AT&T considers combining HBO, Turner units, adding Robert Greenblatt

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Veteran television executive and producer Robert Greenblatt is in advanced talks with AT&T Inc














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  to take a senior role at WarnerMedia that could include oversight of a new unit that would combine HBO and Turner entertainment networks and an upcoming streaming service, people familiar with the matter said.

A former chairman of Comcast Corp.’s














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  NBC network and Universal Television production studio and a former chief executive CBS Corp.’s














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  pay-TV channel Showtime, Greenblatt would bring a wealth of entertainment production and management experience to WarnerMedia. HBO is best known for its prestige dramas and movies while Turner is the parent of TNT, TBS and Cartoon Network.

Greenblatt met recently with WarnerMedia Chief Executive John Stankey about a role at the company, the people close to the situation said, and a deal could be reached as early as next week. Entertainment executive Peter Chernin, who is close to both Stankey and Greenblatt, has been serving as an unofficial strategic adviser to AT&T.

The situation is still fluid and there is no guarantee that an agreement will be completed, the people said.

News of Greenblatt’s discussions with WarnerMedia was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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