Warner Bros.

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Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros.' logo as of 2019

Type Entertainment company, film production studio
Status Active
Led by Samuel DiPiazza, David Zaslav, Gunnar Wiedenfels
Founder(s) Harry Warner, Albert Warner, Sam Warner, Jack L. Warner
Founded April 4, 1923
4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, California, United States
Also known as
  • Warner Brothers Classics of the Screen (1923-1925)
  • Warner Brothers Productions (1925-1929)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. (1929-1967)
  • Warner Bros.-Seven Arts (1967-1970)
  • Warner Bros. Inc. (1970-1993)
Parent company
  • Kinney National Service, Inc. (1969-1971)
  • Kinney Services, Inc. (1971–1972)
  • Warner Communications (1972–1990)
  • Time Warner (1990–2001, 2003-2018)
  • AOL Time Warner (2001-2003)
  • WarnerMedia (2018-2022)
  • Warner Bros. Discovery (2022-present)
Subsidiary companies
  • Fandango Media
  • Turner Entertainment
  • WaterTower Music
  • Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
  • HBO Max
Preceded by Warner Features Company
Website https://www.warnerbros.com/

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., commonly referred to as just Warner Bros. and abbreviated as WB, is an American entertainment company. It is a subsidiary of the media conglomerate Warner Bros. Discovery. Founded as Warner Brothers Classics of the Screen in 1923 by the four namesake Warner brothers, the studio has persisted to this day as one of the "Big Five" major American film studios, though it has also diversified into other forms of media such as animation, television, and video games. Warner Bros.' film activities are typically carried out through the Warner Bros. Pictures brand, which is itself a member of the Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

WB was a division of the media conglomerate known originally as Warner Communications and later better known as Time Warner and eventually WarnerMedia from 1972 to 2022. The company was acquired by AT&T in 2018, who operated it until 2022 when it relinquished control to allow for the merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery Inc. to form Warner Bros. Discovery. Warner Bros. currently holds the rights to the original 1933 King Kong and its sequel, and is the distributor and co-financier of Legendary Pictures' Monsterverse franchise of Godzilla and King Kong films.


Warner Bros. was responsible for distributing The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms in 1953, a successful giant monster film which predated Toho's Godzilla by a year. Following the abandonment of the proposed Americanization of Toho's Godzilla Raids Again titled The Volcano Monsters, producer Paul Schreibman acquired the American distribution rights to the film. Schreibman produced an edited version of the film titled Gigantis, the Fire Monster and sold it to Warner Bros., who released the film theatrically in May 1959.

Following a heated legal battle between RKO Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures over the rights to the character of King Kong, a federal judge found that the character was owned by the estate of Merian C. Cooper, director of the original film, while RKO owned the original film and its sequel. Eventually, RKO's library of films, including King Kong and Son of Kong, was acquired by Turner Broadcasting System (TBS), who assumed complete ownership of the first two Kong films. In 1996, TBS was acquired by Warner Bros., who took over ownership of the films. To this day, Warner Bros. has distributed and licensed King Kong and Son of Kong around the world.

In 2009, American producer Brian Rogers approached Legendary Pictures to seek financing for Yoshimitsu Banno's project Godzilla 3-D. Legendary became interested in producing a feature-length American Godzilla film instead, and entered negotiations with Toho. The same year, Warner Bros. Entertainment Japan distributed Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy. In 2010, it was announced that Toho had made an agreement with both Legendary and Warner Bros., who was the studio's current distribution partner, to produce at least one American-made Godzilla film. The resulting film, Godzilla, was released to theaters in 2014 by Warner Bros. in every country around the world except for Japan, where it was released by Toho. Shortly after the release of Godzilla, Legendary and Warner Bros.' distribution deal expired, with Legendary forming a new partnership with Universal. As a result, Universal began distributing all of Legendary's productions, including the sequel to it and Warner Bros.' 2013 giant monster film Pacific Rim.

