Actors Vs Studios! It’s An All-Out War In Hollywood As Movies Are Released In Theaters And Streamers Simultaneously.

FILE - Scarlett Johansson arrives at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London, Feb. 2 2020. Johansson is suing the Walt Disney Co. over the company’s streaming release of "Black Widow," which she said breached her contract and deprived her of potential earnings. The “Black Widow” star and executive producer filed a suit Thursday, July 29, 2021, in the Los Angeles Superior Court that said her contract guaranteed an exclusive theatrical release. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)

The entertainment world is changing so fast a lot of heads in Hollywood are spinning.

For one thing, a wrong worded tweet, an erroneous like, or saying hi to the wrong person could end your career in an instant.

But besides dealing with wacky and woke world of show business, there is something new actors have to navigate now. How to make sure they are properly compensated for their films when they are simultaneously released in the theater and on streamers.

Agents are scanning fine print, actors are having meltdowns, lawyers are filing suits, and it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Scarlett Johansson sued Disney this past week for releasing “Black Widow” at the same time it hit the big screens.

The star made $20 million up front according to Disney’s response to the lawsuit, but according to Johansson, she’s getting crushed on “box office bonuses” because millions of people are staying on their couch to watch the flick.

Here’s what media analyst Michael Nathanson told CNN.

“We’re in a bit of a transitional period where the contracts that were struck did not anticipate this type of change in strategy. I would think going forward from this point on every new contract will have to include language that figures out a way to compensate the talent for the potential of a direct-to-video, a direct-to-streaming watch.”

With every studio having a primary streamer at their disposal, movies are going to continue to be released on both at the same time.

It’s kind of a mess, with a lot of ill will and mistrust being built up along the way.

But it sure is convenient for consumers!

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