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Disney Wants Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit To Be Settled Through NY Arbitration

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, as per the court filing by Disney (DIS) its Marvel blockbuster “Black Widow” brought in $125 million in online revenue. The filing came three weeks after the film’s lead, Scarlett Johansson, sued Disney for lost residuals on July 29. Johannson claimed that Disney breached her contract, and she was cheated out of compensation when the media and entertainment conglomerate released the movie on the same day in theaters and its Disney+ streaming service. However, the company said there is no merit to the suit, and claimed that the actress stands to benefit from increased compensation in addition to the $20 million already paid. Disney+ subscribers paid an extra $30 for Premier Access to watch the movies.

Johansson’s lawyers said they attempted to renegotiate the actress’s deal, but Disney rebuffed, however Disney disputes these claims. Johansson requested a civil trial, but Disney asked for the suit to be settled through arbitration in New York. The lawsuit is been closely watched by industry experts, the outcome of which will be viewed as a lead for future streaming revenue-sharing agreements.

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