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Disney–ABC Domestic Television

Disney–ABC Domestic Television, also operating as ABC Syndication[1] (formerly known as Buena Vista Television, also known as Disney Domestic Television and currently known as Disney–ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution), is the in-home sales and content distribution firm of the Disney–ABC Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company. Content distribution responsibilities include domestic television syndication, domestic pay TV, Internet and cable video-on-demand (VOD), and pay-per-view outlets.[2]

Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Formerly called
Walt Disney Domestic Television Distribution
Buena Vista Television
Subsidiary
Industry Television syndication
Founded March 1985; 32 years ago (1985-03)
Headquarters Burbank, California, U.S.
Area served
North America
Key people
Janice Marinelli (President)
Parent Disney–ABC Television Group
(The Walt Disney Company)
Website disneyabc.tv

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BackgroundEdit

ABC's first syndication arm, ABC Films (established in July 1953), was spun off as Worldvision Enterprises in March 1973 due to fin-syn laws (which have since been repealed).

Despite having some TV shows and feature films, Disney only had one syndicated show, The Mickey Mouse Club, prior to the formation of this unit.[3]

HistoryEdit

Buena Vista TelevisionEdit

 
Buena Vista Television 1997 logo

Walt Disney Pictures established a television syndication unit in 1985, with Robert Jacquemin as senior vice president of domestic television distribution. None of its animated feature films were planned to enter syndication at the time.[3] The division was incorporated as Buena Vista Television on November 5, 1985.[4] with its first release in the first run syndication market with Siskel & Ebert.[5] In 1990, the company offered its first game show, Challengers, into first-run syndication.[5] The company produced the morning business show, Today's Business, in August 1986, only to put an end to the show in April 1987, indicating that they were unable to get enough advertisers.[6]

In late 1986, Buena Vista was shopping Duck Tales for a 1987 debut, with a 4-6 p.m. placement and a 2.5/3.5 syndicator/station ad split.[7] In 1990, the company offered its first game show, Challengers, for first run syndication.[5] In late 1990 and early 1991, after launching the Disney Afternoon syndicated block, Buena Vista had considered starting a new one-hour morning block to start in 1992.[8]

On August 24, 1994, a reorganization of Disney took place in which Richard H. Frank became head of a newly formed Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications, which was split from The Walt Disney Studios and included Buena Vista TV.[9]

In April 1996, due to ongoing post Disney–Capital Cities/ABC merger realignment and retirement of its president, Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications's divisions were reassigned to other groups. Therefore, BVTV, as a part of Walt Disney Television International, was transferred to Capital Cities/ABC.[10]

In March 2007, Starz Entertainment sued BVTV for breaching their agreement by allowing movies available online through Apple's iTunes Store and other outlets. The introduction of the Apple TV device forced Starz to file suit which hinged on the "contractual definition of 'television'" and whether complete TV exclusivity was granted, as Starz then had a secondary distribution deal with Netflix.[11]

Disney–ABC Domestic TelevisionEdit

In May 2007, The Walt Disney Company announced plans to semi-retire the use of the Buena Vista brand, instead focusing on the three core brands of Disney, ABC, and ESPN.[12] As a result, Buena Vista Television was rebranded as Disney–ABC Domestic Television (DADT).[11] BVTV converted to a limited liability business form on April 10, 2009.[4][13]

By July 2008, DADT signed additional carriage agreements with Vudu and CinemaNow which was then added to the Starz lawsuit. On December 2, 2008, DADT and Starz Entertainment settled their online distribution lawsuit with the terms undisclosed.[11]

First-run programmingEdit

CurrentEdit

FormerEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Disney–ABC Domestic Television Company Profile". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Harmetz, Aljean (March 6, 1985). "Disney Creates TV syndication Unit". The New York Times. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Buena Vista Television (C1356512)". Business Entity Detail. California Secretary of State. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Gerard, Jeremy (January 22, 1990). "THE MEDIA BUSINESS: TELEVISION; Syndicators Find a Winner: The Successful Game Show". The New York Times. Retrieved September 11, 2017. 
  6. ^ Adelson, Rea (November 27, 1987). "A Push for All-Business Radio". The New York Times. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  7. ^ Sobel, Robert (August 4, 1986). "Kids syndication marketplace moving at frenzied pace" (PDF). Television/Radio Age. Television Editorial Corp. XXXIV (1): 59. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  8. ^ "INTV DISPATCHES" (PDF). Broadcasting: 14. January 7, 1991. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  9. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (August 25, 1994). "Chairman of Disney Studios Resigns". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Roth, Iger Assume Expanded Responsibilities at the Walt Disney Company". PR Newswire. April 16, 1996. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c Spangler, Todd (December 15, 2008). "Coda. (a lawsuit between Starz Entertainment and Disney-ABC Domestic Television)". Multichannel News. 
  12. ^ Fixmer, Fixmer (April 25, 2007). "Disney to Drop Buena Vista Brand Name, People Say (Update1)". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Buena Vista Television LLC (200910010281)". Business Entity Detail. Califorina Secretary of State. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  14. ^ "ABC Syndication Members Profiles". Syndicated Network Television Association. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  15. ^ Just, Olivia (July 3, 2014). "Disney moves filming of 'Millionaire' to Stamford". CT Post. Hearst Media Services Connecticut, LLC. Retrieved May 22, 2015. 
  16. ^ Stelter, Brian (December 2, 2011). "Head of ABC's Daytime Programming Is Leaving". New York Times. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  17. ^ FABLife Officially Canceled Following Tyra Banks’ Departure, Disney/ABC Picks Up Right This Minute at Variety.com
  18. ^ Disney/ABC Takes Over Distribution Of RightThisMinute, Clears It On ABC Stations at Deadline.com
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  20. ^ Thielman, Sam (August 1, 2008). "Sam Raimi banks on Disney's 'Seeker'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  21. ^ Carter, Bill (December 19, 2013). "Katie to End Production in June After Two Seasons". The New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  22. ^ Albiniak, Paige (April 29, 2013). "Disney-ABC Goes Wall-to-Wall With 'On the Red Carpet'". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  23. ^ magazine, Wayne Friedman; Wayne Friedman is senior writer for Inside Media (April 15, 1990). "SYNDICATED TV: HARDBALL WITH THE BIG GUYS". The New York Times. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  24. ^ a b "MORE NEW CHILDREN'S PLAYERS FOR DISNEY" (PDF). Broadcasting. Retrieved September 14, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Low ratings spell end of Brady show". Los Angeles Times. AP. January 13, 2004. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 

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