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The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney) (Template:Nyse) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. Founded on October 16, 1899 by brothers Walt and Roy Disney as a small animation studio, today it is one of the largest Hollywood studios and also owns nine theme parks and several television networks, including ABC.

Disney's corporate headquarters and primary production facilities are located at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. The company is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It had revenues of $31.9 billion in 2005.


Divisions

Disney's main operating units are Walt Disney Studio Entertainment, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Walt Disney Media Networks, and Walt Disney Consumer Products.

Studio Entertainment

Walt Disney Studio Entertainment, also known as the Walt Disney Studios, is possibly the most important function of the company. Headed by chairman Dick Cook, until 1990, the Walt Disney Company's main form of business was motion pictures. Today, the Walt Disney Studios is the collective name of Disney's movie studios, record labels, distribution companies, television studios, animation houses and any other form of optical media.

Record labels

Buena Vista Music Group

Theatrical

Animation

Parks and Resorts

Under Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the company also operates the ESPN Zone sports-themed restaurants. The company also owned through Anaheim Sports, Inc. the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim hockey club, which it recently agreed to sell to Broadcom executive Henry Samueli, and owned the Anaheim Angels baseball team, which was later sold to advertising magnate Arturo Moreno. Parks and Resorts also includes the two design studios, Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Creative Entertainment.

Media Networks

Its Media Networks unit is centered around the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) television network, which it acquired through a merger with Capital Cities/ABC in 1996.

Disney also operates its Hyperion publishing company and Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) through Media Networks. Hyperion has recently published books by comedian-author Steve Martin and bestselling author Mitch Albom. WDIG includes the Go.com web portal, based on the old Infoseek search engine which it purchased in 1998, and leading websites such as Disney.com, ESPN.com, and ABCNews.com.

Consumer Products

Current board of directors


Current division heads

Disney Chairmen of the Board

Disney CEOs

Disney Presidents

Disney COOs


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External links

Most recent financial statements

Annual reports

Books

  • The Disney Version: the life, times, art, and commerce of Walt Disney, Richard Schickel, 1968
  • Walt Disney: An American Original, Bob Thomas, 1976, revised 1994
  • Storming the Magic Kingdom: Wall Street, the raiders, and the battle for Disney, John Taylor, 1987
  • Building a Company: Roy O. Disney and the creation of an entertainment empire, Bob Thomas, 1998
  • The Keys to the Kingdom: how Michael Eisner lost his grip, Kim Masters, 2000
  • DisneyWar, James B. Stewart, 2005

External Links

The Disney Wiki[1]

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