Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson will help lead programming decisions and curation at Turner Classic Movies (TCM) as consultants after IndieWire first reported that the trio called Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David David Zaslav for their network concerns after a string of recent layoffs.
TCM veteran Charles “Charlie” Tabesh will remain at the network and report to Warner Bros. executives Michael de Luca and Pamela Abdy, who previously would oversee programming and creative content at TCM. The TCM Classic Film Festival will also return.
Tabesh was one of several firings from the classic film network which also included executive vice president and general manager Pola Changnon; VP of Creativity and Brand Marketing Dexter Fedor; Vice President of Enterprises and Strategic Partnerships Genevieve McGillicuddy, who also served as director of the annual TCM Film Festival; and vice president of studio production Anne Wilson.
“TCM is a cultural treasure and we are honored to help lead the future direction of this beloved brand with the collaboration of three of the most iconic filmmakers of our time, Steven, Marty and Paul. David Zaslav led the charge, driven by our shared love of storytelling, to bring us together for a project we are so passionate about. Over the past year, we have significantly increased our content investment in TCM and intend to further enhance TCM’s on-air programming and engagement with fans,” said De Luca and Abdy, Warner co-chairmen and chief executive officers. Bros. Motion Picture Group in an official statement.
“We have already started brainstorming ideas with Mike and Pam, both true film buffs who share the passion and respect for classic cinema that is the hallmark of the TCM community. This unique arrangement, initiated by David Zaslav, reflects his commitment to honoring the legacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine while also involving us in the curation and programming. We are thrilled that longtime programmer Charlie Tabesh will remain with TCM and gratified to know that the team is focused on preserving TCM’s mission of celebrating our rich cinematic history while ensuring that future generations of filmmakers and movie lovers have TCM as a valuable asset,” Spielberg, Scorsese and Anderson said in their joint statement.
“TCM is a cultural treasure that WBD is fully committed to safeguarding, sustaining and investing for the future. This year, TCM’s content investment grew 30% and we expect to continue to do so in future years. That said, TCM isn’t immune to real pressure on the entire linear ecosystem, but we’ve taken steps to ensure we stay true to the network’s mission: to bring more titles to the air, drive investment in content, and preserve and protect the culture of cinema. Part of that is creating a more sustainable behind-the-screen facility that benefits from the vast resources and promotional engine of WBD’s formidable network group, so TCM is poised for long-term success,” said a WBD spokesperson. in an additional statement.
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