The Walt Disney Company
"Disney" redirects here. For the film producer and entrepreneur, see Walt Disney.
The Walt Disney Company (commonly referred to as Disney) is one of the worlds largest media and entertainment corporations.
The company was founded in 1923 as a small animation studio, Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, by Walt and Roy Disney. In 1929 it was re-incorperated as Walt Disney Productions, and in 1986 the name changed to the current.
The Wonderful World of Disney, premiering in 1954, was the first TV series produced by Disney (although a hand full of TV specials predates it). At the time, Disney was a significantly smaller company, and no specific television arm was needed - thus all early Disney TV productions were produced by the parent company itself, then named Walt Disney Productions.
During the 1980's, Disney expanded its business, which, among other things, included TV production subsidiaries: Walt Disney Television (established in 1983), Walt Disney Television Animation (1984) and Touchstone Television (1985), as well as a cable network: Disney Channel (1983).
Today Disney has grown to be one of the largest companies in the US television industry. Major television related acquirings made by Disney during the last decade include: Fox Family (later renamed ABC Family) and Saban Entertainment (including Marvel Productions) in 2001; The Muppets and other related productions in 2004 (forming The Muppets Studio); Pixar Animations Studios in 2006; Marvel Entertainment (including Marvel Studios and Marvel Animation) in 2009; and Lucasfilm Ltd. (including Lucasfilm Television and Lucasfilm Animition) in 2012.
Current US television assets
- ABC Family
- Disney Channel
- Disney XD
- A&E Television Networks and Lifetime Entertainment Services (joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (50%), Hearst Corporation (50%))
- ESPN, Inc. (joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (80%) and Hearst Corporation (20%))
- Including ESPN and its sister networks.
- Hulu (joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (32%), 21st Century Fox (36%) and NBCUniversal (32%)
Live-action production companies
- ABC Studios
- ABC Entertainment
- ABC News
- It's a Laugh Productions
- Greengrass Productions
- Lucasfilm Television
- Marvel Television
- The Muppets Studio
- Horizon Productions
Additional US television assets
- Jetix Concept Animation
- Walt Disney Productions
- Walt Disney Television
- Jumbo Pictures
- The Baby Einstein Company