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Discovery+ Cuts High-Profile Shows in Programming Shift

  • Louis C.K. documentary is among $35 million in cancellations
  • CEO Zaslav has yet to detail online video plans after merger
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Discovery Inc. is cutting back on high-profile projects with A-list stars as part of a strategy shift away from more-expensive programs, according to people familiar with the matter.

Discovery+ canceled a documentary about comedian Louis C.K. produced by the New York Times, and has decided not to move forward on projects with Kevin Costner and Lupita Nyong’o, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the decisions haven’t been made public. The shows are in various stages of development, and could still continue if they’re sold to new buyers.