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The Walt Disney Company
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Current Name The Walt Disney Company
Role Mass Media Corporation
Predecessor(s) Laugh-O-Gram Studio
Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio
The Walt Disney Studio
Walt Disney Productions
Founded Los Angeles, California
October 16, 1923
Key Figure(s) Walt Disney (Co-Founder)
Roy O. Disney (Co-Founder)
Robert A. Iger (CEO)
Subsidiaries Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Theatrical
Walt Disney India Ltd.
Pixar Animation Studios
Marvel Entertainment, LLC
Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC
The Muppets Studio, LLC
ABC, Inc.
ESPN Inc. (80%)
A&E Television Networks, Inc. (50%)
Radio Disney
Hulu (32%)
UTV Software Communications, Ltd.
Maker Studios
Twentieth Century Fox

The Walt Disney Company, usually shortened to simply Disney, is the largest media and entertainment conglomerate in the world in terms of revenue.


Founded on October 16, 1923, by brothers Walt Disney and Roy Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, the company was reincorporated as Walt Disney Productions, Ltd. in 1929, and became publicity-traded as Walt Disney Productions in 1938. Walt Disney Productions established itself as a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into live-action film production, television, and travel. Taking on its current name in 1986, The Walt Disney Company expanded its existing operations and also started divisions focused upon theatre, radio, publishing, and online media. In addition, it has created new divisions of the company in order to market more mature content than it typically associates with its flagship family-oriented brands.

Disney owns Buena Vista Home Entertainment. It later purchased Marvel Entertainment and all its subsidiaries on December 31, 2009 for $4.24 billion.

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