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Sony, Disney, and Warner Will Halt the Release of Films in Russia

Following the invasion of Ukraine, Warner Bros., Disney, and Sony have paused the release of films in Russian theaters.

The developments indicate that prominent films such as The Batman, Turning Red, and Morbius will no longer be released in the nation as planned.

They come at a time when countries all around the world are tightening their sanctions against Moscow.

Global firms, including automakers and oil conglomerates, have severed economic connections with Russia in recent days.

The Batman, a Warner Bros. blockbuster, was set to be released in Russia on Friday.

“WarnerMedia is delaying the release of its feature picture ‘The Batman’ in Russia due to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine,” a representative stated.

Meanwhile, the Russian release of Pixar’s animated feature Turning Red has been postponed by Disney.

“We are postponing the theatrical distribution of films in Russia due to the unwarranted invasion of Ukraine and the sad humanitarian catastrophe,” Disney stated in a statement.

The entertainment conglomerate also stated that it will collaborate with non-governmental organizations to give “immediate aid and other humanitarian help to refugees.”

The distribution of Sony’s Marvel adaption Morbius in the nation has also been suspended.

“We will be postponing our scheduled theatrical releases in Russia due to the current military activity in Ukraine and the ensuing uncertainty and humanitarian disaster occurring in that region,” a representative told the BBC.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected,” they said, adding that they hoped the issue would be handled swiftly.

Meanwhile, Netflix has stated that it would not abide by new Russian regulations requiring it to offer state-owned channels.

A Netflix spokeswoman said, “Given the current scenario, we have no intentions to add these channels to our service.”

Twitter and Facebook have also taken steps to limit the material available on their platforms from Russian state-backed news outlets, which have been accused of propagating false information about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

State-owned media channels RT and Sputnik will be denied access in the European Union, according to Meta, which owns Facebook.

Twitter has also announced that it will add cautions to messages that contain connections to Russian state-run media.

Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of site integrity, claimed the company has seen more than 45,000 tweets each day sending links to these news organizations.

Bob Carlson
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Bob Carlson is a business journalist, with over a decade of experience in the trenches of reporting up-to-date business news for publications all over the world. With a wealth of knowledge at his back, Bob strives to bring the most important insights into the business world for TheOptic daily.
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