The Walt Disney Company

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

The Walt Disney Company
Formerly
  • Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio
    (1923–1926)
  • The Walt Disney Studio
    (1926–1929)
  • Walt Disney Productions
    (1929–1986)
TypePublic
ISINUS2546871060
Industry
PredecessorLaugh-O-Gram Studio
FoundedOctober 16, 1923; 98 years ago (1923-10-16)
Founders
HeadquartersTeam Disney Building, Walt Disney Studios, ,
U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Products
Services
Revenue US$67.418 billion (2021)
US$7.766 billion (2021)
US$1.995 billion (2021)
Total assets US$203.609 billion (2021)
Total equity US$93.011 billion (2021)
Owners
Number of employees
190,000 (2021)
Divisions
Subsidiaries
Websitethewaltdisneycompany.com
Footnotes / references
[2]

Disney was originally founded on October 16, 1923, by brothers Walt and Roy O. Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio;[4] it also operated under the names the Walt Disney Studio and Walt Disney Productions before 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, Walt Disney Studios, which includes Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, 20th Century Animation, and Searchlight Pictures. Disney's other main business units include divisions in television, broadcasting, streaming media, theme park resorts, consumer products, publishing, and international operations. Through these various 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; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Disney+, Star+, ESPN+, Hulu, and Hotstar; and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, a group of 14 theme parks, resort hotels, and cruise lines around the world.[5][6] The cartoon character Mickey Mouse, created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, serves as the company's mascot.[7]

The company, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) with ticker symbol DIS,[8] has been a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 1991.[9] In August 2020, just under two-thirds of the stock was owned by large financial institutions.[10]


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