During an investor phone call on August 4, 2022, David Zaslav did his best to allay concerns about the future of HBO and HBO Max in the Warner Bros era. discovery. “Quality is what matters. Quality is what [HBO and HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys] and this command works. This is the best team in the business. We’re doubling down on this HBO team,” he said, going on to explain that Bloys and his entourage will continue to create quality film and TV projects on both fronts. “Our strategy is to embrace and support and then manage the incredible success that HBO Max has,” added Zaslav (via Term).
Be that as it may, there is still some uncertainty regarding the future of HBO Max. As was revealed during the same call to investors, there are plans to merge HBO Max with Discovery+, a move due to begin in the summer of 2023 in the United States and in other regions in the following months. This will consolidate their content libraries into one massive catalog that subscribers can enjoy through one as-yet-unnamed new streaming service. At the time of this writing, pricing plans are unknown, although Zaslav and his colleagues are in the process of negotiating.
Changes are indeed coming for HBO and HBO Max, but it’s good to know that neither is in danger of losing original projects in the future.