Disney to change contracts after Johansson lawsuit

In addition to releasing their films in theaters, Disney will also change the contract with their stars

Demand for Scarlett Johansson against Disney is still ongoing. However, even if you haven’t found a resolution yet, the request has already forced the company to make significant changes. In particular, the company has decided to modify its contract policy for actors in the future, as revealed by the Disney CEO, Bob Chapek.

According Deadline, Chapek explained in the 30ª Goldman Sachs Communacopia Annual Conference, that Disney has a long history of highly symbiotic agreements with talent and will continue to do so. This, together with the decision to Disney to release the rest of their movies this 2021 in theaters, suggests that demand Johansson made them change their opinion regarding their future releases.

In accordance with Bob Chapek, It has been difficult for them to accommodate the new contractual needs due to the rapid change in the pandemic. “Those movies were made 3 or 4 years ago, the agreements were made 3 or 4 years ago. Then they launch into the middle of a global pandemic that accelerates another dynamic, the change in consumer behaviors. So we have a contract that was made under certain conditions, and a movie that is released under vastly different conditions.

However, Chapek seems optimistic about the changes they are making and where the company is:

“There is a bit of rest at the moment. We will take that into account when we make our future deals with the talent and make sure it is onboard. But right now we have this kind of middle position, where we’re trying to be fair to talent and talent is trying to be fair to us. We are just figuring out how to close the gap. At the end of the day, we believe that our talent is our most important asset, and we will continue to believe it. As we have always done, we will compensate them fairly according to the terms of the contract they have agreed with us.

Bob Chapek

They are not the only ones

Warner Bros he also found himself in a difficult position during the 2020 when he decided to release all his movies on HBO Max and in theaters the same day. However, the company renegotiated agreements with its biggest stars, such as Will Smith y Margot Robbie, to offset the income at the box office. However, not all her talents were satisfied and the director of Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins He has explained that he would prefer his films to be shown exclusively in cinemas.

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The main problem between Scarlett Johansson and Disney is that the company was never interested in renegotiating the contract before the release date of Black Widow so the actress had to resort to legal means to be heard.


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