April 26, 2019

Which Companies Does Disney Own?

You can't throw a stone in Hollywood without hitting a Disney property. But how many companies does Disney actually own? We found an infographic to help us find out.

After acquiring 20th Century Fox, it came to our attention that Disney owned...well...everything. With the release of Endgame breaking records, A Star Wars movie coming at Christmas, and the Spider-Man sequel AND Toy Story 4 coming this summer, it's never been a better time to own Disney stock. 

But it can be hard to imagine just how humungous Disney's reach has become in recent years. We stumbled upon this Infographic from TitleMax that captures all of the assets Disney owns worldwide (click here to ZOOM). 

Credit: Title Max

So Disney owns what? 

Here's an aggregated list of what Disney actually owns. 

  • 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

What about the Brands Disney owns? 

This is an adjusted list of the brands Disney now owns. 

  • Star Wars
  • The Muppets
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe (but not the X-Men — yet!)
  • Disney Princesses/Princes (such as characters from Cinderella, Mulan, Frozen, Aladdin, and The Lion King)
  • 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 (and other popular ABC shows)

I love visualizing how insane it is that Disney owns this much stuff. Just in entertainment, the ownership of ESPN, ABC, Fox, Pixar, LucasFilm, FX, Marvel, among others is an insane idea. But that doesn't even begin to be the tip of the iceberg. Because included with all those catalogs are all their affiliates and programs. And all the rights of everything purchased since each of those companies existed. 

This kind of power will shape all of the media for the next century. Hopefully, Disney uses it to take some chances on diverse crews, original ideas and expands its brand. 

Only time and this infographic will tell.     

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