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ABC Studios
ABC Studios
Subsidiary
Limited liability company
Industry Television production
Predecessor ABC Circle Films
Touchstone Television
Walt Disney Television
Founded March 21, 1985; 33 years ago (1985-03-21) (as Touchstone Films)
Headquarters Burbank, California, U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
  • Patrick Moran (President)
Parent ABC Entertainment Group
(Disney–ABC Television Group) (both ultimately owned by The Walt Disney Company)
Website abcstudiosmedianet.com

Touchstone Television Productions, LLC[1] (d/b/a ABC Studios), is the television production unit of ABC Entertainment Group, part of Disney–ABC Television Group (both ultimately owned by The Walt Disney Company). ABC Studios was established as the Touchstone Television banner in 1985 and given its current name on May 28, 2007.

History[edit]

Touchstone Television[edit]

The Touchstone Films banner was used for TV by then-new Disney CEO Michael Eisner in the 1984–85 television season with the short lived western, Wildside.[2] Touchstone was a banner of Disney Pictures which included at the time television production. In the next season, Disney's TV production unit produced a hit in The Golden Girls using the Touchstone Films brand.[3]

On April 18, 1989, Walt Disney Television and Touchstone Television were grouped together under Garth Ancier, president of network television for Walt Disney Studios.[4] With difficulty selling in the off-network syndicated market, Disney television executives decided in late September 1990 that Hull High, then on NBC, or a potential NBC mid-season replacement, Disney Action-Adventure Hour, would be its last hour long drama. High's pilot did cost the company $4.5 million which was considered very costly.[5] In 1992, Touchstone moved into producing longer forms for TV, focusing on more adult fare with its first telefilm for CBS about Edna Buchanan, a Miami Herald crime reporter who would win a Pulitzer Prize.[6]

On August 24, 1994, with Jeffrey Katzenberg's resignation, Richard Frank became head of Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications, a new group taking Touchstone and other TV units out of the Disney studios.[7]

In April 1996, due to ongoing post-Disney-CC/ABC merger realignment and the retirement of its president, Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications' divisions were reassigned to other groups, with Touchstone Television transferred to The Walt Disney Studios.[8] By March 1998, David Neuman assumed the presidency of Touchstone TV. In March 1998, Touchstone was placed under Buena Vista Television Productions, a newly formed group under chairman Lloyd Braun, along with Walt Disney Network Television.[9]

In 2000, Touchstone created two departments for comedy in September, and a department for drama in December.[10] While two of their pilots were in consideration to be picked up by ABC in April 2003, Tollin/Robbins Productions agreed to a two-year development deal with Touchstone Television, which included a two-year option, shares in profits and outside sales.[11]

ABC Television Studio[edit]

In February 2007, Touchstone Television was renamed ABC Television Studios as part of Disney's push to drop secondary brands like Buena Vista for Disney, ABC and ESPN.[12]

In June 2009, ABC Entertainment announced a new organization, effective immediately as ABC Entertainment Group, consolidating back office functions like business affairs, distribution and scheduling of ABC Studios and ABC Entertainment while retaining separate creative units.[13][14] In January 2010, Disney–ABC Television Group announced it was cutting 5% of its workforce.[15] In October 2012, ABC Studios formed its Signature division to sell to outside networks.[16]

List of programs produced by Touchstone Television/ABC Studios[edit]

Currently produced[edit]

Title Year Network Notes
The Amazing Race 2001–present CBS as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and CBS Television Studios
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2003–present ABC as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Jackhole Productions
Grey's Anatomy 2005–present ABC as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with The Mark Gordon Company and Shondaland Productions (2005-present) (season 2-present)
Criminal Minds 2005–present CBS as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with The Mark Gordon Company and CBS Television Studios
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2013–present ABC co-production with Mutant Enemy Productions and Marvel Television
Black-ish 2014–present ABC co-production with Khalabo Ink Society, Principato-Young Entertainment and Cinema Gypsy Productions
How to Get Away with Murder 2014–present ABC co-production with Nowalk Entertainment and Shondaland
Marvel's Daredevil 2015–present Netflix co-production with DeKnight Prods. (season one), Goddard Textiles (season one) and Marvel Television
Code Black 2015–present CBS co-production with Michael Seitzman's Pictures, Tiny Pyro Productions and CBS Television Studios
Marvel's Jessica Jones 2015–present Netflix co-production with Tall Girls Productions and Marvel Television
Speechless 2016–present ABC co-production with Silver & Gold Productions, The Detective Agency and 20th Century Fox Television
Marvel's Luke Cage 2016–present Netflix co-production with Marvel Television
American Housewife 2016–present ABC co-production with Eight Sisters, Inc., Wiener & Schwartz Productions and Kapital Entertainment
Marvel's Iron Fist 2017–present Netflix co-production with Devilina Productions and Marvel Television
The Good Doctor 2017–present ABC co-production with 3AD Productions, EnterMedia Content, Shore Z Productions and Sony Pictures Television
Marvel's The Punisher 2017–present Netflix co-production with Bohemian Risk Productions and Marvel Television
The Alec Baldwin Show 2018–present ABC co-production with El Dorado Pictures
For the People 2018–present ABC co-production with Davies Heavy Industries and Shondaland
Station 19 2018–present ABC co-production with Shondaland

