Warner Bros. TV Group Shutters Stage 13 and Ends its TV Workshop Programs

While Warner Bros. Discovery continues to tighten its belt (with more layoffs expected imminently at Warner Bros. TV Group), the company shut down Stage 13, a shingle focused on various short-form shows, and will also be unplugging the Warner Bros. TV Group. Television workshop, which aimed to train new creative talents in both writing and directing.

Stage 13 was founded in 2017 under the former Warner Bros. division. Digital Networks as an original digital short-form programming studio. Past shows include Netflix’s “Special” and “It’s Bruno” and The CW’s “Two Sentence Horror Stories.”

Warner Bros. Television has already overseen the development and programming of Stage 13 since 2020; existing Stage 13 projects in development will be absorbed into the studio. The shutdown comes as the popularity of abbreviated program production itself appears to be in decline; this year, the TV Academy merged several short film categories as the programming pool dwindled.

Meanwhile, for more than 40 years, Warner Bros.’ The Writers’ Workshop selected eight writers from thousands of applicants to participate in the program, where they are introduced to top WBTV writers and executives. The directors’ workshop shares the same mission, but at the helm.

The current 2022-2023 edition of Warner Bros. Writers’ Workshop will mark the end of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, including both the Writers’ Workshop and the Directors’ Workshop. The training ground had long been a coveted niche for up-and-coming creative talent looking to break into the industry.

All three programs served as a springboard for underrepresented voices in Hollywood.

The change comes amid layoffs at Warner Bros. Discovery following the merger between the two companies in April.