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Scarlett Johansson vs. Disney: Why execs cash in on streaming but creatives don’t
July 31, 2021
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Scarlett Johansson made headlines on Thursday when she sued Disney over its day-and-date release of "Black Widow" on Disney+ and in theaters, citing breach of contract.
Since the suit was filed, Disney fired back in a strong statement and the move has sent ripples through the entertainment community with rumors circulating that Emma Stone, star of "Cruella" that had a similar release, was considering filing her own suit.
Such a day-and-date release – which was also used to debut "Mulan" and most recently "Jungle Cruise" – was done initially because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which put a hold on movie releases for months.
Subscribers to the popular streamer had to pay an additional $30 on top of their subscription fees to view the movie if they chose not to head to theaters.
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As the situation potentially gets more intense for the Mouse House, here’s a look at why executives earn money from streaming releases, but stars like Johansson do not.