Owned by Disney, Dreamworks

The Walt Disney Company

On October 30, it was announced that Lucasfilm would be owned by the Walt Disney Company on December 31, 2012. That from the founded on October 16, 1923 Disney Brothers Studio The emerged company has been one of the leading developers of family-friendly entertainment for almost 100 years. In the 1920s and 1930s, the studios were primarily known as cartoonists, but have now grown into a global company that now includes media networks, amusement parks, production studios, consumer goods companies and game developers.

Want to watch TV

The Walt Disney Company owns the Disney / ABC television family and the sports network ESPN. In addition, the Disney Channels and parts of the A&E Television Networks belong to Disney, whereby the company is co-owner of the Biography and History Channels.
In this country, Disney is the owner of the German Disney channel, but also of Das Vierte. In addition, Disney owns 50 percent of Super RTL.

Holiday destination no.1

The Disney theme parks are some of the most visited leisure travel destinations in the world. Over 50 years after the opening of the first Disneyland in California on July 17, 1955, which was also attended by a young Disney fan named George Lucas, the Disney subsidiary Walt Disney Parks and Resorts operates 11 theme parks and 43 vacation destinations in North America, Europe and Asia . The Disney Group also owns the Disney Cruise Line with four cruise ships, the Disney Vacation Club with 11 destinations and over 500,000 members and the Adventures-by-Disney program, which offers family trips to destinations around the world.

Film studio family

In the film sector, Walt Disney Studios has been the linchpin of the Disney family since the company was founded. Today Disney develops films, musical productions and music albums and publishes large productions with its numerous subsidiaries every year. Walt Disney Studios includes Disney itself and with it Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, an independent label for nature films, Marvel Studios with hit series such as Iron man and The avengers, Touchstone Pictures, the distribution of the films of DreamWorks Studios, the Disney Music Group, to which the labels Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records belong as well as Disney Music Publishing and finally the Disney Theatrical Group, which acts as a production company and license administrator and for large live Events like Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live! is responsible. The youngest daughter of Walt Disney Studios has been called Lucasfilm Ltd. since the end of 2012.

On all shelves

The omnipresence of Disney on store shelves is the job of Disney Consumer Products. The company develops and sells Disney brands and licenses and is particularly notable for its flair for creating and maintaining individual sub-brands, including the Disney Classic Characters & Disney Baby, Disney Live Action Film, Disney Media Networks & Games, Disney & Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Princess & Disney Fairies as well as Marvel and now of course too war of stars.
Disney Publishing Worldwide is also active in the consumer goods sector. The company is the largest publisher of children's books and magazines.

After some back and forth, there has also been its own Disney game factory since 2008: Disney Interactive develops video games and entertainment products for all current platforms and is also responsible for maintaining Disney.com.

Home of cartoons, animated films and real-life films

In the film area that is crucial for Lucasfilm, Disney has been in a league of its own since the 1930s: with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Walt Disney produced the first full-length cartoon in 1937, which has since enjoyed successes like Bambi (1942), Peter Pan (1953), Arielle the mermaid (1989) and The Lion King (1994) followed. Towards the end of the 90s, Disney animation production got hit not least by the success of 3D animated films such as Toy story (1995) increasingly in distress, it wasn't until 2013 that the classic trick department was cut back again. In return, Disney was able to consolidate and expand its position on the animation market, not least through the takeover of Pixar Animation Studios, even though the latest productions by the trick factory have achieved below-average box office results.

In return, Disney has been successful with real-life films for years, including productions such as The desert is alive (1953), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), A great beetle (1969), Tron (1982), Cool runnings - being there is everything (1993), Armageddon - The Last Judgment (1998), pirates of the Caribbean (since 2003), The legacy of the Knights Templar (2004), The chronicles of Narnia (since 2005), High school musical (2006), Alice in Wonderland (2010) and The avengers (2012).

The takeover of Lucasfilm

Disney operations manager Robert Iger had been hoping for the takeover of Lucasfilm since 2005. After the successful purchase of Pixar and Marvel, he saw Lucasfilm as an ideal partner whose range of products and target group seemed to fit perfectly into the Disney portfolio. Iger and George Lucas held initial discussions in May 2011 on the occasion of the opening of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disney World in Florida. Lucas made it clear at the time that he could in principle agree to a sale, but initially wanted to realize a few final plans.

To prepare for the transition within Lucasfilm, Lucas named Kathleen Kennedy as his successor. In mid-2011, Kennedy took over the co-chairmanship of Lucasfilm Ltd. Then it was a matter of offering Disney a company that was not dying, but a renewing company: the idea for them war of stars-Sequels was born. In spring 2012, Lucas and Kennedy brought screenwriter Michael Arndt on board to prepare Episode VII. Simultaneously was The Empire Strikes Back- and Return of the Jedi-Author Lawrence Kasdan reactivated as a technical advisor before Lucas approached Disney boss Iger in June 2012.

Until August 2012, 20 lawyers were working at times on the details of the takeover and on clarifying all legal questions. It turned out that with the exception of the distribution rights for the first war of stars-Film, which remained with 20th Century-Fox after the Lucasfilm takeover by Disney, all rights to the saga could be transferred to Disney.

The takeover was officially announced on October 30th, and became legally valid on December 31st, 2012 after review by the cartel authorities.

The cartoon series is for fall 2014 Rebels Lucasfilm's first major project is scheduled under new management, and in 2015 J. J. Abrams' Episode VII will also be the first step in a new journey into the worlds of the cinema Star Wars done.