Disney Entertainment
Company typeDivision
PredecessorDisney Media and Entertainment Distribution
FoundedFebruary 8, 2023; 11 months ago (2023-02-08)
HeadquartersWalt Disney Studios, ,
U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Products
Services
ParentThe Walt Disney Company
Divisions
SubsidiariesFox Networks Group

Disney Entertainment is a major business segment of The Walt Disney Company created on February 8, 2023, which consists of its entertainment media and content businesses, including its motion picture film studios, television divisions, streaming services and overseas businesses. Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED) was dissolved and had its divisions and units consolidated into Disney Entertainment upon formation of the latter.

Background and history

On November 20, 2022, The Walt Disney Company announced the dismissal of then-CEO Bob Chapek and the return of its formerly-retired predecessor Bob Iger.[1] The following day, Iger announced that Kareem Daniel would step down as chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED), which would be later reorganized into a new unit with Dana Walden, Alan Bergman, James Pitaro and Christine McCarthy being involved in its creation. Iger reasoned that the move was intended to return "more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs".[2]

On February 8, 2023, Disney announced a corporate restructuring that included the establishment of Disney Entertainment, with Walden and Bergman serving as co-chairmen. Operations of Disney Streaming, Disney Platform Distribution and all divisions of the Walt Disney Studios and Disney General Entertainment Content, as well as overseas operations were consolidated into the new segment.[3]

On February 9, Rebecca Campbell, chairman of international content and operations, announced that she would step down from her position.[4] Later that month, Walden reorganized the units of Disney General Entertainment Content, placing National Geographic and Onyx Collective under the oversight of FX Networks chairman John Landgraf and combines Freeform and ABC Entertainment.[5]

Leadership

Units

Walt Disney Studios

Main article: Walt Disney Studios (division)

Divisions Sub-divisions Assets
Walt Disney Pictures Disneynature
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Pixar
Marvel Studios Marvel Music
Marvel Film Productions LLC
Marvel Studios Animation
MVL Development LLC (Delaware)
MVL Productions LLC
Lucasfilm Lucasfilm Animation
Industrial Light & Magic ILM Art
ILM Immersive
ILM StageCraft
ILM Technoprops
ILM TV
Lucasfilm Games
Lucas Licensing LucasBooks (licensed book publishing imprint)
Lucas Online
Lucasfilm Story Group
Skywalker Sound
20th Century Studios 20th Century Family
20th Century Animation
20th Century Games
20th Century Comics
Boom! Studios (minority stake)[6] Archaia Entertainment
Regency Enterprises (20%)[7] Regency Television
Searchlight Pictures Searchlight Television
Searchlight Shorts

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Divisions Assets Note
Buena Vista International Star Distribution Walt Disney Studios and Sony Pictures Releasing joint venture in 15 countries (as of December 2006), including Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines and Russia.[8]
Walt Disney Japan Merging between Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Japan and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Japan on March 1, 2010. (Known as Walt Disney Studios Japan from March 1, 2010, to November 22, 2016.)[9]
Buena Vista Theatres, Inc.[10]
(basically) El Capitan Entertainment Centre
Disney Studio Store Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store, collocated with a Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in the El Capitan Building is next to the theater.
El Capitan Theatre
Hollywood Masonic Temple
Walt Disney Studios Marketing
Worldwide Special Events

Disney Theatrical Group

Divisions Assets
Disney Theatrical Productions
Disney Live Family Entertainment Disney on Ice (licensed)
Disney Live (licensed)
Marvel Universe Live! (licensed)
Walt Disney Special Events Group[11]
Disney Theatrical Licensing
New Amsterdam Development Corp. New Amsterdam Theatre (long-term lease)
New Amsterdam Theatrical Productions, Inc.
Walt Disney Theatrical Worldwide, Inc.
Buena Vista Theatrical
Buena Vista Theatrical Ventures, Inc.[12]
Buena Vista Theatrical Merchandise, LLC

