List of production companies owned by the American Broadcasting Company
Walt Disney Television, formerly American Broadcasting Companies, Capital Cities/ABC and Disney-ABC Television Group has formed a number of production companies over the years. ABC Film Syndication, or ABC Films, was ABC's syndication distribution arm from 1953 to 1971 when FCC passed the fin-syn rule. As a result, ABC Films was sold to 5 of its former executives becoming Worldvision Enterprises. ABC's current primary production company is ABC Signature.
A number of production companies were formed under Capital Cities/ABC Video Enterprises, or ABC Cable and International Broadcast Group: Capital Cities/ABC Video Productions, Ultra Entertainment, the Hemisphere Group and DIC Entertainment.
(Walt Disney Television)
Greengrass Productions, Inc. is a production company of ABC Entertainment, a division of Walt Disney Television.
Greengrass Productions was incorporated in California on February 10, 1992. On June 7, 1996, due to the merger with Disney, Capital Cities/ABC indicated that its ABC Productions division operations would be shut down while keeping its boutique production companies: Victor Television Productions, ABC/Kane Productions, DIC Entertainment and Greengrass Productions. Greengrass was transferred into ABC Entertainment from ABC Productions.
- TV series
|Police File||1992||Skyvision Entertainment and Grosso-Jacobson Entertainment||unaired TV pilot; co-production|
|Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa||1992–1993||King World Productions, Gunther-Wahl Productions (Season 1), Ruby-Spears Enterprises (Season 2), Flextech Television and Mini Mountain Productions||Currently owned by WildBrain|
|Wild Palms||May 16–19, 1993||TV mini-series|
|Street Match||1993||Goldin-Sachs Entertainment Group |
|Bump in the Night||1994–1995||Danger Productions||Currently owned by WildBrain|
|On Our Own||1994–1995||Lightkeeper Productions, de Passe Entertainment, Miller-Boyett Productions and Warner Bros. Television|
|A Whole New Ballgame||1995||Bungalow 78 Productions and Universal Television|
|Extreme||1995||Alan Barnette Productions and Universal Television|
|Hypernauts||1996||DIC Entertainment||Currently owned by WildBrain|
|Champions of Magic||1996–1999||3 specials|
|Over the Top||1997||Katlin/Bernstein Productions, Panamort Television and Columbia TriStar Television|
|The Best Commercials You've Never Seen (And Some You Have)||1998–2002||7 specials|
|Storm of the Century||February 14–18, 1999||TV mini-series|
|Extreme Makeover||2002–2007||Lighthearted Entertainment|
|Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||2003–2012
|Base Camp Films, Hoosick Falls Productions, Endemol USA|
|The Great Christmas Light Fight||2013–present||Fremantle|
|Big Fan||2017||Smo King Baby, Banijay Studios North America|
|Boy Band||2017||Matador Content|
|Battle of the Network Stars||2017||El Dorado Pictures|
|Child Support||2018||Banijay Studios North America|
|The Alec Baldwin Show||2018||El Dorado Pictures|
|Holey Moley||2019–present||Unanimous Media, Eureka Productions|
|Encore!||2019–20||Olive Bridge Entertainment, Leading Laidy, Jason Cohen Productions|
|Don't||2020||Maximum Effort, Banijay Studios North America|
|Emergency Call||2020–present||8HOURS Television|
|The Chase||2021–present||ITV Entertainment|||
|The Ultimate Surfer||2021–present||Pilgrim Media Group, WSL Studios|
|Judge Steve Harvey||2022–present||East 112, Den of Thieves|
- Movies and specials
|The Parsley Garden||March 27, 1993||White Sneakers|
|Rhythm and Jam: Rhythm & Rap||September 18, 1993|
|Rhythm and Jam: Melody & Harmony||September 25, 1993|
|Betrayed by Love||January 17, 1994|||
|Money Made Easy: The ABC Kids' Guide to Dollars and Sense||April 2/9, 1994||Paley/Price Productions|
|The Secret Garden||November 5, 1994||DIC Entertainment, Kalisto Ltd.|
Currently owned by WildBrain
|World's Funniest Commercials||November 9, 1994||Woody Fraser Enterprises|
|Jirimpimbira: An African Folk Tale||February 25, 1995||Ruby-Spears Productions|
|The Secret of Lizard Woman||November 12, 1995|
|Put to the Test||April 29, 1996|||
|Sex with Cindy Crawford||September 22, 1998|||
|Tom Clancy's NetForce||February 1, 1999||Cates/Doty Productions|
|Runaway Virus||January 29, 2000|||
|Quarantine||August 5, 2000|
|The 2000 Radio Music Awards||November 4, 2000||Tall Pony Productions, Radio Dogs, Inc.|
|Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2001||November 15, 2001|||
|Challenge America with Erin Brockovich: Miracle in Manhattan||December 21, 2001|||
