Over the last nine decades, The Walt Disney Company has transformed every facet of the entertainment business--from the creation of feature length cartoons like Snow White, Bambi and Pinocchio, to television programming such as The Wonderful World of Disney.
There are theme parks that span the globe, cruise and vacation experiences, Broadway musicals like The Lion King, a new streaming service, Disney+ that has challenged Netflix, even ownership of an unparalleled collection of franchise movies (Star Wars, Toy Story, The Avengers). All of these are under the control of a single studio--a global hub that brings Disney’s characters and stories to life. Darien Library welcomes media expert, Brian Rose, who will examine this remarkable story of creativity and media growth, and will look at how The Walt Disney Company grew from a small cartoon studio in 1923 to become the most powerful force in worldwide entertainment.
About the Presenter
Brian Rose, Ph.D. was a Professor of Communication and Media Studies for 38 years at Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center until his recent retirement. He has written several books on television history and cultural programming. He has conducted more than one hundred Q & As with leading directors, actors, and writers for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, The Screen Actors Guild, The British Academy of Film & Television Arts, and The Directors Guild of America.