December 18, 1990 |
Stephen A. Weiswasser, senior vice president and general counsel for Capital Cities/ABC Inc., has been named executive vice president of the ABC Television Network Group, one of the most senior positions at the network. He will report to John B. Sias, president of the ABC TV Network Group. The appointment thrusts Weiswasser, 50, into an operating post from the senior staff job he has held since 1986 and gives him a clear shot at running the Network Group when Sias retires next year.
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.
March 14, 2003 |
Are you litigious? Shock jock Howard Stern on Thursday sued the ABC television network, alleging that the new series "Are You Hot? The Search for America's Sexiest People" is a blatant rip-off of a bit aired on his radio program. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accused the Walt Disney Co. network and other defendants of copying the "unique aspects" of a Stern radio segment in which members of his crew and other judges evaluate the bodies of in-studio contestants.
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."
August 27, 2002 |
Fitch Ratings on Monday downgraded its rating on Walt Disney Co., citing the company's debt, the struggling ABC television network and the falloff in the company's theme park business. Fitch cut its rating on Disney's unsecured debt from A-minus to BBB-plus, Fitch's third-lowest investment grade. The lowering affects about $14 billion in debt. The action could marginally raise Disney's borrowing costs by increasing the interest rates the company pays on its debt, analysts said.