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Walt Disney Television
Type subsidiary
Fate rebranded as Walt Disney Television Animation
Founded Burbank, California, USA (1983)
Headquarters Burbank, California, USA
Key people John E. Pepper, Jr., Chairman
Robert Iger, President/CEO
Industry Television Production
Revenue US$ 37.843 billion (2008)
Owner(s) The Walt Disney Company
Parent Disney-ABC Television Group
Website www.disney.go.com/tv

Walt Disney Television was the former name of the television production division of The Walt Disney Company.

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History

It was formed in 1983, as Walt Disney Pictures Television Division, the name was later shortened to Walt Disney Television in the mid-1980s. Until 1983, Disney shows were aired under the banner of the parent company, then named Walt Disney Productions. Walt Disney Television was established as a separate division in 1983.

The company was headquartered at the Team Disney Building on Buena Vista Street in Burbank, California. Walt Disney Television had a secondary building located on Riverside Drive in North Hollywood. The president and chief executive officer of Walt Disney Television is Robert Iger, who is also the president of the Walt Disney Company. John E. Pepper, Jr. acts as the Chairman of Television Production.

The program Disneyland debuted on October 27, 1954, and quickly became ABC's first series to hit the top ten in ratings, according to museum.tv. Here is a list of the order in which they produced their television series: 1954-58 Disneyland; 1955-59 The Mickey Mouse Club; 1958-61 Walt Disney Presents; and in 1961-66 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.

Walt Disney Television's television productions are broadcast, mostly on Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, Toon Disney, ABC, Disney Cinemagic and other platforms.

Today, the majority of Walt Disney Television's productions are animated series which are produced through Walt Disney Television Animation; the last known live-action series produced by WDTV was Smart Guy which ran for three seasons from 1997 to 1999 on the now-defunct WB Television Network. Ironically, WDTV does not produce original programming for Disney Channel or Disney XD, outside of animated series produced by WDTV's animation division.

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Recent News

  • For fiscal year ending October 3, 2009, revenues from cable networks increased 5% from 2008 and revenues from broadcasting increased 2% from 2008. All around the world, revenues from DVD sales plummeted; however, Disney Channel subscriptions were able to grow over this past year, slightly offsetting the consequences.[1]
  • “Jonas” has definitely been a hit for the Disney Channel, not quite as big of a hit as “Hannah Montana”, but it has made it into its second season which should air in mid 2010. “Jonas” has been raking in about 3.4 million viewers every Sunday worldwide.[2]
  • Mickey Mouse celebrates his 81st birthday on November 18, 2009. He has gone through numerous evolutions of not only his character, but also his clothing, style and attitude.[3]
  • iTunes is looking to capture another audience by allowing individuals to choose particular channels to view online. It would cost about $30 a month for the viewer and as of right now, especially due to Steve Jobs’ large shareholding in Disney, the Disney Channel is coming incredibly to close to agreeing.[4]

Television Series

Key People

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company

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Corporate

Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, The Walt Disney Company

  • Ronald L. Iden

Senior Vice President, Global Security

  • Kevin Mayer

Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Business Development and Technology Group, The Walt Disney Company

  • Christine M. McCarthy

Executive Vice President, Corporate Finance and Real Estate and Treasurer, The Walt Disney Company

  • Zenia Mucha

Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company

  • Preston Padden

Executive Vice President, Worldwide Government Relations

  • Jayne Parker

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Walt Disney Company

  • Brent Woodford

Senior Vice President, Planning and Control, The Walt Disney Company

Business Unit

Chairman, Walt Disney International

Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks and President, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports

  • Walter C. Liss

President, ABC Owned Television Stations

Chairman, Disney Consumer Products Worldwide

Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

  • Rich Ross

Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios

Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney•ABC Television Group

  • Steve Wadsworth

President, Disney Interactive Media Group

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