Disney–ABC Television Group
|Trading name||Disney–ABC Television Group|
|Predecessors||Capital Cities/ABC, Inc.|
|Founded||September 19, 1996|
|Headquarters||Burbank, California, USA|
|Parent||Disney Media Networks
(The Walt Disney Company)
|Divisions||ABC Entertainment Group
ABC Owned TV Stations
|Subsidiaries||ABC Television Network
A+E Networks (50%)
ABC Family Worldwide Inc.
ABC Owned Television Stations
Disney Channels Worldwide
ABC, Inc. DBA Disney–ABC Television Group manages all of The Walt Disney Company's Disney and ABC-branded television properties. The group includes the ABC Television Network (including ABC Daytime, ABC Entertainment and ABC News divisions), as well as Disney's 50% stake in A&E Television Networks and its 80% controlling stake in ESPN, Inc. While holding the controlling stake in ESPN, Disney-ABC TV Group and ESPN operate as separate units of Disney Media Networks.
In 1996, Disney acquired Capital Cities/ABC bringing ABC Television Network Group, CC/ABC Broadcasting Group (ABC Radio Network, eight TV and 21 radio stations), ABC Cable and International Broadcast Group, CC/ABC Publishing Group and CC/ABC Multimedia Group. The Cable and International Broadcast Group contained ownership shares of ESPN, Inc. (80%) A&E Television Networks (37.5%), Lifetime Television (50%) and its international investments. These investments included Tele-München (50%, Germany; included 20% of RTL II), Hamster Productions (33%, France) and Scandinavian Broadcasting System (23%, Luxembourg). ESPN also had international holdings: Eurosport (33.3%, England), TV Sport (10%, France; Eurosport affiliate) and The Japan Sports Channel (20%). The Publishing Group including Fairchild Publications, Chilton Publications, multiple newspapers from a dozen dailies (including the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, The Kansas City Star) and more weeklies, and dozens more publications in the fields of farm, business and law trade journals plus LA Magazine to Institutional Investor. The Multimedia Group pursued businesses in new and emerging media technologies, including the interactive television, pay-per-view, VOD, HDTV, video cassette, Optical disc, on-line services and location-based entertainment.
In April 1996 due to ongoing post Disney-CC/ABC merger realignment and retirement of its president, WDTT group's division were reassigned to other groups with Walt Disney Television International (including Disney Channel International and Buena Vista Television domestic syndication and Pay TV division and GMTV and Super RTL holdings) were transferred to Capital Cities/ABC. In May due to the merger, ABC ended its ABC Productions division operations while keeping its boutique production companies: Victor Television, DIC Entertainment and Greengrass Productions. The international operations of Disney TV International and ABC Cable and International Broadcast Group were merged in June as Disney/ABC International Television.
In late 1999, Walt Disney Television Studio (also called Buena Vista Television Group), including Buena Vista Television Productions, were transferred out of the Disney Studios to ABC Television Network to merge with ABC's prime-time division, ABC Entertainment, to form ABC Entertainment Television Group. Also Walt Disney Television Studio changed its name to Touchstone Television.
In 2002, the name changed to Disney–ABC Television Group.
In Fall 2002, Disney Chairman/CEO Michael Eisner outlined a proposed realignment of the ABC broadcast network day parts with the similar unit in its cable channels: ABC Saturday mornings with Disney Channels (Toon & Playhouse), ABC daytime with Soapnet and ABC prime time with ABC Family.
On January 22, 2009, the Disney–ABC Television Group said it would merge ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios into a new unit called ABC Entertainment Group. That April, ABC Enterprises took an ownership stake in Hulu in exchange for online distribution license and $25 million in ABC network ad credits. Late that year, A+E Networks acquired Lifetime Entertainment Services with DATG ownership increasing to 42%.
On August 21, 2013, Disney–ABC Television Group announced it will layoff 175 employees. The layoffs are expected to hit positions among technical operations as well as the unit's eight local stations.
ABC, Inc. DBA Disney–ABC Television Group
- Disney/ABC Television Group Digital Media
- Walt Disney Television
- Disney–ABC Domestic Television - formerly Buena Vista Television
- Disney Media Distribution - formerly Disney-ABC International Television and before that, Buena Vista International Television
- ABC Television Network (1943 – Radio) (1948 – Television)
- ABC Daytime (1960)
- ABC News (1945)
- A+E Networks (joint venture with Hearst Corporation; 50% equity holding; 1984)
- ABC Enterprises, Inc.
- Hulu (32%; 2009)
- ABC Entertainment Group
- ABC Family Worldwide Inc.
- ABC Owned Television Stations Group (1948)
- Disney Channels Worldwide
- International television
Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications
|KCAL-TV Los Angeles||sold to Young|
|Walt Disney Television||Disney Studios|
|Disney Television Animation|
|Buena Vista Home Entertainment|
|Walt Disney Television International||CC/ABC|
|Disney Channel International|
|Buena Vista Television|
|Disney TeleVentures, Inc.||Disney corporate|
Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications (WDTT) was a division of The Walt Disney Company. At the time Disney and Capital Cities/ABC merged, WDTT's divisions were The Disney Channel, KCAL-TV Los Angeles, Walt Disney Television, Touchstone Television and Buena Vista Home Video International, and Disney Interactive.
On August 24, 1994 with Jeffrey Katzenberg's resignation, Richard Frank became head of Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications. Walt Disney Computer Software was transferred with in WDTT on December 5, 1994 as Disney Interactive. In April 1996 due to ongoing post Disney-CC/ABC merger realignment and retirement of its president, WDTT group's division were reassigned to other groups with most transferred to The Walt Disney Studios or CC/ABC. KCAL was sold to Young Broadcasting in May 1996 due to CC/ABC ownership of another TV station in the market.
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