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The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company
Company nameThe Walt Disney Company
Company typePublic company
IndustryMedia conglomerate
FoundedLos Angeles, California, U.S.
(October 16, 1923)
Founder(s)Walt and Roy Disney
HeadquartersBurbank, California, U.S.
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleRobert Iger
(President and Chief executive officerCEO)
John E. Pepper, Jr.
Revenue(+) US$ 38.063 billion (FY 2010)
Operating income(+) US$ 6.627 billion (FY 2010)
Net income(+) US$ 4.313 billion (FY 2010)
Total assets(+) US$ 69.206 billion (FY 2010)
Total equity(+) US$ 39.342 billion (FY 2010)
Employees149,000 (FY 2010)
Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group
Disney Music Group
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Disney Interactive Media Group
Disney Consumer Products
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Theatrical
Pixar Animation Studios
Marvel Entertainment, LLC
ABC Inc.
ESPN (80%)
A&E Television Networks (42.5%)
Radio Disney
Hulu (27%)
UTV Software Communications

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The Walt Disney Company (NYSE - DIS) (commonly referred to as Disney) is the largest media conglomerate in the world in terms of revenue. Founded on October 16, 1923, by Walt and Roy Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio 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.

The company is best known for the products of its film studio, the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, and today one of the largest and best-known studios in Hollywood. Disney also owns and operates the ABC broadcast television network; cable television networks such as Disney Channel, ESPN, and ABC Family; publishing, merchandising, and theatre divisions; and owns and licenses 14 theme parks around the world. The company has been a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since May 6, 1991. An early and well-known cartoon creation of the company, Mickey Mouse, is the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company.

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