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It’s hard to execute a corporate merger. Sometimes a merger looks good, sounds good but ultimately falls flat. Other times, key synergies align and all of the invested parties can sleep easy at night.

Who can forget the classic catchphrase “to infinity and beyond,” coined by Buzz Lightyear in the film Toy Story? Buzz, Woody and the rest of their toy buddies have developed a cult like following all over the world. When Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar released the movie in 1995, the future landscape of the film industry was forever altered. Suddenly, computer animated films were all the rage.

Despite Disney’s proud history with animation, they desperately needed help from Pixar to reshape their studio’s vision through computer animation. In 2006, Disney acquired Pixar for an estimated $7.4 billion. Post-merger, Disney has leveraged Pixar’s animation to produce multiple hit films and conceptualize new characters for children. The Disney-Pixar merger is an example of how a successful merger can help organizations discover operational efficiencies, increase collaboration and grow revenues while maintaining a high level of consumer satisfaction.

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