Headquartered at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading, diversified, international entertainment and media enterprise. The company was originally founded in 1923 by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy, as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio.
Disney’s Burbank studio, built in 1939, remains one of the largest and best-known studios in American cinema, which today includes Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Entertainment, and Lucasfilm Ltd. within its entertainment business unit.
Through its philanthropic arm, Disney supports environmental conservation and programs aimed at bringing “comfort, inspiration, and opportunity to kids, families, and communities around the world.” The company does this through collaboration with nonprofit organizations, in-kind and product contributions, and public service announcements.
Disney employees also have the opportunity to get involved in their communities through the corporation-wide VoluntEARS program, which encourages the company’s employees to contribute their personal time and expertise, in order to have “a positive impact on…[the] community, while furthering the traditions and ideals of The Walt Disney Company.”
The Walt Disney Company began its partnership with HSF in 1998, and has since supported HSF Scholarships and programs, as well as the Media and Entertainment Summit, which exposes HSF Scholars interested in the field, to diverse career opportunities and specialized knowledge gleaned from industry insiders. Disney has also deepened its partnership through participation on HSF’s board of directors.