The Walt Disney Company

THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY OWNERSHIP MAP

ABC television network

ESPN

Disney Channels Worldwide

ABC Family

SOAPnet Networks

A&E Lifetime Television

The History Channel

Lifetime Movie Network

The Biography Channel

History International

Lifetime Real Women

Live Well Network

ESPN Radio Network

Radio Disney

ESPN The Magazine

Disney Publishing Worldwide

Juvenile Publishing

Digital Publishing

Disney Music Publishing

Marvel Publishing

Marvel Entertainment

ABC Studios

ABC Media Production

Pixar

Walt Disney Pictures

Walt Disney Records

Hollywood Records

Mammoth Records

Buena Vista Records

Lyric Street Records

Buena Vista Concerts

Disney Mobile

Disney Theatrical Productions

The Disney Store

Disney theme parks and water parks

Disney English

Disney Interactive Media Group

Disney Games

Playdom, Inc.

The Walt Disney Company started in October of 1923 as the Disney Brother’s Cartoon Studio. A household name ever since, Disney has grown to become the largest earning media corporation. Through out the 20th and into the 21st century, the Walt Disney Company has conglomerated ownership through many facets of the media industry, owning well-known media outlets such as ESPN, Buena Vista Records, Marvel, and The History Channel. What I found very interesting in observing all these companies under The Walt Disney Company is that Disney has successfully held an incognito presence in their media components. Disney is a household name across the world, and the name “Disney” is always associated with its frontage of innocence and make-believe. It seems that whenever the company chooses to market its name there is a certain mold that the public eye must associate with it. Thus, it is very interesting to notice that when consuming products such as ESPN, or Marvel, etc., one would not have any inclination that it was owned by the same Disney that brought the world Disney World, or the Disney Channel. I looked deeper into some of the companies that Disney owns to observe the media that they produce and I found some funny information. Disney’s Mammoth Records produced the soundtrack for the film Orgamzmo by the creators of South Park, and the album featured the Wu-Tang Clan – Quite different from the mouse ears that the Walt Disney Company wants the people to be familiar with.

Of the forty companies owned by Disney, only 13 are titled to be associated with the conglomerate.

I received this information from:

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

http://www.freepress.net/ownership/chart

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

 

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