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The Walt Disney Studios (division)

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The Walt Disney Studios (division)

American film studio, one of the four major businesses of The Walt Disney Company and the main component of its Studio Entertainment segment add

Category: Movies & TV (402)

Launched in 1120.

Countries: United States (69%), U.S. (12%), India (7%)

Main connections: Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm

Linked to: The Walt Disney Company, Disney Theatrical Group, Marvel Studios, Pixar




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Walt Disney Productions began production of his first feature-length animated film in 1934 add something


Taking three years to complete, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", premiered in December 1937 and became highest-grossing film of that time by 1939 add something


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" add something


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 add something


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 add something


Motion Picture Association of America - In the following decade, new members joining the MPAA included Avco Embassy by 1975, and Walt Disney Studios in 1979


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 add something


In April 1983, Richard Berger was hired by Disney CEO Ron W. Miller as film president add something


Berger was pushed out as a new CEO was appointed for Walt Disney Productions later in 1984, as Michael Eisner brought his own film chief, Jeffrey Katzenberg add something


Touchstone Films was started by Miller in February 1984 as a label for their PG-rated films with an expected half of Disney's 6 to 8 movies yearly slate would be released under the label add something


In April 1988, Touchstone became a unit of Walt Disney Pictures with newly appointed head Ricardo Mestres add something


With several production companies getting out of film production or closing shop by December 1988, Disney Studios announced the formation of Hollywood Pictures division, which would only share marketing and distribution with Touchstone, to fill the void add something


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 add something


On October 23, 1990, Disney formed Touchwood Pacific Partners I to supplant the Silver Screen Partnership series as their movie studios' primary funding source add something


The Crest was finished first while El Capitan opened with the premiere of "The Rocketeer" film on June 19, 1991 add something


In 1992, Walt Disney Studios agreed to fund a production company, Caravan Pictures, for 20th Century Fox chairman Joe Roth add something


In 1993, Disney acquired Miramax Films and its Dimension Films genre label, with the former division operating as an autonomous unit until 2009, and the Dimension label becoming absorbed by The Weinstein Company in 2005 add something


Dimension Films - The studio was owned by Miramax Films, but in 1993, Dimension Films became a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios due to their full purchase of Miramax Films


Roth was appointed as chairman of Walt Disney Studios in 1996 add something


Buena Vista International - Latin America and two other companies became owners of Patagonik Film Group, an Argentina based production company, in 1997 add something


In 1998, the Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group was formed by Roth to unite the Touchstone, Hollywood, and Disney film production units with leadership under David Vogel add something


So in August 1998, Roger Birnbaum, Caravan's co-founder, left to co-found Spyglass Entertainment at Roth's prompting in which Disney gave Caravan's development slate, a five-year distribution agreement and an advance add something


By May 2000, Disney had taken an equity stake in Spyglass add something


In 2002, Dick Cook was named as Studio chairman to replace Peter Schneider add something


In January 2002, Buena Vista International - Latin America formed a joint venture production company, Miravista, with Admira, Telefonica content production and distribution division, for primarily Brazilian and Mexican film productions add something


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 add something


From 2007 to 2010, Disney and ImageMovers ran a joint motion capture animation facility; ImageMovers Digital add something


Hollywood Pictures was another division of Disney, which, like Touchstone, produced films for mature audiences, but was shut down in 2007 add something


In April 2007, Disney retired the Buena Vista brand, renaming Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group and Buena Vista Pictures Distribution as Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, respectively add something


The Muppets (film) - In 2008, Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller pitched a concept for a Muppets film to Walt Disney Studios Executive Vice President of Production Karen Falk, and they were offered a deal to develop their script, with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films producing


After The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of Marvel Entertainment in 2009, Disney began distributing Marvel Studios' films in 2012, acquiring the distribution rights for "The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3" from Paramount Pictures in October 2010 add something


By 2009, Miramax was folded into the Walt Disney Studios, and continued to serve as distribution label until it was sold by Disney to Filmyard Holdings in 2010 add something


In late 2009, Miramax Films, a formerly independent Disney film unit, was transferred to the Walt Disney Studios, until its sale in 2010 to Filmyard Holdings add something


In April 2009, the Studio announced the formation of Disneynature, a nature film production label add something


In 2011, Disney fired Marvel Studios' marketing department taking over marketing of their films beginning with the 2012 film "The Avengers" add something


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


In May 2011, Disney India and UTV Motion Pictures agreed to co-produce Disney-branded family films with both handling creative function and UTV producing, marketing and distributing the films add something


The Muppets (film) - Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released "The Muppets" on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and digital download on March 20, 2012, the same day The Muppets received a collective star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


Star Wars - On January 25, 2013, The Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm officially announced J. J. Abrams as "Star Wars Episode VII"s director and producer, along with Bryan Burk and Bad Robot Productions


In April 2013, the Walt Disney Studios laid off 150 workers including staff from its marketing and home entertainment units add something


Iron Man 3 - "Iron Man 3" was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment in digital download form on September 3, 2013


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


Million Dollar Arm - "Million Dollar Arm" was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on October 7, 2014


Into the Woods (film) - The Blu-ray, DVD and digital download will be released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment in North America on March 24, 2015


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"


Return of the Jedi - As Lucasfilm had retained digital distribution rights to Episodes I thru III and V thru VI, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released "Return of the Jedi" for digital download on April 10, 2015


In August 2015, Marvel Studios was integrated into the Walt Disney Studios, with president Kevin Feige now reporting directly to Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn instead of Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac Perlmutter, who continues to oversee Marvel Television and Marvel Animation that were previously a part of Marvel Studios add something


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 add something


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" add something


In preparation for 21st Century Fox asset intergration in March 2018, The Disney Company reorganized creating a new segment , merging two segments and transfer various units to the new segment including Janice Marinelli led Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment from the studio add something


On June 28, 2018, Disneytoon Studios was shut down add something


On October 18, 2018, Disney announced the 21st Century Fox film units that would be added to the Walt Disney Studios following the acquisition with all retaining their leadership except for 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Stacey Snider, who is not transfering over add something


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 add something


Alan Bergman was promoted from president to co-chairman of Walt Disney Studios alongside Alan Horn on May 2, 2019 add something