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What Disney owns: An in-depth breakdown of Disney’s assets.

Disney owns everything, well… Not everything but Disney are one of the biggest companies in the world – and somehow feels like they slip under the radar. 

While browsing through Disney+, you’ll see many movies that you wouldn’t expect on there. So, it poses the question, which companies does Disney own?   

It feels like Disney owns everything, with countless movie franchises under their belt and some of the biggest names like the purchase of 20th Century Fox in recent years. 

This has also added to their bulging portfolio, with offerings of endless franchises (Marvel and Star Wars), Disney really does own a lot of films and companies. 

One company that we find people are unaware that Disney owns part of is GoPro. Disney’s reach has come so far that it’s almost impossible to find out what companies and franchises Disney owns. 

Checkout the infographic below. It shows who and what Disney owns

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What companies does Disney own?

Disney owns numerous companies, and below, we have broken down which companies Disney currently owns and the stake Disney holds within each.

  • ABC
  • ESPN (80% stake)
  • Touchstone Pictures
  • Marvel
  • Lucasfilm
  • A&E (50% equity holding with Hearst Corporation)
  • The History Channel (50% equity holding with Hearst Corporation)
  • Lifetime (50% equity holding with Hearst Corporation)
  • Pixar
  • Hollywood Records
  • Vice Media (10% stake)
  • Core Publishing

It is an impressive set of companies Disney owns, and they’ve done it well under the radar. They’re one of the biggest media companies in the universe, yet it doesn’t seem to feel like it. 

Disney+ (Disney’s rival to Netflix and Prime) reveals companies and franchises’ wealth with its vast catalogue of incredible programs, movies, and documentaries they have on offer.

How many companies does Disney own?

Disney owns an incredible amount of businesses, an endless list. They own companies from ESPN to ABC Family Worldwide and even have their hand in businesses such as GoPro. 

The list really is huge; check out the full breakdown here; it will blow your mind.    

What film franchises does Disney own?

Disney owns a lot of your favourite film franchises. 

My favourite Star Wars was an acquisition fans potentially would destroy the brand, but they’ve produced incredible films and have added to the legendary film franchise. 

Here are the franchises Disney owns: 

  • Star Wars
  • The Muppets
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Disney Princesses/Princes 
  • The Chronicles of Narnia Franchise
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise
  • Pixar Films (such as Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Cars)
  • The Winnie the Pooh Franchise
  • The Indiana Jones Franchise
  • Grey’s Anatomy

This is a huge selection of multiple franchises, all in different sectors of media – and ones that perform highly. 

These acquisitions have helped Disney grow into the monster it is today; we can only see this slowly getting bigger and better throughout the years.

Who owns Disney? 

Disney was once owned and founded by Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney (yep, Walt’s brother). It was actually originally known as Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. 

Now Disney is chaired by Bob Iger, and the CEO is  Bob Chapek. Bob Iger was the CEO from 2005-2020 and has now stepped into an Executive Chairman role. 

Before Bob Iger took on the role, Disney didn’t have as many brands, franchises, and companies under them as they do now. He put a lot of time into acquiring businesses to grow Disney’s portfolio and get them to its size today.

How many people work at Disney?

The number of people who work for Disney exceeds over 210,000 people – pretty incredible for a couple of brothers with a big dream!

This is only going to grow and grow, judging by the success of recent acquisitions and the projects they have coming up – exciting times for Disney.

What was Disney originally known as?

Disney was originally known as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio from 1923–1926, when the business was first created. They moved onto The Walt Disney Studio for the next three years, from 1926–1929.  

They then moved on, naming the company Walt Disney Productions from 1929–1986.

Now Disney is known as – The Walt Disney Company, or simply put Disney. We hope this article on what Disney owns was helpful to you! If so, let us know your thoughts down below in the comments. Below are some articles to help you achieve your filmmaking dreams, like Walt Disney. At iFilmThings, we are here to help you achieve your filmmaking dreams.

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