Cartoon Network Studios is set to merge with Warner Bros. Animation as the pair’s parent company, Warner Bros. Television Group, continues to restructure. The two studios will consolidate their animation teams as part of a “strategic realignment” for Warner Bros. Discovery. HBO Max removed more than 30 animated series from its catalog in August, including Infinity Train and other hit titles. These shows were removed in tandem with cancellations behind the scenes, including Scoob: Holiday Haunt and Batgirl. Reports suggested the removed titles were being cut as part of cost-saving measures, and animation creators quickly criticized Warner Bros. Discovery for the unprecedented move.
“This latest news comes shortly after trades announces another round of major layoffs at Warner Bros. Television Group. The company laid off a total of 82 employees and confirmed that 43 vacant positions won’t be filled moving forward. These layoffs ranged from scripted to unscripted television as well as animation. And, of course, the announcement was the latest of several lambasted moves by Warner Bros. Discovery regarding its animation catalog.”
In light of alleged fearmongering, Cartoon Network art director David DePasquale addressed fans’ worries and assured them the worst-case scenario hasn’t come to pass. “These are decisions that affect real people, studios, & jobs,” the artist shared. “I work there. You can stand by whatever you’d like. Still, you sensationalizing it and guiding people to extrapolate that CNS is basically dead is really shitty, especially for those of us who still have a job there. Do better.”
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