|Stephen King's Rose Red||January 27, 2002||Victor Television Productions, Mark Carliner Productions|
|The Best TV Shows That Never Were||August 16, 2004|||
|Encore!||December 10, 2017|
|Mickey's 90th Spectacular||November 4, 2018||Don Mischer Productions|
|Live in Front of a Studio Audience||May 22, 2019
December 18, 2019
December 7, 2021
|Sony Pictures Television, Act III Communications, Kimmelot Production Company,|
Smoking Baby Productions, Gary Sanchez Productions
|The Little Mermaid Live!||November 5, 2019||Done and Dusted|
|The Disney Family Singalong||April 16, 2020||Done and Dusted|
|The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II||May 10, 2020||Done and Dusted|
|The Happy Days of Garry Marshall||May 12, 2020|
|VOMO: Vote or Miss Out||September 14, 2020|
|The Disney Holiday Singalong||November 30, 2020||Done and Dusted|
|The Queen Family Singalong||November 4, 2021||Done and Dusted|
|The Magic Maker||November 25, 2021|
|A Very Boy Band Holiday||December 6, 2021|
Lincoln Square Productions
|Genre||documentaries, docudramas and talk shows|
|Predecessor||ABC News Productions|
|Founded||January 8, 2003|
|Brands||Robin Roberts Presents|
(Walt Disney Television)
Lincoln Square Productions, LLC (LSP) is a non-fiction branch production company owned by ABC News that produces documentaries and talk shows.
Lincoln Square Production was formed as a limited liability company on January 8, 2003.
Lincoln Square had Watt's World (working title) series, which is about journalist Nick Watt traveling to find "little-known places and sub-cultures", in development for the Travel Channel as of Scripps Networks Interactive's upfront event in April 2014. On October 30, 2014, The View talk show was transferred into Lincoln Square from ABC Entertainment's Times Square Studios after struggling in ratings and a change in hosts.
In January 2015, Lincoln Square had signed a production deal with Christine Connor's XCON historical docudrama company. For A&E channel, Lincoln Square agreed to produce four specials in 2015 starting with Cosby: The Women Speak. The company agreed in July 2018 to produced films by Robin Roberts under the banner "Robin Roberts Presents" for A&E's Lifetime channel. On April 10, 2019, a slate of 10 unscripted series including Rogue Trip from Lincoln Square Productions was revealed for Disney+. Production of Rogue Trip was later taken over by National Geographic.
- A&E Biography: Jodie Foster (2005)
- The Assets (ABC) January 2, 2014 - August 3, 2014
- “Ebola: Inside the Deadly Outbreak” (Discovery)
- Final Witness (ABC) a seven-episode true-crime series that premiered June 27, 2012
- “Mustang Millionaire” (National Geographic Channel)
- “NY Med” (ABC)
- “Surgeon Oz” (OWN)
- “The View” (ABC) October 30, 2014—present
- "Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals" (Investigation Discovery, 2015) nine-episode season 1
- “Next Step Realty: NYC” (ABC Family; 2015—-present) a documentary series that follows the Next Step Realty employees in their specialty of finding recent college graduates apartments
- 20/20: In an Instant (ABC; 2015–2018) (with Committee Films)
- 9/11: As We Watched (American Heroes Channel) Tuesday, September 6, 2016
- Capturing Bin Laden (American Heroes Channel) September 7, 2016 
- The End of America: Putin's Master Plan working title (History) Biography brand 2 hours special
- Grace vs. Abrams A&E series (March 29, 2018-) Nancy Grace and Dan Abrams debating infamous crimes and legal cases
- Cosby: The Women Speak A&E special (September 17, 2015) 
- Robin Roberts Presents (Lifetime) telefilm series in which each film would have a companion documentary. Roberts would be an executive producer along with Linda Berman for the films and John R. Green for the documentary.
- untitled Mahalia Jackson drama written by Bettina Gilois and documentary
- The Last Defense (2018) (with Xcon Productions and JuVee Productions)
- Reversing Roe (2018) Netflix, 99 minutes; Directors, screenwriters, producers and narrators: Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg 
- 1969 (2019)
- Untitled Mickey Mouse documentary with Tremolo Productions; producer Morgan Neville
|Formerly||ABC Family Productions (2007–2016)|
Freeform Original Productions (2016–2018)
|Founded||August 14, 2007|
|Jayne Bieber (SVP, Production Management and Operations)|
|Parent||ABC Family Worldwide Inc.|
Freeform Studios, the DBA of ProdCo, Inc. (formerly known as ABC Family Productions, later Freeform Original Productions) is the in-house production company of ABC Family Worldwide Inc. for original scripted series.