Future productions[edit]

Title Year Network Notes
Take Two 2018 ABC co-production with MillMar Pictures, Tandem Communications and StudioCanal
The Rookie 2018 ABC co-production with The Mark Gordon Company
A Million Little Things 2018 ABC co-production with Kapital Entertainment and Next Thing You Know Productions
The Fix 2018 ABC co-production with Erica Messer Productions and Mandeville Television
Grand Hotel 2018 ABC co-production with UnbeliEVAble Entertainment
The Kids Are Alright 2018 ABC co-production with Industrial Brothers and Meadow Lark Lane Productions
Schooled 2018 ABC co-production with Sony Pictures Television
Single Parents 2018 ABC co-production with Meadow Lark Lane Productions and 20th Century Fox Television

Former productions[edit]

Title Year Network Notes
8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter 2002–05 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Shady Acres Entertainment, Flody Co., (2002-2004) (seasons 1-2) and Tracy Gamble Productions (2004) (season 2)
10-8: Officers on Duty 2003–04 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Spelling Television and Badlands Entertainment
According to Jim 2001–09 ABC as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Newman/Stark Productions, Suzanne Bukinik Entertainment and Brad Grey Television
Alex, Inc. 2018 ABC co-production with Davis Entertainment, Gimlet Media and Sony Pictures Television
Alias 2001–06 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Bad Robot Productions
All-American Girl 1994–95 ABC as Touchstone Television
American Crime 2015–17 ABC co-production with International Famous Players Radio Pictures Corporation and Stearns Castle Entertainment
Army Wives 2007–13 Lifetime co-production with The Mark Gordon Company
The Astronaut Wives Club 2015 ABC co-production with Fake Empire Productions and Groundswell Productions
Bakersfield P.D. 1993–94 Fox as Touchstone Television
The Beast 2001 ABC as Touchstone Television
Betrayal 2013–14 ABC
Blossom 1990–95 NBC as Touchstone Television;[17] co-production with Impact Zone Productions and Witt-Thomas Productions
Bob Patterson 2001 ABC co-production with Angel Ark Productions and 20th Century Fox Television; as Touchstone Television
Body of Proof 2011–13 ABC co-production with Matthew Gross Entertainment and Arcturus Productions (2011-2013) (seasons 2-3)
Boy Meets World 1993–2000 ABC as Touchstone Television;[17] co-production with Michael Jacobs Productions
Bringing up Jack 1995 ABC as Touchstone Television
Brothers & Sisters 2006–11 ABC as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Berlanti Television and After Portsmouth Productions
Brotherly Love 1995–96 NBC/The WB Season 1 produced by Touchstone Television. Season 2 produced by Walt Disney Television
Brutally Normal 2000 The WB as Touchstone Television
Buddies 1996 ABC as Touchstone Television
Cane 2007 CBS co-production with CBS Paramount Network Television
Carol & Company 1990 NBC as Touchstone Television;[17] co-production with Wind Dancer Productions and Kalola Productions
Carpoolers 2007–08 ABC co-production with DreamWorks Television, T.R.O.N.T Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment
Castle 2009–16 ABC co-production with Beacon Pictures, The Barry Schindel Company (2009) (season 1), Experimental Pictures (2009-2013) (seasons 2-5) and Milmar Pictures (2013–2015) (seasons 6-7)
The Catch 2016–17 ABC co-production with Shondaland Productions
Cavemen 2007 ABC co-production with Double Vision Productions and Television 360
Clerks: The Animated Series 2000 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Miramax Television, View Askew Productions and Woltz International Pictures Corporation
Clone High 2002–03 MTV co-production with Doozer Productions, Lord Miller Productions, Nelvana and MTV; as Touchstone Television
Commander in Chief 2005–06 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Battle Plan Productions and Steven Bochco Productions
Conviction 2016–17 ABC co-production with Double Fried Productions and The Mark Gordon Company
Costello 1998 Fox as Touchstone Television
Cougar Town 2009–15 ABC/TBS co-production with Doozer Productions and Coquette Productions
Courting Alex 2006 CBS co-production with Paramount Network Television; as Touchstone Television
