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The WB shield, the company's best-known logo.

Warner Bros. (pronounced "Warner Brothers", and frequently abbreviated as "WB") is one of the world's largest and best-known producers of film, television, and video game entertainment. Known as "Warner Bros.-Seven Arts" between 1967 and 1970, and now legally known as "Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc." It is part of the massive WarnerMedia (formerly TimeWarner) enterprise, now itself owned by AT&T which also has interests in cable networks like CNN, Cartoon Network/[adult swim] and HBO (in addition to many more). Time Warner was even larger than that in the past, with operations in books, magazines, cable systems and music (see below) as well as ownership of America Online, although that would be another entire page.

The company was founded in 1918 by Warner siblings, Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack. It elevated itself to the top tier of film studios by purchasing Vitagraph in 1925 and First National in 1928. Among the company's early innovations was to popularize true synchronized sound films like The Jazz Singer which began the sound era of Hollywood. WB became well known for its socially-conscious dramas and hard-hitting gangster films in the 1930s and its many Film Noir pictures in the '40s, not to mention unleashing Looney Tunes on the world.

Its Vanity Plate is the WB shield. There used to be a Fanfare as its logo theme, but unlike 20th Century Fox, it never caught on, and was used irregularly to begin with. Its current theme is the instrumental version of "As Time Goes By" from the movie Casablanca, one of the company's greatest films.

Not to be confused with the Warner Brothers (OR the Warner Sister). Nor should it be confused with Michigan J. Frog's network, which later transformed into today's The CW, of which the studio owns half (the other half belonging to CBS).

The once-separate New Line Cinema has, since 2008, been a subdivision of WB, which explains why its notable films are listed here. It was inherited from Turner Broadcasting System upon Time Warner's purchase of that company in 1996, and operated as autonomously from WB as it could up to that point.

If anyone is going to ask, Warner Music Group is entirely separate and has not been connected to Time Warner since 2004; it has, since July of 2011, been in the hands of Access Industries (although WB owns its own label — WaterTower Music). Warner Bros. Records, which has its own article, uses the WB name and shield logo under free license from Time Warner. Warner Books was also sold off in 2004, and is currently known as Grand Central Publishing after the Time Warner Book Group was sold to Hachette Book Group in 2006. Time Warner Cable was spun off in 2009 and rebranded as Spectrum under Charter Communications in 2016. Time Warner also embarked on a $165 billion merger with AOL (the most expensive media merger of all time) in 2001, which didn't turn out so well after the dot-com bubble burst and dial-up began to fall out of favor (Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes described it as "the biggest mistake in corporate history" and "misguided in the first place"); AOL was sold in 2009 and is currently in the hands of Verizon.

Telecommunications conglomerate AT&T announced plans to acquire Time Warner for $108 billion in 2016, a deal which was met with intense scrutiny from the United States Department of Justice, who argued that it would make the industry anti-competitive. Due to a lawsuit from the federal government, the merger was delayed significantly until a verdict could be reached; thankfully for AT&T and Time Warner, they ultimately prevailed in the legal battle. The decision in the landmark case ultimately paved the way for other pending mergers, showing how Hollywood's landscape would be drastically altered by the rise of streaming services. The merger was complete in 2018, and not long after that, Time Warner rebranded as WarnerMedia, causing the original name to be retired once and for all.

Among its many holdings, the studio owns DC Comics and its MAD magazine, Hanna-Barbera, TMZ and Turner Entertainment, the copyright holder to the pre-1986 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer library as well as Warner's own pre-1950 output. Turner Entertainment also distributes the RKO Pictures library in North America and Australia (aside from It's a Wonderful Life, which is with Paramount).

At one point, the Rotten Tomatoes film recommendation website was controlled by WB (RT's parent company Flixster was bought by Time Warner in 2011 to improve Warner's home entertainment distribution channels), which is pretty surprising considering that a film studio controls what drives people to theatres to watch their output (but then again, it's not that much different from Disney owning the famous movie critic show, Siskel & Ebert), but WB sold a majority interest of Flixster to Comcast-owned NBCUniversal in 2016, in a deal that gave it a minority interest in movie ticketing service Fandango and its affiliated digital video retailer Fandango Now.

Films produced and/or distributed (incomplete list):

Films Produced by New Line Cinema:

Live-action TV series produced (incomplete list):

Animated TV series (series marked with a (*) indicates a co-production with Amblin Entertainment):note 

Music artists and recordings:

Notable video games published, developed, or licensed:

Anime on which Warner Bros. Entertainment Japan is a member of the production committee (generally with Showgate):

Alternative Title(s): Warner Brothers