The China Files: Disney

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The China Files: Disney

Disney operates branded retail stores in China and a theme park in Shanghai with its state-owned partner, Shanghai Shendi Group. It licenses its films and TV shows to television networks and streaming services and its intellectual property to manufacturers to make Disney-branded products. It has a majority interest in ESPN and National Geographic, which operate in China, and until recently, managed a chain of English teaching centers, called Disney English. Disney entered mainland China in the late 1980s, when it began to sell cartoons to China’s state broadcaster, CCTV.

This China File contains items from 1979 to June 2021. 

About Our China Files Product

Each China File contains a brief introduction to a company and links to interesting and hard-to-find open source information about that company. We include items such as corporate registration documents, public filings, presentations, academic papers, patents, press releases, social media and court documents. We include files in English and Chinese, as well as other relevant languages. Where relevant, we also insert material from our own archives, documents gathered by reporters at The Wire. Each item is listed chronologically from most recent to oldest and contains a hyperlink to the original source material. We also include a sprinkling of news for readers to contextualize our research. 

At the end of the China File, we include an index of all individuals and companies mentioned in our files. For the methodology on our index, please see our FAQ page. All China Files have a minimum of 100 items, which is about 4 pages. However, for most companies, particularly older companies, our China Files will run to at least 10 pages or over 300 items.