Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (formerly known as Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc. until 2007) is an American film distribution studio within the Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution division of the Walt Disney Company.[1] It handles theatrical and occasional digital distribution, marketing and promotion for films produced and released by the Walt Disney Studios, including Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Studios; Disney's Searchlight Pictures label operates its own autonomous theatrical distribution and marketing unit.[2]

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Formerly
  • Buena Vista Film Distribution Company, Inc. (1953–1960)
  • Buena Vista Distribution Company, Inc. (1960–1987)
  • Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc. (1987–2007)
TypeDivision
IndustryFilm
FoundedJune 23, 1953; 68 years ago (1953-06-23)
Headquarters500 South Buena Vista Street, ,
U.S.
ServicesFilm distribution, film promotion
ParentDisney Platform Distribution
Divisions
  • Walt Disney Studios Marketing
  • Worldwide Special Events
Subsidiaries

The company was originally established in 1953 as Buena Vista Film Distribution Company, Inc. (later renamed to Buena Vista Distribution Company, Inc. and Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.). It took on its current name in 2007.[3][4]

Before 1953, Walt Disney's productions were distributed by Screen Gems (1924–1926), Film Booking Offices of America (1926–1927), Universal Pictures (1927–1928), Celebrity Productions (1928–1930), Columbia Pictures (1930–1932), United Artists (1932–1937, 1943), and RKO Radio Pictures (1937–1956).[5]


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