Walt Disney Co. (DIS)
Outstanding Shares: 1.69B
Institute Own: 63%
Address: 500 S. Buena Vista St
BURBANK, CA 91521-0001
The Walt Disney Company, incorporated on July 28, 1995, together with its subsidiaries, is a diversified worldwide entertainment company. The Company operates in five business segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products and Interactive. The Company has a 63% effective ownership interest in Disneyland Paris, a 5,510-acre development located in Marne-la-Vallee, approximately 20 miles east of Paris, France. The Company manages and has a 40% equity interest in Euro Disney S.C.A. The Company owns a 48% interest in Hong Kong Disneyland Resort through Hongkong International Theme Parks Limited. On November 7, 2012, the Company sold its 50% interest in ESPN STAR Sports (ESS). On November 7, 2012, the Company sold its 50% equity interest in ESPN STAR Sports (ESS). On December 21, 2012, the Company acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC.
The Media Networks segment includes international and domestic cable television networks, a domestic broadcast television network, television production operations, domestic and international television distribution, domestic television stations, domestic broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations. The Company’s cable networks include ESPN, Disney Channels Worldwide, ABC Family, and SOAPnet. The Company also operates the UTV/Bindass networks in India. The cable networks group produces its own programs or acquires rights from third-parties to air programs on its networks.
ESPN is a multimedia, multinational sports entertainment company that operates eight 24-hour domestic television sports networks: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes (a Spanish language network), ESPNU (a network devoted to college sports), ESPN 3D, and the regionally focused Longhorn Network (a network dedicated to The University of Texas athletics). Disney Channels Worldwide is a portfolio of over 100 entertainment channels and/or channel feeds available in 35 languages and 167 countries/territories and includes Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama and Radio Disney. ABC Family is a United States television programming service that targets viewers in the 14-34 demographic. ABC Family produces original live-action programming including the returning series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Switched at Birth, Melissa & Joey, as well as new original series Bunheads, Baby Daddy and the reality series Beverly Hills Nannies. SOAPnet offers same-day episodes of daytime dramas and classic episodes of daytime dramas and primetime series. Programming includes daytime dramas such as Days of its Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless and classic episodes from series such as All My Children, One Life to Live, The O.C., One Tree Hill, Beverly Hills 90210, The Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars and Brothers & Sisters.
Parks and Resorts
The Company owns and operates the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, the Disneyland Resort in California, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, the Disney Vacation Club, the Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney. The Company manages and has effective ownership interests of 51% in Disneyland Paris, 48% in Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and 43% in Shanghai Disney Resort. The Company also licenses the operations of the Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan. The Company’s Walt Disney Imagineering unit designs and develops new theme park concepts and attractions as well as resort properties.
The Walt Disney World Resort is located 22 miles southwest of Orlando, Florida, on approximately 25,000 acres of owned land. The resort includes theme parks (the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom); hotels; vacation club properties; a retail, dining and entertainment complex; a sports complex; conference centers; campgrounds; golf courses; water parks; and other recreational facilities designed to attract visitors for an extended stay. The Company owns 461 acres and has the rights under long-term lease for use of an additional 49 acres of land in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Resort includes two theme parks (Disneyland and Disney California Adventure), three hotels and Downtown Disney, a retail, dining and entertainment complex designed to attract visitors for an extended stay. Tokyo Disney Resort is located on approximately 494 acres of land, six miles east of downtown Tokyo, Japan. The resort includes two theme parks (Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea); three Disney-branded hotels; six independently operated hotels; and a retail, dining and entertainment complex.
The Disney Vacation Club offers ownership interests in 11 resort facilities located at the Walt Disney World Resort; Disneyland Resort; Vero Beach, Florida; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; and Oahu, Hawaii. Disney Cruise Line, which operates out of ports in North America and Europe, is a vacation cruise line that includes four ships: the Disney Magic, the Disney Wonder, the Disney Dream, and the Disney Fantasy. Adventures by Disney offers all-inclusive guided vacation tour packages predominantly at non-Disney sites around the world. Walt Disney Imagineering provides master planning, real estate development, attraction, entertainment and show design, engineering support, production support, project management and other development services, including research and development for the Company’s operations.
The Studio Entertainment segment produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings and live stage plays. The Company distributes produced and acquired films (including its film and television library) in the theatrical, home entertainment and television markets primarily under the Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar and Marvel banners. The Company produces and distributes Indian movies worldwide through its UTV banner. The Company holds a 99% interest in UTV, film production studios and film distributors in India, which produces and co-produces live-action and animated content. During fiscal year ended September 29, 2012 (fiscal 2012), UTV releases included Rowdy Rathore and Barfi. The Company produces and distributes both live-action films and full-length animated films. In the domestic market, the Company distributes home entertainment releases directly under each of its motion picture banners.
