HBO and Turner employees are bracing for a bumpy arranged-marriage as AT&T looks to merge businesses that have historically functioned as standalone entities.

HBO CEO Richard Plepler and Turner president David Levy are on their way out at WarnerMedia. As far as shakeups go, these are huge — Plepler had been at HBO for 28 years; Levy at Turner for 32 years — as both executives were credited for helping grow HBO and Turner into the businesses they are today. But as regimes change, so do priorities. And now that AT&T is free of government interference to do what it wants with its $85 billion content bet, sources inside WarnerMedia expect more changes are on the way.

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