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The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Logo Font
Type Public (NYSE: DIS)
Dow Jones Industrial Average Component
Founded 1923
Headquarters Burbank, California, U.S.
Founder(s) Walt Disney
Roy O. Disney
Key people Robert Iger(President & CEO)
John E. Pepper, Jr.(Chairman)
Steve Jobs(Shareholder & Board Member)
Industry Conglomerate
Products Motion pictures
Theme parks
Consumer products
Area served Worldwide
The Walt Disney Company (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, A&E Television Networks, 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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