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Mapping The Disney Empire – Digital Gabe
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Mapping The Disney Empire

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A few weeks ago when Disney announced it was taking all its content off Netflix to launch its own OTT platform called Disney+, many were surprised about just how many media and entertainment brands the company actually owns.  From Star Wars to the The Simpsons, it sort of feels like there are mouse paw prints on just about every entertainment entity that matters.

To try quantifying the extent of Disney’s corporate empire, BGR has compiled a lumascape-esque visual of all the companies they own and how they’re interconnected.  Fair warning, you’ll need a magnifying glass for this one.

Besides the sheer size, it’s interesting to see how little Disney’s core business of movie studios and theme parks makes up of their overall portfolio.  These days networks like ABC and ESPN, and franchises like Marvel and Star Wars drive more revenue than a thousand EPCOTs put together.  (Yes, that was a snarky analogy.  🙂 )

This map also makes me wonder why the DOJ has spent so much time and energy trying to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner.  With corporate giants like Disney on the loose, could anyone say with a straight face that AT&T has a monopoly on the entertainment space?!?


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