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders 2016–17 CBS co-production with Erica Messer Productions, The Mark Gordon Company and CBS Television Studios
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 2011 CBS co-production with The Mark Gordon Company, Bernero Productions and CBS Television Studios
The Crossing 2018 ABC co-production with Dworkin/Beattie Productions and Brick Moon Television
Crumbs 2006 ABC as Touchstone Television[17] co-production with Marco Pennette Productions
Cupid 2009 ABC co-production with Rob Thomas Productions and Sony Pictures Television
Cutters 1993 CBS as Touchstone Television
Daddio 2000 NBC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Big Fan
Dangerous Minds 1996–97 ABC as Touchstone Television
Day Break 2006–08 ABC/TV One as Touchstone Television in 2006
Designated Survivor 2016–18 ABC co-production with Kinberg Genre and The Mark Gordon Company
Desperate Housewives 2004–12 ABC as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Cherry Productions
Detroit 1-8-7 2010–11 ABC co-production with Remainder Men Productions and Mandeville Television
Devious Maids 2013–16 Lifetime co-production with Cherry/Wind Productions and Televisa International
Dirt 2007–08 FX as Touchstone Television until 2007;[17] co-production with Coquette Productions and Matthew Carnahan Circus Products
Dirty Sexy Money 2007–09 ABC co-production with Berlanti Productions
Donas de Casa Desesperadas 2007–08 RedeTV! an exclusive version of Desperate Housewives made for Brazil
Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1987 Fox as Touchstone Television
Downward Dog 2017 ABC co-production with Mosaic Media Group, Animal Media Group and Legendary Television
Dr. Ken 2015–17 ABC co-production with Old Charlie Productions, Davis Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television
Eli Stone 2008–09 ABC co-production with Berlanti Productions
Ellen 1994–98 ABC as Touchstone Television;[17] co-production with the Black/Marlens Company
The Ellen Burstyn Show 1986 ABC as Touchstone Television
Empire 2005 ABC miniseries; as Touchstone Television
Empty Nest 1988–95 NBC as Touchstone Television;[17] co-production with Witt-Thomas Productions
The Family 2016 ABC co-production with Mandeville Films and Minnesota Logging Company
Family Tools 2013 ABC
The Fanelli Boys 1990–91 NBC as Touchstone Television;[17] co-production with KTMB
Felicity 1998–02 The WB as Touchstone Television; co-production with Imagine Television
FlashForward 2009–10 ABC co-production with HBO Entertainment and Phantom Four Films
Galavant 2015–16 ABC co-production with Rhode Island Ave. Productions
Gary Unmarried 2008–10 CBS co-production with Ed Yeager Productions (2008-2009) (season 1), Rude Mood Productions (2008-2009) (season 1) and CBS Television Studios
GCB 2012 ABC co-production with Darren Star Productions and Kapital Entertainment
The Geena Davis Show 2000–01 ABC as Touchstone Television
The George Wendt Show 1995 CBS as Touchstone Television
Ghost Whisperer 2005–10 CBS as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with CBS Television Studios and Sander/Moses Productions
Gideon's Crossing 2000–01 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Heel And Toe Films
Go Fish 2001 NBC as Touchstone Television
The Golden Girls 1985–92 NBC as Touchstone Television;[17] co-production with Witt-Thomas-Harris Productions
The Golden Palace 1992–93 CBS as Touchstone Television
Good & Evil 1991 ABC as Touchstone Television
The Good Life 1994 NBC as Touchstone Television
Grandfathered 2015–16 Fox co-production withRhode Island Ave. Productions, Consolidated Chunworks and 20th Century Fox Television
Happy Endings 2011–13 ABC co-production with Sony Pictures Television, FanFare Productions and Shark Vs Bear Productions (2012-2013) (season 3)
Happy Town 2010 ABC
Hard Time on Planet Earth 1989 CBS as Touchstone Television
Hardball 1994 Fox as Touchstone Television
Heartland 1989 CBS as Touchstone Television
Hello Ladies 2013 HBO co-production with Four Eyes Entertainment and Quantity Entertainment
Herman's Head 1991–94 Fox as Touchstone Television;[17] co-production with Witt/Thomas Productions
Hiller and Diller 1997–98 ABC as Touchstone Television
Home Improvement 1991–99 ABC as Touchstone Television;[17] co-production with Wind Dancer Productions
