HBO to Lay Off Over 150 Employees This Week (EXCLUSIVE)

HBO Lay Off Over 150 Employees
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Layoff fever is spreading at Time Warner.

Weeks after the conglom went public with job cuts at its Warner Bros. and Turner Broadcasting divisions, the HBO unit is expected to trim its own staff as well, according to sources. Approximately 7% of its 2,400 employees face pink slips as early as this week.

A rep for HBO declined comment.

An internal email from HBO CEO Richard Plepler that was leaked to Variety made clear his division would not emerge unscathed. The message, which was circulated last week to HBO employees the day of the Time Warner presentation, discloses that a small layoff was in the offing before the start of November.

“We reviewed 2015 budgets and staffing plans with this in mind and reduced cost and redundancy wherever possible to preserve our ability to invest in our future,” Plepler wrote (full memo below). “This will unfortunately include the elimination of some positions.”

While Time Warner made clear at a presentation to investors last week that its studio and basic cable units would lose as much as 10% of their ranks this year as a cost-cutting measure, no mention was made of HBO staff on the chopping block.

It’s unclear what areas of operation within HBO will be impacted by the layoff but the reductions will be contained entirely to the company’s domestic personnel.

HBO made headlines that day by announcing a long-anticipated standalone streaming service would launch sometime next year. Plepler also laid out plans to glean more in affiliate fees from subscribers who weren’t yielding revenue for the company.

Time Warner had indicated that “cost reduction programs” were going to affect every part of the company. But what’s unclear is whether conglom management deferred to the CEOs at each division as to whether they could decide how to achieve their respective cost cuts. Sources dispute whether HBO, for instance, could have conceivably opted to reduce its expenses in lieu of losing jobs, or whether Time Warner specifically ordered layoffs that HBO chiefs didn’t want to make.

The premium cabler has long been regarded the crown jewel of Time Warner, bringing in nearly $5 billion in revenue last year, as well as $1.7 billion in operating profit. With 127 million subscribers around the world, HBO was said to be a big part of why Rupert Murdoch made a bold play earlier this year to acquire Time Warner for 21st Century Fox. The bid was ultimately rejected, which in turn has put the company’s CEO, Jeff Bewkes, under pressure to boost earnings.

HBO in particular has come under scrutiny as being undervalued, which has kicked up speculation that Time Warner could move to spin off the division or convert it to a tracking stock. While the HBO channel itself added a record 2 million subscribers in the first half of 2014 according to SNL Kagan, an over-the-top digital extension was greeted with excitement by investors because of the prospect the company could open a new revenue stream.

Given the success of HBO over the lifetime of the organization, job cuts have been a rarity in its 42-year history. Last recorded reductions came just over a decade ago in its affiliate sales division, which shed about 20 employees in a restructuring of its operations.

Warner Bros. already indicated its intent to make $200 million worth of cuts to its annual overhead, which could amount to as many as 1,000 jobs, as Variety first reported.

Turner is expected to make even steeper cuts, removing 1,475 of the 14,000 positions across its organization worldwide.

Here’s Plepler’s memo in its entirety:

Given the recent press coverage regarding cost containment efforts across Time Warner, I wanted to let you know how this affects HBO.

We have a long history of tightly managing our overhead so that we’re able to maximize investment in the creation, distribution and marketing of content. We also shift resources when necessary toward areas with the greatest potential to drive revenue growth and to enhance our brand.  We reviewed 2015 budgets and staffing plans with this in mind and reduced cost and redundancy wherever possible to preserve our ability to invest in our future. This will unfortunately include the elimination of some positions.  Where relevant, your department head will share details with you in the weeks ahead.

I understand that the news of staff reductions is unsettling.  Rest assured that we will manage this difficult process with the fairness and respect you would expect from our company.

A hallmark of our long-sustained success has been the commitment to making very difficult decisions even during times of growth and optimism.  As I said at today’s event, this is the most exciting inflection point, domestically and internationally, in the modern history of HBO. It’s fair to say that by any metric: subscriber growth, content deals, the ever-extending reach of our brand or industry buzz; we are at the top of our game – and as I also made clear, we are just getting started.   All of this is possible for one simple reason, the talented people that make up this company.

