Five Companies You Didn’t Know Were Owned By Disney

When people think about The Walt Disney Company, they think of two things: movies and theme parks. And that’s great! Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are two of the company’s biggest assets. But Disney is much, much bigger than that.

Thanks to some smart business acquisitions, Disney now owns and operates some of the biggest brand names in entertainment. Working for Disney is no longer just for animators or engineers; it’s for journalists, historians, zoologists and more.

Don’t believe me? Read on to see the top five companies you may not have known were owned by Disney.

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
Good Morning America (Creative Commons)Ever wonder why ABC gets away with using Disney characters and plot lines in its hit show “Once Upon A Time”? It’s because Disney is running the show behind the scenes. ABC is an American media company that offers both news and entertainment programming. From “Good Morning America” to “Dancing with the Stars,” Disney has been financing the entertainment franchise since its acquisition in 1996.

Disney didn’t stop with television at ABC, either. Do you remember “The Proposal” with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds? How about “The Social Network” with Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake? Those were ABC movies.

If you’re interested in working in the entertainment industry with Disney, consider searching for a career at ABC.

Are you a huge sports fanatic? Do you love the Walt Disney Company? Well, you’re in luck; when Disney acquired ABC, it also acquired ESPN. In case you aren’t familiar with ESPN, it is a sports broadcasting network that covers everything from professional football to professional poker. ESPN is the ideal place to work in the sports broadcast industry, so make sure you check out any employment opportunities at ESPN.

Marvel Entertainment
There’s a reason superhero movies are making a comeback, and it’s partially because Disney bought Marvel, a company that produces everything from superhero films to comic books to action figures, in 2009 for more than $4 billion. It was a smart move by Disney, too; according to, “The Avengers,” Marvel’s 2012 box office sensation, brought in more than $1.2 million to the company, making it Disney’s biggest hit in history.

Want to work with Iron Man and Thor on a daily basis? Consider working for Disney at Marvel.

LucasfilmYoda (Creative Commons)
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…Okay, so it was not so long ago and not far, far away. It was 2011 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios when George Lucas, founder of Lucasfilm, told Disney CEO Bob Iger that he was considering retirement and was interested in selling his company. By 2012, the deal was done and Disney officially acquired the studio that produced such classic films as “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones.”

According to Scified, Disney plans to create a new Star Wars sequel – Star Wars Episode VII – that will be released in 2015. Want to be a part of this new era of light sabers and Wookiees? A Disney career might just be for you.

A+E Networks
Even though Disney didn’t completely acquire A+E Networks, it does own 50 percent of the company, sharing it with the Hearst Corporation. A+E is another entertainment powerhouse, home to more 10 cable television channels. These channels include:

  • A&E
  • History
  • Lifetime
  • LMN

If you work with A+E Network, you won’t officially be working for Disney, but you’ll still kind of be part of the Disney family.

Visit the Disney Careers website to search for positions that are currently open.


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