Recently, the Black Widow star sued Disney for breaching her contract with the film’s day-and-date release strategy. The Marvel actor claimed that she would have had better box office ratings if the film was exclusively released in cinemas. Chapek was recently asked a question regarding compensating talents as the distribution strategies continues to change in Hollywood. According to Deadline, the CEO responded,
“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 the talent deals going forward will have to reflect the fact that the world is changing. 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 changed much.
Right now we have this sort of middle position, where we’re trying to do right by the talent, I think the talent is trying to do right by us, and we’re just figuring out our way to bridge the gap.
Ultimately we believe our talent is our most important asset, and we’ll continue to believe that, and as we always have, we’ll compensate them fairly per the terms of the contract that they agreed to us with.”
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