Bros. Television]
Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Television to Debut “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai” at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Producers Tze Chun, Brendan Hay, and Joe Dante to Attend World Premiere of the Highly Anticipated HBO Max Series

BURBANK, CA, March 18, 2022 – Gizmo and the mischievous Mogwai are set to run wild through the streets of Annecy when Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai premieres at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The first episode of the animated prequel series of the popular film franchise will have its world premiere at the Grande Salle de Bonlieu. Date and time of the screening will be announced at a later time.

Executive Producers Tze Chun and Brendan Hay, along with Joe Dante, director of the Gremlins films and Consulting Producer for the series, will be in attendance to participate in a post screening Q&A discussion covering the making of the highly anticipated series coming soon to HBO Max.

In Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, we travel back to 1920s Shanghai to reveal the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 movie) met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering, and sometimes battling, colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.

Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation. Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, and Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, Presidents of Amblin Television are executive producers. Tze Chun serves as showrunner and executive producer. Brendan Hay serves as executive producer with Dan Krall serving as Supervising Producer.

About Warner Bros. Animation

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s current series include Animaniacs for Hulu, Green Eggs and Ham and Wings of Fire for Netflix, Batman: Caped Crusader, Batwheels, Bugs Bunny Builders, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Harley Quinn, Jellystone!, Little Ellen, Looney Tunes Cartoons, My Adventures with Superman, Tiny Toons Looniversity, Tom and Jerry Time, Tom and Jerry in New York, Velma and Young Justice for HBO Max, DC Super Hero Girls and Teen Titans Go! for Cartoon Network, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?, The Tom and Jerry Show and Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! for Boomerang. WBA is also in production on a series of animated longform movie specials for ACME Night, WarnerMedia Kids & Family’s family programming block on Cartoon Network and HBO Max. Programs include Did I Do that to the Holidays? A Steve Urkel Story, Merry Little Batman and an Untitled Looney Tunes Cartoonsmovie. The studio is currently in production with New Line Cinema on the upcoming original anime feature film, The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim. WBA’s full-length theatrical film, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, was released in summer 2018. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films – including the DC Universe Movies – for DVD, Blu-ray(R) and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards(R), 40 Emmy(R) Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA Children’s Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 21 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

About Amblin Television

Amblin Television, a long-time leader in quality programming, is a division of Amblin Partners, a content creation company led by Steven Spielberg. Amblin Television’s Presidents, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, oversee all development, production and programming for the company. Amblin Television currently has twelve projects in various stages of production and release including season two of Resident Alien for SYFY, Halo and Fatal Attraction for Paramount+, Billy the Kid for Epix, Masters of the Air for Apple, a third season of Animaniacs for Hulu, season four of Roswell, New Mexico for The CW, two seasons of Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai for HBO Max, two seasons of Tiny Toons Looniversity for HBO Max and Cartoon Network, and documentaries Big Vape for Netflix, Good Night Oppy for Amazon Prime Video, and Mama’s Boy, an adaptation of Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black’s autobiography.

Amblin Television also produced the Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning drama The Americans for FX, the Golden Globe-nominated and double Emmy Award-winning mini-series Into the West for TNT, Emmy-winning documentary series Why We Hate for Discover, the Emmy-nominated HBO movie All The Way starring Bryan Cranston, Smash for NBC, Under the Dome for CBS, Falling Skies for TNT, The Borgias and The United States of Tara for Showtime, and Las Vegas for NBC.



Warner Bros. Television Group and Kaley Cuoco Extend Long-Standing Creative Partnership





Warner Bros. Television Group and Kaley Cuoco Extend Long-Standing Creative Partnership with New Overall Deal
Through her Warner Bros. deal, Cuoco developed, executive produced, and starred in the acclaimed HBO Max hit series “The Flight Attendant,” which debuted on Thanksgiving 2020 and has been renewed for a second season.
[via press release from Warner Bros. Television]
Warner Bros. Television Group and Kaley Cuoco Extend Long-Standing Creative Partnership With New Overall Deal

Warner Bros. Television Group and Kaley Cuoco are extending their long-standing creative partnership with an expansive new overall deal for The Flight Attendant star and executive producer Cuoco and her production company, Yes, Norman Productions.

