The four-year co-financing deal is valued at about $450 million, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter who was not authorized to comment publicly on the matter.
It will cover as many as 75 titles from Burbank-based Warner Bros. and is effective immediately, Warner Bros. announced Monday afternoon.
The first picture covered by the new pact is the
"This agreement gives us increased strength and flexibility in the motion picture division and an even greater ability to manage risk as we continue to produce high-quality filmed entertainment for the global audience," said Kevin Tsujihara, chief executive of Warner Bros., in a statement.
The new financing deal covers films from all genres and all budgets, including tentpole pictures.
The Times reported on July 11 that Warner Bros. and Dune were negotiating to close a new financing arrangement for the studio's movie slate that would be worth more than $400 million.
Dune, which is headed by Mnuchin, the founder of OneWest Bank Group LLC, previously had a financing deal with Fox Filmed Entertainment. Dune has financed such movies as
"Warner Bros. Pictures has an incredible track record of success with the most valuable franchise properties, the best relationships in the creative community and an extremely talented executive team," said Mnuchin in a statement.
The new financing arrangement is a key deal for Warner Bros., a division of Time Warner Inc., and Hollywood's largest movie studio. In July, WB's longtime partner Legendary Entertainment left the lot and struck a production, co-financing and distribution deal with rival Universal Pictures.
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