• The CEO talked about the hard work and effort of the people at WarnerMedia through a statement he released Thursday
  • 17 Warner Bros. films, which are slated to premiere in theaters, will have simultaneous streaming on HBO Max
  • The pandemic played a big role in the company’s decision to pursue this project

Following the announcement of Warner Bros. Pictures Group’s hybrid distribution model, WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar has lauded the employees of the company.

Kilar praised the people at WarnerMedia for their hard work and innovation, through a statement released by WarnerMedia on Thursday. According to Kilar, their mission was to move the world through story and it was a privilege they never took for granted.

Jason Kilar, CEO of Hulu, LLC, speaks during the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecom Summit in New York
Jason Kilar, CEO of Hulu, LLC, speaks during the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecom Summit in New York May 20, 2008. REUTERS

“I want to say that none of this would be possible without the hard work of so many people at WarnerMedia,” Kilar said.

“I am so proud of how this amazing team is inventing and collaborating on behalf of customers, blazing new ground with each passing day,” he added.

The WarnerMedia CEO further said that the entire team, including him, were “extremely” fortunate to have been given the opportunity to do what they do each day.

The 2021 Warner Bros. films, which will be shown in the U.S. and international theaters, will simultaneously premiere in WarnerMedia’s streaming platform, HBO Max under the new distribution model.

All Warner Bros. films, slated to be released on HBO Max, will be available in 4K Ultra HD and HDR, according to the company’s press release Thursday.

A total of 17 films will be released throughout the year in HBO Max. “Cry Macho,” “The Many Saints of Newark,” “Mortal Kombat,” “In The Heights,” “Reminiscence,” “Malignant,” “Black Messiah,” “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” “King Richard,” “The Little Things" and “Judas" will be part of the roster, in addition to the previously reported “The Matrix 4” and “Godzilla vs. Kong.”

The much-awaited “Wonder Woman 1984” is reportedly expected to be released later this month in theaters. Simultaneously, the film will be available on HBO Max at no extra cost, according to the entertainment giant.

Kilar previously said that move to release “Wonder Woman 1984” in HBO Max was unprecedented. However, the company considered several factors before making such a decision, including the pandemic, the company’s belief theatrical experience, their mission to support the entire “Wonder Woman 1984” team and the fans.