List of production companies owned by the American Broadcasting Company

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Walt Disney Television, formerly American Broadcasting Companies, Capital Cities/ABC and Disney-ABC Television Group has formed a number of production companies over the years. ABC Film Syndication, or ABC Films, was ABC's syndication distribution arm from 1953 to 1971 when FCC passed the fin-syn rule. As a result, ABC Films was sold to 5 of its former executives becoming Worldvision Enterprises. ABC's current primary production company is ABC Studios.

A number of production companies were formed under Capital Cities/ABC Video Enterprises, or ABC Cable and International Broadcast Group: Capital Cities/ABC Video Productions, Ultra Entertainment, the Hemisphere Group and DIC Entertainment.

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Greengrass Productions

Greengrass Productions, Inc.
Subsidiary corporation
ParentABC Entertainment
(Walt Disney Television)

Greengrass Productions, Inc. is a production company of ABC Entertainment, a division of Walt Disney Television .

Greengrass Productions was incorporated in California on February 10, 1992.[1] On June 7, 1996 due to the merger with Disney, Capital Cities/ABC indicated that its ABC Productions division operations would be shut down while keeping its boutique production companies: Victor Television Productions, ABC/Kane Productions, DIC Entertainment and Greengrass Productions.[2][3] Greengrass was transferred into ABC Entertainment from ABC Productions.[4]

Filmography

TV series
Title Years Notes
Police File[5] 1992 unaired TV pilot; co-production with Skyvision Entertainment and Grosso-Jacobson Entertainment
Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa[6] 1992–1993 co-production with King World Productions, Gunther-Wahl Productions (Season 1), Ruby-Spears Enterprises (Season 2), Flextech Television and Mini Mountain Productions
Rights currently owned by DHX Media
Wild Palms May 16-19, 1993 TV mini-series
Street Match 1993 co-production with Goldin-Sachs Entertainment Group[7]
Bump in the Night 1994–1995 co-production with Danger Productions
Rights currently owned by DHX Media
On Our Own 1994–1995 co-production with Lightkeeper Productions, de Passe Entertainment, Miller-Boyett Productions and Warner Bros. Television[8]
A Whole New Ballgame 1995 co-production with Bungalow 78 Productions and Universal Television[9]
Extreme 1995 co-production with Alan Barnette Productions and Universal Television
Hypernauts 1996 co-production with DIC Entertainment
Rights currently owned by DHX Media
Champions of Magic 1996-1999 3 specials[10]
Over the Top 1997 co-production with Katlin/Bernstein Productions, Panamort Television and Columbia TriStar Television[11]
The Best Commercials You've Never Seen (And Some You Have) 1998-2002 7 specials
Storm of the Century February 14-18, 1999 TV mini-series
Extreme Makeover 2002-2007 co-production with Lighthearted Entertainment
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition[12] 2003-2012 co-production with Base Camp Films, Hoosick Falls Productions and Endemol USA
Movies and specials
Title Year Notes
Rhythm and Jam: Rhythm & Rap September 18, 1993 Part of the ABC Saturday Morning Specials series
Rhythm and Jam: Melody & Harmony September 25, 1993 Part of the ABC Saturday Morning Specials series
Betrayed by Love January 17, 1994 TV movie[13]
Money Made Easy: The ABC Kids' Guide to Dollars and Sense April 2/9, 1994 co-production with Paley/Price Productions
Part of the ABC Saturday Morning Specials series
The Secret Garden[14] November 5, 1994 co-production with DIC Entertainment and Kalisto Ltd.
Rights currently owned by DHX Media
World's Funniest Commercials November 9, 1994 co-production with Woody Fraser Enterprises
Jirimpimbira: An African Folk Tale February 25, 1995 co-production with Ruby-Spears Productions
Part of the ABC Weekend Specials series
The Secret of Lizard Woman November 12, 1995 Part of the ABC Saturday Morning Specials series
Put to the Test April 29, 1996 [15]
Sex with Cindy Crawford September 22, 1998 [16]
Tom Clancy's NetForce February 1, 1999 TV movie; co-production with Cates/Doty Productions
Runaway Virus January 29, 2000 TV movie[17]
Quarantine August 5, 2000 TV movie
The 2000 Radio Music Awards November 4, 2000 co-production with Tall Pony Productions and Radio Dogs, Inc.
Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2001 November 15, 2001 [18]
Challenge America with Erin Brockovich: Miracle in Manhattan December 21, 2001 [19]
Stephen King's Rose Red January 27, 2002 co-production with Victor Television Productions and Mark Carliner Productions
The Best TV Shows That Never Were August 16, 2004 [20]

