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Potential Merger Between Max and Paramount+ Considered as Warner Bros. Discovery Explores Streaming Partnership

Warner Bros. Discovery has shown early interest in potentially collaborating with Paramount Global to merge their respective streaming platforms, Max and Paramount+. This interest comes after Paramount Global’s controlling shareholder, Shari Redstone, abandoned merger talks with Skydance Media and unveiled a new strategic plan involving cost-cutting measures, asset sales, and enhancing the profitability of Paramount+ through potential partnerships.

Sources have confirmed that Warner Bros. Discovery is exploring the possibility of a streaming joint venture with Paramount Global. This move aligns with Paramount Global’s public statements about their eagerness to secure a partner. Both companies are currently in the preliminary stages of assessing how a partnership could materialize.

Representatives for Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global have chosen not to provide comments on the matter. At a recent employee town hall meeting, Chris McCarthy, one of the co-CEOs at Paramount Global, discussed two potential streaming partnership scenarios. The first involves forming a long-term relationship with a technology platform to leverage their scale of content. The second option entails collaborating with other SVOD players to offer a vast array of hit content across various genres.

McCarthy expressed optimism about the interest in partnering with Paramount Global due to its strong content portfolio and industry reputation. Separately, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav mentioned the company’s intention to pursue strategic mergers and acquisitions in the coming years, emphasizing the potential consolidation within the streaming industry.

Paramount Global had previously explored merging Paramount+ with NBCUniversal’s Peacock, and discussions about merging Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global also took place in the past. Both Paramount+ and Max have recently announced price increases as they aim to demonstrate their streaming services’ profitability to investors.

The entertainment industry continues to witness dynamic shifts and potential collaborations as companies seek to strengthen their positions in the competitive streaming landscape. The future of Max and Paramount+ could be shaped by strategic partnerships that enhance their content offerings and financial viability.