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Hollywood agency slams Disney in escalating dispute over Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow

Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson earlier filed a lawsuit accusing Disney of breaching its contract with her by releasing the July 9 movie on its streaming platform at the same time it played in theaters, thereby reducing her expected share of box office receipts.

By: Reuters | Los Angeles |
Updated: August 2, 2021 9:41:23 am
Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson has made nine Marvel films with Disney. (Photo: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo)

One of Hollywood’s biggest talent agencies on Friday hit out at the Disney movie studio in an escalating public dispute over claims by Scarlett Johansson that she had lost money over the release of her Black Widow movie.

Bryan Lourd, co-chairman of the Creative Arts Agency (CAA), accused Disney in a statement of attacking the actress’s character and of revealing her $20 million salary for the superhero movie “in an attempt to weaponize her success as an artist and a businesswoman.”

Lourd, who also represents Scarlett Johansson, released his statement a day after the Black Widow star filed a lawsuit accusing Disney of breaching its contract with her by releasing the July 9 movie on its streaming platform at the same time it played in theaters, thereby reducing her expected share of box office receipts.

The lawsuit sent shockwaves through Hollywood as media companies move to boost their streaming services by offering premium content at or near the same time as movies are released in theaters, many of which have been shuttered during the coronavirus epidemic.

Johansson, 36, one of the most popular actors in Hollywood and among its highest earners, has made nine Marvel films with Disney.

 

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