2016 marked the 10th consecutive year Warner Bros. Pictures crossed the $3 billion mark at the global box office with $4.93 billion in worldwide receipts ($1.9 billion domestic, $3.03 billion international). The year was also 16th consecutive frame that both the domestic and international divisions crossed the billion-dollar mark—a milestone no other studio has achieved. For the 16th consecutive year, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment was, once again, the industry’s leader, with 17 percent market share, and was number one in the Total Theatrical Library, Television, Family, Digital and 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 2016-17 season. 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.
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’ 2017 slate are “The LEGO Batman Movie,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” “Wonder Woman,” “Dunkirk,” “Annabelle 2” (from New Line Cinema), “It” (New Line Cinema), “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” and “Justice League.”
In the traditional TV arena, WBTVG produces primetime, first-run, cable and animated series, and is set to have more than 70 programs on the air during the 2016–17 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 one new series on each network, and at least three series total on every one. As of May 2016, Warner Bros. has been the #1 supplier of primetime programming to the broadcast networks for the last eight years in a row, 13 of the last 17 years, and 25 of the last 30.
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 and subscription/on-demand platforms. WBTV’s returning programs for 2016–17 are “The 100,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Arrow,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Blindspot,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Gotham,” “iZOMBIE,” “The Leftovers,” “Lucifer,” “Major Crimes,” “The Middle,” “Mom,” “The Originals,” “Shameless,” “Supergirl,” “Supernatural” and “The Vampire Diaries,” among others. New series include “Frequency,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Powerless,” “Riverdale,” “Roadies,” “Time After Time,” “Training Day,” “Trial & Error” and “Westworld.” WBTV also distributes the upcoming Warner Bros. Animation–produced TV series adaptation of “Green Eggs and Ham,” coming to Netflix in 2018.
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 16th 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 20 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.
Warner Bros. Digital Networks is responsible for building on the Studio’s owned digital and OTT video services and expanding Warner Bros.’ footprint by launching new offerings, growing current company-owned services and making strategic alliances. WBDN works closely with sister divisions Turner and HBO as part of parent company Time Warner’s overall strategy to reach audiences directly through currently owned OTT services as well as those to be launched in the future. The entities currently managed as part of the WBDN portfolio are DramaFever, Machinima, Warner Archive, and investments in Uninterrupted (the partnership with LeBron James and Maverick Carter) and Ellen Digital Ventures (a partnership with Ellen DeGeneres).
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. There are a total of 10 DC television shows airing during the 2016-2017 season, including “Supergirl” (CW), “Arrow” (CW), “The Flash” (CW), “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (CW), “iZombie” (CW), “Gotham” (FOX), “Lucifer” (FOX), “Teen Titans Go!” (Cartoon Network) and freshman series “Powerless” (NBC) and “Justice League Action” (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 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, which made a combined $1.6 billion at the global box office. In 2017, the Studio will release Wonder Woman June 2 and Justice League November 17.