Aren't they also burning bridges with actors/writers/producers/directors/etc with this stuff? I mean, I'm sure everyone that made these movies got paid, but I'm sure most of the people working on them actually wanted them released, and of course there is the fact that no one will get residuals, etc. Even with WB cutting a lot of scripted content they're still apparently planning to make "blockbusters", and shows like that GOT prequel, so they still need to attract people that make shows and movies to them. They already lost Nolan (and probably other directors) with the straight to HBO Max stuff during the height of the pandemic (although I mostly side with WB on that decision, Nolan was being an ass about trying to force people into theaters during a pandemic). While there will always be someone willing to do a job the quality is almost certainly going to go down, and big actors are probably going to need more incentives to work on projects which will probably cost . I know Discovery is profitable, which is why this current executive is in charge, but it feels like WB/HBO is going to be stripped down to the bare minimum. The results might end up being profitable, but it will probably lead to a much lower ceiling when it comes to how much WB/HBO can make/how successful it can be.