Walt Disney Company, The

The Walt Disney Company is an entertainment and media corporation with global holdings that span theme parks, merchandise, films, and broadcast and cable outlets. This entry includes a brief history of Disney, its key acquisitions in the media industry, and several connected journalistic issues, including conflict of interest, press control, and Disney’s status as a media conglomeration.

A Very Brief History of the Disney Universe

The Disney universe traces its origins to 1923 in Los Angeles, California, with the production of short cartoons by brothers Walt and Roy Disney. The iconic Disney character Mickey Mouse made his debut in the animated film Steamboat Willie in 1928. The Walt Disney Studio started as a small, independent studio and eventually became an entertainment giant with full-length animated movies such ...

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