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.
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.
October 12, 2005 |
Walt Disney Co. asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to block new federal rules requiring broadcasters to expand children's educational programming, saying the regulations violate the free speech rights of the company's ABC television network. The lawsuit comes less than a week after Viacom Inc. and NBC Universal filed a similar suit in the same U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, seeking to overturn the regulations.
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.
April 14, 2000 |
For years, parents sat through ABC's "TGIF" block with their kids on Friday nights, watching such comedies as "Full House" and "Family Matters." If the jokes often seemed lame, parents at least felt secure the shows conveyed morals and messages, meaning little tykes weren't going to see anything that would put them in therapy.
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.
August 12, 1989 |
A majority of National Assn. of Broadcast Employees and Technicians workers at ABC have voted for a new contract offer, the network said Friday, but ratification was held up by members of eight units who rejected the four-year pact. However, union spokesman John Krieger said that NABET hopes to have the matter resolved "within a couple of weeks, hopefully sooner" after joint meetings of union and management with the dissenting NABET members.