Programming executive Linda Mancuso died in December 2003. In early 2004, Disney Channel original programming leaders, executive vice president of original programming and production Gary Marsh and original movies VP Michael Healy takes over ABC Family's original movies unit. They move away from the planned romantic comedies to green light two telefilms, Crimes of Fashion and Head Rush.
ProdCo was incorporated on August 14, 2007. Jayne Bieber was hired as vice president of production in 2010. As of June 2015, Bieber is Vice President, Production Management and Operations, ABC Family over seeing ProdCo.
In October 2015, ABC Family, ABC Studios and ABC Signature signed a two-year production deal with McG's production banner, Wonderland Sound & Vision. Prior, McG had just put two series in at ABC Family. In January 2016, ABC Family changed its name to Freeform.
|Beautiful Girl||October 19, 2003|
|Celeste in the City||March 14, 2004|
|Love Rules||June 6, 2004|
|Crimes of Fashion||July 25, 2004|
|Pop Rocks!||September 12, 2004||originally titled Head Rush|
|Searching for David's Heart||November 21, 2004|
|Snow||December 13, 2004|
|I Do, They Don't||March 20, 2005|
|Pizza My Heart||July 24, 2005|
|Campus Confidential||August 21, 2005||co-production with Firm Films|
|The Initiation of Sarah||October 22, 2006||co-production with MGM Television|
- Television series
|Founded||March 6, 1987|
|Services||TV series production|
(ABC Entertainment Group)
Valleycrest Productions Limited is a television series production company owned by ABC Daytime.
Valleycrest Productions was incorporated on March 6, 1987 By 1999, Valleycrest was producing "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and was a subsidiary of Buena Vista Television by that time..
On December 2, 2011Times Square Studios., Disney-ABC TV Group placed daytime and syndicated production under
Valleycrest moved production of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2014 to the Connecticut Film Center in Stamford, Connecticut, to take advantage of the state's film/television tax credits.
|Mike and Maty||April 1994–June 1996||ABC|
|Win Ben Stein's Money||1997–2003||Comedy Central|
|Who Wants to Be a Millionaire||1999–2021||ABC/Syndication||co-production with Celador/2waytraffic/Embassy Row/Kimmelot|
|The Ainsley Harriott Show||2000||Syndication||co-production with Merv Griffin Entertainment and Buena Vista Television|
ABC Circle 7 Productions
|Parent||ABC Owned Television Stations|
ABC Circle 7 Productions, Inc. was the programming subsidiary of the ABC Owned Stations in the 1980s.
In August 1983, Circle 7 Productions announced its Newsbank news distribution service. ABC Circle 7 Productions was incorporated on December 15, 1983.
- Newsbank, news distribution service making about 24 stories available to subscribing stations from ABC's (then) five O&O Stations
|Founded||March 21, 1989|
|Defunct||June 7, 1996|
|Fate||Closed; Its library has been integrated into Touchstone Television (later ABC Studios, currently ABC Signature)|
|TV shows, miniseries, telefilms|
Number of employees
|Parent||ABC Television Network Group|
|Subsidiaries||Andrew Adelson Co.|
|Footnotes / references|
ABC Productions (ABCP) was a television production company that was a division of ABC Television Network Group. While the ABC network had first shot at the unit's shows, the company was allowed to shop shows to other networks and was the first to sell to another network. The company was set up increase the control and financial rewards of producing its own TV shows.
ABC Productions was formed in 1989 as ABC Network's in-house production unit after the alteration of the fin-syn rules that increased network ownership to only 40% of prime-time programs. Former ABC Motion Pictures president and ABC Entertainment president Brandon Stoddard on March 21, 1989, to head up the then unnamed production unit, though one source believed it was the former ABC subsidiary ABC Circle Films. In the fall of 1989, it is said that ABC Productions would sign on to develop projects for NBC, HBO and Lifetime.
