20 Facts About The Walt Disney Company

1. On June 8, 2018, The Walt Disney Company announced that Lasseter would be leaving the company by the end of the year, but would take on a consulting role until then.

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2. On March 23, 2017, The Walt Disney Company announced that Iger had agreed to a one-year extension of his term as CEO through July 2, 2019, and had agreed to remain with the company as a consultant for three years after stepping down.

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3. In September 2016, The Walt Disney Company was considering placing a bid for American online news and social networking service Twitter, But they dropped out partly due to concerns over abuse and harassment on the service.

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4. On March 24, 2014, The Walt Disney Company acquired Maker Studios, an active multi-channel network on YouTube, for $500 million.

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5. On October 30, 2012, The Walt Disney Company announced plans to acquire Lucasfilm in a deal valued at $4.05 billion.

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6. In March, ImageMovers Digital, which The Walt Disney Company had established as a joint venture studio with Robert Zemeckis in 2007, was shut down.

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7. In February 2006, The Walt Disney Company acquired the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit from NBC Universal as part of an exchange of minor assets.

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8. On July 25, 2005, The Walt Disney Company announced that it was closing DisneyToon Studios Australia in October 2006 after 17 years of existence.

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9. On May 15, 2003, The Walt Disney Company sold their stake in the Anaheim Angels baseball team to Arte Moreno.

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10. On November 30, 2003, The Walt Disney Company resigned from his positions as the company's vice chairman and chairman of Walt Disney Feature Animation, accusing Eisner of micromanagement, failures with the ABC television network, timidity in the theme park business, turning The Walt Disney Company into a "rapacious, soul-less" company, and refusing to establish a clear succession plan, as well as a string of box office film flops starting in the year 2000.

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11. In 2003, The Walt Disney Company became the first studio to record over $3 billion in worldwide box office receipts.

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12. In 1999, The Walt Disney Company purchased the remaining shares of Infoseek and launched the Go Network portal in January.

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13. Instead, The Walt Disney Company felt other internal "hot properties" deserved the company's attention.

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14. In September 1990, The Walt Disney Company arranged for financing up to $200 million by a unit of Nomura Securities for Interscope films made for Disney.

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15. In 1989, The Walt Disney Company signed an agreement-in-principle to acquire The Jim Henson Company from its founder, Muppet creator Jim Henson.

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16. In 1979, The Walt Disney Company entered a joint venture with Paramount Pictures on the production of the 1980 film adaptation of Popeye and Dragonslayer; the first time Disney collaborated with another studio.

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17. In 1967, the last two films The Walt Disney Company actively supervised were released, the animated feature The Jungle Book and the musical The Happiest Millionaire.

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18. In 1932, The Walt Disney Company signed an exclusive contract with Technicolor to produce cartoons in color, beginning with Flowers and Trees (1932).

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19. On December 14, 2017, The Walt Disney Company announced an agreement to acquire 21st Century Fox for $52 billion.

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20. Since the 1980s, The Walt Disney Company has created and acquired corporate divisions in order to market more mature content than is typically associated with its flagship family-oriented brands.

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