WBTVG can confirm that it is an exclusive, multiyear pact. Financial terms were not disclosed, per Studio policy.

Cuoco and her Yes, Norman Productions team – led by Executive Vice President Suzanne McCormack – will continued to develop new original programming for all platforms: streaming services (including WarnerMedia’s HBO Max), cable, and the broadcast networks.

Kaley Cuoco said: “Warner Bros. has been my home away from home for as long as I can remember which makes this partnership so special on every level. I look forward to much continued success with my extended family!!!!!”

This is Cuoco’s third overall agreement with the Studio. In 2017, she formed Yes, Norman Productions and signed her first WBTVG deal to develop new original programming, and followed that with a new pact in 2019. Cuoco’s relationship with the Studio dates back to 2007 and the debut of The Big Bang Theory. The blockbuster hit comedy ran for 12 seasons and 279 episodes, making it the longest-running multicamera series in television history.

Through her Warner Bros. deal, Cuoco developed, executive produced, and starred in the acclaimed HBO Max hit series The Flight Attendant, which debuted on Thanksgiving 2020 and has been renewed for a second season. All eight episodes of the first season are now streaming on HBO Max.

After collaborating on The Flight Attendant, Cuoco recently re-teamed with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television to land the rights to Doris Day: Her Own Story, the legendary singer’s official biography/autobiography, by A.E. Hotchner. The project is currently in development, with Cuoco slated to star.

And through the Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults, and Classics division, Cuoco is an executive producer and voices the title character of Warner Bros. Animation’s critically acclaimed adult animated comedy series Harley Quinn. HBO Max has ordered a third season of the hit series, and the first two seasons are now streaming on the service.

Most recently, Cuoco and Yes, Norman acquired rights to A Season with Mom, by author Katie Russell Newland. Book summary: Cancer survivor and baseball enthusiast Katie Russell embarks on the adventure of a lifetime: visiting all thirty Major League Baseball parks in one season. Along the way, Katie shares memories and reflections of her baseball-loving mother, who died of cancer before she and Katie could check this item off their bucket list together.

The Flight Attendant delivered the strongest launch for an original series on HBO Max, including HBO Original Series titles and Max Originals. The first season of the comedic thriller saw week-over-week growth and ranked as HBO Max’s #1 series overall during its eight-episode run. Season one has a 98% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes based on more than 60 critics’ reviews.

For her work on the first season of The Flight Attendant, Cuoco received multiple nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards (Female Actor in a Comedy Series, as well as Ensemble in a Comedy Series), Critics Choice Awards (Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as Best Comedy Series), and the Golden Globe Awards (Actress in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy, as well as TV Series – Musical or Comedy). She was also nominated for a Producers Guild Award (Producer of Episodic TV, Comedy).

In addition to those nominations for Cuoco, the show has received nominations from the Directors Guild Awards (Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Series), Writers Guild Awards (New Series), Art Directors Guild Awards (Single-Camera TV Series), and the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards (Sound Editing, Episodic Short Form, Dialogue and ADR), among others.

Cuoco is represented by SDB Partners, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman



WarnerMedia Resurrects Legendary Hanna-Barbera Name for EMEA Studio





WarnerMedia Resurrects Legendary Hanna-Barbera Name for EMEA Studio
The original studio, Hanna-Barbera Productions, was founded in 1957 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and became the first studio to have significant success with television animation.
[via press release from Warner Bros. Television]
WARNERMEDIA RESURRECTS LEGENDARY HANNA-BARBERA NAME FOR EMEA STUDIO

Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe Joins WarnerMedia’s Collective of Premiere Animation Studios Including Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios

Sam Register and Vanessa Brookman to Co-Lead Studio

Burbank, CA (April 7, 2021) – WarnerMedia is revitalizing one of the most storied names in animation history, establishing Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe (previously Cartoon Network Studios Europe, operating from Great Marlborough Productions) as its flagship television animation studio within EMEA. The new studio name was announced today by Tom Ascheim, President, Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics (GKYAC). Sam Register, President of Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) and Cartoon Network Studios (CNS) and Vanessa Brookman, Head of Kids EMEA, will co-lead the London-based studio.

