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Graduation Paper

Graduation Paper

Warner Bros.




1.The Warner Brothers.........5

a) Harry Warner........5

b) Albert Warner........7

c) Sam Warner.........8

d) Jack Warner........9

2.Company history.......... 11

3.Company overview .......24

4.Material owned by Warner Bros...25




Since the founding of the Warner Bros., this company had an unexpected success from the first years of their appearance on the world wide entertainment. They capted our interest and impressed us with their movies, most of them nominated and winers of lots of Oscars. But their biggest success was due to their production of comic books and cartoons. In my opinion, this was their biggest step because they had very great ideas, very funny and interesting characters the voices were comic and kids loved them. I had loved them too. The coolest idea for finishing a Looney Toons episode was the statement from Porky Pig "That's all folks". Then it had came the era of Batman, Superman and nowadays Justice League, a series which contains all the superheroes and supervillans from all their cartoons that they made during the past years. But of course, they created movies for all kind of ages. I consider that there is nobody that hasn't watched at least one film created by the WB. A movie which had broken the movie industry was Harry Potter. What could you wish more from a movie?? It has everything that movie needs. I liked it, my friends liked it, my parents liked it, in addition everybody likes Harry Potter.

This was a short introduction of my incoming material. More can be find out by turning over the pages. Hope you'll like it!

1. The Warner Brothers

a) Harry Warner - Harry Warner was born into a Yiddish-speaking Jewish family in Krasnosielc, Poland. He was the only co-founder of Warner Bros. Studios who was born in Europe. Harry was the eldest son of Benjamin Warner, a cobbler, and his wife, the former Pearl Leah Eichelbaum. After their marriage in 1876, the couple had three children, including Harry; one child died at a young age. In search of a better future for his family and himself, in 1883 Benjamin made his way to Hamburg, Germany, and then took a ship to America. Pearl Warner and the two surviving children, including Harry, joined him in Baltimore, Maryland less than a year later. In Baltimore, five more children were born to the family, including Albert and Sam.

Benjamin Warner relocated the family to Canada, where he attempted to make a living by bartering tin wares to trappers in exchange for furs. In Canada, two more Warner children arrived, including Jacob (later Jack) was born in London, Ontario. After two arduous years in Canada, Benjamin Warner and his family returned to Baltimore. In 1896, the family relocated to Youngstown, Ohio, following the lead of Harry Warner, who established a shoe repair shop in the heart of the emerging industrial town. Benjamin Warner worked with his son, Harry, in the shoe repair shop, until he secured a loan to open a meat counter and grocery store in the city's downtown area. In Youngstown, two more children were added to the crowded household.

After the opening of movie theatres in Pennsylvania and Ohio in 1903, Harry Warner and his three brothers moved to California in 1918 to create a wider distribution studio. They were convinced that they would have to make movies themselves if they were to ever have success at showing them and generating a profit. Though the brothers struggled initially, they were eventually able to secure financing from the east coast that allowed them to take a gamble on the new idea of 'talking movies.'. Harry had initial reservations about the idea, in which he is memorably quoted as saying 'Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?' when his brother, CEO Sam Warner proposed the idea to him. Under Harry's and his brothers leadership, the company came to own and operate some 250 131f57b theatres in which to screen its films, and, more importantly, was a successful pioneer of the sound film industry and the company still thrives today.

Harry Warner also occupied a formidable central place in the Hollywood-Washington wartime propaganda effort during the Second World War. Despite his conservative viewpoint, Warner was also a close friend of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and a key proponent of intervention in Europe. Warner also had a bitter rivalry with his brother Jack over the years, particularly due to Jack's womanizing and use of the studio money. He once chased brother Jack with a lead pipe, shouting 'I'm going to get you, you son of a bitch' and threatening to kill him.

Harry Warner died on July 25, 1958. For his contributions to the motion picture industry, Harry Warner has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6441 Hollywood Boulevard. In 2004, Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania dedicated a film institute to him. They also host an annual Harry Warner film festival. He is interred in the Home of Peace Cemetery in East Los Angeles, California.

b) Albert Warner - Albert Warner (July 23, 1883 - November 26, 1967), born Aaron Warner, was one of the founders of Warner Bros. Studios. He established the enormously successful production studio with his Harry, Sam, and Jack Warner.

