Founded: April 4, 1923
WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based Studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD and Blu-ray, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product and brand licensing, and broadcasting.
Warner Bros. is one of the most creative, flexible, innovative, diverse and global entertainment companies in business today and one that knows how to seize opportunities–particularly for growth through new and emerging technologies while maintaining a leadership position in each area of its established businesses.
Warner Bros. Studios began when four brothers, Albert, Sam, Harry and Jack L. Warner, incorporated their fledgling movie company on April 4, 1923. In 1927, the release of the world’s first 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.
Since those early days, Warner Bros. Studios has amassed an impressive legacy based on world-class quality entertainment and technological foresight while creating a diversified entertainment company with an unparalleled depth and breadth. The company’s consistency and success are built on a foundation of stable management throughout its history, long-term creative relationships with many of the world’s leading stars and producers and an unwavering dedication to excellence.
Today, the vast Warner Bros. library, one of the most prestigious and valuable in the world, consists of more than 61,000 hours of programming, including nearly 6,500 feature films and 3,000 television programs comprised of tens of thousands of individual episodes.
In 2013, the Studio enjoyed record-breaking success across all businesses, including the most successful theatrical year in company history. Warner Bros. Pictures grossed an industry-leading $5.038 billion in global box office ($1.893 billion domestic, $3.145 international) to take the number one positions in domestic, international and worldwide box office. The year marked the first time the Studio surpassed the $5 billion mark and only the second time that feat has been achieved by any studio in Hollywood. Both the domestic and international divisions crossed the billion-dollar mark for the 13th consecutive year, and the Pictures Group exceeded $4 billion globally for the fifth consecutive year, both milestones no other studio has ever achieved. For the 13th consecutive year, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment was, once again, the industry’s leader, with 17.9 percent market share, and was number one in the DVD and Blu-ray, electronic sell-through, catalog, television and family categories. Warner Bros. Television Groups’ WBTV, Warner Horizon Television, Telepictures Productions and Warner Bros. Animation continued to produce television’s most popular and successful series for the broadcast, cable, pay and digital marketplaces, producing more than 60 series in the 2013-14 season. WBTVG and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment continued to be category leaders, working across all platforms and outlets, and remaining trendsetters in the digital realm with video-on-demand (transactional and ad-supported), branded channels, original content, apps, anti-piracy technology and broadband and wireless destinations.