By early 1991, ABC Productions had purchased Andrew Adelson Co. then signed Andrew Adelson to an exclusive production contract. By May 1991, ABCP produced eight pilots, a series, a miniseries and several TV movies. "My Life and Times" was the company's first series production placed with the ABC network and debuted in May 1991, but was yanked after the ratings dropped 19% from week 1 to 2, so as to avoid May sweeps. While its first miniseries, "An Inconvenient Woman" was shown on ABC in the May sweeps was produced by Adelson. For Lifetime, ABCP produced a telefilm, 'Stop at Nothing'. Former Cosby Show co-executive producer Elliot Shonman for ABCP created, written and produced Coconut Downs while agreeing to a two-year exclusivity deal. Also signing production deals by June 1991 were Martthew Carlson (an extension), Steve Kronish and Norman Morrill. 29 projects were under development.
By the 1994–95 season, ABC Productions was providing half of ABC's regular series programming. DreamWorks Television was formed in December 1994 as DreamWorks Studios agreed to a $200 million seven-year TV production joint venture with Capital Cities/ABC. ABCP placed "The Boys are Back" with CBS for the 1994–1995 season.
In June 1995, Stoddard stepped down as ABC Productions president. On June 7, 1996, due to the merger with Disney, Capital Cities/ABC indicated that its ABC Productions division operations would be shut down while keeping its boutique production companies: Victor Television Productions, ABC/Kane Productions, DIC Entertainment and Greengrass Productions. ABCP executive in charge Brian McAndrews continued managing ABC's other production arms for TV movies, documentaries and children's programming and production interests with DreamWorks SKG, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment and Jim Henson Productions. McAndrews left in early March 1998 for an ABC Sports position, while Greengrass Productions was folded into ABC Entertainment and its telefilm unit, ABC Pictures, would finish its last five projects then disband.
|Stop at Nothing||March 12, 1991||ABC||TV movie|
|My Life and Times||1991||ABC||co-production with Sea Change Productions|
|American Detective||1991||ABC||season 1 only; co-production with Paul Stojanovich Productions and Orion Television Entertainment|
|Coconut Downs||1991||ABC||TV pilot|
|An American Saturday Night||May 4, 1991||ABC||TV special|
|An Inconvenient Woman||May 12–13, 1991||ABC||TV mini-series|
|To Save A Child||September 8, 1991||ABC||TV movie|
|The Commish||1991–1996||ABC||co-production with Three-Putt Productions and Stephen J. Cannell Productions|
|She Woke Up||January 19, 1992||ABC||TV movie|
|Fugitive Among Us||February 4, 1992||CBS||TV movie|
|Running Delilah||1992||ABC||TV movie; co-production with Sea Change Productions|
|Broadway Bound||March 23, 1992||ABC||TV movie|
|America Behind Closed Doors||August 6, 1992||CBS||TV pilot|
|Camp Wilder||1992–1993||ABC||co-production with Vanity Card Productions|
|Desperate Choices: To Save My Child||October 5, 1992||ABC||TV movie|
|The Amy Fisher Story||January 3, 1993||ABC||TV movie; co-production with Andrew Adelson Company, Michael Jaffe Films and Spectacor Films|
|Class of '96||1993||FOX||co-production with Mandy Films|
|Kiss of a Killer||February 1, 1993||ABC||TV movie|
|Sirens||1993||ABC||season 1 only|
|The Circle Game||July 7, 1993||ABC||TV pilot|
|Joe's Life||1993||ABC||co-production with Bob Myer Productions|
|The Paula Poundstone Show||1993||ABC|||
|The Only Way Out||December 19, 1993||ABC||TV movie|
|My Name Is Kate||January 16, 1994||ABC||TV movie|
|Out of Darkness||January 26, 1994||ABC||TV movie; co-production with Anaid Film Productions and Andrew Adelson Co.|
|My So-Called Life||1994–1995||ABC||co-production with The Bedford Falls Company|
|The Boys Are Back||1994–1995||CBS||co-production with Vanity Card Productions|
|Me and the Boys||1994–1995||ABC||co-production with Bob Myer Productions|
|A Dangerous Affair||January 1, 1995||ABC||TV movie|
|She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal||May 22, 1995||ABC||TV movie|
|Bringing up Jack||1995||ABC||co-production with Katlin/Bernstein Productions|
|Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story||September 4, 1995||Lifetime||TV movie|
|Deadly Love||October 16, 1995||Lifetime||TV movie|
|The Faculty||1995–1996||ABC||co-production with Meredith Baxter Productions and Thompson-Murphy Productions|
|Sophie And The Moonhanger||January 15, 1996||Lifetime||TV movie|
|Any Mother's Son||August 11, 1997||Lifetime||TV movie|
|Successor||ABC Circle Films|
|Didier Pietri (Senior VP)|
Number of employees
|Footnotes / references|
ABC Pictures was an in house television movie production company of ABC Productions.
