Disney CEO Bob Chapek commented on talent contracts in the midst of the ongoing legal battle with Scarlett Johansson. Chapek stated that the company has "had a long history" of respecting the contracts they have with their talent and emphasized the importance of contractual agreements. He further explained that the pandemic had necessitated some changes in the release strategy for certain films, but Disney had acted in good faith. Chapek's comments came in response to Johansson's lawsuit, which accuses Disney of breaching her contract for the release of the film "Black Widow."
2023/09/04

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek addressed talent compensation issues during the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, following Scarlett Johansson's lawsuit over the streaming release of Black Widow. Chapek acknowledged the changing world and stated that future talent deals will reflect these changes. He highlighted the challenges of existing contracts made before the pandemic, which didn't anticipate the shift in consumer behavior favoring streaming. Chapek emphasized the importance of talent and reiterated the company's commitment to fair compensation as per agreed contracts. Johansson's lawsuit claimed breach of contract, while Disney defended its actions and highlighted additional compensation opportunities for the actress.

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