Hollywood star agent Bryan Lourd steps into Scarlett Johansson's war of words with Disney
Scarlett Johansson's agent Bryan Lourd has stepped in to defend his client amid the star's legal fight with Walt Disney.
ScarJo’s agent, Bryan Lourd — one of the industry’s most powerful figures — weighedin on the fight betweenhis client and the entertainment studio Friday, lambasting Disney for “weaponizing” her success against her. Johansson sued Disney in L.A. Thursday over its release strategy for “Black Widow,” arguing the Burbank-based studio breached its contract by debuting the big-budget Marvel Studios superhero movie on Disney+ and in theaters at the same time, hurting her compensation that largely came from ticket sales.
“They have shamelessly and falsely accused Ms. Johansson of being insensitive to the global COVID pandemic, in an attempt to make her appear to be someone they and I know she isn’t,” Lourd, co-chairman of Creative Artists Agency said in a statement. Lourd represents some of Hollywood’s biggest stars besides Johansson, such as Brad Pitt and George Clooney. Disney did not respond to requests for comment on Lourd’s statement.
Lourd’s comment in this increasingly public battle is unprecedented for a world that keeps its dealings, in particular its money, behind heavy closed curtains. It is rare for an actor to take a powerful studio like Disney to task and for the studio in turn to make public how much it pays its stars. At stake for the star is tens of millions of dollars for what could have been one of the biggest films of her career. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, from which the “Black Widow” storyline is sprung, is Hollywood’s biggest film franchise. headtopics.com
AdvertisementDisney responded to Johansson’s lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, saying it was “especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The studio said the lawsuit was without merit, adding she had already earned $20 million.
“Scarlett has been Disney’s partner on nine movies, which have earned Disney and its shareholders billions,” Lourd said. “The company included her salary in their press statement in an attempt to weaponize her success as an artist and businesswoman, as if that were something she should be ashamed of.”
The $20 million was what Johansson’s deal guaranteed her and she could have expected to earn at least $50 million from a traditional theatrical release based on how past Marvel movies have performed, said a person familiar with the terms of her contract who was not authorized to speak publicly.
“They have very deliberately moved the revenue stream and profits to the Disney+ side of the company, leaving artistic and financial partners out of their new equation,” Lourd said. “Disney’s direct attack on her character and all else they implied is beneath the company that many of us in the creative community have worked with successfully for decades.” headtopics.com
The activist groups Women in Film, ReFrame and Time’s Up chimed in defending the actress. “We stand firmly against Disney’s recent statement which attempts to characterize Johansson as insensitive or selfish for defending her contractual business rights,” the groups said in an emailed joint statement. “This gendered character attack has no place in a business dispute and contributes to an environment in which women and girls are perceived as less able than men to protect their own interests without facing ad hominem criticism.”
The expectation among some in Hollywood is that the fight will embolden other creatives to fight for better terms. Read more: Los Angeles Times »
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Disney should have quietly settled this. They’ve opened a pandora’s box for others to sue too,but mostly, they’re really seeming sexist Would Disney say the same thing about or to a male action performer who helped them rake in millions? Then tried to invoke & guilt her with the pandemic. Give this woman her money.
Oh no! Poor Scarlet will take in only $20mil guaranteed instead of possible $50mil👎👎 my heart bleeds for her, NOT! Disney needs to make good right away! They should NEVER have used “covid” as an excuse. It’s really anti-brand, anti-women. woo. horrible 'OurEternalHome 대부분의 교회는 세상을 사랑합니다.
‘Black Widow’ Scarlett Johansson Lawsuit: Actress’ Agent Slams Disney For “Direct Attack On Her Character” & Leaving Talent Out Of Streaming Profit EquationCAA Co-Chairman and Scarlett Johansson’s agent Bryan Lourd just issued the following statement in response to Disney’s harsh slam against the Black Widow actress in her breach of contac… hay un olor a trailer en el ambiente que ni cuento Consider now that a nail on the coffin for the character, now, always and forever! My respect for Scarlett johansson has increased 👏👏👏 Disney should learn respect talent. Warner bros paid everyone extra money 💰so why not Disney
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