After an elementary school in California was faced with a $250 fine for screening “The Lion King” at a school fundraiser, Disney CEO Bob Iger apologized via Twitter on Thursday, according to Variety.
Our company @WaltDisneyCo apologizes to the Emerson Elementary School PTA and I will personally donate to their fund raising initiative.— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) February 6, 2020
Emerson Elementary School in Berkeley, California, raised $800 from a “parent’s night out” fundraiser where it screened the 2019 remake of “The Lion King,” according to CNN.
The school received an email from Movie Licensing USA, which manages licensing for Disney and other movie studios, informing them it would have to pay a $250 fine for the screening, CNN reported.
“Any time movies are shown without the proper license, copyright law is violated and the entity showing the movie can be fined by the studios. If a movie is shown for any entertainment reason — even in the classroom, it is required by law that the school obtains a public performance license,” the email read, according to CNN.
It is still unclear how Movie Licensing USA became aware of the screening, according to Variety.
Iger’s apology to the school comes after social media backlash to the $250 fine and criticism from local politicians, according to Fox Business.