|Headquarters||Burbank, California, USA|
|Paul Lee (President, ABC Entertainment Group)
Patrick Moran (executive vice president)
|Parent||ABC Entertainment Group
(Disney–ABC Television Group)
Touchstone Television was started by then new Disney CEO Michael Eisner in the 1984-1985 TV season with the short lived western, The Wildside. The next TV season Touchstone produced a hit with Golden Girls.
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.
On August 24, 1994 with Jeffrey Katzenberg's resignation, Richard Frank became head of Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications , a new Disney group taking Touchstone and other TV units out of Disney Studios.
In April 1996 due to ongoing post Disney-CC/ABC merger realignment and retirement of its president, Disney Television and Telecommunications group's divisions were reassigned to other groups with Touchstone Television transferred to The Walt Disney Studios.
In 2000, Touchstone created two department with comedy in September and in December the drama department.
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.
ABC Television Studio
List of programs produced by Touchstone Television/ABC Studios
|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|
|Once Upon a Time||2011–present||ABC|
|Nashville||2012–present||ABC||co-produced with Lionsgate Television|
|Mistresses||2013-present||ABC||with Ecosse Films|
|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|
|How to Get Away with Murder||2014-present||ABC|
|Galavant||2015-present||ABC||with Abbey C Studios Ltd.|
|Secrets and Lies||2015-present||ABC||with Avenue K Productions, Hoodlum Entertainment and Kapital Entertainment|
|Daredevil||2015-present||Netflix||with Marvel Television, DeKnight Prods. and Goddard Textiles|
|The Whispers||June 1st 2015||ABC||with Amblin Television|
|The Astronaut Wives Club||June 18th 2015||ABC|
|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|
|8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter||2002–2005||ABC||as Walt Disney Television; co-production with Shady Acres Entertainment, Flody Co.|
|According to Jim||2001–2009||ABC||as Walt Disney Television until 2007; co-production with Tracy Newman, Jonathan Stark, and Brad Grey|
|Agent Carter||2015||ABC||with Marvel Television and F&B Fazekas & Butters|
|Alias||2001–2006||ABC||as Walt Disney Television; co-production with Bad Robot Productions|
|Army Wives||2007–2013||Lifetime||as Walt Disney Television until 2007|
|At the Movies||1986-2010||Syndication||as Buena Vista Television until 2007|
|Animal Crack-Ups||1987–1990||ABC||as ABC Entertainment, co-production with Vin Di Bona Productions|
|Blossom||1990–1995||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|Bob Patterson||2001||ABC||co-production with Angel Ark Productions and 20th Century Fox Television|
|Body of Proof||2011–2013||ABC|
|Brothers & Sisters||2006-2011||ABC||as Walt Disney Television until 2007|
|Brotherly Love||1995–1997||NBC/The WB||as Walt Disney Television|
|Boy Meets World||1993–2000||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Clerks: The Animated Series||2000||ABC||as Miramax Television|
|Clone High||2002–2003||MTV||as Touchstone Television; co-produced with Nelvana|
|Commander in Chief||2005–2006||ABC||co-produced with Battle Plan Productions and Steven Bochco Productions|
|Cougar Town||2009-2015||ABC/TBS||co-produced with Doozer|
|Crumbs||2006||ABC||as Touchstone Televisionref name="billcotter.com"/>|
|Cane||2007||CBS||as ABC Studios co-produced with CBS Paramount Network Television|
|Carol & Company||1990||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|Carpoolers||2007-2008||ABC||co-produced with DreamWorks Television|
|Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior||2011||CBS||co-production with CBS Television Studios|
|Day Break||2006–2008||ABC/TV One||as Touchstone Television in 2006|
|Dirt||2007–2008||FX||as Touchstone Television|
|Dirty Sexy Money||2007-2009||ABC|
|Desperate Housewives||2004-2012||ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007|
|Donas de Casa Desesperadas||RedeTV!||exclusive for Brazil|
|Ellen||1994-1998||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Empty Nest||1988–1995||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|The Fanelli Boys||1990-1991||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|Felicity||1998–2002||The WB||co-production with Imagine Television and Touchstone Television|
|FlashForward||2009-2010||ABC||co-production with HBO Entertainment and Phantom Four Films|
|Gary Unmarried||2008-2010||CBS||co-production with CBS Television Studios|
|Ghost Whisperer||2005-2010||CBS||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with CBS Television Studios|
|The Golden Girls||1985–1992||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|The Golden Palace||1992–1993||CBS||as Touchstone Television|
|Happy Endings||2011–2013||ABC||with Sony Pictures Television|
|Herman's Head||1991-1994||Fox||as Touchstone Television|
|Home Improvement||1991–1999||ABC||as Walt Disney Television|
|Hope & Faith||2003–2005||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Industry Entertainment|
|Hull High||1990-1991||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|Imagine That||2002||NBC||co-production with Columbia TriStar Television and Seth Kurland|
|In Case of Emergency||2007||ABC|
|Intelligence||2014||CBS||co-produced with CBS Television Studios|
|In the Game||2005||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|In the Motherhood||2009||ABC||co-produced with Cabloom! and Mindshare|
|The Knights of Prosperity||2007||ABC|
|Kyle XY||2006-2009||ABC Family||as Touchstone Television until 2007|
|Legend of the Seeker||2008-2010||Syndication||distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Less than Perfect||2002–2006||ABC||co-production with Nina Wass and Eugene Stein; as Touchstone Television|
