Disney–ABC Domestic Television(Redirected from Disney-ABC Domestic Television)
Disney–ABC Domestic Television, a Trade name of Buena Vista Television LLC, also operating as ABC Syndication (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.
|Walt Disney Domestic Television Distribution
Buena Vista Television
|Headquarters||Burbank, California, U.S.|
|Janice Marinelli (President)|
|Parent||Disney–ABC Television Group
(The Walt Disney Company)
Buena Vista Television
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. The division was incorporated as Buena Vista Television on November 5, 1985. with its first release in the first run syndication market with Siskel & Ebert. 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.
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. In 1990, the company offered its first game show, Challengers, into first run syndication. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. As a result, Buena Vista Television was rebranded as Disney–ABC Domestic Television (DADT). BVTV converted to a limited liability business form on April 10, 2009.
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.
- Live with Kelly and Ryan (1988-present; produced by WABC-TV)
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (2002-present; ith Valleycrest Productions, Times Square Studios, 2waytraffic Productions)
- Litton's Weekend Adventure (2011-present; E/I programming block from Litton Entertainment; exclusively for ABC affiliates)
- Right This Minute (2016-present; w/ MagicDust Television, Cox Media Group, Raycom Media and E. W. Scripps Company)
- At the Movies, originally Siskel & Ebert/At the Movies with Ebert and Roeper) (1986-2010)
- Today's Business (August 1986-April 1987) morning business show which cost $500,000 a month to make
- The Challengers (1990-91) w/Dick Clark Productions and Ron Greenberg Productions
- DuckTales (1987-1990) Disney Television Animation
- The Disney Afternoon (1990-1997) Disney Television Animation
- The Wayne Brady Show (2001-2004)
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