35 Facts About Walt Disney Company

1. Walt Disney Company ranked No 55 in the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.

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2. On June 8, 2018, 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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3. On March 23, 2017, 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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4. In September 2016, 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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5. On March 24, 2014, Walt Disney Company acquired Maker Studios, an active multi-channel network on YouTube, for $500 million.

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6. Walt Disney Company announced an intent to leverage the Star Wars franchise across its divisions, and planned to produce a seventh installment in the main film franchise for release in 2015.

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

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

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9. Walt Disney Company was the last member of the Disney family to be actively involved in the company.

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10. In February 2006, 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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11. On July 25, 2005, Walt Disney Company announced that it was closing DisneyToon Studios Australia in October 2006 after 17 years of existence.

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12. Walt Disney Company purchased the rights to The Muppets and the Bear in the Big Blue House franchises from The Jim Henson Company on February 17, 2004.

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

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14. On November 30, 2003, 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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15. In 2003, Walt Disney Company became the first studio to record over $3 billion in worldwide box office receipts.

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16. Walt Disney Company lawyers tried to indicate a decline situation which reveal some of the problems in the company.

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17. Walt Disney Company launched its cruise line with the christening of Disney Magic and a sister ship, Disney Wonder.

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

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19. Walt Disney Company purchased a minority stake in the Anaheim Angels baseball team around the same time.

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20. In September 1990, 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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21. In 1989, 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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22. Walt Disney Company began limited releases of its previous films on video tapes in the late 1980s.

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23. In Japan, The Oriental Land Walt Disney Company partnered with Walt Disney Productions to build the first Disney theme park outside of the United States, Tokyo Disneyland, which opened in April 1983.

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24. In 1979, 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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25. Walt Disney Company hired outside producers for film projects, which had never been done before in the studio's history.

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26. Walt Disney Company dabbled in the horror genre with The Watcher in the Woods, and financed the boldly innovative Tron; both films were released to minimal success.

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27. Walt Disney Company left the company under control of Donn Tatum, Card Walker, and Walt's son-in-law Ron Miller, each trained by Walt and Roy.

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

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29. Walt Disney Company continued to focus its talents on television throughout the 1950s.

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30. Walt Disney Company ended its distribution contract with RKO in 1953, forming its own distribution arm, Buena Vista Distribution.

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

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32. Walt Disney Company continued to produce cartoons with Mickey Mouse and other characters, and began the Silly Symphony series with Columbia Pictures signing on as Symphonies distributor in August 1929.

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33. Walt Disney Company completed 26 Oswald shorts before losing the contract in February 1928, due to a legal loophole, when Winkler's husband Charles Mintz took over their distribution company.

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

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35. Since the 1980s, 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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