Netflix becomes latest major media company to suspend projects in Russia

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etflix has become the latest major media company to suspend all projects and acquisitions in Russia in response to the ongoing “humanitarian crisis” in Ukraine.

It is understood the streaming giant made the decision while it assesses the impacts of the ongoing events.

It comes as military forces continue their attacks in the country, following orders from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Netflix previously said it had “no plans” to carry 20 free channels in Russia, which may be required by Russian law.

Warner Bros has announced that it is suspending the release of its superhero blockbuster The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz, in Russia (Ian West/PA) / PA wire

Some of the channels, which include news, sports and entertainment, are said to be aligned with Russian authorities.

Other Hollywood-based entertainment giants including Universal, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, The Walt Disney Company and Paramount Pictures have already announced that they are ceasing operations in Russia for the time being.

“In response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, Universal Pictures has suspended planned theatrical releases in Russia,” a Universal Pictures spokesperson said.

In response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, Universal Pictures suspended planned theatrical releases in Russia.

On Tuesday, Paramount Pictures announced that the highly anticipated action comedy The Lost City – starring Channing Tatum, Sandra Bullock and Daniel Radcliffe – will not be shown in Russia.

Likewise, they suspended the release of Sonic The Hedgehog 2, featuring the voices of Idris Elba and Jim Carrey.

The film studios said: “As we witness the ongoing tragedy in Ukraine, we have decided to suspend the theatrical release of our upcoming films in Russia, including The Lost City and Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

“We support all those affected by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, Russia and in our international markets and will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds.”

Warner Bros also said it was suspending release of its superhero blockbuster The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz.

Sony Pictures has released its own vampire superhero movie Morbius, starring Jared Leto.

In addition to suspending the release of its films, Disney said it would work with its charity partners to provide “urgent aid and other forms of humanitarian assistance” to refugees.

Tech giants Apple, Google and Twitter have also scaled back their operations in Russia since the conflict began.

Cathy W. Howerton