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The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company
  • Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio
  • The Walt Disney Studio
  • Walt Disney Productions
Traded as
ISINUS2546871060 Edit this on Wikidata
PredecessorLaugh-O-Gram Studio
FoundedOctober 16, 1923 (1923-10-16)
HeadquartersTeam Disney Building, Walt Disney Studios, ,
Area served
Key people
ProductsTelevision, publishing, films, music, video games, amusement parks, broadcasting, radio, web portals
RevenueIncrease US$69.570 billion (2019)
Increase US$14.868 billion (2019)
Increase US$11.054 billion (2019)
Total assetsIncrease US$193.984 billion (2019)
Total equityIncrease US$93.889 billion (2019)
Number of employees
223,000 (September 28, 2019)
Websitethewaltdisneycompany.com Edit this at Wikidata
Footnotes / references

The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney (/ˈdɪzni/),[3] is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios complex in Burbank, California.

Disney was originally founded on October 16, 1923, by brothers Walt and Roy O. Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio; it also operated under the names The Walt Disney Studio and Walt Disney Productions before officially changing its name to The Walt Disney Company in 1986. The company established itself as a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into live-action film production, television, and theme parks.

Since the 1980s, Disney has created and acquired corporate divisions in order to market more mature content than is typically associated with its flagship family-oriented brands. The company is known for its film studio division, The Walt Disney Studios, which includes Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures, and Blue Sky Studios. Disney's other main units and reporting segments are Disney Media Networks, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, and Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International. Through these segments, Disney owns and operates the ABC broadcast network; cable television networks such as Disney Channel, ESPN, Freeform, FX, and National Geographic; publishing, merchandising, music, and theater divisions; and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, a group of 14 theme parks around the world.[4][5]

The company has been a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 1991. Cartoon character Mickey Mouse, created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, is one of the world's most recognizable characters and serves as the company's official mascot.

  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference annual 2018 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ "The Walt Disney Company 10-K Nov. 21, 2018 5:05 PM". Seeking Alpha. Archived from the original on May 3, 2019. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "Disney, Walt | Definition of Disney, Walt by Lexico". Lexico Dictionaries | English. Archived from the original on October 24, 2019. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  4. ^ "Parks & Destinations | Walt Disney World Resort". disneyworld.disney.go.com. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  5. ^ Sylt, Christian. "The Secrets Behind Disney's $2.2 Billion Theme Park Profits". Forbes. Archived from the original on February 15, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.

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