Due to Legendary's deal with Toho including Warner Bros., the sequels to 2014's Godzilla would continue to be distributed by Warner despite the studio's current partner being Universal. Legendary Pictures began production of a new King Kong film, Kong: Skull Island, with Universal in 2014, but was actually interested in tying the film in with Godzilla in order to lead up to a remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla. Legendary decided to include references to Godzilla in the Kong: Skull Island script, including the presence of the organization Monarch. Warner Bros. and Universal were both uncomfortable with references to a WB film being included in a Universal film, so Legendary moved the production to Warner Bros., placing all of the studio's Godzilla and Kong films under a single distributor. Shortly afterward, Legendary and Warner Bros. announced the film Godzilla vs. Kong, which released on March 31, 2021, following Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Warner Bros. co-financed the 2018 film adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel Ready Player One, which featured appearances from both King Kong and Mechagodzilla. Warner Bros. also served as the distributor for New Line Cinemas' 2018 Rampage film, based on the Midway video game series of the same name.

Selected filmography

Production company


Canceled films

  • Monsterpocalypse[12]

Selected releases


Warner Bros., through its deal with Toho, has licensed the Godzilla franchise to various American companies for the creation of toys and other merchandise, including NECA and Kidrobot.


See also

External links


This is a list of references for Warner Bros.. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Flint, Joe (5 April 2010). "Box office: 'Clash of the Titans' leads the class". Los Angeles Times.
  2. Kaufman, Amy (1 April 2012). "Box Office: Greek gods, Snow White no match for 'The Hunger Games'". Los Angeles Times.
  3. Stewart, Andrew (9 July 2013). "'Pacific Rim' Looking Grim With $25 Million-$35 Million Opening". Variety.
  4. Stewart, Andrew (18 May 2014). "'Godzilla' Sequel in the Works at Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures". Variety.
  5. Lang, Brent (8 March 2017). "Box Office: 'Kong: Skull Island' Will Try to Steal 'Logan's' Crown". Variety.
  6. D'Alessandro, Anthony (1 April 2018). "How Warner Bros. Sold 'Ready Player One' On The Spielberg Spirit & Beat Tracking With $53M+ 4-Day – Sunday Postmortem". Deadline.
  7. Mendelson, Scott (1 June 2019). "'Godzilla' Is King Of The Box Office With A Disappointing $19.6 Million Friday". Forbes.
  8. D'Alessandro, Anthony (15 January 2021). "'Godzilla Vs. Kong' Jumps Up To March In HBO Max & Theatrical Debut". Deadline.
  9. Rubin, Rebecca (25 October 2021). "Director Denis Villeneuve and Warner Bros. Want to Make 'Dune: Part II.' So Why Hasn't the Sequel Been Announced Yet?". Variety.
  10. Lang, Brent; Shafer, Ellise (26 October 2021). "'Dune: Part 2' Officially Greenlit, Release Date Set for 2023". Variety.
  11. D'Alessandro, Anthony; Tartaglione, Nancy (26 March 2024). "'Godzilla x Kong' Will Bunny Hop To $135M Global Opening As Legendary Monsterverse Franchise Roars Past $2 Billion – Easter Box Office Preview". Deadline.
  12. McNary, Dave (3 May 2016). "'Monsterpocalypse' Board Game Being Adapted Into Movie by Warner Bros". Variety.
  13. D'Alessandro, Anthony (30 June 2022). "'Dune: Part Two' Butts Up Against 'Hunger Games' Prequel On Pre-Thanksgiving 2023; 'Godzilla-Kong' Sequel Dated For 2024". Deadline.
  14. McNary, Dave (25 March 2023). "Andy Muschietti to Direct 'Attack on Titan' for Warner Bros. (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  15. Valdez, Nick (25 March 2023). "Attack on Titan Director Andy Muschietti Shares Update on Live-Action Film". ComicBook.com.


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