Lincoln Square Productions

Lincoln Square Productions, LLC
Subsidiary LLC
IndustryTV
Genredocumentaries, docudramas and talk shows
PredecessorABC News Productions
FoundedJanuary 8, 2003 (2003-01-08)
Key people
Morgan Hertzan[21]
BrandsRobin Robert Presents
ParentABC News
(Walt Disney Television)

Lincoln Square Productions, LLC (LSP) is a non-fiction branch production company owned by ABC News that produces documentaries and talk shows.

History

Lincoln Square Production was formed as a limited liability company on January 8, 2003.[22]

Lincoln Square had Watt’s World (working title) series, which is about journalist Nick Watt traveling to find "little-known places and sub-cultures", in development for the Travel Channel as of Scripps Networks Interactive’s upfront event in April 2014.[23] On October 30, 2014, The View talk show was transferred into Lincoln Square from ABC Entertainment's Times Square Studios after struggling in ratings and a change in hosts.[24]

In January 2015, Lincoln Square had signed a production deal with Christine Connor’s XCON historical docudrama company.[25] For A&E channel, Lincoln Square agreed to produced four special in 2015 starting with Cosby: The Women Speak.[26] The company agreed in July 2018 to produced films by Robin Roberts under the banner "Robin Roberts Presents" for A&E's Lifetime channel.[27]

Programs
  • The Assets (ABC) January 2, 2014 - August 3, 2014[28]
  • “Ebola: Inside the Deadly Outbreak” (Discovery)[24]
  • Final Witness (ABC) a seven-episode true-crime series that premiered June 27, 2012[29]
  • “Mustang Millionaire” (National Geographic Channel)
  • NY Med” (ABC)
  • “Surgeon Oz” (OWN)
  • The View” (ABC) October 30, 2014—present[24]
  • “Next Step Realty: NYC” (ABC Family; 2015—-present) a documentary series that follows the Next Step Realty employees in their specialty of finding recent college graduates apartments[30]
  • "In an Instant" with Committee Films (ABC)[31] March 9, 2015—present[32]
  • 9/11: As We Watched (American Heroes Channel) Tuesday, September 6, 2016
  • Capturing Bin Laden (American Heroes Channel) September 7, 2016 [33]
  • The End of America: Putin’s Master Plan working title (History) Biography brand 2 hours special[34]
  • Grace vs. Abrams A&E series (March 29, 2018-) Nancy Grace and Dan Abrams debating infamous crimes and legal cases[35]
  • Cosby: The Women Speak A&E special (September 17, 2015) [26]
  • Robin Roberts Presents (Lifetime) telefilm series in which each film would have a companion documentary. Roberts would be an executive producer along with Linda Berman for the films and John R. Green for the documentary.[27]
  • Reversing Roe 2018 (Netflix) 99 minutes; Directors, screenwriters, producers and narrators: Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg [36]

Freeform Original Productions

ProdCo, Inc.
Formerly
ABC Family Productions (trade)
Whole owned subsidiary corporation
Traded asFreeform Original Productions
IndustryTelevision
FoundedAugust 14, 2007 (2007-08-14) (Incorporated)
Key people
Jayne Bieber (VP, Production Management and Operations)[37]
ParentABC Family Worldwide Inc.

