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.

Background[edit]

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.

History[edit]

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]

Names[edit]

  • 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)

Television series[edit]

Title Year Network Notes
Wildside 1985 ABC co-production with Tom Greene Productions
Adventures of the Gummi Bears 1985–1991 NBC/ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
The Wuzzles 1985 CBS produced by Disney Television Animation
DuckTales 1987–1990 Syndication produced by Disney Television Animation
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 1988–1991 ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 1989–1990 Syndication produced by Disney Television Animation
TaleSpin 1990–1992 Syndication produced by Disney Television Animation
The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage 1991 NBC co-production with Stephen J. Cannell Productions
Dinosaurs 1991–1994 ABC co-production with Michael Jacobs and Jim Henson Productions
Darkwing Duck 1991–1993 Syndication/ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
The Torkelsons 1991-1992 NBC co-production with Michael Jacobs Productions
Season 1 produced by Walt Disney Television, Season 2 produced by Touchstone Television
Goof Troop 1992–1993 Syndication/ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
The Little Mermaid 1992–1994 CBS produced by Disney Television Animation
Raw Toonage 1992 CBS produced by Disney Television Animation
Bonkers 1993–1995 Syndication produced by Disney Television Animation
Bill Nye the Science Guy 1993-1998 PBS co-production with KCTS Seattle and Rabbit Ears Productions
Marsupilami 1993–1994 CBS produced by Disney Television Animation
Aladdin 1994–1995 Syndicated/CBS produced by Disney Television Animation
Gargoyles 1994–1997 Syndication/ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show 1995 Syndication produced by Disney Television Animation
The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa 1995–1998 Syndicated/CBS produced by Disney Television Animation
Brotherly Love 1995–1997 NBC/The WB co-production with Witt/Thomas Productions
Season 1 produced by Touchstone Television, Season 2 produced by Walt Disney Television
Quack Pack 1996 Syndication produced by Disney Television Animation
Mighty Ducks 1996–1997 Syndication/ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
Doug 1996–1999 ABC produced by Jumbo Pictures
Jungle Cubs 1996–1998 ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
Smart Guy 1997–1999 The WB co-production with de Passe Entertainment and Danny Kallis Productions
101 Dalmatians: The Series 1997–1998 Syndication/ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show 1997–2000 Syndication co-production with St. Clare Entertainment
Recess 1997–2001 ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
Pepper Ann 1997-2000 ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
Hercules 1998–1999 ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
Mickey Mouse Works 1999–2000 ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
The Weekenders 2000–2004 ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000–2001 ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
Teacher's Pet 2000–2002 ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
House of Mouse 2001–2003 ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
Lloyd in Space 2001–2004 ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
The Legend of Tarzan 2001–2003 ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
Teamo Supremo 2002–2004 ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
Kim Possible 2002–2007 Disney Channel produced by Disney Television Animation
Fillmore! 2002–2004 ABC produced by Disney Television Animation
Lilo & Stitch: The Series 2003–2006 Disney Channel produced by Disney Television Animation
Dave the Barbarian 2004–2005 Disney Channel produced by Disney Television Animation
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers 2004–2006 Disney Channel produced by Disney Television Animation
American Dragon: Jake Long 2005–2007 Disney Channel produced by Disney Television Animation
The Buzz on Maggie 2005–2006 Disney Channel produced by Disney Television Animation
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 2006-present Disney Junior produced by Disney Television Animation
The Emperor's New School 2006-2008 Disney Channel produced by Disney Television Animation
The Replacements 2006-2009 Disney Channel produced by Disney Television Animation
My Friends Tigger & Pooh 2007-2010 Disney Junior produced by Disney Television Animation
Phineas and Ferb 2007-present Disney Channel produced by Disney Television Animation
Special Agent Oso 2009–2012 Disney Junior produced by Disney Television Animation
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil 2010–2012 Disney XD produced by Disney Television Animation
Fish Hooks 2010–2014 Disney Channel produced by Disney Television Animation
Jake and the Never Land Pirates 2011-present Disney Junior produced by Disney Television Animation
Motorcity 2012-2013 Disney XD produced by Disney Television Animation
Tron: Uprising 2012-2013 Disney XD produced by Disney Television Animation
Gravity Falls 2012–present Disney Channel produced by Disney Television Animation
Sofia the First 2013-present Disney Junior produced by Disney Television Animation
Wander Over Yonder 2013-present Disney Channel produced by Disney Television Animation
The 7D 2014-present Disney XD produced by Disney Television Animation

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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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