Directors Guild Criticizes Warner Bros. Over HBO Max Deal

The Directors Guild of America has criticized Warner Bros.

over the studio’s decision to release its entire 2021 theatrical slate simultaneously on the HBO Max streaming service, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter.DGA National Executive Director Russell Hollander sent a letter to Warner Bros.

CEO Ann Sarnoff demanding a meeting to address issues with the plan, specifically about how films that are streamed will be valued, sources told THR.

The letter from the DGA referenced a 2019 meeting with Sarnoff to that issue.The DGA and Warner Bros.

have declined to comment.

SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America have not commented on the Warner Bros.

announcement last week that all 17 of its 2021 titles — including the fourth “Matrix,” “The Suicide Squad,” “Godzilla v.

Kong,” “Dune” and “In the Heights” — would debut on HBO Max immediately upon their theatrical release as parent company WarnerMedia faces the prospect of moviegoers

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