WarnerMedia's top leadership invited Variety to the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank for an open-ended conversation. The trio stressed that despite the fact that the company is operating in the shadow of yet another disruptive merger, they are focused on positioning WarnerMedia (soon to be rechristened Warner Bros.) WarnerMedia insider: "We could be louder" about its success in the streaming wars. The company is planning to release all of its 2021 movies simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. The strategy is working, but it’s about to go away, the insider said. Sarnoff said, perhaps most succinctly, “It wasn’t the time to boast.” Kilar echoed this sentiment, saying “we could ring the bell louder, which is one of the many reasons why I love getting to do what I do. Ann and Andy are humble, I’m humble, and sometimes It takes a little bit of a nudge to get us to lean in and ring that bell. Zaslav visited the company in June for a town hall with Kilar interviewing him. Sarnoff: “He was authentic and approachable. He’s really trying to understand how we do things instead of forming his opinions too quickly.” Zaslav has “been around town, going to school. I think people like that,” he said. “I would push back on low morale. I do not see that,” said Kilar. “As much as we love AT&T, people are excited about being a pure-play media company going forward,’ said Sarnoff.
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