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The Walt Disney Company is an American movie studio and entertainment company, dealing in everything from feature films and television, to various theme parks located around the world. The company acquired the Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House franchises in 2004, forming the Muppets Studio (formerly Muppets Holding Company, LLC).

The Walt Disney Company is the largest media and entertainment conglomerate in the world, known mainly for its family-friendly products. Founded in 1923, by brothers Walt Disney and Roy Disney as an animation studio, it has become one of the biggest Hollywood studios, and owner and licensor of eleven theme parks and several television networks, including ABC and ESPN. Mickey Mouse serves as the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company.


Early Disney/Henson attempts (1980s-1990)

In the early 1980s, Jim Henson considered purchasing the company which was then under the management team of Ron Miller and Roy Disney. The idea never went as far as negotiations, but a few years later when Michael Eisner, Frank Wells and Jeffrey Katzenberg took over, the idea was revived. Due to lack of activity with the Muppets after The Muppet Show’s run, Disney decided to pass on a merger.[1]

Another aspect unattractive to the deal was that the Sesame Street franchise was untouchable. Joan Ganz Cooney recalled that "In the end... at the end of his life, when he was being pursued by Disney, and very close to being bought by Disney... they had tried to get control of the Sesame Street product as well as the Muppet franchise, and Jim said 'that's a deal breaker'... they should remain entirely separate... He said to me 'I intend to leave with you... in my will.' He wanted it to go on in perpetuity." [2]

Jim Henson again had a desire to sell the company to Disney in 1989, and this time Michael Eisner was more willing to buy the company without getting the rights to the Sesame Street cast (though Eisner did still want to have the rights to the Sesame Street Muppets).[3]

In 1990, Jim Henson died during the week that he was to sign the contract, and his family decided to keep the company private.

After Henson's death (1990-2004)

Walt Disney Pictures logo, as attached to The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Many projects were planned; however due to Henson's untimely death, very few came to fruition. Among the Disney/Henson collaborations that have been seen are the 1989 special The Muppets at Walt Disney World (one of the few colaborations to be released before Henson's passing), the stage show Here Come the Muppets, and the theme park attraction/film Muppet*Vision 3D. Among the projects that were made but never shown to the public are the proposed TV series The Little Mermaid's Island, and a segment for The Mickey Mouse Club about puppeteering (this sequence was filmed while Jim Henson was making Muppet*Vision 3D). Also in development were several theme park attractions, including The Great Muppet Movie Ride and The Great Gonzo's Pandemonium Pizza Parlor, which were abandoned once the Disney/Henson deal disolved. The Jim Henson Company also produced Mother Goose Stories, an original series for the Disney Channel, which did not air until after Henson's death. Jim Henson had also pitched the series Dinosaurs, which Disney developed and released after Henson died.

Throughout the 1990s the Jim Henson Company partnered with Disney. The Walt Disney Company produced and released The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island, the first two Muppet movies made after Jim Henson died, and for a time in the early 90s, controlled the video release rights to The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, episodes of Fraggle Rock and Muppet Babies, and other properties, released through their Buena Vista Home Entertainment label (under a label titled Jim Henson Video). In addition, Walt Disney Home Video released a number of Sesame Street videos in the UK. Muppets Tonight was also produced for the Disney-owned ABC network and Disney Channel. Disney also produced Bear in the Big Blue House with The Jim Henson Company for the Disney Channel.

Disney acquires the Muppets (2004)

The Walt Disney Company welcomes the Muppets into the Disney family in the 2004 Annual Report.
The Muppets Studio

The company acquired the Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House franchises in 2004, forming Muppets Holding Company, LLC (later retitled The Muppets Studio).

The Walt Disney Company and The Jim Henson Company announced on February 17, 2004 that they had entered into an agreement under which Disney would acquire the Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House properties from Henson. The parties signed a binding purchase agreement, with the transaction closing in April 2004 after receiving the necessary regulatory clearances.

The transaction included all Muppet assets, including the Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and Animal characters, the Muppet film and television library, and all associated copyrights and trademarks, as well as all the Bear in the Big Blue House characters, television library, copyrights and trademarks. The transaction did not include the Sesame Street characters which are separately owned by Sesame Workshop. The deal also included non-exclusive production and consulting agreements under which Henson would develop potential new programming featuring the Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House for Disney.

