Disney: Growing a small business to a multibillion dollar franchise

Walt Disney created the first generation of Disney Princesses in 1937-1959, targeting girls and children while establishing the importance of ‘True love’s first kiss’ and ‘A happily ever after.’ The Disney Princess franchise is a media and toy-line owned by The Walt Disney Company. In 2001, Andy Mooney became Chairman of Disney Consumer Products, and created […]

Indiana Jones: The Influence for Adventure

Whether it be escaping a temple from a boulder or fighting off Nazi soldiers, nothing screams adventure more than the Indiana Jones franchise. It has always stood out as iconic for all that whip-cracking action. Indiana Jones is a household name, and people both old and young recognize it. With all this being said, it is […]

The Alien that created careers

Anyone who aspires to make a career in the creative industries, especially in film, knows they need to have their big “break” to get noticed. Well, the Alien franchise may hold the best track record for giving directors their big breaks. Those directors now hold some of the most well known and decorated films under […]

A Smaller Scale Franchise

I can still remember the first time I watched M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable, Ironically I had just watched my favorite film at that time X2: X-Men United the day before; I was expecting another action packed and spandex filled superhero film but received quite the opposite. Unbreakable was a dark and gritty realistic superhero film […]

How “Selling out” Led to Complete Creative Control

“I am so very lucky to do this for a living. I am allowed to participate in one of the most powerful art forms ever created. The communal experience of watching a film can bring tears to the heart of a Nazi. It can change points of view. That’s what someone’s talking about when they […]

Creative Industries & Their Citizens

While I did not fully grasp all of Jennifer Holt’s extensive Empires of Entertainment, I did find her commentary about citizens playing a role in shaping the future entertainment empires to be quite thought provoking. To me, too often I find myself forgetting that as a consumer of content, I have a direct role in […]

The Illusion of Choice

The vertical integration of Disney purchasing 21st Century Fox connects well with Holt’s Empires of Entertainment.  Much like when Regan left office in 1989, today’s media industry is adapting through purchases and mergers.  Though mergers and purchases are frequent in today’s media environment, they are not always beneficial to the industry as a whole.   Disney […]