Albert Warner was born in Baltimore, Maryland, into a Yiddish-speaking family of Jewish immigrants from Poland. Albert was the second surviving son of Benjamin Warner, a cobbler from Krasnosielc, Poland, and his wife, the former Pearl Leah Eichelbaum. Following their marriage in 1876, the couple had three children in Poland, one of whom died at a young age. In search of a better future for his family and himself, in 1883 Benjamin made his way to Hamburg, Germany, and then took a ship to America. Pearl Warner and the couple's two surviving children, including Hirsch (later Harry), joined him in Baltimore, Maryland less than a year later. In Baltimore, the couple had five more children, including Albert and Sam Warner.

Benjamin Warner's decision to move to Canada was inspired by a friend's advice that he could make an excellent living bartering tin wares with trappers in exchange for furs. In Canada, two more children were born, including Jack. After two arduous years in Canada, Benjamin and Pearl Warner returned to Baltimore, bringing along their growing family. In 1896, the Warners relocated to Youngstown, Ohio, following the lead of Harry Warner, who established a shoe repair shop in the heart of the emerging industrial town. Benjamin Warner worked with his son, Harry, in the shoe repair shop, until he secured a loan to open a meat counter and grocery store in the city's downtown area. During this period, 'two more children were added to the cramped quarters' of the Warner household.

As a young man, along with his two brothers, Albert Warner entered the nickelodeon business in Pennsylvania in 1903. Four years later they established a film distribution business and the youngest brother Jack joined the business-as soon as he was old enough. In 1912 they began producing films and in 1918 expanded operations to Hollywood, California where they set up a studio on Sunset Boulevard. Sam and Jack moved to the West Coast to produce films while Albert and Harry remained on the East Coast to handle distribution.

On November 25, 1947, Albert Warner and other executives in the motion picture industry issued the Waldorf Statement, first promulgating the Hollywood Blacklist.

Albert Warner would serve as the treasurer of Warner Brothers Pictures until 1956, when he and Harry sold their interest in the business.

Albert Warner died in 1967 in Miami Beach, Florida where he had been living in retirement.

c) Sam Warner - Samuel Warner was born in Baltimore, Maryland, into a Yiddish-speaking family of Polish Jewish immigrants. Along with Albert Warner, Sam was one of the two founders of Warner Bros. Studios who were born in the United States. He was the fourth surviving son of Benjamin Warner, a cobbler from Krasnosielc, Poland, and his wife, the former Pearl Leah Eichelbaum. Following their marriage in 1876, the couple had three children in Poland, one of whom died at a young age. In search of a better future for his family and himself, in 1883 Benjamin made his way to Hamburg, Germany, and then took a ship to America. Pearl Warner and the two surviving children, including Hirsch (later Harry), joined him in Baltimore, Maryland less than a year later. In Baltimore, five more children were born to the family, including Sam and his brother, Albert.

Sam Warner is credited with procuring the technology that enabled Warner Bros. to produce the film industry's first feature-length talking picture, The Jazz Singer. He died in 1927, the day before the film's enormously successful premiere.

d) Jack Warner - Jack Leonard 'J.L.' Warner (August 2, 1892 - September 9, 1978), born Jacob Warner inLondon, Ontario, Canada, was the president and driving force behind the successful development of Warner Brothers Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Warner's 45-year career was lengthier than that of any other traditional Hollywood studio mogul.

As co-head of production at Warner Bros. Studios, he worked with his brother, Sam Warner, to procure the technology for the film industry's first talking picture. After Sam's death, Jack clashed with his surviving older brothers, Harry and Albert Warner. He assumed exclusive control of the film production company in the 1950s, when he secretly purchased his brothers' shares in the business after convincing them to participate in a joint sale of stocks.

Although Warner was feared by many of his employees and inspired ridicule with his uneven attempts at humor, he earned respect for his shrewd instincts and toughmindedness. He recruited many of Warner Bros.' top stars and promoted the hard-edged social dramas for which the studio became known. Given to quick decision making, Warner once commented, 'If I'm right fifty-one percent of the time, I'm ahead of the game.'