The Disney Music Group includes Walt Disney Records, Hollywood Records (including the Mammoth Records and Buena Vista Records labels), Lyric Street Records, Buena Vista Concerts and Disney Music Publishing. Disney Theatrical Productions develops produces and licenses live entertainment events. The Company has produced and licensed Broadway musicals around the world, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, Mary Poppins (a coproduction with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd), Little Mermaid, Newsies, and TARZAN.
The Consumer Products segment engages with among others licensees, publishers and retailers throughout the world who design, develop, publish, promote and sell a range of products based on existing and new characters and other Company intellectual property through its Merchandise Licensing, Publishing and Retail businesses. The Company’s merchandise licensing operations cover a diverse range of product categories, which include toys, apparel, home decor and furnishings, stationery, health and beauty, accessories, food, footwear, and consumer electronics. Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) creates, distributes, licenses and publishes children’s books, magazines and digital products in multiple countries and languages based on the Company’s Disney-, Pixar- and Marvel-branded franchises. The Company markets Disney- and Marvel-themed products through retail stores operated under the Disney Store name and through Internet sites in North America (DisneyStore.com and Marvelstore.com), Western Europe, and Japan. The Company owns and operates 216 stores in North America, 106 stores in Europe, and 47 stores in Japan.
The Interactive Games business creates, develops, markets and distributes console and handheld, games worldwide, including 2012 titles, such as Disney Universe and Brave. The Interactive Games business also produces online games, such as Disney’s Club Penguin and Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow, interactive games for social networking websites such as Gardens of Time and Marvel Avengers Alliance, and games for smartphone platforms, such as Where’s My Water and Where’s My Perry. Certain properties are also licensed to third-party video game publishers. Interactive Media develops, publishes and distributes content for branded online services intended for kids and family entertainment through a portfolio of websites including Disney.com and the Disney Family Network. Interactive Media also provides Website maintenance and design for other Company businesses.
Officers and Directors:
Executive Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer: Robert A. Iger - Mr. Robert A. Iger is Executive Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Walt Disney Company. Prior to that time, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since 2005, having previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer since 2000 and as President of Walt Disney International and Chairman of the ABC Group from 1999 to 2000. From 1974 to 1998, Mr. Iger held a series of increasingly responsible positions at ABC, Inc. and its predecessor Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., culminating in service as President of the ABC Network Television Group from 1993 to 1994 and President and Chief Operating Officer of ABC, Inc. from 1994 to 1999. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Apple, Inc., the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Mr. Iger has been a Director of the Company since 2000. Mr. Iger contributes to the mix of experience and qualifications the Board seeks to maintain primarily through his position as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and his long experience with the business of the Company. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and as a result of the experience he gained in 40 years at ABC and Disney, Mr. Iger has an intimate knowledge of all aspects of the Company's business and close working relationships with all of the Company's senior executives.
Chief Financial Officer, Senior Executive Vice President, Treasureer: Christine M. McCarthy - Ms. Christine M. McCarthy is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Executive Vice President, Treasurer of Walt Disney Company. She has been Executive Vice President - Corporate Finance and Real Estate since June 2005 and Treasurer since January 2000. Prior to her appointment as Executive Vice President, Corporate Finance and Real Estate, Ms. McCarthy was Senior Vice President and Treasurer from January 2000 to June 2005. She is responsible for the company wide management of a variety of functions including corporate finance, capital markets, financial risk management, pension and investments, risk management, global cash management, and credit and collections, as well as the real estate organization, including facilities development, operations and portfolio management. Prior to joining Disney, Ms. McCarthy was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Imperial Bancorp from 1997 to 1999. From 1981 to 1996, she held various finance and planning positions at First Interstate Bancorp. In 1993, she was elected Executive Vice President in Finance. Ms. McCarthy is a current Board member and former Chairman of the Finance Committee of Phoenix House of California, and is also a Governor of the UCLA Foundation and a member of its Investment Committee. In 2002, she completed terms as the Treasurer and a Director of the Alumnae Association of Smith College, and as a member of the Smith College Investment Committee. She also served as a Board member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association from 1998 to 2001. In 2003 she became a Director of the Advisory Board of FM Global. Ms. McCarthy completed her Bachelor's Degree in Biology at Smith College, where she received an award for excellence in botany, and later earned an MBA in Marketing and Finance from The Anderson School at UCLA.
