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Disney–ABC Domestic Television, a Trade name of Buena Vista Television LLC, 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
LLC 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)



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in July 1953), was spun off as Worldvision Enterprises in March 1973 due to fin-syn laws (which have since been repealed).

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


Buena Vista Television

Buena Vista Television 1997 logo

Walt Disney Pictures formed its syndication division in March 1985 head up by 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] The company started up the morning business show, Today's Business in August 1986 only to end the show in April 1987 indicating that they were unable to get enough advertisers.[6]

Buena Vista was shopping Duck Tales in late 1986 for a 1987 debut with a 4-6 p.m. placement with 2.5/3.5 syndicator/station ad split.[7] In 1990, the company offered its first game show, Challengers, into first run syndication.[5] After launching The Disney Afternoon syndicated block, BTV had considered in late 1990 and early 1991 starting a new 1 hour block for the mornings to start in 1992.[8]

On August 24, 1994 a reorganization of Disney Company took place in which Richard H. Frank became head of newly formed Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications, which was split off from its filmed entertainment business, Walt Disney Motion Pictures 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 group's divisions were reassigned to other groups. Hence 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 Television

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]

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 programming



Buena Vista

Disney–ABC Domestic


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  21. ^ Thielman, Sam (August 1, 2008). "Sam Raimi banks on Disney's 'Seeker'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  22. ^ Carter, Bill (December 19, 2013). "Katie to End Production in June After Two Seasons". The New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
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