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 79,000 hours of programming, including nearly 7,500 feature films and 4,500 television programs comprised of tens of thousands of individual episodes.
Warner Bros. continued its unprecedented global box office streak in 2016, with $4.93 billion in worldwide receipts ($1.90 billion domestic, $3.03 international), marking the 10th consecutive year that the Studio crossed the $3 billion mark and the 16th year that both the domestic and international divisions crossed the billion-dollar mark. Also for the 16th year in a row, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment maintained its position at the top of the industry with a 17 percent market share and was number one among all sell-through and electronic sell-through categories. Warner Bros. Television Group’s WBTV, Warner Horizon Television, Telepictures, Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content continued to produce the most popular and successful series for the broadcast, cable, pay and digital marketplaces, with more than 70 series in the 2016-17 season, including the critically acclaimed Westworld, perennial ratings hit The Big Bang Theory and daytime television’s hugely popular The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Working across all platforms and outlets, the Studio continued to be a category leader and trendsetter in the digital realm with VOD (transactional and ad-supported), original content, apps, anti-piracy technology and the launch of Warner Bros. Digital Networks, founded in June 2016 to expand Warner Bros.’ OTT footprint by launching new offerings, growing current company-owned services and making strategic alliances. WBDN will also work closely with Time Warner divisions Turner and HBO as part of Time Warner’s overall strategy to reach audiences directly through currently owned OTT services as well as those to be launched in the future.