ProdCo, Inc., formerly operated under the name ABC Family Productions,[38] is the in-house production company of ABC Family Worldwide Inc. for original scripted series.[37]

Programming executive Linda Mancuso died in December 2003. In early 2004, Disney Channel original programming leaders, executive vice president of original programming and production Gary Marsh and original movies VP Michael Healy takes over ABC Family's original movies unit. They move away from the planned romantic comedies to green light two telefilms, Crimes of Fashion and Head Rush.[39]

ProdCo was incorporated on August 14, 2007.[40] Jayne Bieber was hired as vice president of production in 2010. As of June 2015, Bieber is Vice President, Production Management and Operations, ABC Family over seeing ProdCo.[37]

In October 2015, ABC Family, ABC Studios and ABC Signature signed a two-year production deal with McG's production banner, Wonderland Sound & Vision. Prior, McG had just put two series in at ABC Family.[41] In January 2016, ABC Family changed its name to Freeform.[42]

FF filmography

Telefilms
Title Year Notes
Crimes of Fashion[39] July 25, 2004
Pop Rocks![39][43] September 12, 2004 originally titled Head Rush

Valleycrest Productions

Valleycrest Productions Ltd.
Subsidiary corporation
IndustryTelevision
FoundedMarch 6, 1987 (1987-03-06)
ServicesTV series production
ParentABC Daytime
(ABC Entertainment Group)

Valleycrest Productions Limited is a television series production company owned by ABC Daytime.

Valleycrest Productions was incorporated on March 6, 1987 (1987-03-06).[44] By 1999, Valleycrest was producing "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and was a subsidiary of Buena Vista Television by that time.[45]

On December 2, 2011 (2011-12-02), Disney-ABC TV Group placed daytime and syndicated production under Times Square Studios.[46]

Valleycrest moved production of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2014 to the Connecticut Film Center in Stamford, Connecticut to take advantage of the state's film/television tax credits.[47][48]

Filmography
Title Years Network Notes
Mike and Maty[49] April 1994–June 1996 ABC
Win Ben Stein's Money[45] 1997–2003 Comedy Central
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?[47] 1999–2019 ABC/Syndication co-production with Celador/2waytraffic
The Ainsley Harriott Show[50] 2000 Syndication co-production with Merv Griffin Entertainment and Buena Vista Television

Defunct

ABC Circle 7 Productions

ABC Circle 7 Productions
Subsidiary corporation
IndustryTelevision
Genrenews
Fateclosed
ParentABC Owned Television Stations

ABC Circle 7 Productions, Inc. was the programming subsidiary of the ABC Owned Stations in the 1980s.

In August 1983, Circle 7 Productions announced its Newsbank news distribution service.[51] ABC Circle 7 Productions was incorporated on December 15, 1983.[52]

Programming
  • Newsbank, news distribution service making about 24 stories available to subscribing stations from ABC's (then) five O&O Stations[53]

ABC Productions

ABC Productions
division[54]
IndustryTelevision
Fateclosed
Founded(March 21, 1989 (1989-03-21))[55]
DefunctJune 7, 1996 (1996-06-07)
Headquarters
Century City[2]
Key people
Production output
TV shows, miniseries, telefilms
OwnerABC Television Network Group
(Capital Cities/ABC)
Number of employees
13 (1996)[2]
Divisions
SubsidiariesAndrew Adelson Co.

ABC Productions (ABCP) was a television production company that was a division of ABC Television Network Group. While the ABC network had first shot at the unit's shows, the company was allowed to shop shows to other networks[54] and was the first to sell to another network.[2] The company was set up increase the control and financial rewards of producing its own TV shows.[54]

History

ABC Productions was formed in 1989 as ABC Network's in-house production unit after the alteration of the fin-syn rules[2] that increased network ownership to only 40% of prime-time programs.[54] Former ABC Motion Pictures president[54] and ABC Entertainment president Brandon Stoddard on March 21, 1989 to head up the then unnamed production unit.[55]

By early 1991, ABC Productions had purchased Andrew Adelson Co. then signed Andrew Adelson to an exclusive production contract.[56] By May 1991, ABCP produced eight pilots, a series, a miniseries and several TV movies. "My Life and Times" was the company's first series production placed with the ABC network and debuted in May 1991, but was yanked after the ratings dropped 19% from week 1 to 2, so as to avoid May sweeps. While its first miniseries, "An Inconvenient Woman" was shown on ABC in the May sweeps[54] was produced by Adelson.[56] For Lifetime, ABCP produced a telefilm, 'Stop at Nothing'.[54] Former Cosby Show co-executive producer Elliot Shonman for ABCP created, written and produced Coconut Downs while agreeing to a two-year exclusivity deal. Also signing production deals by June 1991 were Martthew Carlson (an extension), Steve Kronish and Norman Morrill. 29 projects were under development.[56]

