In a bid to secure the future of Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Warner Bros Discovery’s CEO David Zaslav has appointed Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, Co-Chairpersons and CEOs of Warner Bros Film Group, to oversee the channel. This decision comes amidst concerns regarding the future of TCM following recent restructuring at Warner Bros Discovery, as reported by Deadline.
TCM, a beloved channel among movie enthusiasts, was previously under the supervision of Michael Ouweleen, who is also the President of Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Discovery Family, and Boomerang. However, the recent layoffs at Warner Bros, which affected several key positions including TCM’s EVP and General Manager, led to speculations about the channel’s future.
In response to these concerns, renowned filmmakers and film preservationists Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Paul Thomas Anderson reached out to David Zaslav. In a joint statement obtained by Deadline, they said, “Turner Classic Movies has always been more than just a channel. It is truly a precious resource of cinema, open 24 hours a day seven days a week. And while it has never been a financial juggernaut, it has always been a profitable endeavor since its inception.”
They further added, “Earlier this week, David Zaslav, the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, got in touch to talk about the restructuring of TCM. We understand the pressures and realities of a corporation as large as WBD, of which TCM is one moving part. We have each spent time talking to David, separately and together, and it’s clear that TCM and classic cinema are very important to him. Our primary aim is to ensure that TCM’s programming is untouched and protected.”
The filmmakers concluded by saying, “We are heartened and encouraged by the conversations we’ve had thus far, and we are committed to working together to ensure the continuation of this cultural touchstone that we all treasure.”
Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, the new overseers of TCM, are well-respected in the industry. Before joining Warner Bros, they were part of MGM, where De Luca served as Motion Picture Group Chairman and Abdy as President. They were also honored with the PGA’s Milestone Award in February for their contributions to the film industry.
In simple terms, TCM, a channel loved by many for its classic movies, was facing an uncertain future due to some changes and layoffs at Warner Bros. But now, two big names in the film industry, Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, have been given the responsibility to look after it. This has brought relief to many, including famous filmmakers who believe that TCM is not just a channel, but a treasure for cinema lovers.
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