The company agreed to a two-year TV movie and miniseries deal with Gary L. Pudney in 1997 with “The Picture of Dorian Gray” in development under the deal. ABC Pictures agreed on August 20, 1997, with the C.P. Group and BIG Entertainment to develop "Tom Clancy's Net Force", as a four-hour miniseries which was broadcast in 1998.
After its final five projects in development, ABC Pictures was shut down in 1998.
|Their Second Chance||February 9, 1997||Lifetime|||
|Jitters||May 5, 1997||Lifetime|||
|Convictions||November 10, 1997||The Family Channel|||
|Circle of Deceit||January 29, 1998||ABC||co-production with Andrea Baynes Productions|
|Twice Upon a Time||November 9, 1998||Lifetime||co-production with Chris/Rose Productions|
ABC Circle Films
|Genre||Movie of the week|
|Products||TV movies, miniseries and series|
ABC Circle Films (ACF or Circle) was a television movie and series production company owned by ABC that operated from 1970[ABCMOW 1] to 1989.
ABC Circle Films was formed after the first season of Movie of the Week to build on the telefilm success. ACF was granted a larger budget (by $250,000) and half an hour longer than the movie of the week thus considered a prestige or "A" movie. Circle's films were shown on Sunday night where they alternated with recent feature films and on Monday night after the end of Monday Night Football.[ABCMOW 1] With the 1972–1973 season, ACF began producing films for Movie of the Week including Pursuit.[ABCMOW 2]
Lewis H. Erlicht was demoted from president of ABC Entertainment to senior vice president and president of ACF in November 1985.
The company was merged into ABC Productions in 1989.
|No Place to Run||September 18, 1972[ABCMOW 3]||co-production with Spelling-Goldberg Productions|
|Haunts of the Very Rich||September 20, 1972[ABCMOW 3]|
|The Bounty Man||October 31, 1972||co-production with Spelling-Goldberg Productions|
|Home for the Holidays||November 28, 1972||co-production with Spelling-Goldberg Productions|
|Pursuit||December 12, 1972[ABCMOW 2]|
|The Night Strangler||January 16, 1973||co-production with Dan Curtis Productions|
|Pray for the Wildcats||January 23, 1973[ABCMOW 4]|
|The Letters||March 6, 1973||co-production with Spelling-Goldberg Productions|
|Isn't It Shocking?||October 2, 1973[ABCMOW 4]|
|The President's Plane is Missing||October 23, 1973||based on the novel by Robert J. Serling, Rod Serling's brother|
|Guess Who's Sleeping in My Bed?||October 31, 1973|
|The Girl Most Likely To...||November 6, 1973|
|Outrage||November 28, 1973[ABCMOW 3]|
|A Cold Night's Death||January 30, 1974||co-production with Spelling-Goldberg Productions|
|Can Ellen Be Saved?||February 5, 1974|
|The Day the Earth Moved||September 18, 1974|
|The Great Ice Rip-Off||November 6, 1974||co-production with Dan Curtis Productions|
|Reflections of Murder||November 24, 1974|| co-production with Aaron Rosenberg/Charles Lederer Productions|
|Love Among the Ruins||March 6, 1975|
|Young Pioneers||March 1, 1976|
|The Great Houdini||October 8, 1976|
|Young Pioneers' Christmas||December 17, 1976|
|ABC Weekend Special||1977–1985||TV series; 27 episodes|
|Superdome||January 9, 1978|
|The Girls in the Office||February 2, 1979|
|The Comeback Kid||April 11, 1980|
|She's in the Army Now||May 15, 1981|
|Pray TV||February 1, 1982|
|Inside the Third Reich||May 9, 1982|
|The Day After||November 20, 1983|
|My Mother's Secret Life||February 5, 1984||co-production with Furia-Oringer Productions|
|Moonlighting||1985–1989||TV series; co-production with Picturemaker Productions|
|Love Lives On||April 1, 1985||co-production with Script/Song|
|Acceptable Risks||March 2, 1986|
|Triplecross||March 17, 1986||co-production with Tisch/Avnet Productions|
|Out on a Limb||January 18–19, 1987||miniseries; co-production with Stan Margulies Company|
|Amerika||February 15–19, 1987||14 1/2-hour miniseries|
|Infidelity||April 13, 1987||co-production with Mark-Jett Productions|
|War and Remembrance||1988–1989||Miniseries; co-production with Dan Curtis Productions|
|Founded||(October 1, 1989)|
|Parent||Disney-ABC Television Group|
ABC/Kane Productions International (AKPI) is/was a nonfiction programs production company owned by Disney-ABC Television Group. The production company earned 13 Emmy Awards, 6 Genesis Awards, numerous CINE awards, film festival awards and an Academy Award nomination.
