It’s no surprise that Disney own's a lot. But just how much do you know that they own? In 1996 Disney purchased ABC, this included their news network, and television shows. In that same year the purchased ESPN, and Studio Ghibli, Known for My Neighbor Totoro. In 1997 they purchased Hollywood Records, and their publishing Company (which had the remaining rights to Winnie The Pooh, something they owned 90% of). They also purchased Brave Little Toaster and Baby Einstein in 2001. In 2004 Disney bought the rights to The Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House. In 2006 they bought Pixar Animation. In 2009 they bought Marvel Studios, something that was ground breaking. In 2012 they bought Lucasfilm, you know STAR WARS, INDIANA JONES and everything else by Jim Henson Productions (except for the fraggles and sesame street). In 2014 they bought Maker Studios and GoPro. And in 2016 the started talking about acquiring 20th Century Fox (which will give them The Fraggles), Known for THE SIMPSONS, DEADPOOL, and the remaining Marvel Characters (except a few). In 2017 they started bidding. In 2018 the stock holders agreed and the DOJ confirmed the purchase. This also gave them Hulu and they have collected many channels over the years (like Vice, A&E, and HISTORY). This Doesn't even include all of their Studios (Touchstone, Miramax) Tv Channels and EFFING THEME PARKS. Disney is huge. And here are my Top 5 things they should get next!
5. The Rights for Hulk, She-Hulk, Namor, The Rights for Spider-man, and Park Rights For Marvel
Starting off my list is something simple (and relatively cheap for Disney) they could easily buy. If you Didn’t know during the late 90’s Marvel went almost bankrupt and started selling off of some of there intellectual properties (IP’s) to different studios. Universal got Hulk and his peeps. Sony got Spiderman and Fox got X-Men and Fantastic 4.
And now with the purchase of Fox and the deal with Sony (allowing Spider-man to come into the MCU) the next step for Disney/Marvel would be to completely purchase Spider-Man and his characters and The Hulk and his Characters so like DC they can fully own all there characters. Also when Marvel was bankrupt the sold their theme park rights to Universal, Disney could easily give some cash or stock to NBCUniversal Comcast and allow them to have the rights in everything East and West of the Mississippi.
4. The Rest of Jim Henson Productions
You knew this was coming. Disney owns almost all of it, besides the exception of Sesame Street (owned by PBS/HBO) and a few shows DINOSAUR TRAIN!!!!!! A way to get this would to make a deal with the Henson Family (who likes Iger wwwwaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy more than Eisner) and Time Warner. They could Reasonably give them some cash or stock.
3. Twisted Pictures
The big genre they don’t have anything to show for is Horror. Twisted Pictures is a small Independent Film Company who have made Saw and Saw II and Saw III and you get it, As well as the Insidious Franchise. They are currently in a 9 film contract with Lionsgate (who I believe is Bankrupt) but after that I think the best move for them and Disney would be for Disney to purchase them. Saw is not the most uh family friendly franchise,It's R to borderline NC-17, but their mascot Billy the Puppet fits in with Totoro, Kermit, Luxo Jr. and even LORD MICKEY MOUSE. This would be a smart move (and a relatively cheap one) because with this (and all the ones before and the next one) they will still be under 50%.
Hasbro is one of the biggest toy companies, and is a long time Disney partner producing almost all of their toys. If Disney were to purchase Hasbro they would have another big name under their belt plus booth companies won’t have to pay each other for licensing and leases. This would give Disney a literal Monopoly (since Parker Brothers, the makers of Monopoly the board game, is a branch of Hasbro) and It's a big name that would make Disney Pop (they also own Funko). The also own Ubisoft. It was thought that Disney was requiring Hasbro in 2014 but that seemed to be on hold for a while... We'll see....
Honorable and Dishonorable Mentions
1. Sony Pictures: Although Unlikley I still should mention it, I'd rather see Comcast or Time Warner Get It.
2. HBO: Since (I hope) they could get the rest of JHP (Sesame Street) and Hasbro (My Little Pony) They could just purchase it from WB (they would also get LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH GOD'S GIFT JOHN OLIVER!!!!!
3. Blowfish Productions, who makes the best blog ever. tap the button to go there
These are things that they can't buy so shut up about it!
NBC Comcast Universal (Direct Competitors)
DC Comics/Time Warner WB (Direct Competitors)
CBS/Viacom (Direct Competitors)
MGM or Lionsgate (Possibly but no)
1. Revamping of an Old Park
1 - Revamping of an old park New Park
Have you heard of Disney's Hollywood Studios. Yes? No? Maybe So? It's a little dishuvled at the moment. But what I think their doing/are doing is creating a park similar to Universal's Islands of Adventure. We have Pixar Peir and Star Wars Land, Whats keeping us from a Marvel Mahaem (besides #5), or a Totoro Neighborhood, or a Muppet Theater (bigger of course), or a Fox Fun Park, or if they purchase what I think they will a Hasbro Island or a Saw City? Not to mention a Disney Land Land. Imagine a park where you enter through a Disney Island, and their are 8 little areas in which you can go to! In the Jim Henson area you can visit the real Sesame Street and go through a fraggle hole to have dinner with Sam and Kermit. Or In the Pixar Area you can go in the UP house or a Monsters Inc. Door. A Marvel Area with a bunch of rides based on characters and the final is a mix of all (kind of like the Avengers) (not my idea) (forgot who) (too lazy to check). Star Wars should obviously stay the same, but you could incorporate more other Lucasfilm IP's. In the Studio Ghibli are you could ride the cat buss! Or in the Fox land you can go to a Real Bob’s Burgers or Moes or The Drunken Clam. Or if it happens a Saw Escape Room or even a IRL Monopoly board!!!!! The possibilities are endless!!
Peace, Love, And Please buy my company Disney,
As many children from my generation, Disney played a huge part in my childhood, along with Disney World, Jim Henson Productions, Lucasfilm and Marvel. As the late Walt Disney said about coming to my blog "Come to this happy place, Welcome" Disney has played a very important role of my life by you know basically being my childhood.