There’s a massive executive shakeup at WarnerMedia that has led to the firing of Bob Greenblatt and Kevin Reilly.
Variety is reporting that WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar made the announcement today in a memo to staff on Friday. Variety reports that Ann Sarnoff has been promoted to oversee a newly expanded content group.
The story is massive in the TV industry and it remains to be seen if this affects All Elite Wrestling. Reilly is the person responsible for bringing AEW to TNT. He also oversaw HBO and there have been talks to bring an additional hour of AEW programming to HBO Max but there have been no updates on those talks in recent weeks.
Reilly has been the head of TNT and TBS since 2014 and was promoted to head of content for WarnerMedia. He had signed a four-year deal with the company last May.
Here is a snippet of the memo that was sent out today that mentions TNT:
“Ann Sarnoff, Warner Bros. Chair and CEO, will be leading our newly created Studios and Networks Group, combining original production (content studios) and programming capabilities currently spread across Warner Bros., HBO, HBO Max, TNT, TBS and TruTV. This group will oversee all WarnerMedia television series and motion picture development, production and programming, partnering with Andy to ensure HBO Max is successful globally.
Casey Bloys, President HBO Programming, will also be taking on original content responsibilities for HBO Max and the domestic linear networks TNT, TBS, and TruTV. Casey will report to Ann. Casey and the HBO team have done an incredible job over the last several decades delighting consumers with HBO original programming and I am excited for Casey and this expanded team to have an even greater impact on the world.”
Again, we don’t know if these changes will have any impact on AEW and Dynamite brings in strong ratings for TNT so, in theory, the show should be safe but you never know for sure when there’s a major shakeup.