Richard W. Atkinson

Executive Director

Systems Integration & Planning

The Walt Disney Studios

 

Biography

Richard Atkinson is the Executive Director of Systems Integration & Planning for The Walt Disney Studios. He is responsible for helping to identify and define the strategic directions, technologies, architectures, and business activities where strategic application of technology can have the most profound impact on the business. He is also leading the company's strategy and work in combating media piracy in its various online forms.
(UCLA IS Associates Fall Meeting '03, Speaker Biographies)

Walt Disney  

The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) was founded in 1923 by Walt Disney and is one of the largest entertainment corporations in the world. TWDC had revenues of 22 billion USD in 2002. The Disney company's corporate headquarters are located in Burbank, California.

Its movie studios include Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Buena Vista, Hollywood Pictures, Dimension Films, and Miramax. It owns the rights to animated and live action films and operates many theme parks including, Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure, Walt Disney World, and franchises Disneyland Resort Paris, and Tokyo Disney. The company operates the Disney Vacation Club resorts and ESPN Zone restaurants. It owns Hyperion Books, Disney Publishing Worldwide and the Walt Disney Cruise Line. Disney's music division includes Walt Disney Records, Mammoth Records, Lyric Street Records, and Hollywood Records. TWDC also owns the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) network and television stations (since 1996), the Disney Channel and ESPN's family of cable television networks (www.disney.com; accessed 03/10/04).

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