Homeboys In Outer Space 1996–97 UPN co-production with Sweet Lorraine Productions; as Touchstone Television
Hope & Faith 2003–06 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Industry Entertainment
Hull High 1990–91 NBC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Gil Grant Productions
If Not for You 1995 CBS as Touchstone Television
Imaginary Mary 2017 ABC co-production with David Guarascio Productions, Adam F. Goldberg Productions, Happy Madison Productions and Sony Pictures Television
Imagine That 2002 NBC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Seth Kurland Productions and Columbia TriStar Television
In Case of Emergency 2007 ABC co-production with Bushwhacker Productions and Howard J. Morris Productions; as Touchstone Television
In Justice 2006 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with King Size Productions
In the Game 2004 ABC unaired pilot; as Touchstone Television
In the Motherhood 2009 ABC co-production with Pointy Bird Productions, Cabloom! Productions and Mindshare Entertainment
Inconceivable 2005 NBC as Touchstone Television
Intelligence 2014 CBS co-production with CBS Television Studios, and The Barry Schindel Company
It's All Relative 2003–04 ABC co-production with Storyline Entertainment, Naturally Blond Productions and Paramount Network Television; as Touchstone Television
The Job 2001–02 ABC co-production with Apostle Productions, The Cloudland Company and DreamWorks Television; as Touchstone Television
Kevin Hill 2004–05 UPN as Touchstone Television; co-production with Icon Productions
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World 2017–18 ABC co-production with Fazekas & Butters Productions
Killer Women 2014 ABC
Kingdom Hospital 2004 ABC co-production with Sony Pictures Television and Mark Carliner Productions; as Touchstone Television
The Knights of Prosperity 2007 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with B&B Productions and Worldwide Pants Incorporated
Kyle XY 2006–09 ABC Family as Touchstone Television until 2006; co-production with Kyle XY Productions, BenderSpink Productions and Two Cigarettes and One Match Productions (2006) (season 1)
Laurie Hill 1992 ABC as Touchstone Television
Legend of the Seeker 2008–10 Syndication co-production with Paperboy Productions and Renaissance Pictures
Lenny 1990–91 CBS as Touchstone Television
Less than Perfect 2002–06 ABC co-production with Wass-Stein Productions; as Touchstone Television
Life as We Know It 2004–05 ABC co-production with Sachs/Judah Productions and Cabloom! Productions; as Touchstone Television
Life on Mars 2008–09 ABC co-production with 20th Century Fox Television
Life with Bonnie 2002–04 ABC co-production with Bob & Alice Productions; as Touchstone Television
Life's Work 1996–97 ABC as Touchstone Television
Line of Fire 2003–04 ABC co-production with Battle Plan Productions and DreamWorks Television; as Touchstone Television
Little House on the Prairie 2005 ABC as Touchstone Television
Lost 2004–10 ABC as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Bad Robot Productions
Lost at Home 2003 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Michael Jacobs Productions and NBC Studios
Lucky 7 2013 ABC co-production with Amblin Television, Remainder Men and The Beekeeper's Apprentice
Madigan Men 2000 ABC co-production with Chupack Productions and Artists Television Group; as Touchstone Television
Madoff 2016 ABC miniseries; co-production with Lincoln Square Productions
Malibu Country 2012–13 ABC co-production with ACME Productions
Mama's Boy 1987–88 NBC as Touchstone Television
Man Up! 2011 ABC co-production with Garfield Grove, Bicycle Path Productions and Tagline Television
Manhattan Love Story 2014 ABC co-production with Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Burrow Owl Productions
Marvel's Agent Carter 2015–16 ABC co-production with Fazekas & Butters Productions and Marvel Television
Marvel's The Defenders 2017 Netflix miniseries; co-production with Goddard Textiles, Nine and a Half Fingers, Inc. and Marvel Television
Marvel's Inhumans 2017 ABC co-production with Devilina Productions and Marvel Television; financed by IMAX Entertainment
Marvel's Most Wanted 2016 ABC unaired pilot; co-production with Marvel Television