All best,

Richard

Correction: An earlier draft of this article incorrectly characterized the subscriber levels of the domestic HBO pay-TV channel as having “plateaued.” The channel actually registered its biggest growth surge in 20 years, adding 2 million subs in the first half of the year, according to SNL Kagan.

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  1. liberaservative says:

    Game of Thrones is part of the Liberal Agenda? Is King Geoffrey supposed to be Bush or Reagan? Personally, I thought Boardwalk and GoT are/were brilliant.

  2. tony says:

    When people are losing the jobs, and they don’t know yet, this is definitely the time for you to be trumpeting your “exclusive”.

    How crass.

  3. R. B. STUART says:

    With Turner’s 2020 project, axing employee’s over the age of 55, the other media groups seem to be following suit. The irony of this age discrimination is that the CEO’s that rule the world are over 60 years old!

    What ever happened to valuing the experience of a seasoned employee? They need to include a new Harvard course to include your preparation of another career objective after the age of 40. Because 40 will soon be todays 55 in the work place.

    If the U. S. wants to model their workforce after China—then they need to care for those they consider elderly; which seems to be anyone over the age of 55.

    Why not just create some sort of Genetically modified DNA that self destructs the human when they reach 55, so corporate America always has a youthful workforce?

    This is despicable, even more so is the lack of Corporate or Government support of the new undesirable’s. Who will not only experience joblessness, but it will destroy the emotional, mental and psychological fabric of an entire generation…

    Falsifying birth records will be the plastic surgery of the future.

    —R. B. STUART

  4. Nicholas P. Schiavone says:

    TimeWarner’s Best Candidates for Layoff?

    I have not seen any of the names below on the TimeWarner termination list? Why would that be?
    It would only take the exit of a handful of Senior Management to meet TimeWarner profit objectives.

    TimeWarner Shareholders should be ashamed of this ‘MBA’ approach to corporate management,
    especially in a media company. Eliminate the workers and outsource production. It’s worked so well
    for other sectors of the American Economy.

    But, then again, when Bewkes allows Zucker to turn to Anthony Bourdain, Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling and a few “Marijuana Moguls” to become CNN’s primary turnaround news anchors, then we know the battle for fairness, decency, responsibility, compassion and respect has been lost.

    The American Public should respond to TimeWarner the way TimeWarner responds to its mission and its employees: Just Stop! Stop Watching, Listening and Reading
    All Things TimeWarner (TW). And while you’re at it, cancel those worthless TW cable channel subscriptions.

    If one wants to hear four-letter words from disaffected comedians,
    one can stand in front of the Time Warner Center at 10 Columbus Circle, New York. NY
    and be “entertained” for free.

    _________________________________________________________________________________

    TimeWarner’s Best Candidates for Layoff? How soon?
    ______________________________________________

    TIMEWARNER
    Jeff Bewkes
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Time Warner Inc.

    Howard M. Averill
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Paul T. Cappuccio
    Executive Vice President and General Counsel

    Gary L. Ginsberg
    Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications

    Karen Magee
    Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

    Carol A. Melton
    Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy

    Olaf J. Olafsson
    Executive Vice President, International and Corporate Strategy
    __________________________________________________

    TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM
    John Martin
    Chairman and CEO

    Gerhard Zeiler
    President of Turner Broadcasting System International

    David Levy
    President of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

    Louise Sams
    Executive Vice President and General Counsel, TBS, Inc.