The Muppets Studio (2004-present)

The Muppets Studio (formerly Muppets Holding Company) is a limited liability company that is wholly owned by the Walt Disney Company. The subsidiary was formed in 2004 after acquiring the Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House characters from the Jim Henson Company. The company manages the use of the Muppet characters and serves as the production house for many Muppet projects.

The division has been managed by Chris Curtin (2004-2005), Russell Hampton (2005-2006) and Lylle Breier (2006-present).

The first major production of The Muppets Studio was The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, a tele-film that was already in development with ABC prior to Disney's purchase of the Muppets. The Muppets Studios logo became the signature on productions of the company, such as the Web series From the Balcony, Studio DC: Almost Live and A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. The logo was also added to home video releases by Buena Vista Home Entertainment (including The Muppet Show season box sets, Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition DVDs, and other Muppet titles). In 2009 the Muppets Studio launched a YouTube channel, a promotional Twitter feed, and an official Facebook page.


Disney's Robin Hood in Sarah's scrapbook, from Labyrinth
Sesame Street's Disney parody

Before The Walt Disney Company bought the Muppets, there have been a number of references in Muppet/Henson projects to Disney and its productions and characters. More recently, such references have occurred as cross-promotion in merchandise. The Muppets have also been referenced and have made appearances in Disney projects as well.

  • In Labyrinth, a panning shot of Sarah's scrapbook reveals an image of the fox version of Robin Hood, as seen in the 1973 Disney animated film.
  • On September 7, 2007, following Disney's purchase of the Muppets, a pin was released for sale only at Walt Disney World, featuring Kermit as Mickey Mouse, Miss Piggy as Minnie Mouse, Fozzie Bear as Goofy and Rizzo the Rat as Tinker Bell.
  • A Sesame Street sketch parodying The Lion King is introduced as a "Walt Dizzy Film."

For other references, connections, appearances, or mentions, see the following:

Disney animation
Disney TV
Disney Movies
Theme parks


  1. Bernie Brillstein, Where Did I Go Right?, p.327
  2. Interview: "Time Travel with Dan Hollis & Jeff O'Boyle"
  3. Davis, Michael Street Gang, page 6.

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External links

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From Lostpedia

The WDC logo

The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney) (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. Disney was founded in 1923 and today owns several entities associated with Lost: ABC and ABC Studios (formerly Touchstone Television), both of which are part of the Disney-ABC Television Group.

Disney Publishing Worldwide publications include those published by Hyperion Publishing (which publishes Lost's Bad Twin).

Currently (as of April 2009), Robert Iger serves as president and CEO.

Lost's LA office

Building 23 - Damon Lindelof's office in Burbank, CA

The Los Angeles office of Lost's production company Grass Skirt Productions is located at ABC at Disney Studios at:

500 S. Buena Vista St., Bldg 22
Burbank, CA 91521

These offices are the home base for most of the executive producers of Lost, except Jack Bender and Jean Higgins, who are based in the Hawaii offices of Grass Skirt Productions. It is also the home base for the writers and post-production crew such as the editors.

ABC Commissary

The ABC Commissary

Walt Disney World Theme Park in Lake Buena Vista, Florida is the home of four theme parks, one of which is Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly "Disney-MGM Studios"). This theme park is based around what makes Hollywood great: the glamour, the glitter, the magic. Magic is after all what Disney is known for; it was a perfect marriage. The park covers television as well.

The Walt Disney Company has no fundamental relationship with MGM Studios other than licensing their name and content for these theme parks. And since the agreement to use the MGM name on the park ran out several years ago, starting on January 1, 2008 the park's name is officially "Disney's Hollywood Studios". Branding for this change began in late 2007 - Disney's own website reflected the name change going into the holiday season.

Many interesting locales to eat at are recreated in the Studios, from Toy Story's Pizza Planet, to the famous Brown Derby, to a recreation of the original ABC Commisary found in New York City. This is a great place to grab lunch or a lite dinner. The menu changes from time to time, and currently has a middle eastern flair.

