Frozen fever and Marvel moolah helped deliver $1.7 billion in 2014 as Disney topples Warner Bros., Paramount increases box office and Sony stumbles on Spider-Man in the annual breakdown of money at the major studios. ...
Robert Iger's acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm has paid off in spades.
Michael Eisner and Frank Wells spent ten years growing Walt Disney Productions from the inside out, then Capital Cities/ABC was purchased, then more outside properties like California Angels and Fox Family Worldwide (where Haim Saban made a killing).
But Iger turned the purchase of other entertainment brands into a highly successful art form, and now Diz Co. is a money making behemoth, with numerous interlocking parts that seem to work together to make larger and larger amounts of money.
And then there are all the other big entertainment companies, many of them doing well, but none as high-flying as Diz Co. in 2014-2015.