Disney–ABC Domestic Television

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Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Type subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company
Industry Television Syndication
Founded 1985
Headquarters Burbank, California, U.S.
Area served North America
Owner(s) The Walt Disney Company
Parent Disney–ABC Television Group
Website www.disneyabc.tv

Disney–ABC Domestic Television, also operating as ABC Syndication[1] (formerly known as Buena Vista Television and also known as Disney Domestic Television), is the in-home sales and content distribution firm of the Disney–ABC Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company. Content distribution responsibilities include domestic television syndication, domestic pay TV, internet and cable video-on-demand (VOD), and pay-per-view outlets.[2]

The company distributes first-run programming such as Live with Kelly and Michael, which is produced by Disney's O&O station WABC-TV. It also distributes the movie packages from corporate sibling Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, including all collaborations with subsidiaries Pixar Animation Studios and Touchstone Pictures.

Background[edit]

ABC's first syndication arm, ABC Films (established in July 1953), was spun-off as Worldvision Enterprises in March 1973 due to fin-syn laws (which have since been repealed).

History[edit]

Buena Vista Television[edit]

Buena Vista Television 1997 logo

Disney–ABC Domestic Television was established in 1985 as Buena Vista Television.

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. While BVTV, as a part of Walt Disney Television International, was transferred to Capital Cities/ABC.[3]

As BVTV, DADT initially acted as a de facto syndication arm for ABC after Disney bought the network in 1996, since at the same time, ABC's original production division was folded into Touchstone Television. That company became ABC Studios in 2007, also as part of Disney's branding strategy. In between these transactions, Disney reorganized all its non-ESPN TV assets into the Disney–ABC Television Group in 2004, making BVTV the official syndication arm of ABC. It also ran 2,000.00 from 2008-10. DADT also holds distribution rights to Muppet media since Disney bought the franchise in 2004 from The Jim Henson Company.

In March 2007, Starz Entertainment sued BVTV for breaching their agreement by allowing movies available online through Apple's iTunes Store and other outlets. The introduction of AppleTV device forced Starz to file suit which hinged on the "contractual definition of 'television.'" and whether complete TV exclusivity was granted, as Starz then had a secondary distribution deal with Netflix.[4]

Disney-ABC Domestic Television[edit]

In May 2007, the Walt Disney Company announced plans to semi-retire the use of the Buena Vista brand, instead focusing on the three core brands of Disney, ABC, and ESPN.[5] As a result, Buena Vista Television was rebranded as Disney–ABC Domestic Television (DADT).[4] The musical score for the newly named company is a remix of the former Buena Vista score.

By July 2008, DADT signed additional carriage agreements with Vudu and CinemaNow which was then added to the Starz lawsuit. On December 2, 2008, DADT and Starz Entertainment settled their online distribution lawsuit with the terms undisclosed.[4]

First-run syndication programming[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

  • At the Movies (originally Siskel & Ebert & the Movies/ At the Movies with Ebert and Roeper) (1986-2010)
  • Katie (2012-2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ ABC Syndication. Members Profiles. Syndicated Network Television Association. Accessed July 2, 2013.
  2. ^ Disney–ABC Domestic Television Company Profile at Yahoo Finance. Accessed on July 2, 2013
  3. ^ "Roth, Iger Assume Expanded Responsibilities at the Walt Disney Company". PRNewswire. April 16, 1996. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Spangler, Todd. Coda. (a lawsuit between Starz Entertainment and Disney-ABC Domestic Television ). December 15, 2008. Multichannel News.
  5. ^ Fixmer, Fixmer (April 25, 2007). "Disney to Drop Buena Vista Brand Name, People Say (Update1)". bloomberg.com. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 

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