Chief Operating Officer: Thomas O. Staggs - Mr. Thomas O. Staggs is Chief Operating Officer of Company. He was Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts of The Walt Disney Company on January 1, 2010. Mr. Staggs was Chief Financial Officer, Senior Executive Vice President of The Walt Disney Company until January 1, 2010. He joined Disney in 1990 as Manager of Strategic Planning and soon advanced through a series of positions of increased responsibility, becoming Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development in 1995 before becoming CFO and Executive Vice President in 1998. Born in Illinois, he received a BS in business from University of Minnesota and an MBA from Stanford University. He worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley & Co. before joining Disney.
Chief Human Resource Officer, Executive Vice President: Mary Jayne Parker - Ms. Mary Jayne Parker is Chief Human Resource Officer, Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Company. She designated as an executive officer of the Company October 2, 2009. Ms. Parker was previously Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts from October 2005 to July 2007 and Vice President Human Resources Administration for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts from March 2003 to October 2005. Previously, Ms. Parker served as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide. She also served as a member of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Executive Committee. Ms. Jayne began her Disney career in 1988, developing the programs that became a part of the Disney Institute. Over the next 20 years, she took on positions of increasing responsibility, including Manager and Director of Disney University, Director and Vice President of Organization Improvement and Vice President of Organization and Professional Development. Prior to joining Disney, Jayne was a consultant with Wilson Learning Corporation, where she was responsible for designing and developing media-based programs and management development seminars for education and assessment. During that time, products she developed were awarded first and second place by the International Television & Video Association. Ms. Jayne is a member of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and has held positions with the ASTD Instructional Technology (IT) PPA Executive Committee. She has also assisted in the design of several ASTD National Conventions. In addition, Ms. Jayne is a member of The Conference Board's Council for Division Leaders-Human Resources. Ms. Jayne holds degrees in communications and education, a master's in instruction design and technology and an M.B.A., all from the University of Central Florida.
Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary: Alan N. Braveman: Mr. Alan N. Braverman is Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Walt Disney Company. Mr. Braverman was named executive vice president and general counsel of The Walt Disney Company in January, 2003. Mr. Braverman serves as the chief legal officer of the company and oversees its team of attorneys responsible for all aspects of Disney's legal affairs around the world. Previously, Mr. Braverman was executive vice president and general counsel, ABC, Inc. and deputy general counsel, The Walt Disney Company. In that capacity he oversaw the legal affairs of the ABC Broadcast Group, ESPN and Disney/ABC Cable, as well as labor relations. In August 1996, prior to Disney's acquisition of ABC, Inc., Mr. Braverman was named senior vice president and general counsel, ABC, Inc. In October 1994, he was promoted to vice president and general counsel. He joined ABC, Inc. in November 1993, as vice president and deputy general counsel. In his positions with ABC, Inc. Mr. Braverman had broad responsibilities for the operation of the legal department, for government relations and for the Corporation's legal affairs. Mr. Braverman joined Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. from the Washington, D.C. law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where he started in 1976. He became a partner in 1983, specializing in complex commercial and administrative litigation. Before joining Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Braverman was a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas W. Pomeroy, Jr., Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Mr. Braverman received a B.A. degree from Brandeis University in 1969 and worked for two years as a Vista volunteer in Gary, Indiana. In 1975, he received a J.D. degree summa cum laude from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he was also editor-in-chief of the Law Review.
Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer: Kevin A. Mayer - Mr. Kevin A. Mayer is Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer of Walt Disney Company. He previously was Partner and Head of the Global Media and Entertainment Practice of L.E.K. Consulting LLC, a consulting firm, from February 2002, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel Interactive, a division of Clear Channel Worldwide, a media company, from September 2000 to December 2001. Mr. Mayer rejoined Disney from L.E.K. Consulting LLC, where he was a partner and head of the Global Media and Entertainment practice. Prior to L.E.K., Mr. Mayer held positions at interactive and Internet businesses. As chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Interactive he managed all aspects of new media business, including content, sales, business and technology development, and distribution. While at Clear Channel, Mr. Mayer launched local subscription ticketing services. He also served as president and CEO of Playboy.com, Inc. where he established the overall strategy and financial plans for the interactive business. While at Disney, Mr. Mayer worked in both strategic planning and at Walt Disney Internet Group. At the Internet group, he served as executive vice president and as such was responsible for the operations, business plans, creative direction and distribution of Disney's popular Web sites, including ESPN.com and ABCNews.com. Mr. Mayer first joined Disney in 1993 as manager, Strategic Planning where he spearheaded strategy and business development for all of Disney's interactive/Internet and television businesses worldwide. Mr. Mayer received his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1990, and holds a M.S.E.E. from San Diego State University and a B.S.M.E. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.