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 WarnerMedia 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 100,000 hours of programming, 8,600 feature films and 5,000 television programs comprised of tens of thousands of individual episodes.
In 2018, Warner Bros. Pictures Group celebrated its best year ever with over $5.57 billion in worldwide receipts ($1.95 billion domestic, $3.62 billion international), marking the ninth time the Studio crossed the $4 billion mark. To date, Warner Bros. remains the only studio to cross the $1 billion mark both domestically and internationally 18 years in a row—an industry record. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment was also the industry’s leader for the 18th consecutive year with an overall 18 percent market share. WBHE was #1 in both digital and physical sell-through and topped the family, TV content and theatrical catalog sales categories. Warner Bros. Television Group’s WBTV, Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Warner Horizon Unscripted Television, Shed U.S., 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 for the 2018-19 season, including “Young Sheldon,” a prequel to television’s #1 comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” and “Black Lightning,” the new critically lauded series on The CW, portraying DC’s first African American Super Hero. 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 and anti-piracy technology. Warner Bros. continues to build its direct-to-consumer capabilities, with projects featuring key talent and brands, including Ellen DeGeneres, LeBron James and DC Entertainment.