|Life as We Know It||2004–2005||ABC|
|Life on Mars||2008-2009||ABC||co-produced with 20th Century Fox Television|
|Life with Bonnie||2002–2004||ABC||co-produced with Bonnie Hunt's Bob & Alice Productions; as Touchstone Television|
|Lost||2004-2010||ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007|
|Lucky 7||2013||ABC||with Amblin Television and Rollem Productions|
|Manhattan Love Story||2014||ABC|
|Maybe It's Me||2001–2002||The WB||co-production with SamJen Productions and Warner Bros. Television|
|Maybe This Time||1995-1996||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-produced with Michael Jacobs Productions|
|Monk||2002–2009||USA||as Touchstone Television (final surviving series to carry the Touchstone Television logo) ; co-produced with Mandeville Films and Universal Cable Productions|
|The Muppets' Wizard of Oz||2005||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-produced with Fox Television Studios|
|My So-Called Life||1994-1995||ABC||as ABC Productions|
|My Wife and Kids||2001–2005||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-produced with Wayans Bros. Entertainment and Impact Zone Productions|
|No Ordinary Family||2010-2011||ABC|
|Nowhere Man||1995–1996||UPN||as Touchstone Television|
|Nurses||1991–1994||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|The Nutt House||1989||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|Off the Map||2011||ABC|
|Once and Again||1999-2002||ABC||Bedford Falls Productions|
|Once Upon a Time in Wonderland||2013-2014||ABC|
|The PJs||1999–2001||Fox/The WB||as Touchstone Television|
|Playmakers||2003||ESPN||as Touchstone Television, produced as/on behalf of ESPN|
|Popular||1999–2001||The WB||as Touchstone Television|
|The Protector||2011||Lifetime||co-production with Wass-Stein Productions|
|Red Band Society||2014-2015||Fox||co-produced by Amblin Television and Filmax International|
|Ringer||2011-2012||The CW||co-production with CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television|
|Rodney||2004–2006||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Romy and Michele: In the Beginning||2005||ABC Family||as Touchstone Television|
|Scrubs||2001–2010||NBC/ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Doozer|
|Sports Night||1998–2000||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|State of Georgia||2008||ABC Family|
|Tilt||2004||ESPN||produced as/on behalf of ESPN|
|The Wayne Brady Show||2001–2002||co-production with Brad Grey and Don Mischer; as Buena Vista Television|
|Three Moons Over Milford||2006||ABC Family||as Touchstone Television|
|Ugly Betty||2006-2010||ABC||as Walt Disney Television until 2007; co-produced with Silvio Horta's Silent H Productions, Salma Hayek's Ventanarosa Productions and Ben Silverman's Reveille Productions|
|Unhappily Ever After||1995–1999||The WB||as Touchstone Television|
|Veritas: The Quest||2003||ABC||co-productions with Patrick Massett and John Zinman|
|Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)||2002||ABC||co-production with The Cloudland Company and Touchstone Television|
|What About Brian||2006–2007||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Where I Live||1993||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Wonderland||2000||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Woops!||1992||Fox||as Touchstone Television|
|cable show programs|
(ABC Entertainment Group)
ABC Signature Studios, Inc. (alternatively 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.
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.
Signature developed Mistresses which was included in ABC's summer schedule and was renewed for another season. Signature was incorporated on September 23, 2013. 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.
- 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
- Boom (TV series) struggling couple drama, USA. Starring Chace Crawford.
- Rated P For Parenthood modern-day musical parenting comedy, ABC Family, with Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions and writer-actress Jamie Denbo
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- Haitman, Diane (March 30, 1989). "Disney TV Chief Heads Back to Mainstream". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
- "one Television REGIONAL ROUNDUP Disney's Touchstone Unit to Produce Films for TV". Los Angeles Times. December 22, 1992. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
- Weinraub, Bernard (August 25, 1994). "Chairman of Disney Studios Resigns". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
- "Roth, Iger Assume Expanded Responsibilities at the Walt Disney Company". PRNewswire. April 16, 1996. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
- Schneider, Michael (December 14, 2000). "Touchstone takes dramatic step". Variety. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
- James, Meg (April 18, 2003). "Disney Lures 'Smallville' Team to Touchstone". Los Angeles Times (Tribune). Retrieved November 13, 2014.
- Fixmer, Fixmer (April 25, 2007). "Disney to Drop Buena Vista Brand Name, People Say (Update1)". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- ABC Entertainment Group Announces Reorganization, Animation World News, June 18, 2009
- ABC Unveils Reorganized Operations, Zap2It.com, June 19, 2009
- Disney's ABC Television Group to Cut 5% of Workforce, Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2009
- 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
- "ABC SIGNATURE STUDIOS, INC.". Retrieved February 17, 2015.
- Andreeva, Nellie (June 3, 2014). "ABC Family Buys Musical Parenting Comedy From Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos & Jamie Denbo". Deadline. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
- "USA Picks Up Drama Pilot ‘Stanistan’, Announces 5 Comedies & 6 Dramas In Development". Deadline. May 8, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014.