Disney apologizes to school charged for showing ‘Lion King’

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - The Walt Disney Co. has apologized to a California school that was charged a $250 licensing fee after showing the company’s film “The Lion King” during a fundraiser.

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, discusses the upcoming live-action film "The Lion King" during the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2019 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The Walt Disney Co. has apologized to a California school that was charged a $250 licensing fee after showing the company's film "The Lion King" during a fundraiser. Emerson Elementary School in Berkeley was billed by Movie Licensing USA on behalf of Disney for "illegally screening" the film at a "parent's night out" event that raised $800 last year, KPIX-TV reported Thursday, Feb. 5. (Source: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Emerson Elementary in Berkeley was billed for “illegally screening” the film at an event that raised $800.

PTA President David Rose says a parent bought the movie at Best Buy.

He says officials were shocked when they got the bill and didn’t know they were breaking any rules.

Disney CEO Bob Iger tweeted an apology to the school on behalf of the company.

Iger says he’ll personally donate to the school’s fundraising intitiative.

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