Democratic Lawmakers Push DOJ to Investigate Warner Bros. Discovery Merger: “Reduces Consumer Choice, Harms Workers”


The FPS Review
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May 6, 2019
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-CA), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) have written a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and DOJ antitrust chief Jonathan Kanter urging them to look into Warner Bros. Discovery, the new media conglomerate that was formed last year after WarnerMedia and Discovery decided to combine forces in 2021 in a deal worth $43 billion. One portion of the letter claims that the company's market share has enabled it to "harm workers and heighten barriers" in the media and entertainment industry, while another discusses some of the fallout from the merger, which is said to include the loss of hundreds of jobs, including those cut from CNN's streaming platform. The lawmakers also brought up the cancellation of the live-action Batgirl movie, citing a report that claimed Warner Bros. Discovery terminated the $90 million project for tax break purposes.

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I mean... yes it does no doubt.. but... how harmful is it really? I'm left to wonder.
Missed the boat on that one. The merger happened. Congress does not get to dictate what content gets made/released, or who/how many are employed. If tax breaks are a problem, change the law.
This is not important.
As big and powerful studios are, movies are now a low barrier of entry.
Yes, the industry and the big players protect themselves, yes.
However, technology has lowered that bar so low, good cameras are cheap, a single personal, not even that powerful computer can edit video, patiently. Same sound to an extent.
Internet lowered the distribution costs also.
Of course, big buck stuff will be big bucks.
If anything more of a problem is the permit stuff, depending on the state of course.
Agree 100℅ if they made project cuts a tax favored affair, the who' s fault is that?
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