Walt Disney Television
|Successors||Disney Television Animation
It's a Laugh Productions
|Headquarters||Burbank, California, USA|
|Parent||Disney–ABC Television Group
(The Walt Disney Company)
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.
At the time of Walt Disney Productions merged with Capital Cities/ABC, Walt Disney Television was a part of Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications group (WDTT). With the retirement of the WDTT group president Dennis Hightower in April 1996 and ongoing post-merger reorganization, Walt Disney Television (along with their Walt Disney Television Animation unit) was transferred back to The Walt Disney Studios.
The Walt Disney Television & Telecommunications 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.
In late 1999, Walt Disney Television, along with other WDS television units, were transferred from The Walt Disney Studios again to the Disney-ABC Television Group to merge with the ABC's primetime division, ABC Entertainment, to form ABC Entertainment Group. Also, Walt Disney Television became a name-only unit of Disney-ABC Television Group.
- Walt Disney Productions Television Division (1983)
- Walt Disney Pictures Television Division (1983-1985)
- Walt Disney Pictures Television (1985-1988)
- Walt Disney Television (1985-)
- Walt Disney Pictures and Television (1988-2007)
- Good Morning, Mickey! (1983–1992)
- Donald Duck Presents (1983–1992)
- Welcome to Pooh Corner (1983–1986)
- You and Me Kid (1983–1984)
- Symbol (1984–1991)
- Dumbo's Circus (1985–1986)
- Teen Win, Lose or Draw (1989-1992)
- MMC (1990–1996)
- Adventures in Wonderland (1991–1995)
- STAT (1990)
- Donald's Quack Attack (1992–2000)
- Mickey's Mouse Tracks (1992–1994)
- Mickey Mouse and Friends (1994–1996)
- Zapping Zone (1997–2004)
- PB&J Otter (1998–2000)
- The Book of Pooh (2001–2002)
- Zapping Zone (II) (2001)
- Stanley (2001–2004)
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