Scarlett Johansson’s Lawsuit and Disney Brand ‘Carnage': Is CEO Bob Chapek to Blame?

“Disney’s approach under Iger would have been markedly different,” one lawyer says

As Hollywood grapples with the bombshell lawsuit filed by Scarlett Johansson against Disney last Thursday, entertainment executives, agents and producers are split on what kind of fallout Disney will face and whether CEO Bob Chapek is to blame for the “carnage” to the company’s standing in Hollywood’s talent community.

Multiple insiders who spoke to TheWrap said they were surprised that the contract dispute was allowed to burst into public view at all. And while the industry may be facing a watershed moment over streaming and movie star profit participation, they also wonder if this is a crisis created by Chapek, who has few talent relationships and little practical experience dealing with movie stars.

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Beatrice Verhoeven

Film Editor, Twitter: @bverhoev

Umberto Gonzalez

Film Reporter ◘◘Twitter: @elmayimbe

Diane Haithman

Senior Entertainment Business Reporter • • @dhaithman