Tony Khan appeared on the Spoticast podcast to talk about AEW’s business. During the interview, Khan echoed what he has said in the past about their main source of income, which is the Warner Brothers Discovery deal:
“Our TV deals are, I think, the biggest driver of individual revenue. For us, we’ve got this great partnership with Warner Brothers Discovery, and we’ve got the rest of this year and next year, and they’ve really been so good to us. I feel like the original leadership wasn’t just so great to take a chance on an unknown company, but then, you know, after the merger, the Discovery leadership that came in was so supportive, and we’re getting opportunities now with the new management even bigger than we’ve ever gotten.”
What changes have been made with the new Warner Brothers Discovery:
“New leadership, new faces, new people and they are great people. We have had different management teams over the years. This is a new group and they have clearly different experiences than the previous management. different insights and a different IP portfolio coming in , but also new IP created by the new ownership and existing IP that we’ve never really been associated with. So just in the few months we’ve been working together, it’s been great to get to know them and work with them They’ve given us integration opportunities I hope we’ve done a good job I think the fact that we’re getting more of them, and they’re so positive about the work we’ve done, I think it’s gone really well .”
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“You know, Shark Week is the longest-running, most successful weekly TV event in cable history. It’s very important to the folks at Discovery. I’ve seen it firsthand and it makes perfect sense. They gave us the opportunities to promote Shark Week in AEW and develop our own creative products to further the promotion of Shark Week Then, based on the success of that, they immediately came back to us with a huge opportunity. You know, we have worked with Warner Media for Warner Brothers Discovery for years and never had a chance to do integrations with HBO let alone with the number one show on TV now with House of the Dragon and have the opportunity to promote House of the Dragon And for them to ask me if I can come up with a way to integrate it into our show.”
TBEN recently ran a story about the changes at Warner Bros. Discovery and the article seem to paint a good picture for the future of AEW on TBS and TNT. Per TBEN: “TNT is now looking for more cost-effective series that don’t go after A-list film talent and that would complement the tentpole sports/unscripted programming on TNT — as well as the rest of Warner Bros. Discovery’s suite of linear networks. under Finch. That could be wrestling themed shows as AEW is a big draw for TNTand scripted series that have the feel of some of Discovery’s signature docu reality series such as The deadliest catch. IP-based/genre series are also being investigated, we hear.”
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