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Warner Bros. Axes WIP and Picturehouse

The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit and Gregg Goldstein have the scoop:

After Warner Bros. absorbed New Line as an in-house production label, industryites wondered which Warners specialty unit would be kept, Warner Independent Pictures or Picturehouse. The answer came Thursday: Neither.

In a move that sent ripples of shock around town, Warners said it is was shuttering both divisions, citing cost savings and an elimination of redundancies.

Most of the units’ 70 employees are expected to lose their jobs, including all 43 Picturehouse staffers. WIP president Polly Cohen said that some of her 27 staffers will remain on board to shepherd projects to the studio. The 11-year Warners vet’s contract runs for about two more years, and she will stay within Warners for now, though she’s unclear in what capacity.

Some Picturehouse staffers also might remain.

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