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This article is about the motion picture company headquartered in Burbank, California. For the physical location of the movie studios, see Walt Disney Studios (Burbank).


The Walt Disney Studios, the headquarters of The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Pictures logo, from 1985 to 2006.

Walt Disney Studios logo was only shown during CinemaCon presentation

The Walt Disney Studios (located in Burbank, California) serves as the international headquarters for media conglomerate The Walt Disney Company, and the parent company for Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, 20th Century Animation, Searchlight Pictures, and Disneynature.

History

Walt Disney Productions staff began the move from the old studio at Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles on December 24, 1939. Designed primarily by Kem Weber under the supervision of Walt Disney and his brother, Roy, the buildings are the only studios to survive from the Golden Age of filming. The Walt Disney Company is the last remaining Big Ten company to remain independent from a mother company. The Studios are also the only major film/animation studio not to run backlot tours.

The Walt Disney Studios were originally designed around the animation process, with the large animation building in the center of the campus, and adjacent buildings for the story department, the music department, the ink-and-paint departments, and the other various functions of the studio. Both above-ground walkways and tunnels connected the buildings, and the campus also included a movie theatre and a number of soundstages. The Disney feature The Reluctant Dragon, starring Robert Benchley, served as a tour of the then-new studio, which was also frequently seen and toured on the various Walt Disney television programs.

In the late 1940s, the studio began regular work on live-action features, as they needed the money. Though their first films were shot in England, the necessity to build live-action facilities still arose. Lacking the capital to do it themselves, Jack Webb offered to put up some of the money to build live-action stages in exchange for their use (Webb used it to shoot much of the Dragnet TV series). During this time, back lots were also built and remained standing at the studios until Michael Eisner and Frank Wells joined the company in 1984.

In 1986, after the corporate restructuring of Walt Disney Productions into The Walt Disney Company, the buildings were remodeled to accommodate more live-action production space and administrative offices. The Studios are now made up of multiple office and administration buildings and ten soundstages. The primary building is the commanding Team Disney Burbank building, completed in 1990 and designed by Michael Graves. The Team Disney Burbank building contains the office of President and CEO Robert A. Iger, as well as the boardroom for the Board of Directors. It also houses offices for members of Senior Management, such as Andy Bird, head of Walt Disney International, Jay Rasulo, President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and Dick Cook, Chairman of Walt Disney Studio Entertainment. The building is sometimes called the Seven Dwarfs Building; it has a stunning fascia of the seven dwarfs holding up the roof of the building.

On January 23, 2006, in honor of Michael Eisner's 21-year leadership of the company, the Team Disney building, was rededicated as Team Disney - The Michael D. Eisner Building.

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During the restructuring, the animation facilities were spun off to officially create Walt Disney Feature Animation as a subsidiary of the company, and its operations were moved to the Air Way warehouse in Glendale. In 1995, a new Feature Animation building was completed, across the street from the main lot. The new studio is a colorful piece of architecture, adorned by a giant Sorcerer's Hat, which once housed of the office of Roy E. Disney, former head of WDFA.

More recently, after Disney's purchase of ABC, a new headquarters for Disney–ABC Television Group was constructed across Riverside Drive next to the Feature Animation Building. The ABC building was designed by Aldo Rossi and is connected to the lot by a blue serpentine bridge.

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Motion Pictures Production
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Television Production
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Distribution Brands
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures • Searchlight Pictures (United States only)
Studio Lots
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Former Studios
Touchstone PicturesFox 2000 PicturesDisneytoon StudiosSkellington ProductionsCaravan PicturesDIC Entertainment L.P. (Limited Partnership)Walt Disney Animation FranceWalt Disney Animation CanadaWalt Disney Animation JapanWalt Disney Animation FloridaWalt Disney Animation AustraliaDimension FilmsCircle 7 AnimationImageMovers Digital Hollywood Pictures Miramax FilmsPixar CanadaSIP Animation (Minority Stake)Walt Disney ProductionsWalt Disney TelevisionMarvel Television20th Century Fox Television • Fox 21 Television Studios • ABC StudiosTouchstone Television (2020 revival)Blue Sky Studios
Former Distribution Brands
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution (1956-2007) • UTV Motion Pictures (2013-2017, India) • Buena Vista International (2018-2020, International) • Miramax Films (1993-2010) • 20th Century Fox (2019-2020)
Current Figures
Bob IgerJennifer LeePete DocterKevin FeigeKathleen KennedyBob ChapekChristine McCarthySean Bailey
Former Figures
Michael EisnerJeffrey KatzenbergJohn LasseterEd Catmull
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