One reason a lot of people visit the restaurant is to see television show memorabilia that is rotated in and out on a somewhat regular basis from the most popular ABC televison shows. For example, during Super Soap Weekend, many props from all your favorite soap operas will be found occupying about half the restaurant (and they'll be available to purchase as well).

Since the initial rise in popularity of Lost, a few recognizable items have been on display behind glass cases as you enter the restaurant. If you visit, make sure you check both sides of the restaurant as there is a glass case on either side, and they contain different items. There is no telling how long these Lost items will remain on display.

As of early 2009, most of the Lost props have been replaced by props from other ABC shows. However, two DHARMA Initiative jumpsuits have been brought in, one of which reads "Howard, Cinematographer." Both jumpsuits have the standard, solid black DHARMA logo.

Inside the park, the ABC Commissary can be found on Commissary Lane, which can be found to the left of the giant Sorcerer Mickey hat between the Great Movie Ride and a set of restrooms.

External links


  • Iger touts digital in CES keynote - January 09, 2007 - CEO Iger makes an appearance with Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly in tow.
  • Apple Insider: articles on Disney CEO Bob Iger committing to selling ABC television episodes on Apple's iTunes Music Store prior to acquiring Pixar and adding Steve Jobs to the Disney Board [1] [2]

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From Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki.

The Walt Disney Company
Organizational information

Roy and Walt Disney

Primary role(s)


Chronological and political information

October 16, 1923

The Walt Disney Company, also known as Disney Enterprises, Inc. or simply Disney, is the largest media and entertainment conglomerate in the world. Founded on October 16, 1923 by brothers Walt Disney and Roy Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, the company was reincorporated as Walt Disney Productions in 1929. Walt Disney Productions established itself as a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into live-action film production, television, and travel. Taking on its current name in 1986, The Walt Disney Company expanded its existing operations and also started divisions focused upon theater, radio, publishing, and online media. In addition, it has created new divisions of the company in order to market more mature content than it typically associates with its flagship family-oriented brands.

The company is best known for the products of its film studio, the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, today one of the largest and best-known studios in Hollywood. Disney also owns and operates the ABC broadcast television network; cable television networks such as Disney Channel, ESPN, and ABC Family; publishing, merchandising, and theater divisions; and owns and licenses eleven theme parks around the world. The company has been a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since May 6, 1991. An early and well-known cartoon creation of the company, Mickey Mouse, is the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company.


Links to Star Wars

The logo for Star Wars Weekends 2009

Theme park attractions

Star Tours, a Star Wars themed motion simulator ride developed by Lucasfilm and Disney, opened at Disneyland in California in 1987. The ride later opened at Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney's Hollywood Studios) in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, and Disneyland Park in Paris. The ride is to be shut down in 2010 to make way for the construction of Star Tours II, an all-new version of the ride currently in development.

Disney's Hollywood Studios has played host to Star Wars Weekends once a year, since the summer of 2000. The event includes appearances by actors involved in the Star Wars films and animated series and a number of events.

Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyland in California also feature a Jedi Training Academy attraction at which a Jedi instructor teaches "younglings" lightsaber techniques to utilize in battle against either Darth Maul or Darth Vader.In both parks, this show is held nearby the Star Tours ride.

Exclusive merchandise

Stormtroopers watch over Disney's Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends.

In conjunction with Star Tours and Star Wars Weekends, a number of Star Wars toys have been developed for and released exclusively at Disney theme parks. This Hasbro toy line included a collection of action figures based on the characters seen in the Star Tours attraction, as well as previously released toys in new packaging. Other toys include figures of Disney characters dressed as Star Wars characters.

In 2005, the toy line included a set that featured a Yoda action figure alongside a figure of Mickey Mouse dressed as a Jedi Knight (aka "Jedi Mickey"), with his trademark gloves and yellow clothes under the robes. According to the text on the package, "Mickey takes up his lightsaber and joins forces with the other Jedi Knights in their battles to fight evil," suggesting that Mickey is a Jedi Knight. In StarWars.com's Star Wars Weekends coverage, Mickey is given the title of honorary member of the Jedi Council, and in Spring 2010, Disney will release a figure of R2-MK, promoted as Jedi Mickey's astromech droid.

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