Throughout his career, he was viewed as a contradictory and enigmatic figure. Although he was a staunch Republican, Warner encouraged film projects that promoted the agenda of Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. He speedily grasped the threat posed by European fascism and criticized Nazi Germany well before America's involvement in World War II. During the postwar era, however, Warner supported an anti-Communist crusade that culminated in the 'blacklisting' of Hollywood directors, actors, screenwriters, and technicians. Despite his controversial public image, Warner remained a force in the motion picture industry until his retirement in the early 1970s.

2. Company history

WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT, a fully integrated, broad-based entertainment company, is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. The fully integrated, broad-based company stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, product and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

In addition to its long-standing position as the industry's preeminent creator and distributor of feature films, television programs, animation, video and DVD, Warner Bros. Studios has also become one of the foremost authorities on utilizing licensing and merchandising to grow and reinforce its brands, on pioneering new forms of distribution, and on marshaling its vast creative and business resources to build world-renowned entertainment franchises that become appreciating assets in its unrivaled library.

One of the most respected, diversified and successful motion picture and television studios in the world, Warner Bros. Studios began when the brothers Warner (Albert, Sam, Harry and Jack L.) incorporated their fledgling movie company on April 4, 1923. In 1927, the release of the world's first "talkie," (synchronized-sound feature film), "The Jazz Singer," set a character and tone of innovation and influence that would become synonymous with the name Warner Bros. And--as Al Jolson foretold in this milestone movie--"you ain't heard nothin' yet!"

Since those early days, Warner Bros. Studios has amassed an impressive legacy based on world-class quality entertainment and technological foresight and created a diversified entertainment company with an unparalleled depth and breadth. Its unmatched consistency and success is built on a foundation of stable management throughout its history (especially by entertainment industry standards), long-term creative relationships with many of the world's leading talent, and an unwavering dedication to excellence.

Today, the vast Warner Bros. library, considered one of the most prestigious and prodigious in the world, consists of more than 6,650 feature films, 40,000 television titles and 14,000 animated titles (including over 1,500 classic animated shorts).

Warner Bros. began with the four Warner brothers--Albert, Sam, Harry and Jack. In books chronicling the American film industry, the brothers are all legendary, especially the flamboyant showman Jack L. Warner. Pioneers in their own right, the Warners brought sound to movies, introduced the first "four-legged star," revitalized the movie musical, created the gangster-picture era, and produced a number of socially significant films that evoked national awareness about growing problems of their times.

In 1903, the brothers began in the film business as traveling exhibitors, moving throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania with their portable projector. One of the first pictures they showed was Edwin S. Porter's "The Great Train Robbery," the first motion picture to tell a definite story. By 1907, they were operating from a converted store in New Castle, Pennsylvania, which they named the Cascade Theatre. With Albert and Harry selling tickets, Sam ran the hand-crank projector while Jack sang "illustrated" songs during the intermissions to sister Rose's piano accompaniment. Within the year, they had opened two more theaters in New Castle.

By 1908, the Warners had acquired 200 film titles, distributing films throughout western Pennsylvania (as the Duquesne Film Exchange) and, later, opened new exchanges in Norfolk, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia. Realizing, however, that the large profits from movies would come not just from distribution and exhibition, but also from production, the Warners moved to California and established a small production base at 18th and Main Streets in Culver City.

Their first full-scale picture, "My Four Years in Germany," based on the best-selling book by America's ambassador to the court of Kaiser Wilhelm, premiered in 1918 and grossed an amazing (for that time) $1.5 million.

Later that year, the Warner brothers purchased property at 5842 Sunset Boulevard for $25,000, and the Warner Bros. West Coast Studios

was born. With Harry as president and Albert as treasurer, guiding the company's finances, Sam and Jack focused on production, incorporating their new movie studio on April 4, 1923. Their projects included "The Beautiful and Damned," which employed a young writer named F. Scott Fitzgerald, adapting his novel for the screen. In 1924, they created the world's first "four-legged superstar," Rin Tin Tin, who would become known to the Warners as "the mortgage lifter" for his box-office reliability. At the other end of the artistic spectrum, the Warners could proudly point to "Beau Brummel," starring a handsome young John Barrymore. They also enjoyed an alliance with director Ernst Lubitsch, whose "The Marriage Circle" and "Kiss Me Again" brought the Studio much critical acclaim.

