Aug 26 • 53M

Mad at Zaz

Hollywood fumes as a (s***)storm hits Warner Bros. Discovery

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“Zaslav” trended on Twitter on Aug. 25. (Twitter)

Rarely does an entertainment CEO become a trending topic on Twitter, but that’s exactly where Warner Bros. Discovery chief David Zaslav found himself this week as heat increases over his company’s layoffs, DEI handling, the removal of library content including hundreds of Sesame Street episodes from HBO Max, and those so-called ‘funeral screenings.’ Hosts Janice Min, Richard Rushfield, and The Wakeup’s Sean McNulty hone in on what’s happening behind closed doors and why as mounting debt puts increasing pressure on the company. Also on today’s episode, the trio play producer Dan Lin’s prophetic remarks about DC (11:44), and run down Entertainment Strategy Guy’s fantasy M&A picks (23:40) for an embattled industry.