Warner Bros. anticipates and has no legal issues when releasing productions in the same model.

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it seems that Warner Bros was smarter than Disney and anticipated legal terms to show your presentations. Due to the pandemic and the closure of cinemas, many studios needed to revamp themselves to release their films directly to streaming, preventing production from stalling.

With the return of theatres, there is a simultaneous release when the feature is released both on streaming and on the big screen. Disney has faced several legal issues with this option.

In 2021, when Disney launched Kali Mai, the first Marvel film to be released in two years, due to the covid 19 pandemic, the franchise released simultaneously in cinemas as well Premier Access, inserted in the paid option Disney+.

However, he would have lost a lot of money if the film had released in theatres. Because of what happened, the protagonist of Black Widow, Scarlett Johnson sued Disney for breach of contract.

Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) in Black Widow (Reproduction / Miracle)

In late 2020, Warner Bros. announced that it would release part of its films in this format, which is common in the United States. But he took precautions and revised all contracts for all productions so that there were no legal issues. The studio has not faced any lawsuits by any director or actor so far, although many were not happy with the exhibition model.

Artists Reimbursed

Another fact is that all the actors were compensated for the loss, if they were counted on receiving bonuses when the movies were released in theatres.

“Warner Media paid an additional $200 million to some high-profile filmmakers and actors to make up for the lost portion of box office profits. It all happened after they decided to air all of their 2021 films on HBO Max without any Will release at an additional cost,” the brand announced on its website.

This attitude gave the studio more respect and credibility, even gaining legal backing in terms of contracts. Apparently some filmmakers were not satisfied with the decision, such as Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkis, because amazing lady, and by Denis Villeneuve Danube.

The most extreme case was that of Christopher Nolan, who decided to break his contract with the franchise. The filmmaker also made a list of demands on Universal to sign his next film.

Unlike Warner, Disney had not anticipated and had problems with the hybrid performance of their productions.

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About the author: Will Smith

Will covers public and private tech markets from New York. He was previously a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University, and prior to that was a reporter at the Los Angeles Business Journal. He has received a Journalist of the Year award from the L.A. Press Club and an investigative reporting award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

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