Saturday, April 13, 2024

Paramount-Warner Bros-CNN-CBS-HBO-Max-Discovery? Report Says Merger Talks Are on for Super Studio to Take on Hollywood


Axios is reporting that Paramount and Warner Discovery are trying to engaged to be married.

After Disney bought 20th Century Fox, this wasn’t far behind.

Makes a lot of sense, especially for Paramount, which is struggling despite best intentions. For example, they have no big Christmas or Oscar movies, other than “Killers of the Flower Moon,” which really comes from Apple Studios. Warner’s is loaded with movies.

But Paramount has a big TV business. Merging Paramount Plus with Max and HBO with what used to be Showtime– perfect match.

CNN and CBS would be very happy together. CNN already loans Anderson Cooper to CBS. CNN needs programming, which they could supply CNN with especially on weekends.

Axios reporter Sara Fischer is listed as a CNN contributor, so she had good sources on this one.

Soon Apple will buy NBC Universal from Comcast, and whole new worlds will emerge.

Stay tuned, friends.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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