Emerson Elementary School, located in California, was charged a $250 licensing fee for showing the 2019 remake of “The Lion King” during a fundraiser. The movie was originally purchased by one of the parents at a local Best Buy and screened during an event called “Parent’s Night Out.”
Since the school did not have a license with Disney, Movie Licensing USA on behalf of Disney sent the school a bill for “illegally screening” the film. The $250 fee would have cut into 31 percent of the school’s fundraising profits. Disney CEO Bob Iger tweeted an apology to the school on behalf of the company. He realized that rather than charging people to show the movie, they should be paying people considering how terrible it was.