ABC/Kane Productions International was formed by Capital Cities/ABC Inc. as a unit of its ABC Television Network Group on October 1, 1988, with the appointment of its first president, Dennis B. Kane. Original plans for the unit was five programs a year for five years starting in October 1990 for ABC and other outlets.
ABC/Kane received 11 Emmy nominations in 1998 for The Living Edens series, the highest to date, while winning 5 five news and documentary Emmys. Devillier Donegan Enterprises, a unit of Buena Vista International Television, in February 1999 took over distribution, management and operation of AKPI.
- The Living Edens (1995- PBS)
- ABC's World of Discovery
- Secrets of the Internet
- Tales of the Serengeti
- Wildlife Tales
- ABC Saturday Children's Special & series pilot "Crash the Curiosaurus" (January 14, 1995)
Devillier Donegan Enterprises
Devillier Donegan Enterprises (DDE) was first formed by Ron Devillier and Brian Donegan in 1980 as a documentary production company and was reformed in 1994 with majority ownership by Capital Cities/ABC. Disney took over ownership upon its purchase of CC/ABC. DDE, a unit of Buena Vista International Television, in February 1999 took over distribution, management and operation of ABC/Kane Productions International. In 2001, DDE began looking for a new owner as Disney is in the movie business with Alliance Atlantis Communications and Granada begin front runners. Instead DDE management on March 11, 2002, bought Disney/ABC stake in the company. DDE also held on to ABC/Kane Productions' library and will continue to represent ABC News Productions.
ABC News Productions
ABC News Productions (ABCNP) is a long form documentary production unit within ABC News's ABC News Digital Media Group. ABCNP produces documentaries for cable channels, international broadcasters and home video.
ABC News Productions was formed in 1994. In August 2006, ABCNP was placed into ABC News All Media along with the ABC News production unit.
ABC Motion Pictures
|Predecessor||ABC Pictures International|
|Defunct||October 28, 1985|
|Successor||Touchstone Pictures (1996-2017)|
20th Century Studios (2019-present)
|Brandon Stoddard (president)|
|Theatrical & TV films, TV shows, miniseries|
|Parent||American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.|
ABC Motion Pictures was a production company of ABC that operated from May 1979. 20th Century Fox, to which The Walt Disney Company would purchase in 2019, was the company's distributor. Until October 1985, the division produced theatrical films along with TV movies, series and mini-series.
ABC Motion Pictures was founded in May 1979 with Brandon Stoddard as president. Soon the division was swapped with old film projects. While a boutique would make only a few films per year, Stoddard figured that ABC would succeed in movie production as there were additional revenue sources from video cassettes and cable on top of theater ticket sales and broadcast TV sales. ABC Motion Pictures was incorporated by June 11, 1980.
The division waited two years to get its first slate of three films into production with National Lampoon's Class Reunion just an announcement and Young Doctors in Love beginning production in December 1981 under the theatrical directorial debut of Garry Marshall. In June 1982, "Chain Reaction" (later "Silkwood") starring Meryl Streep was expected to be in production.
The Flamingo Kid after released by Fox did well but not strong business, Fox pulled the film from release so as to stop spending money on advertising.
With networks getting better rating for their own movies of the week over films released on cable and cassettes, networks reduced licensing of theatrical films. Additional boutique production companies entered the market at the same time crowding the market and increasing filming costs. With films distributed by a major studio, ABC's films were slotted in less desirable release dates. On October 28, 1985, ABC shut down ABC Motion Pictures theatrical motion picture operation after the release of only 6 theatrical films which was within weeks of CBS shutting down CBS Theatrical Films. The unit released one last movie, SpaceCamp, already produced in the summer of 1985. The unit would continue producing TV movies and mini-series while increasing TV series output. A Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation media analyst forecast ABC's losses on its theatrical operations for 1985 to be $5 million. After ABC shuttered down, the company elected to terminate its agreement with Mercury Entertainment in March 1986.
