After paying $4 billion for Marvel Entertainment earlier this year, Iger unloaded money-losing Miramax Films for $660 million and bought web-gaming outfit Playdom for $563 million. In television, ESPN just delivered its best ratings year ever. And though the recession put a damper on its theme park business, the company's motion picture units made up for the shortfall with Toy Story 3 and Alice in Wonderland, both of which topped the $1 billion mark at the box office. Stock is handily outperforming the market.
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