By the 1994-95 season, ABC Productions was providing half of ABC's regular series programming.[57] DreamWorks Television was formed in December 1994 as DreamWorks Studios agreed to a $200 million seven-year TV production joint venture with Capital Cities/ABC.[58] ABCP placed "The Boys are Back" with CBS for the 1994-1995 season.[59]

In June 1995, Stoddard stepped down as ABC Productions president.[60] On June 7, 1996 due to the merger with Disney, Capital Cities/ABC indicated that its ABC Productions division operations would be shut down while keeping its boutique production companies: Victor Television Productions, ABC/Kane Productions, DIC Entertainment and Greengrass Productions.[2][3] ABCP executive in charge Brian McAndrews continued managing ABC's other production arms for TV movies, documentaries and children's programming and production interests with DreamWorks SKG, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment and Jim Henson Productions.[3] McAndrews left in early March 1998 for an ABC Sports position, while Greengrass Productions was folded into ABC Entertainment and its telefilm unit, ABC Pictures, would finish its last five projects then disband.[4]

Filmography
Title Years Network Notes
Fantasies 1990 ABC TV special[61]
Stop at Nothing March 12, 1991 Lifetime TV movie[54]
My Life and Times 1991 ABC co-production with Sea Change Productions[56]
American Detective 1991 ABC season 1 only; co-production with Paul Stojanovich Productions and Orion Television Entertainment[62]
Coconut Downs 1991 ABC TV pilot[56]
An American Saturday Night May 4, 1991 ABC TV special[63]
An Inconvenient Woman May 12-13, 1991 ABC TV mini-series
To Save A Child September 8, 1991 ABC TV movie[64]
The Commish 1991-1996 ABC co-production with Three-Putt Productions and Stephen J. Cannell Productions
She Woke Up January 19, 1992 ABC TV movie[65]
Fugitive Among Us February 4, 1992 CBS TV movie
Running Delilah 1992 ABC TV movie; co-production with Sea Change Productions
Broadway Bound March 23, 1992 ABC TV movie
Jack's Place 1992-1993 ABC
America Behind Closed Doors August 6, 1992 CBS TV pilot[66]
Camp Wilder 1992-1993 ABC co-production with Vanity Card Productions
Desperate Choices: To Save My Child October 5, 1992 ABC TV movie
The Amy Fisher Story January 3, 1993 ABC TV movie; co-production with Andrew Adelson Company, Michael Jaffe Films and Spectacor Films
Class of '96 1993 FOX co-production with Mandy Films
Kiss of a Killer February 1, 1993 ABC TV movie
Sirens 1993 ABC season 1 only
The Circle Game July 7, 1993 ABC TV pilot[67]
Joe's Life 1993 ABC co-production with Bob Myer Productions
The Paula Poundstone Show 1993 ABC [68]
The Only Way Out December 19, 1993 ABC TV movie[69]
My Name Is Kate January 16, 1994 ABC TV movie[70]
Out of Darkness January 26, 1994 ABC TV movie; co-production with Anaid Film Productions and Andrew Adelson Co.
My So-Called Life 1994-1995 ABC co-production with The Bedford Falls Company
The Boys Are Back 1994-1995 CBS co-production with Vanity Card Productions
McKenna 1994-1995 ABC
Me and the Boys 1994-1995 ABC co-production with Bob Myer Productions
A Dangerous Affair January 1, 1995 ABC TV movie[71]
She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal May 22, 1995 ABC TV movie
Bringing up Jack 1995 ABC co-production with Katlin/Bernstein Producitons
Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story September 4, 1995 Lifetime TV movie[72]
Deadly Love October 16, 1995 Lifetime TV movie
The Faculty 1995-1996 ABC co-production with Meredith Baxter Productions and Thompson-Murphy Productions
Sophie And The Moonhanger January 15, 1996 Lifetime TV movie
Any Mother's Son August 11, 1997 Lifetime TV movie[73]

ABC Pictures

ABC Pictures
IndustryFilmed entertainment
SuccessorABC Circle Films
Defunct1998 (1998)
Key people
Didier Pietri (Senior VP)[74]
Number of employees
9 (1998)
ParentABC Productions[4]

ABC Pictures was an in house television movie production company of ABC Productions.