|Young Doctors in Love||1982||profitable|
|National Lampoon's Class Reunion||1982|
|The Flamingo Kid||1984||profitable|
ABC Pictures International
(Inc.: November 3, 1967 )
Dissolution (February 19, 1988)
|Successor||ABC Motion Pictures, Inc.|
|Martin Baum[li 1]|
|Parent||American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.|
ABC Pictures International, Inc. (also ABC Picture Holdings, Inc.; API) was the theatrical production company owned and operated by ABC from 1965 to 1973 and produced or co produced 37 films.[li 1] The company's films were distributed by Cinerama Releasing Corporation.[li 2]
ABC Pictures was started as a division in 1965 and was incorporated as ABC Picture Holdings, Inc. on November 3, 1967 . In 1968, it activated Palomar Pictures and Selmur Pictures to produce pictures for it. The entry of ABC into theatrical film production led to an FCC inquiry over the network's control of programming and a MPAA anti-trust lawsuit.[li 1] David O. Selznick owned films were sold after his death in 1965 to API by his widow, Jennifer Jones.
The company's films (including those made by Selmur and Palomar) were not profitable and, with the recession of 1969–1971, ABC Pictures Corporation closed down its operations[li 3] in early 1973.[li 1] The 36 films cost $75 million to produce and generated rentals of $107 million, but with other costs such as distribution fees and interest, generated losses of $35 million. Only 6 of the films were profitable.
On October 20, 1977, ABC Picture Holdings, Inc. changed its name to ABC Pictures International, Inc. and was finally dissolved on February 19, 1988.
|Release Date||Title||Other production co.|
|1967||Good Times||Motion Pictures International|
|May 20, 1970||Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came|
|August 12, 1970||Lovers and Other Strangers|
|October 1, 1970||How Do I Love Thee?||Freeman-Enders|
|November 4, 1970||Song of Norway|
|1971||The 300 Year Weekend|
|January 18, 1971||Zachariah||George Englund Productions|
|January 28, 1971||The Last Valley||Season Productions; Seamaster Films|
|May 28, 1971||The Grissom Gang||Associates & Aldrich Co.|
|July 1971||The Touch||Cinematograph A.B.|
|November 3, 1971||Straw Dogs|
|February 13, 1972||Cabaret||Allied Artists[li 1]|
|June 1972||Junior Bonner||Solar Production Inc.|
ABC Media Productions
|Formerly||Buena Vista Productions|
|Genre||talk, game, reality|
|Predecessor||Buena Vista Development|
(ABC Television Group)
ABC Media Productions (AMP), originally named Buena Vista Productions (BVP), was the in house television development, production and programming unit within ABC Daytime. The company produces non-scripted programming in all three areas (talk, game, reality) for syndication, cable and prime time outlets including outside the Disney conglomerate. The division has oversight of the production of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire".
In September 2000 following the merger of ABC Daytime Group and Buena Vista's development group, ABC Daytime replaced Buena Vista Development with Buena Vista Productions, to be headed by president Angela Shapiro, who was then also ABC Daytime president. Shapiro was transferred to ABC Family President in April 2002 with Holly Jacobs taking over at BVP as executive vice president the next month.
In August 2006, BVP and Fujisankei Communications partnered to develop and produce "Run for Money," a game show for the American market, adapted from the original Japanese reality-game show of the same title.
In September 2008, BVP entered a first-look development deal with Silverback, a Swedish production company. In 2009, Buena Vista Productions was renamed ABC Media Productions. In May, AMP was developing The Aisha Tyler Show, a variety & comedy talk show with interactive components including social media, for cable or broadcast syndication.
- Cha$e, Sci Fi Channel
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, syndication
- At the Movies With Ebert & Roeper, syndication (1986-)
- "The Fashionista Diaries" (SoapNet)
- "Camouflage" Game Show Network
- Wayne Brady Show 
American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres Pictures
|Formerly||American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres Pictures Corporation (1956–1959)|
|Founded||(December 30, 1956)|
|Owner||Irving H. Levin (1959)|
|Parent||American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres (1956–1959)|
Atlas Pictures Corporation, formerly American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres Pictures Corporation (also known as AB-PT Pictures and AB-PT) was the film production subsidiary of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres.
The company was formed due to a shorting of films produced, which was the reason for AB-PT not to sign a consent agreement in 1949 against the company's production of films. Films from AB-PT were first shown in Paramount Theater circuits prior to release to other chains. AB-PT Pictures used the Republic Pictures lot for productions. Republic was also their distributor, physically delivering to even AB-PT theaters plus sale to non-AB-PT theaters.
