Warner Bros. builds new talent offerings to offset HBO Max release plan


According to several reports, Warner Bros. is working on deals for new payments to filmmakers and their teams due to the studio’s unprecedented move to make all 17 theatrical films for 2021 available simultaneously for an exclusive one-month window on HBO Max. The offers will be based in part on HBO Max streaming fees and, as reported by Bloomberg, “will guarantee payment regardless of box office sales and increase the odds of performance-based bonuses.”

According to the Bloomberg article, “Anyone eligible for a bonus will receive one to half of the box office revenue that would normally be required to trigger a payment. And if more theaters close, the threshold will drop further – a stipulation called the ‘Covid-19 multiplier’. “

“Those who would normally participate in the profits of box office receipts will continue to do so and benefit from on-demand and online sales.”

Cast, crew, and profit participants will be paid from fees that HBO Max will pay Warner Bros. for the “31 day window” of a particular movie.

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