The company agreed to a two-year TV movie and miniseries deal with Gary L. Pudney in 1997 with “The Picture of Dorian Gray” in development under the deal.[74] ABC Pictures agreed on August 20, 1997 with the C.P. Group and BIG Entertainment to develop "Tom Clancy's Net Force", as a four-hour miniseries which was broadcast in 1998.[75]

After its final five projects in development, ABC Pictures was shut down in 1998.[4]

Filmography
Title Years Network Notes
Their Second Chance February 9, 1997 Lifetime [76]
Jitters May 5, 1997 Lifetime [77]
Convictions November 10, 1997 The Family Channel [78]
Circle of Deceit January 29, 1998 ABC co-production with Andrea Baynes Productions

ABC Circle Films

ABC Circle Films
IndustryTV
GenreMovie of the week
SuccessorABC Pictures
Founded1970 (1970)
Defunct1989 (1989)
ProductsTV movies, miniseries and series
Production output
TV shows

ABC Circle Films (ACF or Circle) was a Television movie production company owned by ABC that operated from 1970[ABCMOW 1] to 1989.

ABC Circle Films was formed after the first season of Movie of the Week to build on the telefilm success. ACF was granted a larger budget (by $250,000) and half an hour longer than the movie of the week thus considered a prestige or "A" movie. Circle's films were shown on Sunday night where they alternated with recent feature films and on Monday night after the end of Monday Night Football.[ABCMOW 1] With the 1972-1973 season, ACF began producing films for Movie of the Week including Pursuit.[ABCMOW 2] Along with Picturemaking Productions, they served as production company for Moonlighting, with their last credit being the finale of the show.

Lewis H. Erlicht was demoted from president of ABC Entertainment to senior vice president and president of ACF in November 1985.[79]

Filmography
Title Year(s) Notes
No Place to Run September 18, 1972[ABCMOW 3] co-production with Spelling-Goldberg Productions
Haunts of the Rich September 20, 1972[ABCMOW 3]
The Bounty Man October 31, 1972 co-production with Spelling-Goldberg Productions
Pursuit December 12, 1972[ABCMOW 2]
The Night Strangler January 16, 1973 co-production with Dan Curtis Productions
Pray for the Wildcats January 23, 1973[ABCMOW 4]
The Letters March 6, 1973 co-production with Spelling-Goldberg Productions
Isn't It Shocking? October 2, 1973[ABCMOW 4]
Guess Who's Sleeping in My Bed? October 31, 1973
The Girl Most Likely to.. November 6, 1973
Outrage November 28, 1973[ABCMOW 3]
A Cold Night's Death January 30, 1974
Can Ellen Be Saved? February 5, 1974
The Day the Earth Moved September 18, 1974
The Great Ice Rip-off November 6, 1974 co-production with Dan Curtis Productions
ABC Weekend Special 1977–1985 TV series; 27 episodes
Inside the Third Reich May 9, 1982
My Mother's Secret Life February 5, 1984 co-production with Furia-Oringer Productions
Moonlighting 1985–1989 TV series; co-production with Picturemaker Productions
Love Lives On April 1, 1985 co-production with Script/Song
Acceptable Risks March 2, 1986
Triplecross March 17, 1986 co-production with Tisch/Avnet Productions
Out on a Limb January 18/19, 1987 mini-series; co-production with Stan Margulies Company
Amerika[80] February 15–19, 1987 14 1/2-hour mini-series
Infidelity April 13, 1987 co-production with Mark-Jett Productions

ABC/Kane Productions

ABC/Kane Productions International
Corporation
Genredocumentary
Founded(October 1, 1989 (1989-10-01))
Headquarters
Washington, D.C.
,
US
ParentDisney-ABC Television Group

ABC/Kane Productions International (AKPI) is/was a nonfiction programs production company owned by Disney-ABC Television Group. The production company earned 13 Emmy Awards, 6 Genesis Awards, numerous CINE awards, film festival awards and an Academy Award nomination.[81]

