WarnerMedia consists of three divisions: Home Box Office, Inc. HBO- and Cinemax-branded channels are available in over 70 countries around the world, and HBO programming is licensed to other television networks in over countries.
The network has developed content distribution platforms, like HBO GO  and Max GO to help support and deliver programming to users via online and mobile devices. In , Cinemax launched its first original primetime series, Strike Back, and has subsequently launched the original primetime series, Hunted and Banshee.
Turner Broadcasting System Turner Broadcasting System is an entertainment, sports and news company that creates and distributes various programs. Turner primarily reaches audiences in the to year-old bracket. In , the Warner Bros.
Pictures Group grossed 4. Each year Warner Bros. Pictures produces between 18 and 22 films. Entertainment via the creation of the DC Entertainment division, which was founded in The DC Comics imprint, home to such iconic characters as Batman , Superman , Wonder Woman , Flash and Green Lantern , has launched digital versions of its top comic book and graphic novel titles, making them available for download on digital platforms.
Pictures and Warner Music Group during the s and s. Agemian were blocked by Garden State board member William A. Conway in ; a revised transaction was later completed in In , Nolan Bushnell sold Atari, Inc. Warner made considerable profits and later losses with Atari, which it owned from to While part of Warner, Atari achieved its greatest success, selling millions of Atari s and computers.
At its peak, Atari accounted for a third of Warner's annual income and was the fastest-growing company in the history of the United States at the time. The combination was short lived: Under the direction of Caesar P. The team's majority owner, John W. Galbreath , soon followed suit after learning of Warner's actions.
In , due to major losses spurred by subsidiary Atari Inc. It kept the rest of the company and named it Atari Games , eventually reducing it to just the Coin Division.
In a long-expected deal, Warner Communications acquire Lorimar-Telepictures ; the acquisition was finalized on January 12, The court ruled twice in favor of Time, forcing Paramount to drop both the Time acquisition and the lawsuit, and allowing the two companies' merger, which was completed on January 10, Comcast sold their stake in the company in , relegating the name to a subdivision under Time Warner Cable. Not only did this result in the company in a way re-entering the basic cable television industry in regards to nationally available channels , but Warner Bros.
Time Warner had been looking for a way to embrace the digital revolution, while AOL wanted to convert its stock price into tangible assets. The Federal Trade Commission cleared the deal on December 14, ,  and gave final approval on January 11, ; the company completed the merger later that day. The growth rate will be like an Internet company. AOL would use Time Warner's high-speed cable lines to deliver to its subscribers Time Warner's branded magazines, books, music, and movies.
This would have created million subscription relationships. However, the growth and profitability of the AOL division stalled due to advertising and loss of market share to the growth of high speed broadband providers.
Although Case's coup attempt was rebuffed by Parsons and several other directors, Levin became frustrated with being unable to "regain the rhythm" at the combined company and handed in his resignation in the fall of , effective in May AOL Chairman and CEO Barry Schuler was removed from his position and placed in charge of a new "content creation division", being replaced on an interim basis by Pittman, who was already serving as the sole COO after Parsons' promotion.
Logo for Time Warner from to Many expected synergies between AOL and other Time Warner divisions never materialized, as most Time Warner divisions were considered independent fiefs that rarely cooperated prior to the merger. A new incentive program that granted options based on the performance of AOL Time Warner, replacing the cash bonuses for the results of their own division, caused resentment among Time Warner division heads who blamed the AOL division for failing to meet expectations and dragging down the combined company.
AOL Time Warner COO Pittman, who expected to have the divisions working closely towards convergence instead found heavy resistance from many division executives, who also criticized Pittman for adhering to optimistic growth targets for AOL Time Warner that were never met. Some of the attacks on Pittman were reported to come from the print media in the Time, Inc. Both Logan and Bewkes, who had initially opposed the merger, were chosen because they were considered the most successful operational executives in the conglomerate and they would report to AOL Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons.
However, under pressure from institutional investor vice-president Gordon Crawford who lined up dissenters, Case stated in January that he would not stand for re-election as executive chairman in the upcoming annual meeting, making CEO Richard Parsons the chairman-elect. Case resigned from the Time Warner board on October 31, This would leave a smaller company made up of Turner Broadcasting, Warner Bros.
Time Warner's CNN unit would have been sold to ease antitrust issues of the purchase. The move will be completed in Its distribution operation, Outright Distribution, was folded into Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group acquired Flixster,  a movie discovery application company. The acquisition also includes Rotten Tomatoes , a movie review aggregator. In June , Time Warner acquired Alloy Entertainment , a publisher and television studio whose works are aimed at teen girls and young women.
The property was placed under the control of the Turner Sports division. The transaction was completed on June 6, Following his election, however, his transition team stated that the government planned to evaluate the deal without prejudice. Leon argued that the Department of Justice provided insufficient evidence that the proposed transaction would result in lessened competition. He also warned the government that attempting to obtain an appeal or stay on the ruling would be manifest unjust, as it would cause "certain irreparable harm to the defendants".
It was also announced that the Time Warner brand would be dropped in favor of the name WarnerMedia. In late , Time Warner finished construction of a new twin-tower complex, designed to serve as additional office space, facing Columbus Circle on the southwestern edge of Central Park.