The Walt Disney Company

American multinational mass media company
(Redirected from Walt Disney Productions)

The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate that is headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios complex in Burbank, California. Disney was started on October 16, 1923, by brothers Walt Disney and Roy Disney as Disney Brothers Studio; it also operated under the names Walt Disney Studio and Walt Disney Productions before changing its name to The Walt Disney Company in 1986.

The Walt Disney Company
  • Disney Brothers Studio
  • Walt Disney Studio
  • Walt Disney Productions
Company typePublic
PredecessorsLaugh-O-Gram Studio
FoundedOctober 16, 1923; 100 years ago (1923-10-16)
HeadquartersTeam Disney Building, Walt Disney Studios, ,
Area served
Key people
  • Susan Arnold
  • Bob Iger
    (CEO), John Nallen COO, Viet Dinh CLO, Steve Tomsic CFO, previously 20th Century Fox (now part of Disney) Stacey Snider CEO, John Gelke VP Global Operations, J Young SVP Growth, Gerard Devan Group Executive APAC, Stephanie Gruber Group Executive Television, Christopher Greavu Vice President of Sales.
RevenueIncrease US$82.722 billion (2022)
Increase US$12.121 billion (2022)
Increase US$3.145 billion (2022)
Total assetsIncrease US$203.631 billion (2022)
Total equityIncrease US$98.879 billion (2022)
Number of employees
c. 220,000 (2022)
Footnotes / references

Disney is known for Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast and Pinocchio. Pixar famous movies are Toy Story and Cars. Marvel Comics well known famous original comics such as Spider-Man and Hulk. Lucasfilm media franchises such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Jim Henson original franchise like The Muppets.

In its early days the company established itself as a leader in the animation industry with the short film Steamboat Willie, which used synchronized sound to become the first post-produced sound cartoon and debuted the widely popular character Mickey Mouse, who would go on to become the company's mascot and corporate icon.



The company's main units are Studio Entertainment, Parks and Resorts, Media Networks and Consumer Products.

Studio Entertainment


This unit, also called the Walt Disney Studios, is headed by Chairman Dick Cook. It consists of:

One of the Studios' largest assets lies in Walt Disney Animation Studios, which has made a successful string of animated movies for almost seven decades. Because of failures with most of their recent additions, it has changed its focus from traditional hand-drawn to CGI movies. Pixar, also owned by Disney, is one of the first studios to create CGI movies. Since 2009, Disney has bought three movie studios: Marvel Comics, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Studios.

On March 20, 2019, The Walt Disney Company bought 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion USD.[3]

Parks and Resorts


Worldwide, Disney has eleven theme parks (as of July 2024):

Disney once owned the sports teams, the Angels (baseball) and the Mighty Ducks (ice hockey), both based in Anaheim, California. These teams were later sold to other people.

Disney Enterprises Inc.


Disney Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of the company; the name is found in many of its franchises.

Media Networks


The ABC television network, which Disney bought in 1995, serves as the center of this unit. Cable television channels within it include Disney Channel, Disney XD, Freeform, ESPN and SOAPnet. It also partly owns Lifetime, A&E and E!.

Buena Vista Television, responsible for the syndication of many Disney series, produces some of its own as well: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Live with Regis and Kelly, and Ebert & Roeper.

Consumer Products


Merchandising and licensing within the company are overseen in this division. Disney Publishing Worldwide, part of this unit, has Disney Press, Disney Editions and Hyperion Books as its brands.

It once owned the Disney Store shopping chain until 2004, when it sold all the stores to The Children's Place.






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  2. Gibson, Kate (June 24, 2022). "Disney among slew of U.S. companies promising to cover abortion travel costs". CBS News. Archived from the original on July 14, 2022. Retrieved July 29, 2022.
  3. "Disney Acquired Fox And The Results Could Be Huge". BookMyShow. 15 December 2017. Archived from the original on 23 October 2020.

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