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Walt Disney Co. – Overview
The Walt Disney Co. was founded on October 16, 1923 by the Disney brothers, Walt and Roy, as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. It is the biggest independent media conglomerate in the world (by revenue) and operates through four business segments: Media Networks, Parks & Resorts, Studio Entertainment and Consumer Products & Interactive Media.
Its headquarters are located at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California; while its current key person is Bob Iger (Chairman and CEO).
What type of services does Walt Disney Co. offer?
The Walt Disney Company, along with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company, providing services all around the world. The first business segment of Walt Disney Co., Media Networks, includes cable programming services (ESPN, Disney, and Freeform); broadcast television (ABC TV Network and other eight television stations); radio businesses (ESPN Radio and the Radio Disney network). It also produces and sells live-action and animated television programming, as well as subscription video on demand services and in home entertainment formats (DVD, Blu-Ray, and electric home video license)1.
The second business segment, Parks and Resorts segment owns and operates the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the Disneyland Resort in California, the Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures by Disney; and manages Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, and Shanghai Disney Resort, as well as licenses the operations of the Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan.
The company’s Studio Entertainment segment produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures for distribution in the home entertainment/television and theatrical markets, under the Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm, Pixar, Marvel, and Touchstone banners. This segment also produces stage plays and musical recordings, live entertainment events; and provides other post-production services. Its fourth business segment, the Consumer Products & Interactive Media licenses its trade names, characters (Mickey Mouse, Donald and others), and intellectual properties (visual, written); develops mobile games; and sells its products through The Disney Store (shopDisney.com, and shop.Marvel.com), as well as directly to retailers.
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