Warner Bros. Discovery Under Fire For Report That Hollywood Strikes Saved Them Millions
David Zaslav and Warner Bros. Discovery aren’t the most popular people on Twitter today, as folks react to the statements from their earnings call. @FIVESCORNER wasn’t surprised by the company’s sentiment, saying, “A corporation being greedy and bragging about it?? Color me shocked.” Meanwhile, @ValerieComplex wondered, “Do they ever think about the bigger picture?”
For many, like @DarkPendulum and @sapphicjopper, the studio’s boasting was the last straw, with the former deciding to end their Max subscription, while the latter expressed displeasure at the idea of ever financially supporting a Warner Bros. project again. @MarshAvali pointed out that Warner Bros. Discovery is likely just riding a temporary wave, saying, “Yeah but they’re gonna lose more than that over the next year the moment movies aren’t coming out if the strikes last for too long.”
For @Leighlew3, a big issue was what they perceived to be hypocrisy in Zaslav’s comments about wanting the strike to be resolved fairly. They wrote, “WGA and SAG-AFTRA have both proposed the way it’ll be fair and he and the AMPTP said ‘noPe’. These gaslighting dudes are somethin’ else.” And @Cinematt added sarcastically, “Imagine how much money you could save if they just stopped making stuff forever!”
This piece was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. To learn more about why writers and actors are currently on strike, click here for an up-to-date explainer from our Looper team.