Departure of OWN Executives Signals More Change at Warner Bros. Discovery

Departure of OWN Executives Signals More Change at Warner Bros. Discovery

So, Warner Bros. Discovery is a mess.
All corporations go through transitions after a merger, however, things have gotten especially chaotic as the company makes major changes at its various TV networks.

Jennifer Giddens and Karen Grant-Selma


According to Variety, four top executives at OWN have been cut. Among them are general counsel Karen Grant-Selma and chief marketing officer Jennifer Giddens. Grant-Selma is a veteran of the business who has previously held top roles at Universal Pictures, Live Nation Entertainment, and Dreamworks Animation. Giddens has been an exec at Universal Kids and Netflix’s kids and family division.

While executive turnover after a merger isn’t normally a huge deal, when combined with the endless chaos and wild decisions (like canceling a highly-anticipated $90 million superhero movie and laying off 70 percent of your streaming network’s staff) coming from Warner Bros. Discovery, it does lead to some questions about what the company has planned for OWN.

With Queen Sugar set to end following its upcoming seventh season, and Warner Bros. Discovery more focused on unscripted content, it feels like the network will follow the lead of TBS/TNT and move away from scripted series. If that is the plan, then things are even worse than anyone expected.