ABC/Kane Productions International was formed by Capital Cities/ABC Inc. as a unit of its ABC Television Network Group on October 1, 1988 with the appointment of its first president, Dennis B. Kane. Original plans for the unit was five programs a year for five years starting in October 1990 for ABC and other outlets.[82]

ABC/Kane received 11 Emmy nominations in 1998 for The Living Edens series, the highest to date, while winning 5 five news and documentary Emmys. Devillier Donegan Enterprises, a unit of Buena Vista International Television, in February 1999 took over distribution, management and operation of AKPI.[81]

Productions
  • The Living Edens (1995- PBS)
  • ABC's World of Discovery
  • Secrets of the Internet
  • Tales of the Serengeti
  • Wildlife Tales[81]
  • ABC Saturday Children's Special & series pilot "Crash the Curiosaurus" (January 14, 1995)[83]

Devillier Donegan Enterprises

Devillier Donegan Enterprises
Founded1980
Headquarters
Washington, DC
Production output
documentary

Devillier Donegan Enterprises (DDE) was first formed by Ron Devillier and Brian Donegan in 1980 as a documentary production company[81] and was reformed in 1994 with majority ownership by Capital Cities/ABC. Disney took over ownership upon its purchase of CC/ABC.[84] DDE, a unit of Buena Vista International Television, in February 1999 took over distribution, management and operation of ABC/Kane Productions International.[81] In 2001, DDE began looking for a new owner as Disney is in the movie business with Alliance Atlantis Communications and Granada begin front runners.[84] Instead DDE management on March 11, 2002 bought Disney/ABC stake in the company. DDE also held on to ABC/Kane Productions' library and will continue to represent ABC News Productions.[85]

ABC News Productions

ABC News Productions (ABCNP) is a long form documentary production unit[86] within ABC News's ABC News Digital Media Group.[87] ABCNP produces documentaries for cable channels, international broadcasters and home video.[86]

ABC News Productions was formed in 1994. In August 2006, ABCNP was placed into ABC News All Media along with the ABC News production unit.[86]

ABC Motion Pictures

ABC Motion Pictures
subsidiary
IndustryEntertainment
Fateclosed
PredecessorABC Pictures International
FoundedMay 1979 (1979-05)[89]
DefunctOctober 1985
Key people
Brandon Stoddard (president)[89]
Production output
Theatrical & TV films, TV shows, miniseries
ParentAmerican Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

ABC Motion Pictures was a production company of ABC that operated from May 1979.[89] 20th Century Fox was the company's distributor. Until October 1985, the division produced theatrical films along with TV movies, series and mini-series.[90]

History

ABC Motion Pictures was founded in May 1979 with Brandon Stoddard as president.[91] Soon the division was swapped with old film projects. While a boutique would make only a few films per year, Stoddard figured that ABC would succeed in movie production as there were additional revenue sources from video cassettes and cable on top of theater ticket sales and broadcast TV sales.[89] ABC Motion Pictures was incorporated by June 11, 1980.[92]

The division waited two years to get its first slate of three films into production with National Lampoon's Class Reunion just an announcement and Young Doctors in Love beginning production in December 1981 under the theatrical directorial debut of Garry Marshall. In June 1982, "Chain Reaction" (later "Silkwood"[90]) starring Meryl Streep was expected to be in production.[93]

The Flamingo Kid after released by Fox did well but not strong business, Fox pulled the film from release so as to stop spending money on advertising.[90]

With networks getting better rating for their own movies of the week over films released on cable and cassettes, networks reduced licensing of theatrical films. Additional boutique production companies entered the market at the same time crowding the market and increasing filming costs. With films distributed by a major studio, ABC's films were slotted in less desirable release dates. On October 28, 1985, ABC shut down ABC Motion Pictures theatrical motion picture operation after the release of only 6 theatrical films[90] which was within weeks of CBS shutting down CBS Theatrical Films.[89] The unit released one last movie, "SpaceCamp", already produced in the summer of 1986.[79] The unit would continue producing TV movies and mini-series while increasing TV series output. A Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation media analyst forecast ABC's losses on its theatrical operations for 1985 to be $5 million.[90]