Tom Ascheim said: “Earlier this year, we aligned two of the industry’s most powerful animation studios in Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios and their collaboration is already yielding some very exciting results. Now with Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe, these three brands represent some of the most talented artists, iconic characters and properties in the entire history of animation, making us more than formidable in the increasingly competitive global media landscape.”

The original studio, Hanna-Barbera Productions, was founded in 1957 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and became the first studio to have significant success with television animation. Many of the artistic styles, story-telling devices, production techniques and sound effects the studio pioneered more than 60 years ago are still used today. Hundreds of iconic characters were created by the studio, including Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Yogi Bear and more.

Alongside industry leaders WBA and CNS, Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe will further WarnerMedia’s global kids content strategy. Combining the tremendous creative talents of the animation community in the UK and across EMEA with the expertise and resources of the overall studios group, Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe is poised to be a unique entity in the world of animation. The studio will build on its award-winning pipeline of local productions including The Amazing World of Gumball, The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe, and Elliott from Earth while seeking out new production opportunities. The studio will focus on developing and producing new originals while embodying the spirit of its beloved library of characters, embracing the same high-quality, whimsical and classic look that enchanted Hanna-Barbera’s audiences for decades.

The studio is currently in development on The Amazing World of Gumball Movie (wt) – the upcoming feature-length TV movie based on the hit Cartoon Network series The Amazing World of Gumball, which follows the hilarious misadventures of Gumball Watterson and his goldfish best friend, Darwin.

Sam Register said: “There are few names in the animation industry that elicit such reverence and joy as Hanna-Barbera. Saturday mornings and series animation would not be the same without the work that came out of that studio and, as television is once again evolving, it’s only fitting that Hanna-Barbera returns to be an impactful part of it. I cannot wait to get started and I’m humbled at the opportunity to be creating cartoons under this banner again.”

Vanessa Brookman added: “It is an enormous privilege to be expanding our EMEA studio in the name of one of the most prestigious and beloved brands in animation history. Sam and I share an ambitious vision for growing our European pipeline of content, fueled by the talented team behind the award-winning success of our existing productions across the region. We look forward to bringing our kids and family audiences around the world even more exceptional content as we start this new chapter in our global animation strategy.”

About Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics (GKYAC)

GKYAC brings together Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), as well as Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros. Animation. Among the iconic franchises, series and characters under the GKYAC banner are Looney Tunes, DC’s animated Super Heroes, Rick and Morty, Craig of the Creek, the classic Hanna-Barbera library, Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Warner Bros.’ unrivaled film library, and many more. GKYAC’s mission is to be the premier global provider of kids, family, young adults, and classics content and brands. The group’s programming supplies unique and compelling content for HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer platform. Warner Bros. GKYAC’s content is currently distributed in 192 countries around the world and the division’s networks are in 500 million homes, delivered through more than 65 channels in 31 languages.

About Warner Bros. Animation

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s current series include Animaniacs for Hulu, Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix, Aquaman: King of Atlantis, Batwheels, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Harley Quinn, Jellystone!, Little Ellen, Looney Tunes Cartoons, Tiny Toons Looniversity, Velma and Young Justice for HBO Max, DC Super Hero Girls, Teen Titans Go!, ThunderCats Roar for Cartoon Network, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?, The Tom and Jerry Show and Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! for Boomerang. WBA’s full-length theatrical film, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, was released in summer 2018. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films – including the DC Universe Movies – for DVD, Blu-ray(R) and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards(R), 35 Emmy(R) Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA Children’s Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

About Cartoon Network Studios

Established in 2000, Cartoon Network Studios (CNS) is a global animation and interactive studio recognized for its innovative approaches to IP development and world-building. Fostering a creator-driven environment, CNS is home to hundreds of visual artists who have been a part of the studio’s many critically acclaimed and groundbreaking animated series including Adventure Time, Craig of the Creek, Steven Universe, Summer Camp Island, The Powerpuff Girls, and We Bare Bears. CNS has also produced notable Adult Swim hits such as Primal, Samurai Jack, and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. CNS has been honored with multiple awards and accolades including: Emmy(R), Peabody, GLAAD and Annie Awards. Internationally, the studio also garnered the BAFTA Children’s Award, Italy’s prestigious Pulcinella Award and Annecy Festival’s Cristal Award. Currently, CNS houses a VR lab, and produces an array of interactive formats and products for youth and young adult audiences around the world. As part of its ongoing efforts to discover unique and promising voices everywhere, the studio has a robust global Artist Program and has numerous partnerships, including Exceptional Minds, Black Women Animate and California Institute of the Arts.