American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres Pictures Corporation was formed on December 30, 1956. Irving H. Levin was appointed President of the company. AB-PT Pictures initial production budget was $3 million for seven films. Films were to be B-films with an eye on quality but "meet the exhibitor's call for 'highly gimmicked and exploitable' product." In March 1957, AB-PT was talking with Republic and United Artists regarding distribution. The company's first film was Beginning of the End. With its first acquisition of The Unearthly in early May, AB-PT placed it into a double feature premiere with End released on June 19 at the B&K Roosevelt Theatre. On May 9, 1957, AB-PT Pictures executives met with the exhibition arm of the film industry where they announced their first slate of 7 films with announcement of a distributor in the next 10 days.
On June 6, 1957, AB-PT agreed to have Republic distribute their films. The company's first double bill films did well despite the films uneven quality. On September 24, 1957, AB-PT Pictures indicated that the company would move in the next year into A features with 5 of their 15 planned films to be of this type. For the A films, budgets would run from $.5 million to $1 million. However, AB-PT would only produce four films. AB-PT Pictures provided funding for The Bat (1959 film).
Levin along with Harry L. Mandell purchased AB-PT Pictures and AB-PT Distribution Corporation from AB-PT in May 1958. AB-PT Pictures was renamed Atlas Pictures Corporation.
- Beginning of the End (June 19, 1957)
- The Unearthly (June 19, 1957)
- Eighteen and Anxious (February 1958)
- Girl in the Woods (February 1958)
Circle Seven Productions
(American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres)
Circle Seven Productions was the production company of ABC's owned-and-operated station in San Francisco, KGO-TV, in the 1950s and 1960s. The company produced shows for the network and for syndication. Shows produced included a Jack LaLanne fitness series and a Tennessee Ernie Ford daytime talk/variety series.
Keep Calm and Carry On Productions
Keep Calm and Carry On Productions, Inc. is an ABC subsidiary production company that produced Duets and The Glass House. Keep Calm was sued over The Glass House by CBS for using proprietary procedures from Big Brother via hired away staff. The production company was incorporated on October 24, 2008.
Palomar Pictures International
|Successor||Edgar J. Scherick Associates|
|Parent||American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.|
Palomar Pictures International was a film production subsidiary of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. It is not to be confused with another company with the name Palomar Pictures, founded in 1992 by Anne-Marie Mackay and Jonathon Ker and whose majority ownerhsip stake was sold to Sigurjon "Joni" Sighvattson, a founder of Propaganda Films, in 1999.
Palomar Pictures International was started by Edgar Scherick. In 1968, it started actively producing films for ABC.
In 1969, Palomar severed its ties with ABC and in 1970, Bristol-Myers's acquired a majority stake.
|Founder||Selig J. Seligman|
|TV shows, theater features|
|Parent||American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.|
Selmur Productions, Inc. was formed in 1960 by Selig J. Seligman as a TV production arm of ABC-TV. Selmur Pictures, Inc., also headed by Seligman, was a film production company owned by American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. In 1968, Selmur Pictures, Inc. changed from being a supervising entity to an active film producer, while Selmur Productions was disbanded.
- TV series
|Release Date||Title||Other production co.|
|1967||Smashing Time||co- productions with Carlo Ponti|
|1968||A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die|
|Hell in the Pacific|
|Diamonds for Breakfast|
|The High Commissioner|
Victor Television Productions
Victor Television Productions was a boutique production company owned by ABC Entertainment.
On June 7, 1996, due to the merger with Disney, Capital Cities/ABC ended its ABC Productions division operations while keeping its boutique production companies: Victor Television Productions, ABC/Kane Productions, DIC Entertainment and Greengrass Productions.
- Summertime Switch (October 8, 1994)
- Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare (April 1, 1995) (co-production with Hickox-Bowman Productions Inc.)
- Spring Fling! (April 15, 1995) (co-production with Hickox-Bowman Productions Inc.)
- When The Vows Break (November 1, 1995)
- A Case For Life (February 18, 1996)
- The Stepford Husbands (May 14, 1996)
- The Siege at Ruby Ridge (May 19, 1996) (co-production with Edgar J. Scherick Associates and The Regan Company)
- Chasing The Dragon (June 19, 1996)
- For The Future: The Irvine Fertility Scandal (August 21, 1996)
- Devil's Food (September 2, 1996)
- Frank Herbert's Dune (December 3, 2000) (co-production with New Amsterdam Entertainment, Blixa Film Produktion and Hallmark Entertainment)
- Stephen King's Rose Red (January 27, 2002) (co-production with Greengrass Productions and Mark Carliner Productions)
- Frank Herbert's Children of Dune (mini-series; March 16–26, 2003)
- The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (May 12, 2003)
- Animation studios owned by The Walt Disney Company
- Movies produced by ABC
- Other boutique theater film production companies
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