Filmography

ABC Pictures International

ABC Pictures International, Inc.
Subsidiary
IndustryFilmed entertainment
SuccessorABC Motion Pictures, Inc.
Founded1965 (1965)
(Inc.: November 3, 1967 (1967-11-03))
Defunct1973 (1973)
Dissolution (February 19, 1988)
Key people
Martin Baum[li 1]
Production output
theatrical films
ParentAmerican Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

ABC Pictures International, Inc. (also ABC Picture Holdings, Inc., ABC Circle Films, or Circle Films; API) was the theatrical production company owned and operated by ABC from 1965 to 1973 and produced or co produced 37 films.[li 1] The company's films were distributed by Cinerama Releasing Corporation.[li 2]

History

ABC Pictures was started as a division in 1965[91] and was incorporated as ABC Picture Holdings, Inc. on November 3, 1967 (1967-11-03).[94] The entry of ABC into theatrical film production led to a FCC inquiry over the network's control of programming and a MPAA anti-trust lawsuit.[li 1] David O. Selznick owned films were sold after his death in 1965 to API by his widow, Jennifer Jones.[95]

The recession of 1969-1971 brought about the purchase of the Major film studios by media conglomerates. It also led to ABC Pictures Corporation closing down its operations[li 3] in early 1973.[li 1]

On October 20, 1977, ABC Picture Holdings, Inc. changed its name to ABC Pictures International, Inc. and was finally dissolved on February 19, 1988.[94]

Release Date Title Other production co.
December 18, 1968 Hell in the Pacific Selmur Pictures[96][li 1]
1968 Charly
1968 The Killing of Sister George
1968 Candy
December 10, 1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
November 4, 1970 Song of Norway
November 3, 1971 Straw Dogs
1971 Kotch
1971 The Touch
1972 Junior Bonner
1972 Cabaret Allied Artists[li 1]

ABC Media Productions

ABC Media Productions
Formerly
Buena Vista Productions
unit
IndustryTV
Genretalk, game, reality
PredecessorBuena Vista Development
OwnerABC Daytime
(ABC Television Group)

ABC Media Productions (AMP), originally named Buena Vista Productions (BVP), was the in house television development, production and programming unit within ABC Daytime. The company produces non-scripted programming in all three areas (talk, game, reality) for syndication, cable and prime time outlets including outside the Disney conglomerate. The division has oversight of the production of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire".[97]

AMP history

In September 2000 following the merger of ABC Daytime Group and Buena Vista's development group, ABC Daytime replaced Buena Vista Development with Buena Vista Productions, to be headed by president Angela Shapiro, who was then also ABC Daytime president.[98] Shapiro was transferred to ABC Family President in April 2002 with Holly Jacobs taking over at BVP as executive vice president the next month.[99]

In August 2006, BVP and Fujisankei Communications partnered to develop and produce "Run for Money," a game show for the American market, adapted from the original Japanese reality-game show of the same title.[100]

In September 2008, BVP entered a first-look development deal with Silverback, a Swedish production company.[97] In 2009, Buena Vista Productions was renamed ABC Media Productions. In May, AMP was developing The Aisha Tyler Show, a variety & comedy talk show with interactive components including social media, for cable or broadcast syndication.[101]

Programs

American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres Pictures

Atlas Pictures Corporation
Formerly
American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres Pictures Corporation (1956-1959)
Corporation
IndustryFeature films
Founded(December 30, 1956 (1956-12-30))
Key people
OwnerIrving H. Levin (1959)
ParentAmerican Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres (1956-1959)

Atlas Pictures Corporation, formerly American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres Pictures Corporation (also known as AB-PT Pictures and AB-PT) was the film production subsidiary of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres.

