2015 marked the ninth consecutive year Warner Bros. Pictures crossed the $3 billion mark at the global box office with $3.71 billion in worldwide receipts ($1.60 billion domestic, $2.11 billion international). The year was also 15th consecutive frame that both the domestic and international divisions crossed the billion-dollar mark—a milestone no other studio has achieved. For the 15th consecutive year, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment was, once again, the industry’s leader, with 19 percent market share, and was number one in the overall 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 television’s most popular and successful series for the broadcast, cable, pay and digital marketplaces, producing more than 70 series in the 2015-16 season. Working across all platforms and outlets WBTVG and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment continued to be category leaders and remain trendsetters in the digital realm with VOD (transactional and ad-supported), branded channels, original content, apps, anti-piracy technology and broadband and wireless destinations.
Warner Bros. Pictures produces and distributes a wide-ranging slate of some 18-22 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 third parties. Among the films on Warner Bros. Pictures’ 2016 slate are “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “The Conjuring 2” (from New Line Cinema), “Suicide Squad,” “Sully,” “Storks,” “The Accountant” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
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 70 programs on the air during the 2015-16 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 two series on every network.
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 2015-16 are “The 100,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Arrow,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Flash,” “Gotham,” “iZOMBIE,” “The Leftovers,” “Major Crimes,” “The Middle,” “Mike & Molly,” “Mom,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “The Originals,” “Person of Interest,” “Shameless,” “Supernatural,” “Undateable,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Childrens Hospital,” among others. New series include “Blindspot” (which was quickly renewed for a second season), “Containment,” “DC Legends of Tomorrow,” “Lucifer,” “Rush Hour” and “Supergirl,” as well as “11/22/63” and the upcoming “Roadies” and “Westworld.” WBTV also distributes the upcoming Warner Bros. Animation–produced TV series adaptation of “Green Eggs and Ham,” coming to Netflix in 2018.
WBTVG also includes:
• Warner Horizon Television (WHTV), producer of scripted cable programs such as “Fuller House, “Longmire,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Rizzoli & Isles,” as well as the upcoming series “Animal Kingdom,” “People of Earth” and “Queen Sugar.” Additionally, WHTV produces unscripted series for network and cable such as “500 Questions,” “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise,” “The Voice” and the upcoming “Little Big Shots,” among others;
• Telepictures, with first-run syndicated programming such as “Crime Watch Daily,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Extra,” “Judge Mathis,” “The People’s Court,” “The Real,” “TMZ” and “TMZ Live,” to go along with unscripted programs “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” “Hello Goodbye” and “TMZ Sports,” among others, for cable;
• Shed Media, producers of unscripted cable programs such as “Basketball Wives,” “Child Genius,” “First Dates,” “Hello Goodbye” (in association with Telepictures), “Livin’ Lozada,” “Long Lost Family,” “The Real Housewives of New York City,” “#WhatSheSaid” and “Who Do You Think You Are?” among others;
• Warner Bros. Animation, producers of “Be Cool Scooby-Doo!,” “Bunnicula,” “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” “Teen Titans Go!,” “The Tom and Jerry Show” and “Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production,” as well as the TV series adaptation of “Green Eggs and Ham,” coming to Netflix in 2018;
• and Blue Ribbon Content, producer of live-action and animated shortform digital series.
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 15th 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 19 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 close collaboration with Warner Bros. Television, there are more DC TV shows on the air than ever before. A total of eight DC Entertainment television shows will air during the 2015-2016 season. New series include Supergirl (CBS), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (CW) and Lucifer (FOX), with returning series Arrow (CW), The Flash (CW), iZombie (CW), Gotham (FOX) and the animated show Teen Titans Go! (Cartoon Network). And, 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 hugely anticipated Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice March 25 and David Ayer’s Suicide Squad on August 5. Following these films are Wonder Woman scheduled for release June 23, 2017 and Justice League Part 1 debuting November 17, 2017.