Maybe It's Me 2001–02 The WB as Touchstone Television; co-production with SamJen Productions and Warner Bros. Television
Maybe This Time 1995–96 ABC as Touchstone Television;[17] co-production with Michael Jacobs Productions
The Mayor 2017 ABC co-production with Jeremy Bronson Productions, Fee-Fi-Fo Films and Fanfare Productions
MDs 2002 ABC as Touchstone Television
Miracles 2003 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with David Greenbalt Productions and Spyglass Entertainment
Misery Loves Company 1995 Fox as Touchstone Television
Missing 2012 ABC co-production with Little Engine Productions and Upcountry Productions
Mixology 2014 ABC co-production with Lucas & Moore and Ryan Seacrest Productions
Monk 2002–09 USA as Touchstone Television (final surviving series to carry the Touchstone Television logo); co-production with Mandeville Films and Universal Cable Productions
Monty 1994 Fox as Touchstone Television
Moon Over Miami 1993 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Harley Peyton TV and Columbia Pictures Television
The Muppets 2015–16 ABC co-production with The Muppets Studio and Bill Prady Productions
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz 2005 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with The Jim Henson Company and Fox Television Studios
My Generation 2010 ABC co-production with 26 Keys Productions
My Wife and Kids 2001–05 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Wayans Bros. Entertainment and Impact Zone Productions
Nashville 2012–17 ABC/CMT co-production with The Bedford Falls Company (2016–present) (season 5-present), Walk And Chew Gum, Inc., Cutler Productions (2012-2013) (season 1), Small Wishes Productions (2012-2016) (seasons 1-4), Opry Entertainment and Lionsgate Television
The Neighbors 2012–14 ABC co-production with 17-28 Black, Inc. and Kapital Entertainment
Night Stalker 2005–06 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Big Light Productions
No Ordinary Family 2010–11 ABC co-production with Oh That Gus! Inc. and Berlanti Television
Notorious 2016 ABC co-production with Osprey Productions and Sony Pictures Television
Nowhere Man 1995–96 UPN as Touchstone Television;[17] co-production with Lawrence Hertzog Productions
Nurses 1991–94 NBC as Touchstone Television;[17] co-production with Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions
The Nutt House 1989 NBC as Touchstone Television;[17] co-production with Brooksfilms Television and Alan Spencer Productions
October Road 2007–08 ABC as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Space Floor Television, Mojo Films and Group M Entertainment (season 1)
Of Kings and Prophets 2016 ABC co-production with BoomGen Studios, Philotimo Factory and Jason T. Reed Productions
Off the Map 2011 ABC co-production with Shondaland and Minnesota Logging Company
The Oldest Rookie 1987–88 CBS as Touchstone Television
Once and Again 1999–02 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Bedford Falls Productions
Once Upon a Time 2011–18 ABC co-production with Kitsis-Horowitz Productions
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland 2013–14 ABC co-production with Kitsis-Horowitz Productions
Pacific Station 1991–92 NBC as Touchstone Television
Perception 2012–15 TNT co-production with Paperboy Productions
The PJs 1999–2001 Fox/The WB as Touchstone Television; co-production with Imagine Television, The Murphy Company, Will Vinton Studios and Warner Bros. Television (2000-2001) (season 3)
Playmakers 2003 ESPN as Touchstone Television; produced as/on behalf of ESPN
Popular 1999–2001 The WB as Touchstone Television; co-production with Ryan Murphy Productions, Roundtable Ink and The Shephard/Robin Company
Pride & Joy 1995 NBC as Touchstone Television
Private Practice 2007–13 ABC co-production with Shondaland and The Mark Gordon Company
The Protector 2011 Lifetime co-production with Wass-Stein Productions
Push, Nevada 2002 ABC as Touchstone Television
Quantico 2015–18 ABC co-production with Random Acts Productions and The Mark Gordon Company
Raising the Bar 2008–09 TNT co-production with Steven Bochco Productions
The Real O'Neals 2016–17 ABC co-production with Windsor & Johnson Productions and di Bonaventura Television
Reaper 2007–09 The CW co-production with The Mark Gordon Company, Fazekas & Butters and Dark Baby Productions
