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Warner Bros. losses due to strikes expected to hit $500M in 2023


Representatives of Warner Bros. Discovery forecast that this year's Hollywood writers' and performers' strikes might cost the movies industry between $300 million and $500 million. The guilds that represent more than 170,000 actors and screenwriters started the protests this summer.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screenwriters Guild of America (SAG-AFTRA) of the United States are still on strike, and Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) anticipates that the studio could lose up to $500 million this year as a result, reports Deadline.

According to the article, WBD filed a statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on September 5 stating that due to the actor and screenwriter strikes, the movie company expects adjusted EBITDA for the entire year of 2023 to fall between $10.5 billion and $11 billion. Losses from the protests and the studio's decision to halt several film projects' production are estimated to be between $300 million and $500 million.

At that, the company increased its forecast for free cash flow for the entire year to at least $5 billion, according to the statement.

source: deadline.com