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Scarlett Johansson vs. Disney: How should talent be paid for streaming?

2 August, 2021

It’s the biggest show in Hollywood: “Suing With the Stars.”

After Scarlett Johansson filed her blockbuster lawsuit against Walt Disney Co. over the online release of “Black Widow,” much of the entertainment media’s focus quickly turned to the war of words between the popular actress’ representatives and the world’s most powerful entertainment company.

Saying there was “no merit whatsoever” to Johansson’s breach of contract claims, Disney went on the attack, citing her $20 million salary for the film, and accused her of “callous disregard” for the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Johansson’s longtime agent, CAA partner Bryan Lourd, hit back, saying Disney “shamelessly and falsely accused” her “of being insensitive” to the COVID-19 crisis.

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