Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over Black Widow Release

Disney CEO Bob Chapek on Tuesday applauded the company's relationships with its talent amid drama stemming from Scarlett Johansson's recent "Black Widow" lawsuit that accuses the studio of breaching her contract.

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The Walt Disney Co. executive delivered his take on the company's efforts and goals to "bridge the gap" between expectations of the company and its film stars at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.

"Well, Disney has had a long history of having very symbiotic and cooperative deals with the talent and we will continue to. Certainly, the world is changing and I think the talent deals going forward will have to reflect the fact that the world is changing. But we're in a moment of time just like so much of what we’ve talked about so far, we're in a moment of time where films were envisioned under one understanding about what the world would be because frankly, it hadn't really changed much," he said.

Chapek reminded listeners that the film industry has been facing a hefty amount of challenges in the last nearly two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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"But remember those films were made three or four years ago. Those deals were cut three or four years ago. And then they get launched into the middle of a global pandemic where that pandemic itself is accelerating the second dynamic, which is this change in consumer behavior. So we're sort of putting a square peg in a round hole right now where we've got a deal that's conceived under a certain set of conditions that actually results in a movie that's being released in a completely different set," he added.

Chapek concluded that there's a "bit of a reset going on right now."


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