June 27, 1987
Brandon Stoddard of the ABC television network was quoted as saying, "This year's shows are about something--they have more of a reality base" ("ABC to Take Some Risks in Prime Time," by Diane Haithman, June 20). Did the "informal meeting with the press" where Stoddard made the above statement take place at the Comedy Store? Was he trying out a new comedy routine? Stoddard works for ABC, the network that canceled a program whose subject matter was the history of "Our World" during this century; the network that is renewing for next year the programs "Max Headroom," "The Charmings" and "Sledge Hammer."
September 13, 2000 |
One day after a government study attacked Hollywood for marketing violent films to children, the Walt Disney Co. issued a pledge Tuesday to keep R-rated movie advertisements off its ABC television network during prime time. "Disney, including its affiliated companies, is committed to the responsible marketing of all its motion pictures, including especially those rated 'R' by the Motion Picture Assn. of America," the company said in a statement outlining a new set of marketing policies.
August 5, 1987 |
When business is too good, business can be hurt, the sales staff at the ABC Television Network learned to its mild embarrassment last month. They were thrilled, of course, by the unexpected strength of demand when they began selling commercials for the television season that begins in September. But as they booked advance sales during the habitually frenzied "upfront" negotiations with advertisers, they lost track of how much of their inventory they were selling.
June 25, 1996 |
Inflaming its rivalry with Walt Disney Co., NBC has snagged a second series from Disney's ABC television network, picking up "The Naked Truth." The Brillstein-Grey comedy, starring Tea Leoni, aired on ABC last season. In April, NBC surprised the television community by picking up for Monday night "The Jeff Foxworthy Show," another Brillstein-Grey comedy that aired on ABC last season. ABC canceled "Foxworthy," but it had placed a 13-episode order for "The Naked Truth" as a midseason backup show.
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March 9, 1999
It's official: ABC is relocating 240 employees, many of them television executives, from New York to Burbank. ABC headquarters will remain in Manhattan but parent company Walt Disney is building offices across the street from the studio lot to absorb ABC creative managers and their staff. An ABC spokeswoman confirmed the move Monday, word of which had leaked out nearly a month ago.
August 5, 2004 |
Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday said it would launch a version of its ABC television network in Britain next month, taking U.S. shows such as the soap opera "General Hospital" across the Atlantic. The ABC1 network will initially be available only on Freeview, a popular digital service without subscription fees, though there are plans to expand into pay-TV services.
February 25, 2011 |
One of the longest streaks in television history ... will continue. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC television network said Thursday that they had extended their licensing agreement by six years ? through 2020. The announcement comes just days before this weekend's 83rd annual Oscar gala on the network, and the new agreement keeps the Academy Awards telecast a fixture on ABC. "This contract ensures that the Oscar show will be an ABC tradition for 45 consecutive years," Tom Sherak, the academy's president, said in a prepared statement.
November 22, 2008 |
Soon, the TV world will not have Ned the Pie Maker or the dysfunctional Darlings or Eli Stone/George Michael. ABC President of Entertainment Steve McPherson broke the news Thursday afternoon that the network was giving up on three sophomore shows, "Pushing Daisies," "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Eli Stone. " Although McPherson never uttered the words "You're canceled" to producers, the message was clear to the cast and crews: They had been dumped. The network is not ordering more episodes of the three series, though it will complete production and air all produced episodes of each.
May 10, 2002 |
Taking a major leap of faith, ABC is hoping "Dinotopia"--a fantasy world in which humans and dinosaurs coexist--can help breathe life into a struggling television network that lives in a real world where big-budget, special effects-laden movies have been on the verge of extinction. The miniseries comes at a time when other networks have cut back on or abandoned the genre after audiences seemed to lose interest. But ABC, which is owned by Walt Disney Co.
March 24, 1989 |
Breaking with the networks' standard practice of promoting from within the programming ranks, Capital Cities/ABC Inc. on Thursday named Robert Iger from its business affairs side as president of the entertainment division. The 38-year-old former executive vice president of the ABC Television Network Group immediately declared, "I do not come in with a program strategy."