Kevin Reilly, who was the president and head of content at TNT, TBS and TruTV, is now gone from his positions after a restructuring at WarnerMedia, it was reported today.
Reilly greenlit AEW Dynamite on TNT and was reportedly one of the key people involved in the creation of AEW. In the spring of 2018, Reilly and Tony Khan had a conversation about Khan possibly starting a new wrestling company and bringing it to TNT. Reilly was “strongly behind AEW,” Dave Meltzer said, and he considered it “one of his pet projects.”
It’s unclear yet what this could mean for AEW, but losing their biggest proponent on their TV network is probably not the best news.
“Direct to consumer chairman” Bob Greenblatt is also out as part of the restructuring. HBO programming president Casey Bloys will now also oversee TNT, TBS, TruTV, HBO and HBO Max.
Earlier this year, AEW’s TV deal with TNT was extended through 2023, a deal that Reilly oversaw. TNT will also have an option to renew AEW for 2024 at a “significantly increased price.” A new weekly AEW show was also part of the new deal, but it’s not clear where that stands right now.