    John E. Kampfe
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc

    Kelly Regal
    Executive Vice President of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

    Jeff Zucker
    President of CNN Worldwide

    Christina Miller
    President and GM, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang
    ____________________________________________________

    HOME BOX OFFICE
    Richard Plepler
    Chairman and CEO

    Len Amato
    President, HBO Films

    Kary Antholis
    President, HBO Miniseries

    Otto Berkes
    Executive Vice President, Technology & CTO

    Casey Bloys
    Executive Vice President, HBO Programming

    Shelley Wright Brindle
    Executive Vice President, Domestic Network Distribution

    Sofia Chang
    EVP & General Manager, HBO Home Entertainment

    Michael Ellenberg
    Executive Vice President, HBO Programming

    Susan Ennis
    Executive Vice President, Program Planning and Strategy

    Bruce Grivetti
    Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and President, Film Programming

    Ken Hershman
    President, HBO Sports

    Eve Konstan
    EVP & General Counsel

    Pamela Levine
    Chief Marketing Officer

    Michael Lombardo
    President, HBO Programming

    Scott McElhone
    Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Administration

    Sheila Nevins
    President, HBO Documentary Films

    Robert Roth
    Executive Vice President and CFO

    Quentin Schaffer
    Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications

    Charles Schreger
    President, Programming Sales

    Simon Sutton
    President, HBO International and Content Distribution

    Tom Woodbury
    President, Global Distribution
    ______________________________________________

    WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT

    Kevin Tsujihara
    Chief Executive Officer

    Operating Officers

    Richard J. Fox
    Executive Vice President, International

    Thomas Gewecke
    Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development

    Dee Dee Myers
    Executive Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Communications and Public Affairs

    John Rogovin
    Executive Vice President and General Counsel

    Edward A. Romano
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Kiko Washington
    Executive Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources

    Divisional Executives

    Paul Broucek
    President, Music, Warner Bros. Pictures

    Mike Darnell
    President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television

    Chris DeFaria
    President, Animation, Digital Production and Visual Effects Warner Bros. Pictures

    Toby Emmerich
    President and COO, New Line Cinema

    Dan Fellman
    President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures

    Jon Gilbert
    President, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities

    Brad Globe
    President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products

    Craig Hunegs
    President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group

    Mark Kaufman
    Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures

    Sue Kroll
    President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures

    Veronika Kwan Vandenberg
    President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures

    Diane Nelson
    President, DC Entertainment and President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

    Steve Papazian
    President, Worldwide Physical Production, Warner Bros. Pictures

    Mark Pedowitz
    President, The CW Television Network

    Sam Register
    President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series

    Peter Roth
    President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group

    Ronald J. Sanders
    President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution

    Jeffrey R. Schlesinger
    President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution

    Greg Silverman
    President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures

    Steven S. Spira
    President, Worldwide Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Pictures

    Martin Tremblay
    President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

    Ken Werner
    President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    NOTE: Please add your own candidates to the list and help the Time Warner Human Resources professionals meet TW profit targets — and improve the American Economy like CNNfn used to do. Imagine the magic Jeff Zucker could perform on that corpse of a network.

    Ted Turner should take back his name. Would that Henry Luce, Briton Hadden & the Warner Brothers could do the same!

  5. New California Republic says:

    This is great news. HBO needs to go away, buncha cultural marxist shills

    • JFA says:

      “almost no one, ever” dude, hilarious…. you just make **** up on the fly to support whatever crackpot argument you’re trying to make, just like the rest of the LWNJs”

      Put ur money where ur mouth is. Show me a thread on Variety where the comment section is this long on any Fox related layoff story….

  6. JFA says:

    It’s always hilarious to see the inbred knuckle draggers come out and make this a political issue. How many so called ‘libtards’ jump on a thread when Fox cable makes cuts? Almost no one, ever… It’s the most impressive thing in modern times to see how the GOP has been able to convince a wide swath of ill informed, uneducated Americans to vote directly against their own self interest. In fact, if you’re not worth at least 500 million it makes no sense at all to be a conservative.

    Of course, the real fact is both parties are equally inept and ineffective. It’s all just a side show so the big boys can run the show anyway they want. One sides just a little more evil and inept than the other. But go ahead conservatives keep on fiddling away while Rome burns to the ground;) the powers that be continue to laugh at your ignorance.

    • SickOfConservatives says:

      JFA, preach the gospel!

    • HBOstillexists? says:

      Both parties are equally inept …one sides just a little more inept. Which is it, oh giant intellectual ?

