In 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures grossed $4.73 billion in global box office ($1.56 billion domestic, $3.17 international), marking the sixth time the Studio has crossed the $4 billion in worldwide box office. The year was also the second time the Studio surpassed the $3 billion mark internationally, and the 14th consecutive year that both the domestic and international divisions crossed the billion-dollar mark—milestone no other studio has achieved. For the 14th consecutive year, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment was, once again, the industry’s leader, with 17 percent market share, and was number one in the overall sell-through and electronic sell-through 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 2014-15 season. WBTVG and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment continued to be category leaders, working across all platforms and outlets, and remain 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.
Warner Bros. Pictures Group produces and globally distributes a wide-ranging slate of some 18-24 films each year, employing a business paradigm that mitigates risk while maximizing productivity and capital. Warner Bros. Pictures either fully finances or co-finances the films it produces and maintains worldwide distribution rights. It also monetizes its distribution and marketing operations by distributing films that are totally financed and produced by others. Highlights of Warner Bros. Pictures' 2015 “American Sniper,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Entourage,” “Magic Mike XXL,” “Pan,” “Vacation” (from New Line Cinema) and “In the Heart of the Sea.” The Warner Bros. Television Group oversees and grows the entire portfolio of Warner Bros.’ television businesses, including worldwide production, traditional and digital distribution, and broadcasting.
In the traditional TV arena, WBTVG produces primetime, first-run, cable and animated series, with more than 60 series on the air during the 2014-15 television season. WBTVG is the only studio to have at least one series on each of the five broadcast networks. In fact, Warner Bros. has at least three series on every network, and Warner Bros. is the only studio to have at least one new series on each of the five broadcast networks.
The cornerstone of WBTVG is Warner Bros. Television, one of the industry’s leading suppliers of network programming, as well as a major producer for cable. WBTV’s returning programs for 2014-15 are 2 Broke Girls, The 100, Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, The Following, Hart of Dixie, The Leftovers, Major Crimes, Mom, The Mentalist, The Middle, Mike & Molly, Nikita, The Originals, Person of Interest, Shameless, Supernatural, Two and a Half Men, Undateable, The Vampire Diaries, Childrens Hospital and Newsreaders. New series include, The Flash, Forever, Gotham, iZombie, Mysteries of Laura, One Big Happy, and Stalker.
WBTVG also includes:
- Warner Horizon Television, producer of scripted cable programs such as, Ground Floor, Longmire, The Lottery, Pretty Little Liars, Rizzoli & Isles and Sullivan & Son, as well reality series for network and cable such as The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and The Voice, among others;
- Telepictures Productions, with first-run syndicated programming such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Extra, Judge Mathis, The People’s Court, The Real, TMZ, TMZ Hollywood Sports and TMZ Live;
- Warner Bros. Animation, producers of Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Mike Tyson Mysteries and Wabbit;
- Blue Ribbon Content, a digital shortform series production unit.
The rapidly evolving marketplace for digital distribution is one of Warner Bros. Entertainment's greatest strategic opportunities. As the ways consumers access, purchase and enjoy Warner Bros.' content continue to change, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, which includes the home video, online, wireless, video games and digital distribution businesses, is focused on protecting and maximizing the value of the studio's content while fully harnessing the benefits of emerging technologies.
Warner Bros. Entertainment's success at the box office and on TV contributed to its number one share in the domestic home video business for the 14th consecutive year. Warner Home Video commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace and is the number one company domestically in total physical sell-through video (DVD and Blu-ray combined), theatrical catalog, TV on DVD, non-theatrical family and animation, Blu-ray and VOD. WHV has been the number one studio in DVD sales for 18 consecutive years and in Blu-ray since its inception, and is the industry's leading studio in these sales internationally. WBHE is a change-leader in the home entertainment arena and a driving force behind the access technology UltraViolet, designed to reinvigorate consumer ownership of both packaged media and digital content.
DC Entertainment, founded in September 2009, is charged with strategically and deeply integrating the DC Comics business, brand and characters into Warner Bros. Entertainment and all its respective content and distribution businesses. DC Comics' characters appear in nearly 1,000 comic-book titles published and distributed globally each year as well as in live-action and animated series, direct-to-video releases, collectors' books, online entertainment, numerous licensing and marketing arrangements, graphic novels and feature films. In September 2011, "DC Comics – The New 52" was released to critical acclaim and record-breaking sales. DC Entertainment took an industry-leading stance by releasing all 52 new #1 issues in both print and digital formats on the same day. Feature films based on DC properties include 2012's billion-dollar global blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises and 2013’s hit Man of Steel. In October 2014, the Studio announced from 2016 through 2020, its Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema will release a slate of at least 10 DC movies—as well as stand-alone Batman and Superman films—starting with Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in March 2016.