Red Band Society 2014–15 Fox co-production with Amblin Television and Filmax International
Red Widow 2013 ABC co-production with Endemol
Regular Joe 2003 ABC as Touchstone Television
Resurrection 2014–15 ABC co-production with Plan B Entertainment
Revenge 2011–15 ABC co-production with Page Fright (2011-2013) and Temple Hill Entertainment
Ringer 2011–12 The CW co-production with Green Eggs And Pam Productions, Inc., Brillstein Entertainment Partners, CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television
The River 2012 ABC co-production with Haunted Movies, J.A. Green Construction Corp. and Amblin Television
Rodney 2004–06 ABC as Touchstone Television
Romy and Michele: In the Beginning 2005 ABC Family as Touchstone Television
Ruby & The Rockits 2009 ABC Family
Samantha Who? 2007–09 ABC co-production with Donald Todd Productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Scandal 2012–18 ABC co-produced with Shondaland
Scoundrels 2010 ABC co-production with Long Run Productions
Scrubs 2001–10 NBC/ABC as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Doozer
Secrets and Lies 2015–16 ABC co-production with Avenue K Productions, Hoodlum Entertainment and Kapital Entertainment
The Secret Lives of Men 1998 ABC as Touchstone Television
Sherri 2009 Lifetime
The Sinbad Show 1993–94 Fox as Touchstone Television
Singer & Sons 1990 NBC as Touchstone Television
Six Degrees 2006–07 ABC co-production with Nosebleed Productions; as Touchstone Television
Social Studies 1997 UPN as Touchstone Television
Someone Like Me 1994 NBC as Touchstone Television
Soul Man 1997–98 ABC as Touchstone Television
Sports Night 1998–2000 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Imagine Television
Stat 1991 ABC as Touchstone Television
State of Georgia 2011 ABC Family co-production with Jennifer Weiner Productions and Kirk J. Rudell Productions
Still Star-Crossed 2017 ABC co-production with Shondaland
Style & Substance 1998 CBS as Touchstone Television
Teen Angel 1997–1998 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Spooky Magic Productions
Thanks 1999 CBS as Touchstone Television
That Was Then 2002 ABC as Touchstone Television
Threat Matrix 2003–04 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Industry Entertainment
Tilt 2005 ESPN produced as/on behalf of ESPN; as Touchstone Television
Three Moons Over Milford 2006 ABC Family as Touchstone Television
Thunder Alley 1994–95 ABC as Touchstone Television
Trophy Wife 2013–14 ABC co-production with Quantity Entertainment
The Trouble with Normal 2000 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Garfield Grove Productions and Paramount Television
Ugly Betty 2006–10 ABC as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Silent H Productions, Ventanarosa Productions and Reveille Productions
Uncle Buck 2016 ABC co-production with Will Packer Productions, Unaccountable Freaks Productions and Universal Television
Unhappily Ever After 1995–99 The WB as Touchstone Television[17]
Veritas: The Quest 2003 ABC co-production with Massett/Zinman Productions; as Touchstone Television
The Vineyard 2013 ABC Family
Walter & Emily 1991–92 NBC as Touchstone Television
The Wayne Brady Show 2001–02 Syndication co-production with Brad Grey and Don Mischer; as Buena Vista Television
Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central) 2002 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with The Cloudland Company
What About Brian 2006–07 ABC as Touchstone Television; co-production with Bad Robot Productions and Sachs/Judah Productions (season 1)
When We Rise 2017 ABC miniseries; co-production with Hungry Jackal Productions and Laurence Mark Productions
Where I Live 1993 ABC as Touchstone Television[17]
The Whispers 2015 ABC co-production with Clickety-Clack Productions and Amblin Television
Wicked City 2015 ABC co-production with Mandeville Television
Wildside 1985 ABC as Touchstone Television
Wonderland 2000 ABC as Touchstone Television
Woops! 1992 Fox as Touchstone Television[17]
You Wish 1997–98 ABC as Touchstone Television
Zero Hour 2013 ABC co-production with Clickety-Clack Productions and di Bonaventura Pictures
Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane 1999–2000 The WB as Touchstone Television; co-production with Michael Jacobs Productions