And although Warner Bros. was now established as a complete film company, showcasing both successful commercial and artistic properties, it lacked company-owned theaters and thus struggled to compete in the Hollywood community.

In May 1925, Sam and Harry heard the first faint sounds of "talking pictures" in the New York offices of Bell Laboratories' parent company, Western Electric. Sam, self-taught in mechanics, instantly recognized the groundbreaking potential of this new technology and immediately installed the new sound equipment in their just-acquired Vitagraph Studios in Brooklyn.

On October 6, 1927, Warner Bros. Pictures released "The Jazz Singer," starring Al Jolson, and a whole new era began, with "pictures that talked," bringing the Studio to the forefront of the film industry. "The Jazz Singer" played to standing-room-only crowds throughout the country and earned a special Academy Award for technical achievement. However, Sam Warner paid for his family's triumphant achievement with his life--dying of sheer exhaustion the day before the movie premiered. The Warners went on to quickly produce the first "all-talking" movie and their first "talking" gangster film, "The Lights of New York." By late 1928, the rush for sound was on, with the Warners well out in front.

In 1928, the brothers bought The Stanley Company of America for its theater chain, which included one-third ownership of First National Pictures. Later that year, they purchased the rest of First National, acquiring a newly built studio in Burbank (in California's San Fernando Valley, which today remains the home of Warner Bros. Studios). The Warners invested heavily into converting the new studio into the finest movie sound facility in the world. Stages were soundproofed, and underground conduits linked each stage with a special state-of-the-art sound building where recording could take place under exacting laboratory conditions.

The Studio's "contract players" became some of the greatest stars of all time: Bette Davis, James Cagney, Paul Muni, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Errol Flynn, among others. Behind the camera were Hal Wallis, Darryl F. Zanuck, Busby Berkeley, Michael Curtiz, William Wellman, Howard Hawks and Mervyn LeRoy, to name just a few.

Among the major films produced during the 1930s were "The Petrified Forest" (Bette Davis, Leslie Howard and Humphrey Bogart), "Little Caesar" (Edward G. Robinson) and "The Public Enemy" (James Cagney)--the latter two ushering in a "neo-realistic" approach to film storytelling and the trend toward "tough-guy" movies. With Darryl F. Zanuck as Jack Warner's production chief, director Mervyn LeRoy made "I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang," a film that led to prison reform. "Black Legion" (dealing with the Ku Klux Klan), "Black Fury" (about the mistreatment of coal miners) and "They Won't Forget" (about prejudice and lynching in the deep South) were all fact-based, hard-hitting exposés reflecting America's social problems. The company also produced "A Midsummer Night's Dream," directed by the great Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle, Busby Berkeley's "42nd Street," and many lavish Errol Flynn swashbucklers. These were intermixed with classic filmed biographies on the lives of Benjamin Disraeli, Louis Pasteur, Benito Juarez and Émile Zola, the latter earning the Studio its first Oscar for Best Picture in 1937. The '30s also marked the beginning of the now-classic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.

Releasing some 40 pictures a year in the 1940s, the Studio produced such classics as "The Maltese Falcon," "Sergeant York," "King's Row," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "Casablanca" (the Studio's second Best Picture Oscar), "Mildred Pierce," "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and "Johnny Belinda."

The 1950s brought "A Streetcar Named Desire," "House of Wax" (in 3-D), "A Star Is Born," "The High and the Mighty," "Dial 'M' for Murder," "Mister Roberts," "Hondo," "Moby Dick," "The Bad Seed," "The Searchers," "Sayonara," "Marjorie Morningstar," "Auntie Mame," "The Nun's Story" and the three films which made James Dean a legend: "East of Eden," "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Giant."