      • New California Republic says:

        “almost no one, ever” dude, hilarious…. you just make **** up on the fly to support whatever crackpot argument you’re trying to make, just like the rest of the LWNJs

  7. dwc says:

    Maybe abusing half of the country with their left-wing religion wasn’t such a good financial decision after all…

  8. Bill says:

    Now that Boardwalk Empire is over, I’m contemplating dumping overtly political, 16:9 cropping HBO as well.

  9. D. Thomas says:

    Die HBO, die. I have politics blasted at me all day every day, I refuse to pay for the dubious honor of having them show up in my entertainment. I cancelled you and donated what I would have paid you for the next year to the other team. Never again. May you dwindle into nothingness in short order.

  10. VanPastorMan says:

    This has to be government’s fault right? I mean if Hillary Clinton says that corporations and businesses don’t create jobs then businesses aren’t responsible when jobs are lost. We need to find out who in government cost these 150 jobs.

  11. Loptr says:

    Wow, a whole 150 employees… My former company laid off 4,500 people in July, myself included… I can almost hear 1000 tiny violins playing “My Heart Bleeds” for the HBO employees…

  12. mike says:

    HBO is 100% liberal in it’s programming. People are just getting tired of liberal activism everywhere they look. Sometimes they just want to be entertained.

  13. Hmmm... says:

    Is this the way they are paying for Obamacare?

  14. polishknight says:

    Also in the news, HBO announced that they support an extension of the H1B program because they need 150 new employees that can’t be found in the states.

    Welcome to the new normal where BOTH parties stink.

  15. Katelyn Cox says:

    HBO became far too left wing for us so we just dumped them and never looked back. Good riddance HBO.

  16. Bill Jones says:

    HBO was in interesting experiment in pay-to-watch TV but who want’s to pay to watch prime-time soaps. Cable/satellite TV is expensive enough for the basic packages and in order to get HBO, one has to ‘up grade’ for $20 – $30 a month for a package that includes HBO and a dozen other premium channels just to watch the war against gays in Russia?

  17. This is nothing, Comcast systematically lays off workers and you don’t hear bupkiss.

  18. Spanky says:

    …………..and their porn sux!

    They can’t do anything right.

  19. etnwx says:

    HBO used to have decent shows like Deadwood, The Sopranos, Entourage, The Wire. Now it’s all garbage except for Boardwalk Empire which is in it’s final season.

  20. rayson cooper says:

    if if there is someone that should be blown out – its sheila nevins….outdated, out of touch and beyond unpleasant

  21. Htos1 says:

    Well, video killed the radio star(fusion-flow-fusion, and all that).
    Who knows where digital will stop?

  22. And on it goes says:

    The three channels of Epix is a FAR better deal than HBO. I haven’t had that service for over 12 years.

  23. John Smith says:

    so happy to hear when 2 time obama voters and future hillary / warren voters lose their job. These idiots unleashed the worst president in the history of america stretching all the way back to the civil war on the american people. Seeing them lose their job brings me delight.

  24. MJ says:

    HBO is a useless network for the most part, not worth it for sure…

  25. ImJustAGuy says:

    HBO is gutter programming. I subscribed once to see The Pacific. After that, I canceled and never looked back.

  26. Wise Bruce says:

    I signed up for HBO years ago to get “commercial free” movies after they make their way through the normal chain of movie houses. Now that movie houses have converted away from quality 35mm projection and replaced it with glorified blue ray digital images I don’t go to them. A movie should be viewed on film for the first time.
    Now HBO has very few movies and a lot of “produced for HBO” series. Most suck pretty bad. I also have the opportunity to switch off Bill Maher and his nutty political guest. That man is in “loony land”.

    Cable overall was suppose to be commercial free and provide first views of recent movies unedited. Not any more. Why pay to see commercials. The recent MLB playoffs had me scrambling for the remote trying to figure out what channel had the games. I’m sick of it. Netflix and others might be an alternative.

  27. PDuff says:

    Folks, it’s not the “Bill Maher Channel.” If you don’t like him, don’t watch his show. But to cancel an entire subscription because of a single show? That’s just stupid.

    • And on it goes says:

      No – YOU are stupid.

