||The Big Five of Commercial Media
After a number of mergers and acquisitions five powerful media conglomerates lead the world's content production and distribution. They operate on an international basis with subsidiaries all around the globe and engage in every imaginable kind of media industry.
Table: The World's Leading Media Companies
| Media Company |
| 1998 Revenues |
| Property/Corporate Information |
| AOL Time Warner (US) |
| 26,838.000.000* |
| http://www.timewarner.com/corp/about/timewarnerinc/corporate/index.html |
| Disney (US) |
| 22,976.000.000 |
| http://www.disney.com |
| Bertelsmann (GER) |
| 16,389.000.000 |
| http://www.bertelsmann.com/facts/report/report.cfm |
| News Corporation (AUS) |
| 12,841.000.000 |
| http://www.newscorp.com/public/cor/cor_m.htm |
| Viacom (US) |
| 12,100.000.000 |
| http://www.viacom.com/global.tin |
(* Revenues of Time Warner only (merger with AOL took place in January 2000)
American corporation that became the best-known purveyor of child and adult entertainment in the 20th century. Its headquarters are in Burbank, Calif. The company was founded in 1929 and produced animated motion-picture cartoons.
In 1955 the company opened the Disneyland amusement park, one of the world's most famous. Under a new management, in the 1980s, Disney's motion-picture and animated-film production units became among the most successful in the United States. In 1996 the Disney corporation acquired Capital Cities/ABC Inc., which owned the ABC television network. The Disney Company also operates the Disney Channel, a pay television programming service.