Knowledge Identifier: $The_Walt_Disney_Studios_(division)
Category: Movies & TV (402)
Launched in 1120.
Countries: United States (69%), U.S. (12%), India (7%)
Linked to: The Walt Disney Company, Disney Theatrical Group, Marvel Studios, Pixar
Walt Disney Productions began production of his first feature-length animated film in 1934
In the 1940s, Disney began experimenting with full-length live-action films, with the introduction of hybrid live action-animated films such as "The Reluctant Dragon" and "Song of the South"
Walt Disney Productions had its first fully live-action film in 1950 with the release of "Treasure Island"," considered by Disney to be the official conception for what would eventually evolve into the modern-day Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
By 1953, the company ended their agreements with such third-party distributors as RKO Radio Pictures and United Artists and formed their own distribution company, Buena Vista Distribution
Late in the 1980s, Disney purchased a controlling stake in one of Pacific Theatres' chain leading to Disney's Buena Vista Theaters and Pacific to renovate the El Capitan Theatre and the Crest by 1989
In April 1988, Touchstone became a unit of Walt Disney Pictures with newly appointed head Ricardo Mestres
Walt Disney Television and Touchstone Television were grouped together under Garth Ancier as president of network television for the Walt Disney Studios on April 18, 1989
On October 23, 1990, Disney formed Touchwood Pacific Partners I to supplant the Silver Screen Partnership series as their movie studios' primary funding source
In 1992, Walt Disney Studios agreed to fund a production company, Caravan Pictures, for 20th Century Fox chairman Joe Roth
Roth was appointed as chairman of Walt Disney Studios in 1996
By May 2000, Disney had taken an equity stake in Spyglass
In January 2003, Disney initiated a reorganization of its theatrical and animation units to improve resource usage and continued focus on new characters and franchise development
From 2007 to 2010, Disney and ImageMovers ran a joint motion capture animation facility; ImageMovers Digital
Touchstone Pictures - Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures entered into a long-term, 30-picture distribution deal with DreamWorks Pictures by which DreamWorks' productions would be released through the Touchstone Pictures banner over seven years beginning in 2011
Lucasfilm - In December 2013, The Walt Disney Studios purchased the distribution and marketing rights to future "Indiana Jones" films from Paramount Pictures, although the latter studio will continue to distribute the first four films and will receive "financial participation" from any additional films
Return of the Jedi - On April 7, 2015, the Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Fox announced that the entire "Star Wars" saga, including "Return of the Jedi", would be available on high-definition digital download beginning on April 10, 2015, with Disney acquiring the digital distribution rights from Fox, with the exclusion of "A New Hope"
Later that year on December 4, Disney agreed to have Netflix as its exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first run Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Disneynature feature films starting in 2016 to replace its agreement ending in 2015 with Starz
In November 2017, the studio briefly banned reporters of the "Los Angeles Times" from attending pre-release screenings for its films, after it had published reports on Disney's political influence in the Anaheim area that the company deemed to be "biased and inaccurate"
On March 21, 2019, Disney announced that the Fox 2000 label would be shut down by the end of the year after releasing its films in production, otherwise prior announced about 21st Century Fox film units holds