ABC Studios

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ABC Studios
Industry Television Production
Founded 1985 (1985) (as Touchstone Television)
2007 (2007) (as ABC Studios)
Headquarters Burbank, California, USA
Owner The Walt Disney Company
Parent Disney–ABC Television Group

ABC Studios is the television production division of Disney–ABC Television Group. ABC Studios was established as Touchstone Films Television Division in 1985 and given its current name in 2007.


Touchstone Television[edit]

Logo used from September 24, 2007 to September 22, 2013.

Walt Disney Television and Touchstone Television were grouped together under a president of network television for Walt Disney Studios on April 18, 1989.[1]

In 1992, Touchstone moved into producing longer forms for TV focusing on more adult fare with its first telefilm being for CBS about Edna Buchanan, a Miami Herald crime reporter who would win a Pulitzer Prize.[2]

In April 1996 due to ongoing post Disney-CC/ABC merger realignment and retirement of its president, Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications group's divisions were reassigned to other groups with Touchstone Television transferred to The Walt Disney Studios.[3]

While two of their pilots are in consideration for pick up on ABC in April 2003, Tollin/Robbins Productions has agreed to a two year development deal, included a two year option, profit sharing and outside sales, with Touchstone Television.[4]

ABC Television Studio[edit]

In February 2007, Touchstone Television was renamed ABC Television Studio as part of Disney push to drop secondary brands like Buena Vista for Disney, ABC and ESPN.[5]

In June 2009, ABC Entertainment announced a new organization, effective immediately.[6][7] In January 2010, Disney–ABC Television Group announced it was cutting 5% of its workforce.[8]

In October 2012, ABC Studios formed its Signature division to sell to outside networks.[9]

List of programs produced by Touchstone Television/ABC Studios[edit]

Currently produced[edit]

Title Year Network Notes
America's Funniest Home Videos 1989–present ABC as ABC Entertainment, co-production with Vin Di Bona Productions
The Amazing Race 2001–present CBS as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with CBS Television Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Television
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2003–present ABC as Touchstone Television until 2007, co-produced with Jackhole Productions
Grey's Anatomy 2005–present ABC as Touchstone Television until 2007
Criminal Minds 2005–present CBS as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with CBS Television Studios, formerly Paramount Network Television and CBS Paramount Network Television
Castle 2009-present ABC
Cougar Town 2009–present ABC/TBS co-produced with Doozer
Revenge 2011-present ABC
Once Upon a Time 2011–present ABC
Scandal 2012-present ABC
Perception 2012-present TNT
Nashville 2012–present ABC co-produced with Lionsgate Television
Mistresses 2013-present ABC with Ecosse Films
Devious Maids 2013-present Lifetime
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2013–present ABC co-produced with Marvel Television and Mutant Enemy
Resurrection 2014–present ABC with Plan B Entertainment
Red Band Society 2014-present Fox with Amblin Television and Filmax International
Black-ish 2014-present ABC
How to Get Away with Murder 2014-present ABC
Galavant 2015-present ABC with Abbey C Studios Ltd.
Agent Carter 2015-present ABC with Marvel Television

Future productions[edit]

Title Year Network Notes
Secrets & Lies March 1, 2015 ABC with Avenue K Productions, Hoodlum Entertainment and Kapital Entertainment
American Crime March 5, 2015 ABC
Daredevil April 10, 2015 Netflix with Marvel Television
A.K.A. Jessica Jones 2015 Netflix with Marvel Television
Luke Cage TBA Netflix with Marvel Television
Iron Fist TBA Netflix with Marvel Television
The Defenders TBA Netflix with Marvel Television
Star Wars live-action TV series TBA ABC with Lucasfilm
The Whispers 2015 ABC with Amblin Television

Formerly produced[edit]

Formerly known as[edit]


Industry Filmed Entertainment
Founded October 2012 (2012-10)[9]
Key people
Tracy Underwood[9]
Production output
Cable Show Programs[9]
Parent ABC Studios
(ABC Entertainment Group)[9]

Signature, or ABC Signature, is the boutique production division of ABC Studios designated to sell to outside buyers for emerging and cable platforms with low cost and off-cycle programming. The division will develop year round.[9]


ABC Studios was moving to sell to outside networks. As the studios had placed the former ABC comedy Cougar Town at TBS, Devious Maids at Lifetime, CBS' upcoming mid-season drama Intelligence. Signature was started in October 2012 to continue the trend.[9]

Signature developed Mistresses which was included in ABC's summer schedule and was renewed for another season. In October 2013, the division placed its first outside project, Benched, with USA Network with a pilot order which finished shooting by December. Other projects were in the works with A&E, WE tv and TBS. In the works with ABC, Signature has a possible straight-to-series Stephen King story adaptation, Grand Central based on The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates.[9]

Corporate affiliate ABC Family channel pick up Rated P For Parenthood and placed it for development with Signature in June 2014.[11]


Formerly produced[edit]


  • Grand Central, ABC
  • Strega, psychological horror story/soap at A&E with Gotham Group
  • Borne to be Wilde, multicamera sibling comedy at A&E from executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette of their Coquette Productions
  • Suburban Shootout remake, WE tv with Kapital Entertainment and Feelgood Fiction
  • Corridors supernatural thriller based on a treatment by Fernley Phillips won by ABC Signature in a multi-studio auction[9]
  • Boom struggling couple drama, USA Network[12]
  • Rated P For Parenthood modern-day musical parenting comedy, ABC Family, with Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions and writer-actress Jamie Denbo[11]


  1. ^ Haitman, Diane (March 30, 1989). "Disney TV Chief Heads Back to Mainstream". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "one Television REGIONAL ROUNDUP Disney's Touchstone Unit to Produce Films for TV". Los Angeles Times. December 22, 1992. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Roth, Iger Assume Expanded Responsibilities at the Walt Disney Company". PRNewswire. April 16, 1996. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  4. ^ James, Meg (April 18, 2003). "Disney Lures 'Smallville' Team to Touchstone". Los Angeles Times (Tribune). Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ Fixmer, Fixmer (April 25, 2007). "Disney to Drop Buena Vista Brand Name, People Say (Update1)". Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  6. ^ ABC Entertainment Group Announces Reorganization, Animation World News, June 18, 2009
  7. ^ ABC Unveils Reorganized Operations,, June 19, 2009
  8. ^ Disney's ABC Television Group to Cut 5% of Workforce, Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2009
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Goldberg, Lesley (December 11, 2013). "ABC Preps Stephen King Series as Boutique Division Ramps Up". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 January 2014.  more info there
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r
  11. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (June 3, 2014). "ABC Family Buys Musical Parenting Comedy From Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos & Jamie Denbo". Deadline. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ "USA Picks Up Drama Pilot ‘Stanistan’, Announces 5 Comedies & 6 Dramas In Development". Deadline. May 8, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 

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