The Warner Bros. Television story began in 1955 when the venerable Warner Bros. film studio made a bold move into what was then a fledgling new arena-television-with the debut of the western adventure "Cheyenne." In those early pioneering days, comedy was the king of the small screen, but Warner Bros. Television targeted a different genre, the dramatic series-and carved out an important new and very successful niche. "Cheyenne" was only the first of the many hits to come in the '50s. Also launched that decade were the now-classic series "Maverick," "77 Sunset Strip," "Colt .45" and "Hawaiian Eye." In July of 1958, Harry Warner died peacefully at home.

During the 1960s, Warner Bros. Pictures released such notable films as "Ocean's Eleven," "Splendor in the Grass," "Gypsy," "The Music Man," "My Fair Lady" (the Studio's third Best Picture Oscar), "The Great Race," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?," "Bonnie and Clyde," "Camelot," "Cool Hand Luke" and "The Wild Bunch." On the television side, Warner Bros. Television debuted such hits as "F Troop" and "The FBI." In 1967, an aging Jack Warner sold the Studio to Elliot and Ken Hyman, and it was renamed Warner Bros.-Seven Arts. In November of the same year, Albert Warner died at the age of 83.

Seven Arts' association with the Studio was short-lived. In November 1969, Steve Ross and his Kinney Corporation purchased the company, and it became Warner Communications, Inc. Ross had also purchased DC Comics (and its classic characters) in 1968 and Ted Ashley's talent agency, Ashley Famous Agency in 1967. DC Comics was folded into WCI, while Ashley Famous was spun off to avoid conflicts of interest. Ted Ashley stayed on board as Chairman & CEO of Warner Bros., who with the help of Frank Wells and John Calley, ushered the Studio into the next decade.

The 1970s saw the release of such landmark films as "Woodstock," "A Clockwork Orange," "Klute," "Dirty Harry," "What's Up, Doc?," "The Exorcist," "Blazing Saddles," "Mame," "Barry Lyndon," "Dog Day Afternoon," "All the President's Men," "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "Oh, God!," "The Goodbye Girl," a remake of "A Star Is Born" and "Superman." And, in the television arena, such hits as "Kung Fu," "Harry O," "Alice," "Chico and the Man," "Wonder Woman," "Welcome Back, Kotter" and "The Dukes of Hazzard" made their debuts.

The '70s also saw the rise of a new genre of television programming--the mini-series--in which the Studio established an almost unequaled record of excellence from the start. The incomparable David L. Wolper began his exclusive agreement with Warner Bros. in 1976 and went on to produce some of television's most-watched and most-honored productions, including "Roots," "Roots: The Next Generation," "The Thorn Birds," "North & South" and "Alex Haley's Queen." In 1978 Jack Warner died--the same year that the studio he had co-founded showed record profits.

Beginning in December of 1980, under the new leadership of Robert A. Daly and Terry Semel, Warner Bros. made artistic and box-office history with such films as the Academy Award-winning "Chariots of Fire," "The Right Stuff," "The Killing Fields," "The Color Purple," "The Mission," "The Accidental Tourist," "Dangerous Liaisons," the "Police Academy" films, "Arthur," "Private Benjamin," "The World According to Garp," the "National Lampoon's Vacation" movies, "Empire of the Sun," "Full Metal Jacket," "The Witches of Eastwick," "Stand and Deliver" and "Bird," as well as such worldwide phenomena as "Superman II ," "Superman III," "Lethal Weapon," "Lethal Weapon 2" and "Batman" (which spawned one of the most lucrative franchises in movie history and the establishment of Warner Bros. Consumer Products). In the '80s, Warner Bros. Television launched some of its most-popular and most-acclaimed programming ever, including "Murphy Brown," "Life Goes On," "China Beach," "Growing Pains," "Spenser: For Hire," "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" and "Head of the Class."

In 1989, Warner Bros. initiated its strategy of growing a market for its films by building state-of-the-art multiplex theaters in underserved territories overseas, operating them until they are mature businesses and then moving onto new frontiers. The first of these ventures was in Australia.

That same year, Warner Communications, Inc. acquired entertainment powerhouse Lorimar Telepictures, one of the most prolific and highly regarded production companies of the day. Putting the rich Lorimar library under the extraordinary Warner Bros. Studios umbrella secured Warner Bros.' place as the leader in both feature films and television.

