Blog Post #1 – The Walt Disney Company – Carly Smith

Walt and Roy Disney founded the Walt Disney Company in 1923. The company began as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. At this time, Disney was producing animated cartoon sketches. Disney’s first feature-length animated film was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It is hard to picture such an influential and multi-national company-starting out so small. Disney is now a mass media corporation that produces everything from films to vacation cruises.

 

The Walt Disney Company Ownership Map:

 

Film and Theater

  • Disneynature
  • Disney Theatrical Productions
  • Touchstone Pictures
  • Marvel Entertainment
  • LucasFilm
  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • DisneyToon Studios
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Pixar Animation Studios
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (Distribution)
  • Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Music

  • Disney Music Group
  • Hollywood Records
  • Walt Disney Records

Television

  • ABC-Owned Television Stations Group
  • WLS (Chicago, IL)
  • KFSN (Fresno, CA)
  • KTRK (Houston, TX)
  • KABC (Los Angeles, CA)
  • WABC (New York, NY)
  • WPVI (Philadelphia, PA)
  • WTVD (Raleigh-Durham, NC)
  • KGO (San Francisco, CA)
  • Disney ABC Television Group
  • ABC Television Network (ABC Daytime, ABC Entertainment, and ABC News)
  • ABC Family
  • ABC Studios
  • A&E Television Networks (50%)
  • The Biography Channel (50%)
  • Disney ABC Domestic Television
  • Disney ABC International Television
  • Disney-ABC-ESPN Television
  • Disney Channel Worldwide (Disney XD, Playhouse Disney, Jetix, and ABC Kids)
  • History (formerly The History Channel) (50%)
  • H2 (50%)
  • Hungama
  • Lifetime Entertainment Services (50%)
  • SOAPnet
  • Disney Junior (Flanders and the Netherlands)
  • ESPN, Inc. (80%)
  • ESPN (and ESPN.com and ESPN360.com)
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN 3D
  • ESPN Classic
  • ESPN Deportes
  • ESPNEWS
  • ESPNU
  • ESPN Enterprises
  • ESPN Interactive
  • ESPN International
  • ESPN Mobile Properties
  • ESPN on Demand
  • ESPN PPV
  • ESPN Regional Television
  • Longhorn Network

Radio

  • WDDY AM (Albany, NY)
  • WDWD AM (Atlanta, GA)
  • WMKI AM (Boston, MA)
  • WGFY AM (Charlotte, NC)
  • WRDZ AM (Chicago, IL)
  • WWMK AM (Cleveland, OH)
  • KMKI AM (Dallas-Fort Worth, TX)
  • KDDZ AM (Denver, CO)
  • WFDF AM (Detroit, MI)
  • KMIC AM (Houston, TX)
  • WRDZ FM (Indianapolis, IN)
  • KPHN AM (Kansas City, MO)
  • KDIS FM (Little Rock, AR)
  • KDIS AM (Los Angeles, CA)
  • WMYM AM (Miami, FL)
  • WKSH AM (Milwaukee, WI)
  • KDIZ AM (Minneapolis, MN)
  • WQEW AM (New York, NY)
  • WDYZ AM (Orlando, FL)
  • WWJZ AM (Philadelphia, PA)
  • KMIK AM (Phoenix, AZ)
  • KDZR AM (Portland, OR)
  • WDZY AM (Richmond, VA)
  • KIID AM (Sacramento, CA)
  • KWDZ AM (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • KRDY AM (San Antonio, TX)
  • KMKY AM (San Francisco, CA)
  • KKDZ AM (Seattle, WA)
  • WSDZ AM (St. Louis, MO)
  • WWMI AM (Tampa, FL)
  • ESPN Radio
  • WMVP (Chicago, IL)
  • KESN (Dallas-Fort Worth, TX)
  • KSPN (Los Angeles, CA)
  • WEPN (New York, NY)
  • WDDZ AM (Pittsburgh, PA)

Publishing

  • Hyperion Books
  • ABC Daytime Press
  • Hyperion
  • Jump At The Sun
  • Mirimax Books
  • Voice
  • Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • Disney Digital Books
  • Disney English
  • Disney Global Book Group
  • Global Children’s Magazines
  • U.S. Magazines
  • ESPN The Magazine (50% with Hearst)
  • ESPN Books

Parks and Resorts

  • Adventures by Disney
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Disneyland Resort
  • Disneyland Resort Paris (51%)
  • Disney Vacation Club
  • Hong Kong Disneyland (48%)
  • Shanghai Disney Resort (43%)
  • Tokyo Disney Resort (Owned and operated the Oriental Land Company)
  • Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Walt Disney World Resort

Other

  • The Baby Einstein Company
  • Club Penguin
  • Disney Consumer Products
  • The Disney Store
  • Disney Apparel
  • Disney Accessories & Footwear
  • Disney Fashion & Home
  • Disney Food
  • Disney Health & Beauty
  • Disney Stationery
  • Disney Toys
  • Disney Interactive Media Group
  • Disney Interactive Studios
  • Disney Online (Disney.com)
  • Disney Online Studios
  • Disney Mobile
  • El Capitan Theatre
  • The Muppets Studio
  • Playdom
  • Rocket Pack
  • UTV Software Communications

 

After researching The Walt Disney Company, it was extremely obvious to me that the company has a ridiculous amount of control in the media world. However, the most interesting and eye opening thing that I noticed was how many people this company has effected.

 

As a young child I grew up loving the Disney movies that we had in our house on VHS. Because of my love for the animated characters and story lines, my parents took me on a magical vacation to Disney World. As I grew older, my favorite channel to watch on TV was Disney.

The Walt Disney Company draws their consumers in at a young age and keeps them interested and engaged for a lifetime. Their wide range of products allows them to keep their customers happy throughout every stage in their life. Whether it’s enjoying an animated film as a toddler or planning a family trip to a theme park in their late 40s, Disney is prominent in every household.

 

Sources:

http://www.cjr.org/resources/?c=disney

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Walt_Disney_Company

http://thewaltdisneycompany.com/about-disney/disney-history/1930-01-01–1939-12-31

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