Disney Entertainment Companies: Employee Count: Part 1
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.
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:
(Derived by deducting the number for Pixar staffers from The Walt Disney Studios Staff. That is 1654-1256 = 398)
(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).
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).