Disney-ABC Domestic Television

Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Type (subsidiary) of The Walt Disney Company
Industry Television Syndication
Founded Burbank, California, U.S. (2007)
Headquarters Burbank, California, U.S.
Area served North America
Key people John E. Pepper, Jr., Chairman
Robert Iger, President/CEO
Owner(s) The Walt Disney Company
Parent Disney-ABC Television Group
Website www.disneyabc.tv

Disney-ABC Domestic Television (formerly known as Buena Vista Television and also known as Disney Domestic Television) is the domestic television syndication firm of the Disney-ABC Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company, that handles the television distribution of product from Walt Disney Television, Walt Disney Television Animation, BVS Entertainment, and ABC Studios (formerly called Touchstone Television).


History & profile

Buena Vista Television logo

The company distributes first-run programming such as the daytime version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, as well as Live with Regis and Kelly, which is produced by Disney's O&O station WABC-TV. It also distributes the movie packages from corporate sibling Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (Walt Disney Pictures (including all collaborations with subsidiary Pixar Animation Studios, Touchstone Pictures, and Hollywood Pictures).

Disney-ABC Domestic Television was established in 1985 as Buena Vista 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. [1] As a result, Buena Vista Television was rebranded for the fall 2007 season as Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

In the fall of 2007, DADT started using their new on-screen identity on its first-run syndicated shows (second-run syndicated offerings had the distribution tag mysteriously dropped completely), its score being a newly remixed version of the previous Buena Vista Television theme.

The DreamWorks live-action film and TV library is now distributed by DADT, as a result of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures agreeing to distribute new releases starting in 2009.

History of ABC and syndication

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(established in July 1953), was spun-off as Worldvision Enterprises in March 1973 due to fin-syn laws (which have been repealed), it is currently part of CBS Television Distribution. As BVTV, DADT initially acted as a de-facto syndication arm for ABC after Disney bought the network in 1996, since at the same time, ABC's original production division was folded into Touchstone Television. That company became ABC Studios in 2007, also as part of Disney's branding strategy. In between these transactions, Disney reorganized all its non-ESPN TV assets into the Disney-ABC Television Group in 2004, making BVTV the official syndication arm of ABC. It also ran Legend of the Seeker from 2008-2010. DADT also holds distribution rights to Muppet media since Disney bought the franchise in 2004 from The Jim Henson Company.

Current programming

First-run syndication

Off-network syndication

Library programs

Buena Vista Television

Walt Disney Television

Touchstone Television

ABC Studios

Disney Channel Originals

Other programs

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