David Duhamel Company
|The Duhamel–DuFoy & Devaney Company|
The Duhamel–DuFoy Company
|Founded||November 7, 1926|
|Headquarters||David Duhamel Studios,|
|Products||Films, music, video games, amusement parks|
|Services||Television, publishing, streaming, broadcasting, radio|
The David Duhamel Company, known more commonly as David Duhamel, the Duhamel Company or as simply Duhamel, is an Estmerish multinational entertainment multi-media conglomerate headquartered in Solange, part of the Evreux conurbation in Evre. It operates regional headquarters in Liberty City and Keisi. It is the world's second largest media conglomerate in terms of revenue.
The Duhamel company was founded by David Duhamel in late 1926, at the insistence of his long-term creative partner Hugh Devaney. Devaney believed that Duhamel's talent was wasted on freelance projects. Duhamel had been an amateur cartoonist, and was funded in his endeavour to create an independent animation studio by his wife Julia DuFoy–Duhamel and her extended family, which was part of the Flurian gentry. The Duhamel Company eventually diversified from animation into live-action films, television, and amusement parks. In spite of this, animation remains a staple of the Duhamel brand.
The company has become a prominent entertainment company worldwide, but particularly in the Estmerish-speaking world. As part of increasing diversification, Duhamel began acquiring a number of corporate divisions from the 1980s onward with the aim of marketing to maturer audiences who saw the company as a solely-family brand. David Duhamel Motion Pictures and David Duhamel Studios are well-known divisions, and Duhamel operates a number of subsidaries including the NSE Network, the Gallant Comics Company, 2070 Animations and Historical Entertainment. The company also operates a number of amusement parks under the Duhamelia Parks Division, with parks located in Solange, Rayenne, Keisi, Rimso, Liberty City and Los Santos, and the direct-to-consumer streaming service Duhamel on Demand. The cartoon character Robbie Rabbit is considered a staple of the company's intellectual property, and features as a prominent mascot for Duhamel. The Duhamel family has remained prominent in the company since it's foundation.
Duhamel is traded on the Morwall Stock Exchange under DUH and on the Keisi Stock Exchange under DDC. The company has been listed on the ERSE 25, ERSE 100 and ERSE 500, share indices of the top companies listed on the MSE with the highest market capitalisation, since the lists were created in 1988. Duhamel is a major employer in Solange, and many Duhamel products are seen as Estmerish cultural exports.
- 1 History
- 2 Organisation
- 3 Products
- 4 Controversies
- 5 See also
1926–1928: Foundation and early years
1928–1935: Wartime animations
1935–1969: Post-war growth
1969–1981: Lost decade
1981–1992: The Duhamel Rinnovosi
1992–present: Cultural giant and media monopoly
The position of company president has been held by a member of the Duhamel family since the company's foundation, and represents the interests of the family.
- David Duhamel (1926–1969)
- Julia DuFoy–Duhamel (1969–1973)
- Damian Duhamel (1973–1994)
- Christopher Duhamel (1994–2016)
- Mary-Elizabeth Duhamel (2016–present)
- Chief executive officers (CEO)
- Hugh Devaney (1926–1929)
- Anthony DuFoy (1929–1930)
- David Duhamel (1930–1957)
- Damian Duhamel (1957–1971)
- Frankie Woods (1971–1973)
- Fraser Foster (1973–1976)
- Ted Miller (1973–1976)
- Harris Ball (1976–1981)
- Sebastian Wright (1981–1992)
- Leonard Gill (1992–1999)
- Miles Bates (1999–2004)
- Steve Larken (2004–present)
Duhamel owns a number of subsidiary companies, through which it has an outsized influence on the multimedia entertainment industry, outside of the company's traditional domain of animation and film. Duhamel's subsidiaries expand the company's reach to video games, sports entertainment, comic books and music publishing, while also allowing Duhamel to produce animations and films outside of its traditional family-friendly scope.
- National Sports Entertainment Network, more commonly known as the NSE Network, was acquired by Duhamel in 1992, and provides sports entertainmant. In particular, it is a major broadcaster for rugby and professional football. It is the largest provider of sports entertainment in Estmere, and formed the basis for Duhamel's further expansion into broadcast television.
- 2070 Animations is an animation studio founded in 1976 and acquired by Duhamel in 2004. Duhamel was known for family-friendly animation, but 2070 produced more mature content. The acquisition was controversial, with fears that the acquisition would give Duhamel a monopoly over animation.
- Gallant Comics Company is a comic book company responsible for a wide variety of comics and a collection of films known as the Gallant Cineverse. It owns the license for superheroes such as Captain Liberty, Lightning Witch and Swift. It was acquired by Duhamel in 2014.
- Enigma Interactive is a video game company acquired by Duhamel in 2018 which specialises in grand strategy games, city-building games - particularly construction and management simulations - and role-playing video games. It is chiefly known for iCity and Crowns and Conquest.
- Historical Entertainment is an entertainment company acquired by Duhamel in 2001 which specialises in history-based documentaries. The company's scope has since expanded to include documentaries focused on geography, conspiracy theories and speculative history.