WARNER BROS. ANIMATION, DC & WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCING FOUR NEW DC SHOWCASE





WARNER BROS. ANIMATION, DC & WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCING FOUR NEW DC SHOWCASE ANIMATED SHORTS

IN 2021-2022

FOUR NEW TITLES SPOTLIGHT KAMANDI, THE LOSERS,

BLUE BEETLE and CONSTANTINE

BURBANK, CA (January 28, 2021) – Beloved DC characters Kamandi, The Losers, Blue Beetle and Constantine are the focus of four new DC Showcase animated shorts for release by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2021-2022.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, and inspired by characters and stories from throughout the iconic DC canon, the all-new quartet of shorts will be included on upcoming releases of DC Universe Movies, with exception of the lengthier Constantine short. The Constantine short will serve as the anchor for a compilation set to be distributed in 2022. More information will be released closer to individual street dates.

All four new DC Showcase shorts are produced by Rick Morales (Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge).

Directed by Matt Peters (Justice League Dark: Apokolips War) from a script written by Paul Giacoppo (Young Justice, Star Wars: Resistance), Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth! will be the first of the new shorts to be released. The post-apocalyptic thriller will be attached as a bonus feature to Justice Society: World War II in Spring 2021.

Launched in 2010, DC Showcase was originally comprised of four animated shorts: The Spectre (2/23/2010), Jonah Hex (7/27/2010), Green Arrow (9/28/2010) and Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam (11/9/2010). An additional short, Catwoman (10/18/2011), was attached the following year to the release of Batman: Year One. For 2019-2020, DC Showcase returned with five shorts: Sgt. Rock (8/6/2019) Death (10/22/2019), The Phantom Stranger (3/17/2020), Adam Strange (5/19/2020), and the interactive Batman: Death in the Family (10/13/2020).

Actors featured on DC Showcase shorts have included Malcolm McDowell, James Garner (in his final performance), Jerry O’Connell, Linda Hamilton, Karl Urban, Gary Cole, Alyssa Milano, Bruce Greenwood, Thomas Jane, Michael Rooker, Eliza Dushku, Neal McDonough, Ariel Winter, Danica McKeller, George Newbern, Michelle Trachtenberg, Charlie Weber, Arnold Vosloo, Leonard Nam, Jamie Chung, Peter Serafinowicz and Michael Rosenbaum.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.:

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

ABOUT DC

DC is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics and graphic novels in the world and home to some of the most iconic and recognizable characters ever created. As a creative unit of WarnerMedia, DC is charged with strategically integrating its stories and characters across film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, interactive games, and the DC Universe digital subscription service. For more information visit dccomics.com and dcuniverse.com.

KAMANDI, BLUE BEETLE, CONSTANTINE, THE LOSERS and all related characters and elements are TM and © DC. © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

About Warner Bros. Animation

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s current series include Animaniacs for Hulu, Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix, Aquaman: King of Atlantis, Batwheels, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Harley Quinn, Jellystone!, Little Ellen, Looney Tunes Cartoons, Tiny Toons Looniversity and Young Justice: Phantoms for HBO Max, DC Super Hero Girls, Teen Titans Go!, ThunderCats Roar for Cartoon Network, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?, The Tom and Jerry Show and Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! for Boomerang. WBA’s full-length theatrical film, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, was released in summer 2018. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Movies — for DVD, Blu-ray® and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA Children’s Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).