Disney Music Group

Divisions Assets Note
Walt Disney Records
Hollywood Records DMG Nashville
Buena Vista Records Revived as a joint country label with Universal Music Group Nashville.[13]
S-Curve Records
RMI Recordings A joint "digital-first" talent label with the founders of DigiTour Media
Disney Concerts[14]
Disney Music Publishing Agarita Music[15]
Buena Vista Music Co.[15]
Falferious Music[15]
Five Hundred South Songs[15]
Fuzzy Muppet Songs
Holpic Music, Inc.[15]
Hollywood Pictures Music[15]
Pixar Music
Pixar Talking Pictures
Seven Peaks Music
Seven Summits Music[15]
Touchstone Pictures Music & Songs, Inc.[15]
Utapau Music
Mad Muppet Melodies
Marvel Comics Music
Walt Disney Music Company[15]
Wampa-Tauntaun Music
Wonderland Music Company[15]

Disney Studio Services

Divisions Assets Note
Disney Digital Studio Services - Studio Post Production[16][17]
Studio Production Services Walt Disney Studios (Burbank)
Golden Oak Ranch
Prospect Studios
KABC7 Studio B
Pinewood Studios Most of the studio is under a 10-year lease from Pinewood Group.[18]
Disney Studios Australia

Disney General Entertainment Content

Main article: Disney General Entertainment Content

Divisions Sub-divisions
Disney Television Studios
Disney Television Group[5]
Hulu Originals
Disney Branded Television
FX, National Geographic and Onyx Collective[5] FX Networks

National Geographic Partners

Onyx Collective
ABC News
Networks ABC Owned Television Stations

A&E Networks

50% equity holding; joint venture with Hearst Communications

Divisions Subdivisions Note
A+E Networks International Blaze
A+E Networks Consumer Enterprises Conventions, consumer products, and live events
A+E Studios A&E Originals
A&E IndieFilms
A+E Films
45th & Dean
A+E Networks Digital Lively Place OTT channel
Lifetime Movie Club
History Vault
A+E Ventures[19] Propagate Content Equity partner[20]
Reel One Entertainment (35% stake)[21] Owned with Newen
Vice Media Group, LLC (36% stake) Viceland
Vice TV
Philo (stake) Owned with AMC Networks, Paramount Global and Warner Bros. Discovery
A&E TV networks A&E
Crime & Investigation
FYI
History
History en Español
Military History
History TV18 (50% stake)
History Films
Six West Media
Lifetime Entertainment Services Lifetime
LMN
Lifetime Real Women
Lifetime Movie Club
Lifetime Radio for Women
Lifetime Press
Lifetime Digital Lifetime Games

Disney Streaming

Main article: Disney Streaming

Asset Notes
Disney+
Hulu (67%)
  • Hulu Documentary Films
NBCUniversal co-owns Hulu as a silent partner.
Expected to gain full ownership by November 1, 2023 at the earliest[22]
Star+ Offered in Latin America
Disney+ Hotstar[23]

Disney Platform Distribution

Main article: Disney Platform Distribution

Divisions Subdivisions Notes
Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 20th Century Home Entertainment and ESPN Home Entertainment Japanese unit were merged with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Japan on March 1, 2010.[9]
Movies Anywhere

International businesses

Divisions Notes
ABC Spark Licensed only; owned by Corus Entertainment
BabyTV
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
Disney XD
La Chaîne Disney Licensed only; owned by Corus Entertainment
National Geographic Global Networks 73% with National Geographic Society
FX
24Kitchen
Fox Networks Group[24] This division shares its name with the namesake Fox Broadcasting Company, an unaffiliated American television network owned by the separate Fox Corporation, which spun out of 21st Century Fox before Disney's acquisition. As part of an agreement with Fox Corporation, Disney will phase out the Fox brand by 2024; the brand will continue to be leased as part of the transitional phase.

References

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