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.
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1. The Warner Brothers
a) Harry Warner
- Harry Warner was born into a Yiddish-speaking Jewish family in
Benjamin Warner relocated the family
After the opening of movie theatres in
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
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
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.
Warner was born in
Benjamin Warner's decision to move
As a young man, along with his two
brothers, Albert Warner entered the nickelodeon business in
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.
Warner died in 1967 in
Warner - Samuel Warner was born in
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.
Warner - Jack Leonard
'J.L.' Warner (August 2, 1892 - September 9, 1978), born Jacob Warner
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
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
By 1908, the Warners had acquired 200
film titles, distributing films throughout western
Their first full-scale picture, "My Four
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
In May 1925, Sam and Harry heard the
first faint sounds of "talking pictures" in the
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
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
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. "
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
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," "
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
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, "
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
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
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 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
Ø A portion of United
Artists material (including Gilligan's
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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