Sources: Warners' Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy to Take Oversight of TCM (Exclusive)

Sources: Warners’ Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy to Take Oversight of TCM (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav is attempting to calm things down after kicking up a storm over Turner Classic Movies. Zaslav is handing oversight of the channel to Warner Bros. Pictures bosses Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, sources familiar with the situation say The Hollywood Reporter.

The move is meant to reassure the film community after WBD announced a restructuring this week that saw TCM chief Pola Changnon exit after 25 years, along with key team members.

The move has cinephiles worried and sparked protests, culminating in Zaslav having a phone call with directors Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Paul Thomas Anderson in its wake. On June 21, the trio released a joint statement: “Our primary goal is to ensure that TCM’s programming is intact and secure. We are heartened and encouraged by the conversations we’ve had so far and are committed to working together to ensure the continuation of this cultural touchstone we all treasure.”

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According to sources, the arrangement will please Spielberg, Scorsese and Anderson. It is unclear at this stage whether any of the TCM personnel let go earlier this week will be able to return.

On June 20, Warner Bros. Discovery announced that Michael Ouweleen, president of Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Discovery Family and Boomerang, will assume oversight of TCM, reporting up to Kathleen Finch, chief content officer at WBD TV. This latest move now takes TCM off the oversight of Finch, which is more associated with Discovery-type shows, and puts it under the auspices of executives who are well-regarded in the film community.