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Disney-ABC Domestic Television, also operating as ABC Syndication (formerly known as Walt Disney Domestic Television Distribution and Buena Vista Television and also known as Disney Domestic Television and Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution) was the domestic television syndication firm of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International, a division of The Walt Disney Company, that handles the television distribution of product from Walt Disney Television, Walt Disney Television Animation, BVS Entertainment, ABC Entertainment, and ABC Studios (formerly called Touchstone Television).

History & profile

The final Buena Vista Television logo from 2005.

The company distributes first-run programming such as Live with Kelly and Ryan, which is produced by Disney's New York 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(established in July 1953), was spun-off as Worldvision Enterprises in March 1973 due to fin-syn laws (which have been repealed), it is currently part of CBS Television Distribution.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.

Disney-ABC Domestic Television is on the air to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Live! With Kelly and Ryan and Katie.

Current programming

First-run syndication

  • Live with Kelly and Ryan (1988-present)
  • Litton's Weekend Adventure (2011-present)
  • Right This Minute (2016-present)
  • Tamron Hall (2019-present)

Off-network syndication

  • According to Jim (2001-2009)
  • America's Funniest Home Videos (1990-present)
  • Brothers & Sisters (2006-2011)
  • Castle (2009-present)
  • Grey's Anatomy (2005-present)
  • Private Practice (2007-present)
  • Scrubs (2001-2010)
  • Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (in conjunction with Debmar-Mercury) (2009-2011)
  • Ugly Betty (2006-2010)

Former programming

First-run syndication

  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999-2019)
  • Katie (2012-2014)

Library programs

Buena Vista Television

  • Siskel & Ebert (1986-2010)
  • Win, Lose or Draw (1987-1990)
  • The Challengers (1990-91)
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993-1998)
  • Debt (1996-98)
  • Win Ben Stein's Money (1997-2003)
  • Your Big Break (1999-2001)
  • Live with Regis and Kelly (2001-2011)
  • The Wayne Brady Show (2001-2004)
  • The Tony Danza Show (2004-2006)

Walt Disney Television

ABC Studios

ABC Entertainment

  • Moonlighting
  • My So-Called Life

Disney Channel Originals

  • Lizzie McGuire (Distributed by Egmont Imagination/Telescreen/m4e AG outside the United States and Canada)
  • Even Stevens (Distributed by Fireworks Entertainment outside the United States)

Netflix Exclusive Programming

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2014) (13 episodes)
  • Marvel's Daredevil[1] (2015) (13 episodes)
  • Marvel's Jessica Jones[2] (2015) (13 episodes)
  • Marvel's Iron Fist[3] (2017) (13 episodes)
  • Marvel's Luke Cage[4] (2016) (13 episodes)
  • Marvel's The Defenders[5] (2017) (miniseries)

Other programs

  • The Muppet Show (produced by Henson Associates)
  • Sabrina, The Animated Series (Distributed by BVTV in the United States/Canada until 2000 under license from DIC Entertainment)


External links

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