Beginning with its multi-Emmy Award-winning series "The Waltons," Lorimar had built a tradition of quality and innovative programming. The company not only introduced television's first mini-series "The Blue Knight" in 1972, but also presented the first primetime serial and forebear of primetime soap operas, "Dallas." Along with "Dallas," Lorimar produced a number of notable series, including "Knots Landing" "Falcon Crest," "Eight is Enough," "Full House," "The Hogan Family," "Perfect Strangers," "Step by Step" and "Family Matters."

The 1990s was a seminal decade for the Studio, starting with the 1990 merger of Warner Communications, Inc. and Time Inc. to form Time Warner, Inc., one of the world's largest communications and entertainment companies. Other important milestones include: the Studio's creation and utilization of a unique film co-financing and worldwide distribution business model; the revitalization of Warner Bros. Animation with the animated television series "Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures" (1991); the opening of Warner Bros.' first international theme park (Movie World in Australia, 1991); the consolidation of Warner Bros. Television and Lorimar Television (1993); the debut of such megahits as "ER," "Friends" and "The Drew Carey Show" (1994, 1994 and 1995, respectively); the launch of the Company's first, and the country's fifth, national television network, The WB (1995); becoming a dominant force in the production and worldwide distribution of first-run syndicated programming; taking over of the management of the Turner library (1996); becoming an early adopter of the Internet as a promotional tool and outlet for original content; and leading the development and the launch of the revolutionary DVD format.

At the box office in the 1990s, Warner Bros. Pictures continued to break records and earn critical raves around the world. The decade got off to a great start as "Driving Miss Daisy" won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Screenplay for 1989. Best Picture Oscar nominations followed for "GoodFellas" (1990) and "JFK" (1991). Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" (1992) garnered four Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Editing), followed by an Oscar nomination for "The Fugitive" (1993). The Studio made history in 1999 when, for the first time, its domestic box office surpassed the $1 billion mark and for the third time in the 1990s, it passed $1 billion internationally. "The Matrix," alone, took in some $460 million at the worldwide box office, breaking Warner Bros. Pictures' worldwide revenue record and creating an extraordinary new brand for the Studio.

On October 4, 1999, 28-year-Warner Bros. veteran Barry Meyer and Castle Rock Entertainment's Alan Horn took over the reins of Warner Bros. (as Chairman & CEO and President & COO, respectively) from Daly and Semel, marking the end to one of the most enduring and successful partnerships in the history of the entertainment industry and the beginning of a new, record-breaking era of profitability in the history of the Studio.

The year 2000 brought the Studio continued success with such films as "The Perfect Storm," "Space Cowboys" and Castle Rock's "Miss Congeniality."

In 2001, Warner Bros. Pictures shattered every one of its own box office records and several industry records thanks to the beginning of the Harry Potter phenomenon ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"), "Ocean's 11," "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," "Cats & Dogs" and, internationally, "Miss Congeniality." Domestic box office reached $1.23 billion, and international box office soared to $1.34 billion. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" holds a worldwide box office of $973.6 million, and stands as the Studio's highest-grossing film and the industry's third-highest grossing film of all time in worldwide box office.

The second Harry Potter film ("Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," the fourth-highest grossing film internationally of all time), "Scooby-Doo," "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," "Insomnia," "A Walk to Remember" and "Two Weeks Notice" made 2002 another record-breaking year for Warner Bros. Pictures, with box office receipts surpassing the $1 billion mark for the third time domestically and the fifth time internationally. Warner Bros. Pictures' $1.6 billion in international receipts led all studios and was both a new record for Warner Bros. Pictures, as well as the second-highest gross ever from a major studio.

Warner Bros.' various businesses continued to be category leaders in 2003. Warner Bros. Pictures had its second-best domestic box office year in history ($1.16 billion) and its best-ever year at the international box office ($1.63 billion), making for the Studio's most successful worldwide box office year ever. Warner Home Video was number one in overall marketshare, and Warner Bros. Television was the industry's number-one supplier of television programming. Consumer Products celebrated its 20th anniversary having racked up $50 billion in worldwide retail sales in two decades, and International Cinemas opened Paradise Warner Cinema City in Shanghai, marking the first time the Chinese government allowed a major U.S. theatrical company to extensively brand an in-country theater.

