|Founded||1985(as Touchstone Television)|
|Headquarters||Burbank, California, U.S.|
Disney–ABC Television Group|
(The Walt Disney Company)
ABC Television Productions, LLC (dba ABC Studios), is the television production division of Disney–ABC Television Group. ABC Studios was established as Touchstone Films Television Division in 1985 and given its current name in 2007.
Touchstone Television was started by then new Disney CEO Michael Eisner in the 1984–85 television season with the short lived western, Wildside. The next TV season, Touchstone produced a hit with The Golden Girls.
In 1992, Touchstone moved into producing longer forms for TV focusing on more adult fare with its first telefilm being for CBS about Edna Buchanan, a Miami Herald crime reporter who would win a Pulitzer Prize.
On August 24, 1994, with Jeffrey Katzenberg's resignation, Richard Frank became head of Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications, a new Disney group taking Touchstone and other TV units out of Disney Studios.
In April 1996, due to ongoing post Disney-CC/ABC merger realignment and retirement of its president, Disney Television and Telecommunications Group's divisions were reassigned to other groups with Touchstone Television transferred to The Walt Disney Studios. By March 1998, David Neuman assumed the presidency of Touchstone TV. In March 1998, Touchstone was placed under Buena Vista Television Productions, a newly formed group under chairman Lloyd Braun, along with Walt Disney Network Television.
In 2000, Touchstone created two departments with comedy in September, and a drama department in December. While two of their pilots were in consideration for pick up on ABC in April 2003, Tollin/Robbins Productions agreed to a two-year development deal, which included a two-year option, profit sharing and outside sales, with Touchstone Television.
ABC Television Studio
In February 2007, Touchstone Television was renamed ABC Television Studio as part of Disney's push to drop secondary brands like Buena Vista for Disney, ABC and ESPN.
In May 2007, ABC Television Studio was renamed ABC Studios; however, Touchstone Television survived as an in-name-only unit of ABC Studios from 2007-2009 until the final season of USA Networks's Monk.
In October 2012, ABC Studios formed its Signature division to sell to outside networks.
List of programs produced by Touchstone Television/ABC Studios
|The Amazing Race||2001–present||CBS||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with CBS Television Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Television|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live!||2003–present||ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007, co-production with Jackhole Productions|
|Grey's Anatomy||2005–present||ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007, co-production with ShondaLand and The Mark Gordon Company|
|Criminal Minds||2005–present||CBS||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with CBS Television Studios and The Mark Gordon Company|
|Once Upon a Time||2011–present||ABC||co-production with Kitsis/Horowitz|
|Scandal||2012–present||ABC||co-production with ShondaLand|
|Nashville||2012–present||ABC/CMT||co-production with Lionsgate Television, Walk And Chew Gum, Inc., Cutler Productions (season one) Small Wishes and Opry Entertainment|
|Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||2013–present||ABC||co-production with Marvel Television and Mutant Enemy Productions|
|Black-ish||2014–present||ABC||co-production with Khalabo Ink Society, Wilmore Films, Cinema Gypsy Productions and Principato-Young Entertainment|
|How to Get Away with Murder||2014–present||ABC||co-production with ShondaLand and Nowalk Entertainment|
|Secrets and Lies||2015–present||ABC||co-production with Avenue K Productions and Hoodlum Kapital Entertainment|
|American Crime||2015–present||ABC||co-production with Stearns Castle Entertainment and International Famous Players Radio Pictures Corporation|
|Marvel's Daredevil||2015–present||Netflix||co-production with Marvel Television, DeKnight Prods. (season one) and Goddard Textiles|
|Quantico||2015–present||ABC||co-production with Random Acts Productions and The Mark Gordon Company|
|Code Black||2015–present||CBS||co-production with CBS Television Studios and Michael Seitzman's Pictures|
