ABC Studios

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ABC Studios
Type Subsidiary
Industry Television Production
Founded 1985 (1985) (as Touchstone Television)
2007 (2007) (as ABC Studios)
Headquarters Burbank, California, USA
Owner(s) The Walt Disney Company
Parent Disney–ABC Television Group
Website www.abcstudiosmedianet.com

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.

History[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 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]

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.[4]

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

In October 2012, ABC Studios formed its Signature division to sell to outside networks.[8]

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

Currently produced[edit]

Future productions[edit]

Formerly produced[edit]

Formerly known as[edit]

Signature[edit]

Signature
Type division
Industry Filmed entertainment
Founded (October 2012 (2012-10))[8]
Key people Tracy Underwood[8]
Production output cable show programs[8]
Parent ABC Studios
(ABC Entertainment Group)[8]

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.[8]

History[edit]

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.[8]

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.[8]

Corporate affiliate ABC Family channel pick up Rated P For Parenthood and placed it for development with Signature in June 2014.[9]

Shows[edit]

Development[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[8]
  • Boom struggling couple drama, USA Network[11]
  • Rated P For Parenthood modern-day musical parenting comedy, ABC Family, with Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions and writer-actress Jamie Denbo[9]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Fixmer, Fixmer (April 25, 2007). "Disney to Drop Buena Vista Brand Name, People Say (Update1)". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  5. ^ ABC Entertainment Group Announces Reorganization, Animation World News, June 18, 2009
  6. ^ ABC Unveils Reorganized Operations, Zap2It.com, June 19, 2009
  7. ^ [[The Walt Disney Company|Disney's ABC Television Group to Cut 5% of Workforce], Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2009
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 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
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Ausiello, Michael (24 January 2014). "USA Network Picks Up Eliza Coupe-Jay Harrington Courtroom Comedy Benched". TVLine. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "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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