CNN Cuts Back on Original Series and Films

Chris Licht, the chairman of CNN, told employees Friday that the network would stop buying documentary films and original TV series as part of its cost-cutting efforts.

In an email to employees, Mr. Licht said that the network would be moving away from those movies and shows, which include “Navalny,” “RBG” and “The Burning of Black Wall Street,” and original TV series such as “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”

Instead, CNN’s long-form content will be produced by an internal studio led by Amy Entelis, CNN’s executive vice president for talent and content development.

“This was a very difficult decision to make, and it was based, in large part, on the ever-increasing cost of commissioning third-party premium content,” Mr. Licht wrote.

Mr. Licht told employees earlier this week that CNN would cut its budget before the end of the year, resulting in “noticeable change” for the network. The worsening economy and pressure from CNN parent Warner Bros. Discovery has…

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