Creator / Warner Bros.

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The fundamental things apply, dun, as time goes by! The WB shield, the company's best known logo.
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The short-lived Warner Bros.-Seven Arts logo.
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The 1970s logo designed by Saul Bass.

One of the world's largest and best-known producers of film, television, music, and video game entertainment. Pronounced "Warner Brothers". 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 Time Warner media enterprise which also has interests in cable networks like CNN and HBO. Time Warner was even larger than that in the past, with operations in 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 50%.

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. Warner Bros. Records has its own article. 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 also embarked on a merger with AOL in the early 2000s- which didn't turn out so well after the dot-com bubble burst and dial-up began to fall out of favor; AOL was sold in 2009 and is currently in the hands of Verizon.

The studio owns DC Comics and its MAD Magazine, Hanna-Barbera, and Turner Entertainment, the copyright holder to the pre-1986 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer library as well as the studio's own pre-1950 output. Turner Entertainment also distributes the RKO Pictures library in North America and Australia.

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 outputnote , 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: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 Bros, Warner Brothers

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