TCA17: Turner’s Kevin Reilly Says Consolidation Will Whittle Down Cable Channels

Scripted series will continue to increase despite fewer distributors

Beverly Hills, Calif. — The number of cable networks will decline as the industry continues to evolve, but the number of quality cable shows will continue to increase, according to Kevin Reilly, chief creative officer for Turner Entertainment.

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Reilly, who opened Turner’s 2018 TCA summer press tour executive session with a conversation with hip-hop artist and TBS The Joker’s Wild host Snoop Dogg, said that the evolution of how, when and where viewers consume programming content will force a consolidation of the hundreds of linear cable networks.

“You’re going to see additional consolidation and different corporate alignments,” Reilly said. “The entities that are floating a lot of networks will not be sustainable.”

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Such consolidation, however, will not reduce the number of quality scripted shows available in the marketplace as other distributors will continue to create additional programming.

“How people watch and the different ways they connect will cause some expansion and radical transformation,” Reilly said.