2004 was a history-making year for the Studio. Warner Bros. Pictures had its most successful year ever, with $3.41 billion in worldwide box office, which included $2.19 billion in overseas receipts, marking the first time a studio crossed the $2 billion mark internationally in a single year (it was also the fifth time domestically and seventh time internationally Warner Bros. Pictures broke the billion-dollar barrier). Contributing to this success were "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "Troy," "Ocean's 12" and "The Polar Express." WBTV was again the industry's leading supplier of programming to the six networks, and Warner Home Video finished the year as the industry's marketshare leader (for the sixth time in the preceding eight years).

In 2005, Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" brought the Studio four Oscars, including Best Picture and Director. In February of that year, Warner Home Video established an in-country video distribution and marketing operation in China, making WHV the first U.S. company ever to do so. "Batman Begins" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" were two of the summer's biggest hits with more than $370 and $470 million in worldwide box office, respectively. In an unprecedented entertainment industry trifecta, Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures International all finished 2005 as the market share leader in their respective business categories.

In 2006, Warner Bros. Pictures' domestic and international divisions each had their sixth consecutive billion-dollar-plus years at the box office; Warner Home Video was the industry's marketshare leader; and the Warner Bros. Television Group was the industry's leading supplier of primetime series to the broadcast networks. The Studio's The WB Television Network was replaced by The CW, a joint venture with CBS Corporation; the Warner Bros. Television Group launched Warner Horizon Television (lower-budgeted scripted and reality primetime series for network and cable) and Studio 2.0 (original short-form digital programming for broadband and wireless devices); and Warner Premiere, a new direct-to-platform production arm, was founded.

In 2007, Warner Bros. Pictures' domestic and international divisions each had their most successful years ever, as well as their seventh consecutive billion dollar-plus years at the box office. The Studio's domestic box office reached $1.42 billion, and overseas receipts soared to $2.24 billion, an industry record. Warner Home Video was once again the industry's leader, with an overall 20 percent marketshare. The Warner Bros. Television Group's companies remained category leaders, producing for all platforms and outlets, and are moving boldly into the digital realm with ad-supported video-on-demand as well as broadband and wireless destinations.

3. Company overview

4. Material owned by Warner Bros.

In addition to a majority of its own post-1948 film library, WB owns:

Ø    Most of Lorimar's television and film holdings (including most of the Allied Artists/ Monogram and post-1974 Rankin/Bass libraries, as well as several films made by Lorimar themselves which were released originally by

Ø    Paramount Pictures, among other studios); The National General Pictures library (except those produced with Cinema Center Films, which are owned by CBS and Paramount Pictures)

Ø    Most ancillary rights to Castle Hill Productions' library (which includes early UA material)

Ø    The 1956 version of Around the World in Eighty Days

Ø    The 1971 version of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Ø    Most of the pre-1991 Morgan Creek Productions library

Ø    Most of the pre-1990 Saul Zaentz film library

Ø    The 1978-1981 Orion Pictures library

Ø    The non-Japan rights to the first three Pokémon films

Ø    Castle Rock Entertainment films made after Turner acquired Castle Rock (except the Region 1 rights to The Story of Us and The Last Days of Disco, as well as the international rights to The American President, all owned by Universal)

Ø    Nearly all pre-1986 MGM titles and cartoons

Ø    The US/Canadian and Region 4 rights to a majority of the RKO Radio Pictures library

Ø    The 1933-1957 Popeye theatrical animated shorts produced by Paramount

Ø    A portion of United Artists material (including Gilligan's Island)


Warner Bros. Entertainment is a fully integrated, broad-based entertainment company. It is a global leader in the creation, production, distribution, licensing and marketing of all forms of creative content and their related businesses, across all current and emerging media and platforms. The company stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, international cinemas and broadcasting.

It is also a leader in being nominated to the OSCAR, breaking the record with the movie "Million dollar baby" with a number of 30 nominations; a leader in wining OSCAR-s troughout their history for best picture, sound, director and so on.


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