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WarnerMedia unveils HBO Max launch, exclusive content

WarnerMedia has confirmed details of its new streaming service.

Called HBO Max, the new service will feature content from the corporation’s various film and television networks, as well as new and exclusive content that can’t be found elsewhere.

According to a press release, the service will feature more than 10,000 hours of premium content by spring 2020, with material from HBO, CNN, TNT, New Line, DC Entertainment, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more.

The streaming service will also receive exclusive rights to all 236 episodes of Friends, one of the world’s biggest streaming hits, currently available on Netflix. It’s been confirmed that Netflix will lose rights to the show, with the company previously paying $100 million for a one-year deal.

All episodes of fan favorites such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Pretty Little Liars will also be available on the channel, as well as exclusive movie productions from Greg Berlanti, and Reese Witherspoon, the latter of whom is also working on projects for Apple TV+.

HBO Max will launch “several months” after Apple TV+ and Disney+ later this year, with many expecting the company to launch in January of 2020. Titles confirmed for 2020 and 2021 include:

  • Stephen King’s “The Outsider,” a dark mystery starring Ben Mendelsohn, produced and directed by Jason Bateman
  • “Lovecraft Country,” a unique horror series based on a novel by Matt Ruff, written and executive produced by Misha Green, and executive produced by Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams
  • “The Nevers,” Joss Whedon’s new science fiction series starring Laura Donnelly
  • “The Gilded Age,” the opulent world of 1885 New York from “Downton Abbey’s” Julian Fellowes
  • “Avenue 5,” high satire aboard a space-bound cruise ship from Armando Iannucci (“Veep”), starring Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad
  • “The Undoing,” a psychological thriller from David E. Kelley, directed by Susanne Bier starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant
  • “The Plot Against America,” reimagined history based on Phillip Roth’s novel written and executive produced by David Simon and Ed Burns, starring Winona Ryder and John Turturro
  • “Perry Mason,” the classic legal drama for a new generation, executive produced by Robert Downey, Jr. and Susan Downey, with Matthew Rhys in the title role
  • “I Know This Much Is True,” a complex family drama starring Mark Ruffalo playing twin brothers, one of whom has schizophrenia, based on the best-selling novel by Wally Lamb, written and directed by Derek Cianfrance.

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