Warner Bros. Television Group Signs Overall Deal with “All Rise” and “David Makes Man” Executive Producer





Warner Bros. Television Group Signs Overall Deal with “All Rise” and “David Makes Man” Executive Producer and Writer Dee Harris-Lawrence
This is WBTVG’s first overall pact with Harris-Lawrence and her first with any studio.
[via press release from Warner Bros. Television]
Warner Bros. Television Group Signs Overall Deal With “All Rise” And “David Makes Man” Executive Producer and Writer Dee Harris-Lawrence

(Burbank, CA) Warner Bros. Television Group has signed an exclusive multiyear overall deal with “All Rise” and “David Makes Man” executive producer and writer Dee Harris-Lawrence. This is WBTVG’s first overall pact with Harris-Lawrence and her first with any studio. Per Studio practice, terms were not disclosed.

The newly signed agreement continues WBTVG’s relationship with Harris-Lawrence, who serves as executive producer and showrunner of the Studio’s acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning lyrical drama “David Makes Man” for OWN, as well as executive producer/co-showrunner of the CBS drama “All Rise.”

Under terms of the deal, Harris-Lawrence will continue on “All Rise” and “David Makes Man,” both of which are in production on their second seasons, and will also develop, create and produce new scripted programming for the Studio. This includes dramas, comedies and potential longform projects for streaming services (including WarnerMedia’s HBO Max) and cable, as well as the broadcast networks.

Dee Harris Lawrence said: “I am thrilled to be continuing my relationship with Warner Bros. They’ve been collaborative and supportive on both “David Makes Man” and “All Rise,” and I am looking forward to the next chapter of creating new content and amplifying visionary storytelling.”

For her work on the critically acclaimed first season of “David Makes Man,” Harris-Lawrence and the show’s creative team won the prestigious Peabody Award and were nominated for both a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Drama and an IFP Gotham Award for Breakthrough Series – Long Format. “David Makes Man” was also named to several critics’ year-end “best of television” lists for 2019, including Time Magazine. Season one of “David Makes Man” can currently be streamed on HBO Max, and “All Rise” season two airs Mondays at 9/8c on CBS.

Prior to joining “All Rise” and “David Makes Man,” Harris-Lawrence was co-executive producer and writer on “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.,” “Shots Fired” and “Star.” Before that, she served in the same capacity on series such as “Zoo,” “Detroit 1-8-7” and “Saving Grace,” starring Academy Award-winning actress Holly Hunter. Her other writing credits include “Any Day Now,” for which she won a PRISM Award; “Kevin Hill,” starring Taye Diggs; “New York Undercover” and more.

She is represented by Rain Management Group and Gordon M. Bobb at Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano.



Warner Bros. Television Group Signs Overall Deal with Emmy Award Winner Cord Jefferson





Warner Bros. Television Group Signs Overall Deal with Emmy Award Winner Cord Jefferson
Under terms of the deal, Jefferson will create, develop and produce original programming to be produced by the Studio, including drama series, comedies, longform, and unscripted projects for all platforms.
[via press release from Warner Bros. Television]
Warner Bros. Television Group Signs Overall Deal With Emmy Award Winner Cord Jefferson (“Watchmen”)

Warner Bros. Television Group has signed an exclusive multi-year overall deal with acclaimed Emmy-winning writer/producer Cord Jefferson (“Watchmen”). The agreement with WBTVG marks Jefferson’s first studio overall pact. Per Studio practice, terms were not disclosed.

The agreement continues Jefferson’s relationship with WBTVG and WarnerMedia, as he most recently was an executive story editor and writer for the landmark Emmy-winning HBO limited series “Watchmen,” produced by Warner Bros. Television.

Under terms of the deal, Jefferson will create, develop and produce original programming to be produced by the Studio, including drama series, comedies, longform, and unscripted projects for all platforms. This includes projects for HBO Max, HBO and other WarnerMedia-affiliated outlets, as well as external streaming services, premium and basic cable channels, and the five broadcast networks.

Under this pact, Jefferson plans to create thoughtful character dramas and comedies, as well as affecting unscripted projects, a callback to his roots as a journalist.

