© 2019 by Mindy Johnson Creative

M.J. Winkler & The Birth of Walt Disney Studios

October 16, 2017

On October 16th, 1923, contracts were signed between a young unknown animator in Hollywood named Walter Disney and M.J. Winkler, the successful distributor/promoter of the early animated novelties 'Out of the Inkwell' and 'Felix the Cat.'  M.J. Winkler was in fact, Margaret Winkler — the only women in film distribution, and the first women in the Producer's Guild.


Adding a fictitious 'J' to her name, Margaret operated as M.J. Winkler. In addition to her distribution prowess, Margaret was a genius at promotion and by the early 1920s, she single-handedly established animation as a standard part of the movie-going experience.


By putting the Disney Brothers under contract in 1923 for six "Alice in Cartoonland" comedies, Margaret helped establish the first animation studio in Hollywood which currently is the longest running animation studio in history. It is no exaggeration that we would not have today's animation industry if it weren't for this women — Margaret 'M.J.' Winkler!

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Featured Posts

A GLORIOUS Celebration of MARY BLAIR!!

August 30, 2019

Please reload

Recent Posts

August 14, 2019

July 28, 2019

June 5, 2019

May 27, 2019

Please reload