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HBO Max is an upcoming American Internet video on demand service from WarnerMedia Entertainment, a division of AT&T's WarnerMedia. This service will launch in the spring of 2020. It will draw from all corners of WarnerMedia and third-party content providers.

HBO Max
HBO Max Logo.svg
Type of site
OTT platform
HeadquartersBurbank, California,
U.S.
Key peopleKevin Reilly (Chief content officer)
ParentWarnerMedia Entertainment
Websitewww.hbomax.com Edit this at Wikidata
Current statusIn development

Casey Bloys, programming president of HBO, oversees HBO Max programming while Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, also is chief content officer of HBO Max taking care of all new originals and library content. Andy Forssell is the service's executive vice president and general manager while still reporting to Otter Media CEO Tony Goncalves, who leads development.

HistoryEdit

On October 10, 2018, WarnerMedia announced that it will launch an over-the-top streaming service in late 2019, featuring content from its entertainment brands.[1] The original plan for the service called for three tiers with a late 2019 launch.[2] WarnerMedia's parent AT&T chairman and CEO Randall L. Stephenson indicated in mid-May 2019 that it would use the HBO brand and would tie into cable operators as HBO cable subscribers would have access to the streaming service. A beta was expected in the fourth quarter of 2019 and full launch in first quarter 2020 at the time.[3]

Otter Media was transferred in May 2019 to WarnerMedia Entertainment from Warner Bros. to take over the streaming service as Brad Bentley, executive vice president and general manager of the for direct-to-consumer development exited the post after six months. Andy Forssell transferred from being chief operating officer of Otter to replace Bentley as executive vice president and general manager while still reporting to Otter CEO Tony Goncalves, who would lead development.[4]

On July 9, 2019, WarnerMedia announced that their upcoming streaming service would be named HBO Max and launch in spring 2020. Also announced at that time was that Friends would be taken off rival streaming service Netflix for the launch, while Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine and Greg Berlanti were signed to production deals for the service.[5]

ContentEdit

HBO Max will feature original programming produced for the service and draw content from the namesake HBO network as well as other WarnerMedia companies.

With the start of the 2019–20 television season, series on The CW produced by Warner Bros. Television that debut from that season on will have their seasons placed on HBO Max a month before the newest season premieres.[5] Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine and Greg Berlanti were signed to production deals for an initial four movies in the young-adult genre and two films, respectively.[5] WarnerMedia Entertainment indicated that the service would have 10,000 hours of content.[6]

AT&T chairman and CEO, Randall L. Stephenson has not ruled out adding live content from Turner Sports in the future (such as the NBA on TNT, Major League Baseball on TBS, and NCAA March Madness).[7]

On August 1, 2019, HBO Max announced its acquisition of library rights to several BBC Studios series, including the first 11 seasons of the 2005 Doctor Who revival, The Honourable Woman, Luther, Top Gear, and the British version of The Office. HBO Max will also stream future seasons of Doctor Who after their initial run on BBC America.[8]

On September 17, 2019, HBO Max acquired the U.S. streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory, as part of a deal that also extends TBS's off-network rights to the series through 2028.[9]

On October 17, 2019, it was announced that HBO Max had acquired exclusive U.S. streaming rights to the library of Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli, via its North American distributor GKIDS. It marks the first time that the studio's films will ever be offered on a streaming platform; the studio's co-founder Hayao Miyazaki had historically been hesitant to offer his films through these services, noting a preference towards a traditional theatrical experience.[10][11]

Original programmingEdit

SeriesEdit

The service's original series will be branded Max Originals.[2]

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Length Status Production
company[12]
Notes
Search Party Dark comedy Spring 2020 TBA TBA TBA Warner Bros. Television Distribution Moved from TBS for season 3 and 4.[13]
The Boondocks Animation comedy Fall 2020 2 (24 episodes) TBA TBA [14]
Karma Reality television 2020 TBA TBA Series order GoodStory Entertainment [15][16]
Sesame Street Education 2020 55 TBA TBA Sesame Workshop [17]
Americanah Drama TBA 10 episodes TBA TBA
Brad & Gary Go To... Docuseries TBA 6 episodes TBA TBA
  • Purveyors of Pop
  • eOne
[18]
Circe Fantasy drama TBA TBA TBA TBA
[19]
Doom Patrol Superhero comedy TBA 1 (15 episodes) TBA TBA Will stream on both DC Universe and HBO Max.[20][21]
Drama Queen Comedy-drama TBA TBA TBA TBA
Dune: The Sisterhood Science fiction TBA TBA TBA TBA Legendary Television
Ellen's Home Design Challenge Reality television TBA TBA TBA TBA A Very Good Production [23]
Equal LGBT docuseries TBA TBA TBA TBA Warner Horizon Unscripted Television [24]
Finding Einstein Docuseries TBA TBA TBA TBA A Very Good Production [23]
First Dates Hotel Reality television TBA TBA TBA TBA A Very Good Production [23]
The Flight Attendant Mystery drama TBA TBA TBA TBA
Generation TBA TBA TBA Series order
  • Good Thing Going Productions
  • We’re Not Brothers Productions
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai Animation comedy fantasy TBA TBA TBA Series order
The Ho's Docuseries TBA TBA TBA TBA Lionsgate Television [25]
Little Ellen Animation TBA TBA TBA TBA [23]
Looney Tunes Cartoons Animation comedy TBA TBA 1-6 minutes TBA
  • Warner Bros. Animation
[26]
Love Life Comedy anthology TBA TBA TBA TBA Lionsgate Television
Made for Love Dramedy TBA 1 (10 episodes) TBA TBA Paramount Television
Rydell High Musical TBA 1 TBA TBA Paramount Television
Station Eleven Post-apocalyptic TBA 1 TBA TBA Paramount Television
Tokyo Vice Drama TBA 1 (10 episodes) TBA TBA Endeavor Content
Untitled Gossip Girl sequel Teen drama TBA 1 (10 episodes) TBA TBA

