Robert A. Iger

The deals that have made Disney so powerful

The deals that have made Disney so powerful

Walt Disney Co. has made some big acquisitions to become the industry’s dominant entertainment player — especially since Robert Iger became chief executive in 2005. Here’s a look at some of the major deals.

1996: Capital Cities/ABC Then-Disney Chairman Michael Eisner, left, shakes hands with Capital Cities/ABC Chairman Thomas Murphy in 1996. Associated Press

This $19-billion deal creates the largest entertainment company in the world. It brings the profitable ABC TV network and its ESPN service to Disney, along with Capital Cities’ president, Iger.

2006: Pixar Animation Studios "Toy Story" Disney/Pixar

Disney acquires the computer...

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