|Dr. Ken||2015–present||ABC||co-production with Sony Pictures Television, Old Charlie Productions and Davis Entertainment|
|Marvel's Jessica Jones||2015–present||Netflix||co-production with Marvel Television and Tall Girls Productions|
|Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders||2016–present||CBS||co-production with CBS Television Studios, The Mark Gordon Company and Erica Messer Productions|
|The Real O'Neals||2016–present||ABC||co-production with Windsor & Johnson Productions and di Bonaventura Television|
|The Catch||2016–present||ABC||co-production with ShondaLand|
|Speechless||2016–present||ABC||co-production with 20th Century Fox Television, Silver & Gold Productions and The Detective Agency|
|Designated Survivor||2016–present||ABC||co-production with Kinberg Genre and The Mark Gordon Company|
|Notorious||2016–present||ABC||co-production with Sony Pictures Television and Osprey Productions|
|Marvel's Luke Cage||2016–present||Netflix||co-production with Marvel Television|
|Conviction||2016–present||ABC||co-production with Double Fried Productions and The Mark Gordon Company|
|American Housewife||2016–present||ABC||co-production with Kapital Entertainment, Eight Sisters, Inc. and Wiener & Schwartz Productions|
|Downward Dog||2017||ABC||co-production with Legendary Television, Mosaic Media Group and Animal Media Group|
|Imaginary Mary||2017||ABC||co-production with Sony Pictures Television and Happy Madison Productions|
|Still Star-Crossed||2017||ABC||co-production with ShondaLand and The MrG Production Company|
|Marvel's Iron Fist||2017||Netflix||co-production with Marvel Television|
|Marvel's The Defenders||2017||Netflix||co-production with Marvel Television|
|Marvel's The Punisher||2017||Netflix||co-production with Marvel Television|
|Marvel's The Inhumans||2017||ABC||co-production with Marvel Television and IMAX Corporation|
|Marvel's Damage Control||TBA||ABC||co-production with Marvel Television|
|Big Fan||TBA||ABC||co-production with Jackhole Productions and Banijay Studios North America|
|8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter||2002–05||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Shady Acres Entertainment and Flody Co.|
|According to Jim||2001–09||ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Tracy Newman, Jonathan Stark, and Brad Grey|
|Alias||2001–06||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Bad Robot Productions|
|Army Wives||2007–13||Lifetime||co-production with The Mark Gordon Company|
|The Astronaut Wives Club||2015||ABC||co-production with Fake Empire Productions and Groundswell Productions|
|Blossom||1990–95||NBC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Impact Zone Productions and Witt-Thomas Productions|
|Bob Patterson||2001||ABC||co-production with Angel Ark Productions and 20th Century Fox Television|
|Body of Proof||2011–13||ABC||co-production with Matthew Gross Entertainment|
|Brothers & Sisters||2006–11||ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Berlanti Television and After Portsmouth|
|Brotherly Love||1995–96||NBC/The WB||Season 1 produced by Touchstone Television. Season 2 produced by Walt Disney Television|
|Boy Meets World||1993–2000||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Michael Jacobs Productions|
|Cane||2007||CBS||co-production with CBS Paramount Network Television|
|Carol & Company||1990||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|Carpoolers||2007–08||ABC||co-production with DreamWorks Television, T.R.O.N.T and 3 Arts Entertainment|
|Castle||2009–16||ABC||co-production with Beacon Pictures, The Barry Schindel Company (season one), Experimental Pictures (2009-2013) and Milmar Pictures (2013–2016)|
|Cavemen||2007||ABC||co-production with Double Vision Productions and 360 Television|
|Clerks: The Animated Series||2000||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Miramax Television|
|Clone High||2002–03||MTV||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Nelvana and MTV|
|Commander in Chief||2005–06||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Battle Plan Productions and Steven Bochco Productions|
|Cougar Town||2009–15||ABC/TBS||co-production with Doozer and Coquette Productions|
|Courting Alex||2006||CBS||co-production with Paramount Television; as Touchstone Television|
|Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior||2011||CBS||co-production with CBS Television Studios|
|Crumbs||2006||ABC||as Touchstone Television co-production with Marco Pennette Productions|
|Daddio||2000||NBC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Big Fan|
|Day Break||2006–08||ABC/TV One||as Touchstone Television in 2006|
|Desperate Housewives||2004–12||ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Cherry Productions|
|Devious Maids||2013–16||Lifetime||co-production with Cherry/Wind Productions and Televisa International|
|Dirt||2007–08||FX||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Coquette Productions and Matthew Carnahan Circus Products|
|Dirty Sexy Money||2007–09||ABC|
|Donas de Casa Desesperadas||RedeTV!||A exclusive version of Desperate Housewives for Brazil|
|Ellen||1994–98||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with the Black/Marlens Company|
|Empty Nest||1988–95||NBC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Witt-Thomas Productions|
|The Family||2016||ABC||co-production with Mandeville Television and Minnesota Logging Company|
|The Fanelli Boys||1990–91||NBC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with KTMB|
|Felicity||1998–02||The WB||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Imagine Television|
|FlashForward||2009–10||ABC||co-production with HBO Entertainment and Phantom Four Films|
|Galavant||2015–16||ABC||co-production with Rhode Island Ave. Productions|
|Gary Unmarried||2008–10||CBS||co-production with CBS Television Studios, and Rude Mood Productions|
|Ghost Whisperer||2005–10||CBS||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with CBS Television Studios and Sander/Moses Productions|
|The Golden Girls||1985–92||NBC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Witt-Thomas-Harris Productions|
|The Golden Palace||1992–93||CBS||as Touchstone Television|
|Grandfathered||2015–16||Fox||co-production with 20th Century Fox Television, Rhode Island Ave. Productions and Consolidated Chunworks|
|Happy Endings||2011–13||ABC||co-production with Sony Pictures Television, FanFare and Shark Vs Bear|
|Herman's Head||1991–94||Fox||as Touchstone Television|
|Homeboys In Outer Space||1996–97||UPN||co-production with Sweet Loraine Productions; as Touchstone Television|
|Home Improvement||1991–99||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Hope & Faith||2003–06||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Industry Entertainment|
|Hull High||1990–91||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|Imagine That||2002||NBC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Columbia TriStar Television and Seth Kurland Productions|
|In Case of Emergency||2007||ABC||co-production with Howard J. Morris Productions and Bushwacker Productions; as Touchstone Television|
|In Justice||2006||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Intelligence||2014||CBS||co-production with CBS Television Studios, and Barry Schindel Company|
|In the Game||2005||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|In the Motherhood||2009||ABC||co-production with Cabloom! and Mindshare Entertainment|
|It's All Relative||2003–04||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Kevin Hill||2004–05||UPN||as Touchstone Television|
|Kingdom Hospital||2004||ABC||co-production with Sony Pictures Television and Mark Carliner Productions|
|The Knights of Prosperity||2007||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with B&B Productions and Worldwide Pants Incorporated|
|Kyle XY||2006–09||ABC Family||as Touchstone Television until 2006; co-production with Kyle XY Productions and BenderSpink Productions|
|Legend of the Seeker||2008–10||Syndication||co-production with Renaissance Pictures|
|Less than Perfect||2002–06||ABC||co-production with Nina Wass and Eugene Stein; as Touchstone Television|
|Life as We Know It||2004–05||ABC||co-production with Sachs/Judah Productions|
|Life on Mars||2008–09||ABC||co-production with 20th Century Fox Television|
|Life with Bonnie||2002–04||ABC||co-production with Bonnie Hunt's Bob & Alice Productions; as Touchstone Television|
|Line of Fire||2003–04||ABC||co-production with Battle Plan Productions and DreamWorks Television; as Touchstone Television|
|Lost||2004–10||ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Bad Robot Productions|