Jefferson co-wrote (with Damon Lindelof) the critically beloved “This Extraordinary Being” episode of “Watchmen” and went on to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special. Jefferson was also nominated for the USC Scripter Award for Television and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for the episode. And as part of the “Watchmen” series writing team, he won the Writers Guild Award for Best New Series and was nominated for Best Drama Series.

In addition to “Watchmen,” Jefferson’s writing credits include HBO’s “Succession,” NBC’s “The Good Place” and Netflix’s “Master of None.” He won the Writers Guild Award in 2020 for Best Drama Series as part of the “Succession” writing team, and was previously nominated for the Writers Guild Award for Best Comedy Series as part of the team for “The Good Place” in 2019 and “Master of None” in 2018. For his “Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy” episode of “The Good Place,” he won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

Jefferson is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham



Warner Bros. Television Group Signs Overall Deal with Patrisse Cullors





Warner Bros. Television Group Signs Overall Deal with Artist, Author, Political Strategist and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder & Executive Director Patrisse Cullors
Under terms of the wide-ranging content partnership, Cullors will develop and produce original programming for all platforms: streaming services, cable, and the five broadcast networks.
[via press release from Warner Bros. Television]
Warner Bros. Television Group Signs Overall Deal With Artist, Author, Political Strategist and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder & Executive Director Patrisse Cullors

Warner Bros. Television Group has signed an exclusive, multi-year overall deal with artist, author, political strategist, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder & Executive Director Patrisse Cullors. This marks Cullors’ first pact with Warner Bros. and her first studio overall agreement. Per Studio practice, terms were not disclosed.

Under terms of the wide-ranging content partnership, Cullors will develop and produce original programming for all platforms: streaming services, cable, and the five broadcast networks. This includes but is not limited to live-action scripted drama and comedy series; longform/event series; unscripted docuseries; animated programming for co-viewing among kids, young adults and families; and original digital content.

For the last 20 years, Cullors has been on the frontlines of criminal justice reform and advocating for Black lives. Since co-founding the global Black Lives Matter social movement seven years ago in 2013, she has become one of the most influential thought leaders in American public life, focusing long-overdue attention on racial inequity throughout society and leading a global campaign against anti-Black racism. Through this agreement, WBTVG and Cullors will collaborate on programming that will amplify the work of the Black Lives Matter movement and will create further opportunities for prominent Black storytelling.

Quote from Patrisse Cullors: “Black voices, especially Black voices who have been historically marginalized, are important and integral to today’s storytelling. Our perspective and amplification is necessary and vital to helping shape a new narrative for our families and communities. I am committed to uplifting these stories in my new creative role with the Warner Bros. family. As a long time community organizer and social justice activist, I believe that my work behind the camera will be an extension of the work I’ve been doing for the last twenty years. I look forward to amplifying the talent and voices of other Black creatives through my work.”

The agreement continues WBTVG’s long-standing commitment to collaborate with singular creators and distinctive voices, and to support their storytelling vision by taking advantage of the artistic freedoms that the Studio can provide – producing series for HBO Max, HBO and other WarnerMedia-affiliated channels, as well as external platforms not affiliated with the company.

Artist, organizer, educator, and popular public speaker Patrisse Cullors is a Los Angeles native, co-founder and executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, and founder of the Los Angeles-based grassroots organization Dignity and Power Now. Cullors’ work for Black Lives Matter recently received recognition in TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020 list and TIME Magazine’s 2020 list of the 100 Women of the Year. Cullors is a New York Times Best Selling author of “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” (2018). She is also the faculty director of a new Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA program that she developed at Arizona’s Prescott College. Cullors is a former staff writer at Freeform’s “Good Trouble” television series, as well as an actress on the show. For the last 20 years, Cullors has been on the frontlines of criminal justice reform and led Reform LA Jails’ “Yes on R” campaign, a ballot initiative that passed by a 73% landslide victory in March 2020.

