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Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Top 50 rank: 13
Rank in Entertainment: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 8.14
Ticker: DIS
Why it's admired:
ESPNís high advertising revenues from added sports programming and Bowl Championship Series games gave Disney an added boost to the companyís cable networks operating income -- up to $5.2 billion last year from $760 million in 2010.

But while the companyís cable networks, theme parks, and broadcasting ventures saw success, its studio entertainment revenues were not so lucky. Releases like The Prince of Persia, and Sorcererís Apprentice flopped in comparison to the prior-year titles like Toy Story 3 and Alice in Wonderland.
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Walt Disney stats
Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 1
People management 1
Use of corporate assets 1
Social responsibility 1
Quality of management 1
Financial soundness 1
Long-term investment 1
Quality of products/services 1
Global competitiveness 1
Industry: Entertainment
Most Admired
1 Walt Disney 8.14
2 Viacom 7.41
3 Time Warner 7.18
4 Discovery Communications 6.94
5 Bertelsmann 6.26
6 CBS 6.06
Rank Company Overall score
7 News Corp. 5.58
8 Live Nation Entertainment 5.45
9 Sirius XM Radio 5.25
10 Warner Music Group 5.22
11 CC Media Holdings 5.03
From the March 19, 2012 issue
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