Will Smith Suffers Catastrophic Loss After Oscars Slap: $170,000,000 a Year Revenue Trickles Down as He Struggles to Land Deals – Report

After the infamous Oscars slap, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s media company was reportedly having trouble landing streaming deals.

Remember the cringe-worthy moment when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, 2022? What initially seemed like a lighthearted exchange quickly escalated into a nightmare, at least for the Men in Black star. The incident not only made headlines, but also harmed the actor’s reputation and that of his media company, Westbrook.

Founded by Smith and his wife, Westbrook’s debut film, King Richard, was met with critical acclaim and a number of accolades, including six nominations for the 94th Academy Awards. Once considered a major player in the entertainment industry, Westbrook has faced daunting difficulties since the infamous Oscar slap incident.

Westbrook, which was projected to bring in $170 million from a variety of entertainment production agreements, has seen major deals slip through its fingers, putting the company at a crossroads.


Will Smith in King Richard

Will Smith in King Richard

 

The Impact of 2022 Oscar Slap on Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Company

We learned from RadarOnline that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith had hoped to sell their entertainment company, Westbrook, for nearly $1 billion, months before the former slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars in 2022. However, as a result of the actor and writer strikes, they had to lay off employees and their business slowed down in the months that followed.

Semafor’s shocking report claims that prior to the slap incident, the couple had discussions about selling Westbrook to a business named Candle Media. Smith’s company was valued at $600 million by Candle Media, far less than the $1 billion the couple thought it was worth. Thus, according to Semfaor, the agreement fell through.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith on Red Table Talk

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith on Red Table Talk


Westbrook had an office in Calabasas and employed roughly one hundred people. A variety of series for Disney+, Apple TV, Snapchat, Netflix, Hulu, and the Oscar-nominated King Richard were helping the company do incredibly well in the months following the collapse of the deal.

As per the report, Westbrook was projected to generate $170 million in revenue by 2022. In March of that year, Smith stormed onto the stage to confront Chris Rock following the comedian’s joke about the former’s wife. The reaction to the incident was swift. Semafor was informed by sources that Westbrook
Has struggled to land major deals with the streamers and other entertainment giants, forcing it to make steep cuts.”
The report states that half of Westbrook’s staff were let go and the company’s revenue dropped to $100 million the year before. Many of its partners also made the decision to not extend their contracts with Smith’s company.

Hollywood Agent Said That He Would No Longer Work With Will Smith’s Westbrook 

Hollywood was divided over what should be done in response to Will Smith and Chris Rock’s altercation at the 2022 Oscars. A Hollywood agent declared he was done with Smith’s production company, Westbrook. The agent, who asked to remain anonymous, informed TheWrap:
“I’m not giving Westbrook any projects. And I may even blow up the ones that I have that are currently in negotiations. What’s Westbrook without Will? Nothing.”.

Will Smith in I Am Legend

Will Smith in I Am Legend

Founded in 2019, Westbrook is best known for co-producing King Richard, for which Smith won an Oscar. Several television shows have also been produced by it, including Netflix’s Cobra Kai, Peacock’s Bel Air, and Jada Pinkett Smith’s talk show Red Table Talk.

It is unclear how ‘the Slap’ fallout will impact Smith’s immediate and long-term goals indefinitely, as the agent continued:
“I think he’s not setting up many — if any — projects until the fall. And he just cost himself a premium. His brand is permanently tarnished in regards to [four-quadrant films, which appeal to all audiences]..”

Well, the fallout from the Oscars slap incident undoubtedly left a mark on Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s media company, Westbrook. With substantial contracts falling out of their grasp and revenue trickling down, Westbrook finds that it’s facing major challenges. But there is still hope for a comeback if one is determined and committed to atonement. As the dust settles, it will be interesting to see how Westbrook handles this difficult period and emerges stronger than ever before.


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