Walt Disney said second-quarter earnings rose 27%, handily beating analysts' forecasts, given strong results from its film studio, advertising sales at ESPN and international sales of its TV shows, including "Desperate Housewives."
The Burbank-based media conglomerate's revenue, however, fell short of analysts' forecasts and dragged on shares in after-hours trading.
Disney posted net income of $931 million, or 44 cents a share, up from $733 million, or 37 cents a share in the year-ago quarter.
Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expected a profit of 38 cents a share.
Revenue rose slightly to $8.07 billion from $8.03 billion in the same period last year, but fell short of the $8.13 billion estimate analysts had anticipated.
"I'm pleased to report another excellent quarter, with double-digit increases in earnings per share as well as operating income across all of our business segments," said Robert A. Iger, president and chief executive officer, in a statement.
Profit rose in all four of Disney's divisions.