FilmsEdit

Year Title Director Genre Notes
Spring 2020 Super Intelligence[28] Ben Falcone Comedy / Science Fiction Completed
TBA Expecting Amy[29] TBA Documentary Filming
TBA Let Them All Talk[30] Steven Soderbergh Comedy Post-production
TBA Unpregnant[31] Rachel Lee Goldenberg Drama Filming

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b Stelter, Brian (July 9, 2019). "WarnerMedia banks on HBO's brand name for new streaming service". CNN. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Spangler, Todd (May 14, 2019). "HBO Pay-TV Customers Will Have Access to WarnerMedia SVOD Service, AT&T Chief Says". Variety. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Spangler, Todd (May 31, 2019). "WarnerMedia Reorg Gives Otter Media's Tony Goncalves Oversight of Streaming Service Development". Variety. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Spangler, Todd (July 9, 2019). "'Friends' to Leave Netflix for WarnerMedia's HBO Max Streaming Service in 2020". Variety. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  6. ^ Haselton, Todd (July 9, 2019). "AT&T rolls out a new, super-charged streaming service with HBO shows, 'Friends' and more". CNBC. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  7. ^ "HBO Max OTT platform to include live NBA and MLB". SportsPro Media. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  8. ^ Porter, Rick (August 1, 2019). "'Luther,' 'Doctor Who,' U.K. 'Office' Libraries Head to HBO Max in BBC Deal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 17, 2019). "HBO Max Lands 'The Big Bang Theory' Streaming Rights, TBS Extends Cable Window In Mega WarnerMedia Deal". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  10. ^ Sharf, Zack (October 16, 2019). "Studio Ghibli Is So Committed to the Theatrical Experience It Has No Plans to Ever Stream Films". IndieWire. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  11. ^ Thorne, Will (October 17, 2019). "Studio Ghibli Films to Stream on HBO Max". Variety. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  12. ^ Jarvey, Natalie; Goldberg, Lesley (July 3, 2019). "WarnerMedia's Streaming Service: A Guide to All Its Programming (So Far)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 7, 2019). "'Search Party' Moves From TBS To HBO Max For Season 3, Gets Season 4 Renewal By Streamer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 18, 2019). "'The Boondocks' Reboot Gets 2-Season Order By HBO Max". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (September 9, 2019). "HBO Max Orders Kids Competition Series 'Karma' & 'Craftopia' Hosted By Michelle Khare & Lauren Riihimaki". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  16. ^ @jdroth2323 (August 29, 2019). "I think you are going to LOVE this one! Will air on the new platform HBO MAX. They are great partners! Show is one of the best I have ever created! Stay tuned! @hbomax !!!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 3, 2019). "'Sesame Street' To Move From HBO To HBO Max In 5-Year Sesame Workshop Deal That Includes Full Library, New Series & Specials". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  18. ^ https://deadline.com/2019/10/brad-goreski-gary-janetti-lifestyle-docuseries-hbo-max-1202763486/
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 30, 2019). "'Circe' Fantasy Drama From Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver Based On Novel Gets HBO Max Series Order". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  20. ^ Petski, Denise (July 20, 2019). "Doom Patrol Renewed For Season 2 By DC Universe Via Deal With HBO Max – Comic-Con". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  21. ^ Haynee, Chris E. (July 25, 2019). "Doom Patrol Gets Season 2 Renewal with a Twist, Titans Gets Premiere Date". Gamespot. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  22. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 26, 2019). "Bad Robot-Produced Michael Ausiello Autobiographical Dramedy 'Drama Queen' Lands At HBO Max". Deadline. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  23. ^ a b c d Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (September 27, 2019). "HBO Max Orders Ellen DeGeneres' 'Ellen's Home Design Challenge', 'Little Ellen' & 'First Dates Hotel' Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  24. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 16, 2019). "Greg Berlanti, Jim Parsons Team for LGBTQ-Focused Docuseries at HBO Max". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  25. ^ https://www.thewrap.com/crazy-rich-asians-ho-family-docuseries-hbo-max/
  26. ^ "Warner Bros. Looney Tune "Curse Of The Monkey Bird" Begins Qualifying Theatrical Engagement". Animation Scoop. September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  27. ^ Porter, Rick (July 17, 2019). "'Gossip Girl' Update Lands Straight-to-Series Order at HBO Max". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  28. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (October 17, 2019). "Melissa McCarthy & Director Ben Falcone On Choosing HBO Max Bow Instead Of WB Xmas Release For 'Superintelligence'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  29. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (October 18, 2019). "HBO Max Picks Up Amy Schumer Docu 'Expecting Amy'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  30. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 19, 2019). "HBO Max Lands Steven Soderbergh's Next Film Starring Meryl Streep". Variety. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  31. ^ Kit, Borys (September 19, 2019). "Haley Lu Richardson, Barbie Ferreira to Star in Road Trip Movie 'UNpregnant'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 27, 2019.

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