      Who in the hell are you to criticize other people’s decision to dump a left wingnut trash cable outlet because of it’s content?

      Just because you support HBO’s trash doesn’t make other people’s decision not to do so “stupid’.

    • Nicholas P. Schiavone says:

      Conversely, Bill Maher’s could be the only program really worth watching on that TW channel. What other HBO — or TW — program makes you think the way “Real Time” does? Thank you, HBO and The “Real Time” Production Team. I eagerly await my next set of “New Rules.”

      • Wise Bruce says:

        If you call that logical thoughtful thinking…maybe you should read more. He’s a radical with very disturbing ideals. Where is the counter balance on HBO for him?

  28. LIBRUL BAAAAAAD says:

    It would be sweet, sweet irony if one of those people were the ones responsible for putting Bush’s head on a pike on Game of Thrones.

  29. Vanessa in California says:

    I canceled HBO last month. As much as I enjoy some of the shows, I am tired at HBO using our subscription money to “preach” at us with their extremely Liberal ideology. Bill Maher is radically Leftist. How many more “you’re a homophobe if you don’t embrace homosexuality” shows or “documentaries” can HBO produce?

    I would rather spend that money on Netflix. At least I have many more options without feeling like my money is being used to push an agenda on subscribers.

  30. Jay Palm says:

    They heard Hillary Clinton say “business doesn’t create jobs” , so they did the right thing.

  31. who in their right mind would pay HBO fees for a few origional programs when fot $9.00 per month you can get netflix i get free HBO on Direct ty once a year and the movie selection is bad

  32. I take extra special care to make sure I download Game of Thrones for free, beyond that HBO gets nada from me, Lets all just sit back stop subscribing and watch the implosion. Is HBO so uneducated among their CEO’s that they have not figured out that the young people they are trying to appeal to with their ultra liberal agenda, do not have money to subscribe to HBO. When is Hollywood going to understand Democrat voters do not go out and subscribe at $30 per month to watch a couple of good shows. LOL, all I can say is ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha bwah ha ha!

  33. Ibana says:

    Quit paying for HBO some time ago because it has become nothing but c r a p.

  34. Ralph Martin says:

    I do my very best to not have HBO on at all, BECAUSE of its liberal bent on attacking me basically and my beliefs they can go to h3ll for all i care and i will enjoy the schadenfreude at their layoffs. I hope one day HBO either finally decides to be a movie channel again or it goes out of business. I wouldnt mind having it as a movie channel they have some decent shows but i wont pay them money to hire someone that insults my beliefs at every opportunity.

  35. tngilmer says:

    Cutting jobs and still contributing to liberal Democrat candidates. Sounds like a typical day in Hollywood.

  36. Nicholas P. Schiavone says:

    I have not seen any of the names below on the TimeWarner termination list?

    Why would that be?

    It would only take the exit of a handful of Senior Management to meet TimeWarner profit objectives.

    Right?

    TimeWarner Shareholders should be ashamed of this ‘MBA’ approach to corporate management,
    especially in a media company. Eliminate the workers and outsource production. It’s worked so well for other sectors of the American Economy.

    But, then again, when Bewkes allows Zucker to turn to Anthony Bourdain, Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling and a few Marijuana Moguls to become CNN’s primary turnaround news anchors, then we know the battle for fairness, decency, responsibility, compassion and respect has been lost.

    The American Public should respond to TimeWarner the way TimeWarner responds to its mission and its employees: Just Stop! Stop Watching, Listening and Reading All Things TimeWarner (TW). And while you’re at it, cancel those worthless TW cable channel subscriptions. If I want to hear four-letter words from disaffected comedians, I can stand in front of the Time Warner Center at 10 Columbus Circle, New York. NY — for free!

    _________________________________________________________________________________

    TimeWarner Candidates for Layoff? How soon?
    _______________________________________

    TIMEWARNER
    Jeff Bewkes
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Time Warner Inc.