|Lost at Home||2003||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Michael Jacobs Productions and NBC Studios|
|Lucky 7||2013||ABC||co-production with Amblin Television, Remainder Men and The Beekeeper's Apprentice|
|Manhattan Love Story||2014||ABC|
|Marvel's Agent Carter||2015–16||ABC||co-production with Marvel Television and F&B Fazekas & Butters|
|Maybe It's Me||2001–02||The WB||as Touchstone Television; co-production with SamJen Productions and Warner Bros. Television|
|Maybe This Time||1995–96||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Michael Jacobs Productions|
|Monk||2002–09||USA||as Touchstone Television (final surviving series to carry the Touchstone Television logo); co-production with Mandeville Films and Universal Cable Productions|
|Miracles||2003||ABC||co-production with David Greenbalt Productions; as Touchstone Television|
|Missing||2012||ABC||co-production with Upcountry Productions|
|Mistresses||2013–16||ABC||co-production with Ecosse Films and Tsiporah|
|The Muppets||2015–16||ABC||co-production with The Muppets Studio and Bill Prady Productions|
|The Muppets' Wizard of Oz||2005||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Fox Television Studios|
|My Generation||2010||ABC||co-production with 26 Keys Productions|
|My Wife and Kids||2001–05||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Wayans Bros. Entertainment and Impact Zone Productions|
|The Neighbors||2012–14||ABC||co-production with 17-28 Black, Inc. and Kapital Entertainment|
|No Ordinary Family||2010–11||ABC||co-production with Oh That Gus! Inc. and Berlanti Television|
|Nowhere Man||1995–96||UPN||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Lawrence Hertzog Productions|
|Nurses||1991–94||NBC||as Touchstone Television|
|The Nutt House||1989||NBC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Brooksfilms Television and Alan Spencer Productions|
|Of Kings and Prophets||2016||ABC||co-production with BoomGen Studios, Philotimo Factory and Jason T. Reed Productions|
|Off the Map||2011||ABC||co-production with ShondaLand and Minnesota Logging Company|
|Once and Again||1999–02||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Bedford Falls Productions|
|Once Upon a Time in Wonderland||2013–14||ABC|
|The PJs||1999–2001||Fox/The WB||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Imagine Television, Eddie Murphy Productions, and Will Vilton Studios|
|Playmakers||2003||ESPN||as Touchstone Television, produced as/on behalf of ESPN|
|Popular||1999–2001||The WB||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Ryan Murphy Productions, Roundtable Ink and The Shephard/Robin Company|
|Private Practice||2007–13||ABC||co-production with ShondaLand and The Mark Gordon Company|
|The Protector||2011||Lifetime||co-production with Wass-Stein Productions|
|Reaper||2007–09||The CW||co-production with The Mark Gordon Company, Fazekas & Butters and Dark Baby Productions|
|Red Band Society||2014–15||Fox||co-production with Amblin Television and Filmax International|
|Red Widow||2013||ABC||co-production with Endemol|
|Resurrection||2014–15||ABC||co-production with Plan B Entertainment|
|Revenge||2011–15||ABC||co-production with Page Fright (2011-2013) and Temple Hill Entertainment|
|Ringer||2011–12||The CW||co-production with Green Eggs And Pam Productions, Inc., Brillstein Entertainment Partners, CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television|
|The River||2012||ABC||co-production with Haunted Movies, J.A. Green Construction Corp. and Amblin Television|
|Rodney||2004–06||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Romy and Michele: In the Beginning||2005||ABC Family||as Touchstone Television|
|Samantha Who?||2007–09||ABC||co-production with Donald Todd Productions|
|Scoundrels||2010||ABC||co-production with Long Run Productions|
|Scrubs||2001–10||NBC/ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Doozer|
|Six Degrees||2006–07||ABC||co-production with Nosebleed Productions|
|Sports Night||1998–2000||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|State of Georgia||2011||ABC Family|
|Teen Angel||1997–1998||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Spooky Magic Productions|
|Threat Matrix||2003–04||ABC||as Television Television|
|Tilt||2004||ESPN||produced as/on behalf of ESPN|
