As I first reported on Friday, Steven Spielberg has had a longstanding 2% consulting deal with Universal theme parks dating back to the days when Lew Wasserman/Sid Sheinberg controlled the studio. Nowadays, that’s worth $50 million a year to the director, according to DreamWorks insiders. But here’s the really interesting part: Universal’s theme parks relationship with Spielberg is exclusive. Which means he can certainly license his movies for attractions to anyone he wants. But in terms of consulting with theme parks, that has been and will be exclusive for many years to come. So forget any Spielberg/Disney theme parks alliance in the near future.
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