Entertainment Conglomerates

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Disney Entertainment Companies: Employee Count: Part 1

OVERVIEW
Our research shows the Disney Group has 199,000 employees spread across its subsidiaries worldwide. For this request we focused on seven of those subsidiaries namely, ABC Inc., ESPN Inc., Freeform, Pixar, Sky PLC, Disney Cruise Lines and Touchstone Pictures. We could find some data regarding employees of the companies preexisting. For example, Sky PLC has a total of 31,578 employees. Some figures were estimated from reports. An example is the fact that there are 10,000 employees for Disney/ABC TV Group as shown in the Wall Street Journal report. We also triangulated some figures from LinkedIn.
Please find below a dive into how we arrived at the figures shown on this spreadsheet.
METHODOLOGY
We searched subsidiary websites, annual reports, press releases, and articles that can provide information about number of employees in this group. Where it was not possible to get the needed data, we tried LinkedIn. One thing to note is that employers do not compel their workers to register on LinkedIn. So, LinkedIn can only be used for estimates only as the numbers are only a reflection of member-provided data.

The seven companies and their estimated employee numbers, as shown on the spreadsheet, are provided below:
ESPN:
4,000 in the US, 8,000 Worldwide

PIXAR
1256 (LinkedIn figure)

SKY PLC
31,578

8000

TOUCHSTONE PICTURES
398
(Derived by deducting the number for Pixar staffers from The Walt Disney Studios Staff. That is 1654-1256 = 398)

10,000

FREEFORM
3342
(Derived by deducting number of ABC Television Network employees listed on LinkedIn from number of Disney/ABC TV from the same source. That is 5408-2066 =3342).
CONCLUSION
Of the 199,000 total Disney Group staff, we were able to account just about 50,000 in this report. This may be partly attributed to the non-availability of certain figures leading us to depend on the number registered on LinkedIn. However, we could get near accurate employee numbers for Sky PLC (31,578), Disney/ABC TV (10,000) and Disney Cruise lines (8,000).
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Disney Entertainment Companies: Employee Count: Part 2

The employee count and notes for Radio Disney (969), Disney Consumer Products (4,750), Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide Inc. (144,550), Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures (6,000), Lucasfilm (3,089), and Marvel Entertainment (1,253) have been provided on rows 9 - 15 on the Disney tab of the attached spreadsheet. Only a credible employee count for Disney Media (Disney Media Distribution) could not be found. However, its “alternate employee count” has been provided (237) and should be used as reference only. Below, I will provide the methodology for this research.

METHODOLOGY

Walt Disney’s annual report 2017 stated that it has 199,000 full-time employees worldwide but did not provide a breakdown for each subsidiary. Where possible, employee figures provided in articles published on Disney’s websites or external media have been provided as “employee count” on column B. Employee count for Disney Consumer Products (Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media), Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide Inc., and Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures (Walt Disney Studios) are based on employee figures provided in article published over the last two years. If there are no recent published articles available, LinkedIn was used as it is assumed that it contains the latest estimated employees count based on active accounts. The “alternative employee count” for every subsidiary were obtained from relatively “less credible” sources such as estimations from business databases such as Find The Company, Owler, LinkedIn (if articles were used for “employee count”), and articles that are published more than two years ago.
The employee count for Disney Media (Disney Media Distribution) was listed as “NA” as employee figures are not provided on its website, business databases, or other news articles. Disney Media also does not have an official LinkedIn account. A search on LinkedIn produced 237 results, but this figure is listed as “alternative employee count” as the results contain employees from other Disney divisions. The employee count for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide Inc. include both cast members and “office” employees. Please note that employee count for Walt Disney Studios includes employee count at Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios (part of Marvel Entertainment) as they fall under the umbrella of Walt Disney Studios.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, rows 9 - 15 on the Disney tab of the attached spreadsheet have been completed. The largest division is the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide Inc. with 144,550 cast members and “office” employees. The smallest division is Disney Media, which has a maximum of 247 employees.

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Disney Entertainment and Sony Pictures Companies: Employee Count: Part 3

INTRODUCTION

We have found the number of employees of various Sony's daughter companies and completed the spreadsheet, so below we will look at some of the most important findings.

BACKGROUND

Sony Corporation of America is Sony Corporation's US headquarters, which brings in about 21% of total revenues to its parent company. It operates in many spheres including "electronics and mobile, film and television, music, games, digital services". It is a large company with its own subsidiaries, with a total number of employees being 33,234. Its subsidiaries are : Sony Imageworks, Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Sony Pictures, Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and Sony Corporation of America. As requested, we will further analyze Sony's employee count along with its subsidiaries.

METHODOLOGY

A thorough research provided us the precise number of employees, and we opted to use those whenever possible, using official documents, company's website and sometimes, news articles. As a backup, we have sometimes included estimations from third-party websites.

FINDINGS

The biggest subsidiary of SCA are Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment, with 6,131 and 4,200 employees, respectively. If we look at Sony's annual report, we can find that they employ 8,200 people in their music segment, and 9,000 in their picture segment. Sony Pictures Entertainment's subsidiaries are Sony Pictures Imageworks, Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures and SPE is in charge of Sony Pictures Entertainment's television operations. Sony Music Entertainment has many labels under its belt, some of them being Columbia, Epic, Sony Music Nashville and Sony Classical.

CONCLUSION

The employee count of the rest of Sony's subsidiaries can be found in the attached spreadsheet.
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Disney Entertainment and Sony Pictures Companies: Employee Count: Part 3

INTRODUCTION

We have found the number of employees of various Sony's daughter companies and completed the spreadsheet, so below we will look at some of the most important findings.

BACKGROUND

Sony Corporation of America is Sony Corporation's US headquarters, which brings in about 21% of total revenues to its parent company. It operates in many spheres including "electronics and mobile, film and television, music, games, digital services". It is a large company with its own subsidiaries, with a total number of employees being 33,234. Its subsidiaries are : Sony Imageworks, Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Sony Pictures, Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and Sony Corporation of America. As requested, we will further analyze Sony's employee count along with its subsidiaries.

METHODOLOGY

A thorough research provided us the precise number of employees, and we opted to use those whenever possible, using official documents, company's website and sometimes, news articles. As a backup, we have sometimes included estimations from third-party websites.

FINDINGS

The biggest subsidiary of SCA are Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment, with 6,131 and 4,200 employees, respectively. If we look at Sony's annual report, we can find that they employ 8,200 people in their music segment, and 9,000 in their picture segment. Sony Pictures Entertainment's subsidiaries are Sony Pictures Imageworks, Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures and SPE is in charge of Sony Pictures Entertainment's television operations. Sony Music Entertainment has many labels under its belt, some of them being Columbia, Epic, Sony Music Nashville and Sony Classical.

CONCLUSION

The employee count of the rest of Sony's subsidiaries can be found in the attached spreadsheet.
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