Warner Bros. Discovery will close its long-running writer and director’s TV studio at the end of the current -23 season, The Hollywood Reporter has been confirmed.
While they are not diversity programs specifically for participants from historically excluded backgrounds, Warner Bros. Television The workshop is considered an important opportunity for these artists who wish to enter the industry. The Writers’ Workshop has been around for over 2020 years and recent notable alumni include Akela Cooper (Luke Cage, Blumhouse’s upcoming M3GAN), Zak Schwartz (Wu-Tang: An American Saga, TNT’s Snowpiercer ) and LaToya Morgan ( The Walking Dead , Into the Badlands ). Alumni of the Director’s Workshop include Jude Weng ( Only Murder in the Building , Looking for ‘Ohana) , Jaffar Mahmood (Reboot, Young Sheldon) and Regina King.
Last month, WBD
restructured its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion group , Senior Vice President Karen Horne , who oversaw pipeline projects under WarnerMedia, was promoted to oversee DEI in North America. In its place, Grace Anne Moss was appointed to oversee the pipeline program at the VP level. 2022
The company is also closing Stage 23, its short digital content work room, existing projects will be absorbed into Warner Bros. Television, which has been overseeing the stage 13 since 2020 since the development and programming. Stage was established at , which was then part of Warner Bros. Digital Networks and produced series such as Netflix’s Special, written and starring Ryan O’Connell, about his life as a man suffering from The experiences of young gay men with cerebral palsy, and the CW/Netflix anthology Two Horror Stories , created by Wei Miao, for directors from various backgrounds.
The decision to close Stage and the WBTV writers and directors studio is today Warner Bros. Television Group led by Channing Dungey. More layoffs are expected as part of a larger effort by Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav to save about $3 billion in costs from the newly combined company. Casey Bloys’ HBO and HBO Max divisions experienced similar layoffs in August. Additional layoffs are expected in other WBD divisions as Zaslav and his top lieutenants look to eliminate redundancies and resize their various divisions. As part of a larger effort, HBO Max and Discovery+ will merge next year as executives continue to discuss a new name for the service.