|The Wayne Brady Show||2001–02||Syndicated||co-production with Brad Grey and Don Mischer; as Buena Vista Television|
|Three Moons Over Milford||2006||ABC Family||as Touchstone Television|
|Trophy Wife||2013–14||ABC||co-production with Quantity Entertainment|
|Ugly Betty||2006–10||ABC||as Touchstone Television until 2007; co-production with Silent H Productions, Ventanarosa Productions and Reveille Productions|
|Uncle Buck||2016||ABC||co-production with Universal Television, Overwhelmed Productions and Will Packer Productions|
|Unhappily Ever After||1995–99||The WB||as Touchstone Television|
|Veritas: The Quest||2003||ABC||co-production with Patrick Massett and John Zinman|
|Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)||2002||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with The Cloudland Company|
|What About Brian||2006–07||ABC||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Bad Robot Productions|
|Where I Live||1993||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|The Whispers||2015||ABC||co-production with Clickety-Clack Productions and Amblin Television|
|Wicked City||2015||ABC||co-production with Mandeville Television|
|Wildside||1985||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Wonderland||2000||ABC||as Touchstone Television|
|Woops!||1992||Fox||as Touchstone Television|
|Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane||1999–2000||The WB||as Touchstone Television; co-production with Micheal Jacobs Productions|
|Zero Hour||2013||ABC||co-production with Clickety-Clack Productions and di Bonaventura Pictures|
|Cable show programs|
(ABC Entertainment Group)
ABC Signature Studios, Inc. (alternatively Signature, or ABC Signature) is the boutique production subsidiary of ABC Studios designated to sell to outside buyers for emerging and cable platforms with low cost and off-cycle programming. The division will develop year round.
ABC Studios was moving to sell to outside networks. As the studios had placed the former ABC comedy Cougar Town at TBS, and Devious Maids at Lifetime, Signature was started in October 2012 to continue the trend.
Signature developed Mistresses which was included in ABC's summer schedule and was renewed for another season. Signature was incorporated on September 23, 2013. In October 2013, the division placed its first outside project, Benched, for USA with a pilot order which finished shooting by December. Other projects were in the works with A&E, WE tv and TBS. In the works with ABC, Signature has a possible straight-to-series Stephen King story adaptation, Grand Central based on The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates.
Corporate sibling Freeform picked up Rated P For Parenthood for development as its first from Signature in June 2014.
In April 2016, Freeform greenlit Marvel's Cloak and Dagger with a straight-to-series order as Marvel Television's first co-production with Signature. The series, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is scheduled to premiere in 2018.
- Marvel's Cloak and Dagger (2018) – a superhero romance based on the Marvel Comics duo for Freeform with Marvel Television
- Grand Central – for ABC
- Strega – a psychological horror story/soap for A&E with Gotham Group
- Borne to be Wilde – a multicamera sibling comedy for A&E from executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette of their Coquette Productions
- Suburban Shootout – a remake of the former comedy for WE tv with Kapital Entertainment and Feelgood Fiction
- Corridors – a supernatural thriller based on a treatment by Fernley Phillips won by ABC Signature in a multi-studio auction
- Rated P For Parenthood – a modern-day musical parenting comedy for Freeform with Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' Milojo Productions and writer-actress Jamie Denbo
- Marvel's Runaways – based on the Marvel Comics team for Hulu with Marvel Television and Fake Empire Productions
- Mistresses (2013–16) for ABC; co-production with Ecosse Films and Tsiporah
- Benched (2014) for USA; co-production with The Mark Gordon Company
- Blood & Oil (2015) for ABC; co-production with Flame Ventures
- Confirmation (2016) for HBO; co-production with HBO Films and Groundswell Productions
- Dead of Summer (2016) for Freeform; co-production with Kitsis-Horowitz
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