ABC Signature[edit]

ABC Signature Studios, Inc.[18]
ABC Signature
Subsidiary
Industry Filmed entertainment
Founded October 2012 (2012-10)[16]
Key people
Tracy Underwood[16]
Production output
Cable show programs[16]
Parent ABC Studios
(ABC Entertainment Group)[16]
Website www.abcstudiosmedianet.com

ABC Signature Studios (alternatively Signature, or ABC Signature) is a dedicated division of ABC Studios spearheading development and production in premium and basic cable as well as streaming platforms. The artist driven arm provides a year-round destination for development and production across the cable landscape. Most recently, their new critically acclaimed comedy "SMILF" created by Frankie Shaw who also stars and directs premiered on Showtime. Signature is currently in production on the half-hour “black-ish” spin-off, “grown-ish,” from creator/EP Kenya Barris starring Yara Shahidi which premieres on Freeform early next year. Additionally, Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios are in post production on two new series: “Marvel’s Runaways” for Hulu premiering this month and "Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger” premiering on Freeform in 2018. Signature's previous series include “Guerrilla,” “Dead of Summer,” “Blood & Oil,” “Benched,” and the Emmy-nominated HBO film “Confirmation,” starring Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce.

Signature history[edit]

ABC Studios was moving to sell to outside networks. As the studios had placed the former ABC comedy Cougar Town at TBS, and Devious Maids at Lifetime, Signature was started in October 2012 to continue the trend.[16]

Signature developed Mistresses, which was included in ABC's summer schedule and renewed for another season.[16] Signature was incorporated on September 23, 2013.[18] In October 2013, the division placed its first outside project, Benched, for USA 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.[16]

Corporate sibling Freeform picked up Rated P For Parenthood for development as its first program from Signature in June 2014.[19]

In April 2015, Signature and ABC Studios agreed to a two-year, first-look with Black Label Media, started by Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill three years ago as a financing and producing company.[20] McG's Wonderland Sound & Vision signed a two-year overall production agreement with Signature, Freeform and ABC Studios in October 2015. This follows two productions from McG on Freeform/ABC Family.[21]

In April 2016, Freeform greenlit Marvel's Cloak & Dagger with a straight-to-series order as Marvel Television's first co-production with Signature.[22] Another co-production with Marvel Television was greenlit in August 2016, with Marvel's Runaways confirmed for the Hulu streaming service.[23] Signature put in development a live action Mighty Ducks series in January 2018 that is likely to end up being place with BAMTech's Disney brand streaming service.[24]

Signature productions[edit]

Current[edit]

Title Year Network Notes
SMILF 2017–present Showtime co-production with Supahsmaht Productions, Groundswell Productions, Quantity Entertainment and Showtime Networks
Marvel's Runaways 2017–present Hulu co-production with Fake Empire Productions and Marvel Television
Grown-ish 2018–present Freeform co-production with Khalabo Ink Society, Principato-Young Entertainment and Cinema Gypsy Productions

Future[edit]

Title Year Network Notes
Marvel's Cloak & Dagger 2018 Freeform co-production with Marvel Television
Marvel's New Warriors 2018 TBA co-production with Marvel Television
Godfather of Harlem 2019 Epix co-production with Significant Productions
Grand Central TBA ABC
Shatter Me TBA ABC
Strega TBA A&E co-production with Gotham Group
Borne to be Wilde TBA A&E co-production with Coquette Productions
Suburban Shootout TBA WE tv co-production with Kapital Entertainment and Feelgood Fiction
Corridors TBA TBA
Rated P For Parenthood TBA Freeform co-production with Milojo Productions
Untitled Rev Run comedy series TBA Netflix co-production with Amblin Television
Little Fires Everywhere TBA Hulu co-production with Hello Sunshine and Simpson Street

Former[edit]

Title Year Network Notes
Mistresses 2013–16 ABC co-production with Good Talk Productions, Bob Sertner Productions, Ecosse Films and Tsiporah Productions
Benched 2014 USA co-production with The Mark Gordon Company
Blood & Oil 2015 ABC co-production with Flame Ventures
Confirmation 2016 HBO television film; co-production with Groundswell Productions and HBO Films
Dead of Summer 2016 Freeform co-production with Kitsis-Horowitz Productions
Guerrilla 2017 Sky Atlantic/Showtime miniseries; co-production with Green Door Pictures, Fifty Fathoms and Stearns Castle Entertainment[25]

References[edit]

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