Living up to its old swaggering slogan, “It’s not TV, It’s HBO,” the premium cable network drafted some of its biggest stars to welcome the new boss.
Before WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey took the stage for an hour-long town hall meeting in Manhattan, HBO aired a funny video featuring Real Time’s Bill Maher, Veep’s Tony Hale, Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clark and Kit Harington and Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David posing questions of the new boss.
The mood at the town hall was generally sanguine, according to HBO staffers Deadline spoke with, and the script hewed to Stankey’s remarks in recent days. “We got a more bespoke version of the talking points,” one insider said. “It didn’t break a lot of new ground but it delivered the message in a very HBO way.”
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