Cullors is repped by CAA, 3 Arts, Sarah Weichel, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman



Warner Bros. Animation Announce Preschool Action-Adventure Comedy Series “Batwheels”





Warner Bros. Animation Announce Preschool Action-Adventure Comedy Series “Batwheels” in Production for Cartoon Network and HBO Max
The upcoming series will air on Cartoon Network and HBO Max, as well as globally across all Cartoon Network platforms.
[via press release from Warner Bros. Television]
KYAC/Warner Bros. Animation Announce Preschool Action-Adventure Comedy Series “Batwheels” in Production for Cartoon Network and HBO Max

(Burbank, CA) – Buckle up and put on your capes! Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is beginning production on “Batwheels,” a preschool animated action-adventure comedy series starring the most heroic and iconic vehicles from the DC universe. The upcoming series will air on Cartoon Network and HBO Max, as well as globally across all Cartoon Network platforms.

“‘Batwheels’ is the perfect show to headline our new foray into preschool,” said Tom Ascheim, President, Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics (GKYAC). “I can’t wait for all the aspiring super heroes out there to meet this whole new batch of crime-fighters.”

They are a team of incredible crimefighters who have banded together to oppose evil, combat crime and clean up the streets of Gotham City. They are… okay, they’re NOT Batman and Robin. They’re the Batwheels – an awesome group of sentient super-powered crime-fighting vehicles defending Gotham City alongside Batman, Robin, Batgirl and a host of DC Super Heroes.

Having just been created by the Batcomputer, our heroes are essentially kids with little to no life experience. Led by Bam (The Batmobile), the Batwheels – Bibi (The Batgirl Cycle), Red (The Redbird), Jett (The Batwing) and Buff (The Bat Truck) – must navigate the growing pains of being a newly formed super team as well as the growing pains that come with just being a kid. This relatable and aspirational series will follow the journey of this dynamic team as they thrill and entertain with their heroic adventures as well as demonstrate to kids the value of self-confidence, friendship and teamwork.

Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios said: “From ‘Batman: The Animated Series to Teen Titans Go!,’ superhero storytelling has definitely been one of our superpowers here at Warner Bros. Animation. We are so excited to bring that expertise over to the preschool space and take something that all kids love, cool vehicles, and give it a turbo boost with Batman!”

“Batwheels” is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Sam Register (“Looney Tunes Cartoons”) serves as executive producer. Michael G. Stern (“Doc McStuffins”) serves as co-executive producer, Simon J. Smith (“Baymax Dreams”) is supervising producer and Steven Fink of Bang Zoom Ltd. is producer.

About Warner Bros. Animation

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s current series include “Animaniacs” for Hulu, “Green Eggs and Ham” for Netflix, “Aquaman: King of Atlantis,” “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai,” “Harley Quinn,” “Jellystone!,” “Little Ellen, Looney Tunes Cartoons” and “Young Justice” for HBO Max, “DC Super Hero Girls”, “Teen Titans Go!,” “ThunderCats Roar” for Cartoon Network, “Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz,” “Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?,” “The Tom and Jerry Show” and “Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!” for Boomerang. WBA’s full-length theatrical film, “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies,” was released in summer 2018. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films – including the DC Universe Movies – for DVD, Blu-ray(R) and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards(R), 35 Emmy(R) Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA Children’s Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

About DC

DC is one of the largest publishers of comics and graphic novels in the world and home to some of the most iconic and recognizable characters ever created. As a creative unit of WarnerMedia, DC is charged with strategically integrating its stories and characters across film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, interactive games, and the DC Universe digital subscription service. For more information visit dccomics.com and dcuniverse.com.



Video: “Supergirl” Stunt Team’s Fitness Routine





Video: “Supergirl” Stunt Team’s Fitness Routine
Join the show’s stunt team as they provide some fun superhero moves to stay fit for fighting, flying, or even perfecting that cool superhero landing.
[via press release from Warner Bros. Television]
SUPERGIRL Stunt Team’s Fitness Routine

Ever wonder how DC Super Heroes stay in shape? Join the SUPERGIRL stunt team, including stunt coordinator Simon Burnett and his crew – fight choreographer James Michalopoulos, Brainiac’s stunt double Adrian Persad, and Supergirl’s stunt double Jennifer Clarke – as they provide some fun superhero moves to stay fit for fighting, flying, or even perfecting that cool superhero landing! #DCFanDome #Supergirl #SupergirlCW (© 2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.)