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The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Voice (818) 560-1000
www.disney.com
1901
Walter E. Disney is born
1928
Mickey Mouse is featured for the first time in the short animated film, Steamboat Willie
1929
Walt Disney Productions formed
1937
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is released. It is Disney's first full length animated film
1940
Walt Disney Productions offers stock as the company goes public to help lower debt. The company also moves its operations from Hollywood to Burbank, CA.
1941
Disney animation workers go out on strike for five months. Deal to return back to work is finally brokered by federal mediators
1943
The American Broadcast Company network is formed after the FCC rules that NBC must sell one of its two radio networks. The NBC Blue network is sold to Edward J. Noble for $8 million. Noble made his money as the creator of Lifesavers candy.
1945
Walt's brother, Roy, becomes president of company
1947
Walt Disney testifies in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities
1951
Leonard Goldstein and United Paramount Theaters buy ABC for $25 million
1953
Buena Vista Distribution Company is formed to act as Disney film distributor
1954
Disneyland, the first weekly television series from the studio debuts on ABC
1955
Disneyland opens in Anaheim, CA at a cost of $17 million. The ABC television network is partial investor in Disneyland. The Mickey Mouse Club airs on ABC for the first time. Howard Hughes offers to sell Disney the RKO studio but Walt and Roy decline the deal
1960
Disney buys out ABC's remaining financial interest in Disneyland
1966
Walt Disney dies from lung cancer
1970
Monday Night Football debuts
1971
Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, FL.
1979
ESPN is launched
1983
Tokyo Disneyland opens. The Disney Channel makes its debut on cable television
1984
Michael Eisner becomes the new CEO for Walt Disney Productions. ABC in a deal with Getty Oil acquires ESPN. ABC sells 20% of the sports cable network to Nabisco who in turn later deals the stake to Hearst
1986
Company changes name from Walt Disney Productions to the Walt Disney Company. Capital Cities Communication, a large broadcasting group, acquires the ABC television network for 3.5 $billion.
1987
ESPN is awarded the National Football League's first cable broadcasting deal
1992
Disney is awarded a National Hockey League expansion team to be called The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim make their league debut. ESPN Radio is launched
1993
Disney acquires Miramax Films
1995
Disney announces its intent to purchase Capital Cities/ABC for $19 billion. The deal is the largest media merger in history to the point and the second largest sum of money ever paid for a U.S. company
1996
Capital Cities/ABC officially becomes part of the Disney Company. Disney.com is launched. Disney gains ownership stake in Major League Baseball's California Angels. Team later changes its name to the Anaheim Angels. Radio Disney is launched
1997
Knight Ridder purchases Disney's four newspapers (Kansas City Star, Forth Worth Star-Telegram, Wilkes Barre Times Leader, Belleville News-Democrat) for $1.65 billion
1998
ESPN The Magazine is launched
1999
Fairchild Publications is sold to Advance Publications. The magazine chains includes such titles as W, Jane, and Women's Wear Daily
2000
Robert Iger becomes president and COO
2001
News Corp. sells Fox Family Worldwide to Disney. Cable channel later becomes known as ABC Family
2002
ESPN and ABC announce their acquisition of the National Basketball Association's television broadcasting rights
2003
Anaheim Angels sold to Phoenix businessman Arturo Moreno for just over $180 million
2003
Roy Disney resigns as vice-chairman of the Walt Disney entertainment group
2005
Bob Iger replaces Michael Eisner as CEO
2006
Disney purchases the rights to Pixar
2008
Disney buys back rights to Disney Store, which had previously been owned by The Children's Store
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
last updated 2/14/2013

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