Universal Studios Inc., also known as Universal Pictures, is a world-renowned film studio based out of Orlando, Florida. The company is owned by Comcast, the American mass media giant, who operate it through another one of its wholly owned subsidiaries, NBC Universal. The company actively participates in a range of entertainment activities and enterprises. The firm offers its production facilities in California and Orlando to independent producers and associations, for the production of video entertainment and commercials.
The original company was founded in New York by entrepreneurs Adam Kessel, Carl Laemmle, Mark Dintenfass, Charles O. Baumann, David Horsley, Jules Brulatour, Pat Powers, William Swanson, and Robert Cochrane. The company is one of Hollywood’s "Big Six" movie studios and has been a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of Seagram Company, Ltd., since 1995. Universal City Studios, the company’s main campus, is situated on a sprawling 230-acre plot that was converted from a farm located over the Cahuenga Pass. The Studio is the third major facet of Comcast’s Universal's operations.