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Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, Inc.
Type Corporation
Founded 1998
Headquarters Burbank, California
 United States
(Walt Disney Studios)
Key people Oren Aviv, President
Industry Entertainment
Products Motion picture (s), Animation
Owner(s) Walt Disney Studio Entertainment
Parent The Walt Disney Company
Divisions Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Television
Touchstone Pictures
Miramax Films
Hollywood Pictures
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Website The Walt Disney Co. website

Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, Inc.[1] (formerly known as Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group[citation needed]) is a corporation which develops scripts and oversees theatrical tv production for The Walt Disney Company's production companies and imprints. The Group, one of Hollywood's major film studios, is based at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. It includes:

In addition, the Group also owns the Dimension Films library of movies up until those released after October 1, 2005.

The Group in its current form was initiated in 1998 by then Studio Chairman Joe Roth in order to centralize the various production units and to make live-action film production within Disney more cost-efficient. The President of the Group is Mark Zoradi, who reports to Rich Ross, Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. Ross, in turn, reports to Robert (Bob) Iger, President/CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

The name Buena Vista comes from the much older company Buena Vista Distribution, a company founded by Walt Disney as a subsidiary to distribute his films and short subjects in 1953. That name in turn came from the street name South Buena Vista Street in Burbank where the Walt Disney Studios complex was, and still exists today.

In 2003, headlines were made as the first ever PG-13 certificate film was released under the Walt Disney Pictures imprint - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, a movie based on the famous Disneyland attraction. Although non-Disney branded imprints and divisions of the studio have released films with certificates PG-13 (the first being Adventures in Babysitting in 1987) and as high as R (the first being Down and Out in Beverly Hills in 1986). Disney had from the start of its Touchstone imprint until the release of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy a very strict approach to violence and other possibly mature elements in Disney-branded live-action films.

Film director M. Night Shyamalan, who had done The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs and The Village with Disney clashed with the Group's executives during pre-production of his 2006 film, Lady in the Water. Shyamalan left the studio after Nina Jacobson and others became, in Shyamalan's eyes, overly critical of his script, which would eventually be produced by Warner Bros. Shyamalan is quoted in a book about the difficult period that he "had witnessed the decay of her creative vision right before his own wide-open eyes. She didn't want iconoclastic directors. She wanted directors who made money." In her own defense, Jacobson said, "in order to have a Hollywood relationship more closely approximate a real relationship, you have to have a genuine back and forth of the good and the bad. Different people have different ideas about respect. For us, being honest is the greatest show of respect for a filmmaker." [2]

While Disney owned Miramax since 1993, until 2005 it was run separately from the rest of the Disney companies by Miramax's founders, Bob and Harvey Weinstein. When the Weinstein brothers left Disney in 2005 to form the Weinstein Company, Miramax was subsequently merged with the Group.

In July 2006 Disney announced a shift in strategy of releasing more Disney-branded (ie Walt Disney Pictures) films and fewer Touchstone titles. The move was expected to reduce the Group's work force by approximately 650 positions worldwide, including that of its then President Nina Jacobson. [3]

In April 2007, Disney retired the Buena Vista brand.[4]

On February 9, 2009, DreamWorks SKG entered a 6-year, 30-picture distribution deal with the Walt Disney Pictures and Television division starting in 2010.[5]


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