Job cuts are expected at HBO Max Europe following a major strategic review that will see the development of local originals halted in the Nordics and Central Europe.
The move comes as the Warner Bros. Discovery is picking up speed and the company is looking to save £3bn over the next two years, with HBO Max to be combined with Discovery+.
Deadline understands that jobs at HBO Max Europe are at risk following the review, which will also see fledgling development activities in the Netherlands and Turkey halted after less than a year. Details regarding the potential layoffs are still being finalized.
Shows in production or post-production in the Nordic countries, Central Europe and the Netherlands are under consideration. Hits that have already emerged from the region include the likes of Denmark Suicide bomber (photo) and Sweden Lust.
Of the territories in which HBO Max has a footprint, only Spain and France are not affected by the review.
“As we continue to work on combining HBO Max and Discovery+ into one global streaming service showcasing the breadth of content from Warner Bros. Discovery, we are reviewing our current content proposition on existing services,” said said a statement from HBO Max.
“Our commitment to these markets has not changed. We will continue to commission local content for Warner Bros. linear networks. Discovery in these regions and we remain significant acquirers of local third-party content for use on our streaming services.
The review comes about three months after HBO Max Europe’s go-live team was introduced to Series Mania, with each commissioner in turn speaking publicly about their content desires.
Since then, WarnerMedia’s Priya Dogra has been promoted to President and Managing Director EMEA (excluding Poland), while Antony Root has continued to oversee original production for HBO Max across EMEA, with Christina Sulebakk moving to Warner Bros. Discovery General Manager, Nordics.
Under Root, Iberia Commissioning Editor of Original Programming Miguel Salvat, Nordics Commissioning Editor and VP Original Programming Christian Wikander, France VP and commissioning Editor of Original Production Vera Peltekian, Central Europe Commissioning Editor Johnathan Young and Turkey Executive Director of Content Acquisition Mia Edde. Annelies Sitvast, Hanka Kastelicová and Steve Matthews work in pan-European roles.
News of HBO Max Europe’s restructuring was first reported by Variety.