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  • Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney Co. alleging that the company’s decision to release “Black Widow” on Disney+ at the same time it was released in theaters breached her contract, which she said promised a theatrical-only release, while a source familiar with the actor’s contract contended that Disney’s move cost Johansson more than $50 million. A spokesman for Disney said the company was in compliance with Johansson’s contract and argued that the Disney+ release has “significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation” on top of the $20 million she has already received. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Dish Network Corp. and WarnerMedia inked a deal to return the HBO and Cinemax premium cable channels to Dish Network customers after a hiatus of more than two years. The deal will also allow Dish Network subscribers to purchase ad-free HBO Max subscriptions at the discounted price of $12 a year. (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • Theater union Actors’ Equity and the Broadway League reached an agreement impacting Broadway shows that will require all Equity members and those who come into contact with them to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and to be fully vaccinated for the coronavirus, though producers will be allowed to make exemptions for vaccination based on disabilities and religious reasons. Requirements for audience vaccination are not covered by the agreement, though some shows are requiring audiences to be fully vaccinated. (Playbill)

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