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Which Entertainment Companies Cut Ties With Russia

Walt Disney Co., Sony Corp., WarnerMedia and Universal Pictures are some of them.

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With the escalation of the war in Ukraine, entertainment organizations have intensified the cultural ban against Russia.

Film Studios Walt Disney Co., Sony Corp. and AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia have halted the theatrical release of films in Russia, including Pixar’s “Turning Red,” Sony’s “Morbius” and Warner Bros.’ “The Batman.”

In addition, Paramount Pictures said it would delay the Russian releases of its films “The Lost City” and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” and Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp., joined the suspensions on March 1.

In a statement, Disney said: “We will make future business decisions based on how the situation evolves. In the meantime, given the scale of the emerging refugee crisis, we are working with our NGO partners to provide urgent relief and other humanitarian assistance to refugees.” refugees”.

The Cannes Film Festival does not allow Russian delegations to participate in the May festivities.

Despite the above, Russia’s parliament on Friday approved a censorship law that imposes prison sentences of up to 15 years and fines for those accused of spreading “fake news” about the military. Those calling for sanctions against Russia and protesting the invasion of Ukraine can also be punished.

As a result, BBC news withdrew from Russia, citing security concerns for its staff. Bloomberg News also temporarily halted news gathering inside Russia. CNN has suspended broadcasts.

On March 1, the National Association of Broadcasters urged US companies to stop broadcasting Russian state media.

Roku Inc. and DirecTV , a joint venture of AT&T and TPG Inc., have left the Russian-backed news network RT. RT America then announced that it would close its US offices and lay off most of its staff, according to CNN.

Netflix Inc. said it would challenge requirements to stream Russian news channels on its local language service in Russia. Additionally, Netflix has also halted all Russian projects and acquisitions, including four Russian originals in production, according to Variety.

The National Association of Television Programming Executives banned Russian companies from participating in its international television sales market this June.

WWE ended its association with Russian broadcaster Match and shut down the WWE Network in Russia. The Eurovision Song Contest, the international songwriting contest that drew 183 million viewers last year, has banned Russian performances.

On the publicity side, Cannes Lion does not allow Russians to appear or attend its awards ceremony in June. WPP, one of the world’s largest advertising agencies, is closing its operations in Russia, which employs nearly 1,400 people.

Similarly, one of the world’s largest concert promoters, Live Nation Entertainment Inc. , has said it won’t do shows in Russia and is weeding out Russian suppliers, NPR reports. Headliners including Twenty One Pilots, The Killers and Green Day have canceled upcoming concerts in Russia.

New York’s Carnegie Hall replaced Russian conductor Valery Gergiev and pianist Denis Matsuev for a February 25 performance with the Vienna Philharmonic. Both artists signed an open letter supporting Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, according to the New York Times. Gergiev has since been fired as chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic.

The New York Metropolitan Opera said it will no longer engage with artists or institutions that support or are supported by Putin until the Ukraine invasion ends. In the UK, the Royal Opera House has canceled the Bolshoi Ballet’s summer performances.


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