The company was formed due to a shorting of films produced,[104] which was the reason for AB-PT not to sign a consent agreement in 1949 against the company's production of films.[105] Films from AB-PT were first shown in Paramount Theater circuits prior to release to other chains.[104] AB-PT Pictures used the Republic Pictures lot for productions.[106] Republic was also their distributor, physically delivering to even AB-PT theaters plus sale to non-AB-PT theaters.[107]

American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres Pictures Corporation was formed on December 30, 1956. Irv LevinIrving H. Levin was appointed President of the company.[106] AB-PT Pictures initial production budget was $3 million for seven films.[104] Films were to be B-films with an eye on quality but "meet the exhibitor's call for 'highly gimmicked and exploitable' product."[104][106] In March 1957, AB-PT was talking with Republic and United Artists regarding distribution.[108] The company's first film was Beginning of the End.[109] With its first acquisition of The Unearthly in early May, AB-PT placed it into a double feature premiere with End released on June 19[110] at the B&K Roosevelt Theatre. On May 9, 1957, AB-PT Pictures executives met with the exhibition arm of the film industry where they announced their first slate of 7 films with announcement of a distributor in the next 10 days.[106]

On June 6, 1957, AB-PT agreed to have Republic distribute their films.[107] The company's first double bill films did well despite the films uneven quality.[108] On September 24, 1957, AB-PT Pictures indicated that the company would move in the next year into A features with 5 of their 15 planned films to be of this type. For the A films, budgets would run from $.5 million to $1 million. However, AB-PT would only produced four films.[104] Levin purchased AB-PT Pictures and AB-PT Distribution Corporation from AB-PT in 1958.[111] AB-PT Pictures provided funding for The Bat (1959 film). In 1959, AB-PT Pictures was renamed Atlas Pictures Corporation.[112]

Films

Circle Seven Productions

Not to be confused with ABC Circle 7 Productions, an ABC stations news production company and Circle 7 Animation, a short-lived division of Walt Disney Feature Animation formed to make Pixar sequels.
Circle Seven Productions
IndustryTelevision
ProductsTV shows
OwnerKGO-TV
(American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres)

Circle Seven Productions was the production company of television station KGO-TV in the 1950s & 1960s. The company produced shows for the network and for syndication. Shows produced included a Jack LaLanne fitness series and a Tennessee Ernie Ford daytime talk/variety series.[113]

Keep Calm and Carry On Productions

Keep Calm and Carry On Productions, Inc. is an ABC subsidiary production company[114] that produced Duets[115] and The Glass House. Keep Calm was sued over The Glass House by CBS for using proprietary procedures from Big Brother via hired away staff.[114] The production company was incorporated on October 24, 2008.[116]

Palomar Pictures International

This is about the American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. owned film production company. Another company with the name Palomar Pictures was founded in 1992 by Anne-Marie Mackay and Jonathon Ker and majority ownerhsip stake was sold to Sigurjon "Joni" Sighvattson, a founder of Propaganda Films, in 1999.[117]
Palomar Pictures International
IndustryMovie
SuccessorEdgar J. Scherick Associates
FounderEdgar Scherick
ParentAmerican Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Palomar Pictures International was a film production subsidiary of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.[118]

Palomar Pictures International was started by Edgar Scherick[119] with Bristol-Myers's funds.[120][121]

Films

Selmur Productions

Selmur Productions, Inc.
Subsidiary corporation
IndustryFilmed entertainment
FounderSelig J. Seligman
Production output
TV shows, theater features
ParentAmerican Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Selmur Productions, Inc. (Selmur Pictures, Inc.) was a film production company owned by American Broadcasting Companies, Inc..[124]

TV series[124]
Feature Films[124]
Release Date Title Other production co.
1967 Smashing Time co- productions with Carlo Ponti
1968 A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die
1968 Candy
Charly
Hell in the Pacific
Cop-Out
1967 The Rover
Diamonds for Breakfast
The High Commissioner
1969 Midas Run

Victor Television Productions

Victor Television Productions was a boutique production company owned by ABC Entertainment.

On June 7, 1996, due to the merger with Disney, Capital Cities/ABC ended its ABC Productions division operations while keeping its boutique production companies: Victor Television Productions, ABC/Kane Productions, DIC Entertainment and Greengrass Productions.[2][3]

Filmography

See also

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  1. ^ a b Chapter 1"Season One: An Expensive Experiment". Page 20.
  2. ^ a b Chapter 4 "Season Four: Feeding the Beast Twice a Week". Page 94.
  3. ^ a b c Alphabetical Filmography. Page 202-364.
  4. ^ a b Chapter5 "Season Five: TV Movie Saturation". Page 122-124.
  1. ^ a b c d e f Orders of Magnitude. Page 332-333.
  2. ^ Page 10.
  3. ^ Page 71.