    Howard M. Averill
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Paul T. Cappuccio
    Executive Vice President and General Counsel

    Gary L. Ginsberg
    Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications

    Karen Magee
    Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

    Carol A. Melton
    Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy

    Olaf J. Olafsson
    Executive Vice President, International and Corporate Strategy

    __________________________________________________

    TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM
    John Martin
    Chairman and CEO

    Gerhard Zeiler
    President of Turner Broadcasting System International

    David Levy
    President of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

    Louise Sams
    Executive Vice President and General Counsel, TBS, Inc.

    John E. Kampfe
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc

    Kelly Regal
    Executive Vice President of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

    Jeff Zucker
    President of CNN Worldwide

    Christina Miller
    President and GM, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang

    ____________________________________________________

    HOME BOX OFFICE
    Richard Plepler
    Chairman and CEO

    Len Amato
    President, HBO Films

    Kary Antholis
    President, HBO Miniseries

    Otto Berkes
    Executive Vice President, Technology & CTO

    Casey Bloys
    Executive Vice President, HBO Programming

    Shelley Wright Brindle
    Executive Vice President, Domestic Network Distribution

    Sofia Chang
    EVP & General Manager, HBO Home Entertainment

    Michael Ellenberg
    Executive Vice President, HBO Programming

    Susan Ennis
    Executive Vice President, Program Planning and Strategy

    Bruce Grivetti
    Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and President, Film Programming

    Ken Hershman
    President, HBO Sports

    Eve Konstan
    EVP & General Counsel

    Pamela Levine
    Chief Marketing Officer

    Michael Lombardo
    President, HBO Programming

    Scott McElhone
    Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Administration

    Sheila Nevins
    President, HBO Documentary Films

    Robert Roth
    Executive Vice President and CFO

    Quentin Schaffer
    Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications

    Charles Schreger
    President, Programming Sales

    Simon Sutton
    President, HBO International and Content Distribution

    Tom Woodbury
    President, Global Distribution

    NOTE: Add your own candidates to the list…

  37. Hilarious! Could it be that people are tired of their “Left Wing” agenda being shoved down people’s throats? Get rid of Mahrer and his suckling pigs and you might make a profit. I love it!!

  38. herdofpugs says:

    If you’re a subscriber to HBO you’re basically having sewage delivered directly into your living room.
    Enjoy your hog wallow.

  39. Diane we says:

    I decided to drop HBO because of Mr. Mayers comments continuously against Christians and his progressive politics.
    I don’t mind satire I enjoy humor but he’s not funny and if HBO continues its pactices of progressive politics,and Ted Turner as well I will watch Netflixs and Ray Donovan on ShowTime.
    The economy is so bad for middle class America to give anyone another $15 bucks to be given to a progressive Ted Turner.
    Adios

  40. Pma95 says:

    Is it starting to hit home with these ultra liberal media companies the we the people are sick to death of their crap being shoved down our throats. The people that actually pay for their services are NOT in tune with their politics and will make their wallets pay.

  41. Fred Garvin says:

    Oh WOW, there is still an HBO !

  42. Goya Corredor says:

    Ahh. Laying off working people while they pay no taxes.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2013/02/07/sanders-report-corporations-tax-dodge.html

    The suits must need more security for their gated island getaways.

  43. The Hammer says:

    If there is a God in this world, Bill Maher will make this list of layoffs. This would be the ultimate in irony.

  44. Ty Webb says:

    If the jackass extraordinaire Bill Maher is on the layoff list, ir would be a positive move.

  45. Jambu Shambu says:

    CNN laid off a few hundred. Now HBO. Maybe it will start sinking in to these people that when you alienate 1/2 your potential audience, your business will fail. I gave up HBO and will not resubscribe until Bill Maher is gone. If HBO wants to employ a rabid left winger, fine. But don’t expect me to pay for it.

  46. El Duderino says:

    I interviewed at HBO a couple of years back, and the person interviewing me, a grown woman, min you, had an Obama button on her bulletin board directly behind her desk.

    Suffice to say, I declined the position for two reasons. !. I am not a supporter and 2. Any grown woman who puts an Obama button on her wall clearly has management (and other) issues.

  47. roccotool says:

    I’m sure Bill Maher is happy. They can just go on welfare, the Lib paradise.

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