The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. It operates through two segments, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution; and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. The company engages in the film and episodic television content production and distribution activities, as well as operates television broadcast networks under the ABC, Disney, ESPN, Freeform, FX, Fox, National Geographic, and Star brands; and studios that produces motion pictures under the Walt Disney Pictures, Twentieth Century Studios, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Searchlight Pictures banners. It also offers direct-to-consumer streaming services through Disney+, Disney+ Hotstar, ESPN+, Hulu, and Star+; sale/licensing of film and television content to third-party television and subscription video-on-demand services; theatrical, home entertainment, and music distribution services; staging and licensing of live entertainment events; and post-production services by Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. In addition, the company operates theme parks and resorts, such as Walt Disney World Resort in Florida; Disneyland Resort in California; Disneyland Paris; Hong Kong Disneyland Resort; and Shanghai Disney Resort; Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, National Geographic Expeditions, and Adventures by Disney as well as Aulani, a Disney resort and spa in Hawaii; licenses its intellectual property to a third party for the operations of the Tokyo Disney Resort; and provides consumer products, which include licensing of trade names, characters, visual, literary, and other IP for use on merchandise, published materials, and games. Further, it sells branded merchandise through retail, online, and wholesale businesses; and develops and publishes books, comic books, and magazines. The Walt Disney Company was founded in 1923 and is based in Burbank, California. The company is publicly listed on NYSE under the ticker “DIS”.
The Walt Disney Company is a behemoth in the media and entertainment industry, thanks to its worldwide known and reliable brand. The company has a very long history of nearly 100 years of successes, and many people know it from its iconic characters, films, or sagas, which often has accompanied children, families, and fans for generations. The company is a multinational which earns from its theme parks experiences, movies, TV programs, and direct-to-consumer streaming model.
Over the last decade, Disney has achieved good growth, even though it suffered a lot from the worldwide restrictions of the last two years. However, thanks to parks and cruises reopening, and the incredible success of the streaming platform Disney+, it now seems to have almost recovered to its pre-pandemic levels.
In the Direct-to-Consumer segment, the company has offerings like Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu, which are proving popular among consumers as their growth increases. In particular, thanks to its incredible library and original content, Disney+ seems to have taken the company to the next level: it offers 1,850 movies, 33,000 episodes and 75 original shows. This fact alone makes it competitive against other streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
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