Walt Disney Television

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Walt Disney Television
Industry Television Production
Founded 1983
Defunct 2003
Headquarters Burbank, California, USA
Products TV shows
Parent Walt Disney Productions (1983-1986)
Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications (1986-1996)
The Walt Disney Studios (1996-1999)
Disney–ABC TV Group
(The Walt Disney Company)

Walt Disney Television is the name of the television production division of The Walt Disney Company.

Walt Disney Television's television productions are broadcast, mostly on Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, Toon Disney, ABC, Disney Cinemagic and other platforms.

Today, the majority of Walt Disney Television's productions are animated series which are produced through Walt Disney Television group (simply known as Walt Disney Television) the last known live-action series produced by WDTV was Smart Guy which ran for three seasons from 1997 to 1999 on the now-defunct WB Television Network.


The program Disneyland debuted on October 27, 1954, and quickly became ABC's first series to hit the top ten in ratings, according to museum.tv.


It was formed in 1983, as the Walt Disney Pictures Television Division, the name was later shortened to Walt Disney Pictures Television in 1986 and later shortened to Walt Disney Television in 1988. Until 1983, Disney shows were aired under the banner of the parent company, then named Walt Disney Productions.

In August 1994 with the departure of Disney Studios chair Jeffrey Katzenberg, its filmed entertainment business, Disney Studios, was split into two, with Walt Disney Motion Pictures continuing on with motion pictures and the newly created Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications for television under Joe Roth and Richard Frank respectively.[1]

At the time of Walt Disney Productions merged with Capital Cities/ABC, Disney Television was a part of Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications group (WDTT).[2] With the retirement of the WDTT group president Dennis Hightower in April 1996 and ongoing post-merger reorganization, Disney TV (along with its Animation unit) was transferred back to The Walt Disney Studios.[3]

Disney Television group, upon the departure of its president Dean Valentine in September 1997, was split into two units: Walt Disney Television (WDT) and Walt Disney Network Television (WDNT), reporting to the Disney Studios chair Joe Roth. WDT would be headed by Charles Hirschhorn as president and consist of Wonderful World of Disney telefilms for ABC, direct to video unit and Disney TV animation group. While WDNT would handle prime time programming with a promoted David Neuman to president of the unit.[4]

In late 1999, Walt Disney Television Studio (also called Buena Vista Television Group or 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.[5][6][7]


  • Walt Disney Productions Television Division (1983)
  • Walt Disney Pictures Television Division (1983-1985)
  • Walt Disney Pictures Television (1985-1988)
  • Walt Disney Television (1985-2003)
  • Walt Disney Pictures and Television (1988-2007)

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  1. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (August 25, 1994). "Chairman of Disney Studios Resigns". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fact Sheet: The Walt Disney Company". Press Release. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Roth, Iger Assume Expanded Responsibilities at the Walt Disney Company". PRNewswire. April 16, 1996. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Hofmeister, Sallie (September 17, 1997). "Disney Splits Television Group Into 2 Units". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ Hofmeister, Sallie (July 8, 1999). "Disney Plans to Consolidate Two of Its Television Groups". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Hofmeister, Sallie (July 9, 1999). "Disney Combining Network TV Operations Into One ABC Unit". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Schlosser, Joe (November 29, 1999). "A Mouse in-house". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 

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