Most Entertainment companies have pulled back on releasing new movies and T.v content in Russia.
The Walt Disney Company is halting the release of its upcoming films in Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are pausing the release of theatrical films in Russia, including the upcoming ‘Turning Red’ from Pixar,” a spokesperson for The Walt Disney Company said. “We will make future business decisions based on the evolving situation. In the meantime, given the scale of the emerging refugee crisis, we are working with our NGO partners to provide urgent aid and other humanitarian assistance to refugees.”
Disney was the first U.S. film studio to take a stance against Russia, since the Feb. 24 invasion.
Shortly after Disney’s move, Warner Bros. announced that it is pulling the release of “The Batman” from Russia ahead of its release this weekend.
Netflix said it had no plans to add any state-run Russian channels to its service, which under a Russian regulation could try and mandate that Netflix carry the stations.
“Given the current situation, we have no plans to add these channels to our service,” a Netflix spokesman said. The statement alludes to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The spokesperson did not comment on whether the company had informed Russia of any decision.