Last week, Disney held its annual investor day. These days, they are no longer just for investors but for Disney fans as well. This is where they announce films and TV shows that are upcoming in order to build excitement and assure investors that the future is bright for the Disney company. In 2020, the name of the game is streaming. Most of the announcements were for their streaming service Disney+. More than anything, this investor day may have solved Disney+’s biggest issue from the last year.

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Earlier this month, WarnerMedia announced that its entire 2021 film slate will be released simultaneously on HBO Max and in theatres. Shortly after the announcement, it was revealed that they did this without telling their subsidiaries. Companies like Legendary Pictures are considering legal action, and some of their filmmakers and stars have taken to the internet to voice their disappointment. A concern was that many felt it wasn’t fair that people were losing their fair wage.

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Before DC Comics had envisioned the New 52, their 2011 relaunch, they announced a new Original Graphic Novel (OGN) imprint called Earth One. While, generally speaking, most comic books come out as a 20-30 page monthly single issue magazine format, an OGN comes out as a 150-200 page soft or hardcover book. The added page count gives the writer and artist more time to complete the project since they don’t have to meet a month by month due date. Graphic Novels, in general, also reach a much wider audience than the average comic book issue since they can be sold through book retailers like Barnes and Noble and Amazon, making them more favorable to the less hardcore collector.

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It would seem the hits keep coming for WarnerMedia. On August 10th, reports surfaced that many people were laid off from HBO, DC Universe, DC Direct, DC Comics and other departments. While the layoffs were seen as a sign that AT&T was taking further steps to move DC Comics away from printed monthly issues, Jim Lee, DC Comics’ Publisher, came out on Friday to explain that things are more or less business as usual.

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Disney has been busy lately, as they work to further incorporate the studios of 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight. Since acquiring them earlier last year, Disney has dissolved Fox 2000 and began to look into remaking some of Fox’s most classic intellectual property (IP). More changes to Fox are sure to come but this latest change, while small on the surface, has a historical significance that people might not realize.

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In 1948, the US Supreme Court ruled against film studios owning their own theatres. A case called United States v. Paramount Pictures, inc. or just the Paramount Decrees, was a landmark case that made it illegal for studios to own theatre chains and prevented them from holding exclusivity rights to which theatres would show their movies. They deemed the act of owning these theatres as a violation of the United States antitrust law, which prohibits certain exclusive dealings. This case would fundamentally change how Hollywood movies were distributed and exhibited.

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