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Disney/ABC chief Sweeney to exit post

Disney/ABC Television Group president and Disney Media Networks co-chair Anne Sweeney is to leave the company to become a TV director. Sweeney, who joined Disney in 1996, will step down in January 2015. The Disney/ABC Television Group includes broadcast channel ABC, cable net ABC Family, kids channel Disney Channel, the Disney Channels Worldwide business and […]

Disney brings on-demand services under ABC Studios banner

Disney is rebranding its on-demand services as part of a wider initiative to have ‘ABC Studios’ as an umbrella brand for its content products and services. Catherine Powell, senior VP, Media Distribution, EMEA at The Walt Disney Company, told TBI that moving forward SVOD platforms that want Disney-distributed content will be sold it as part […]

ABC goes straight-to-series with Secrets & Lies remake

An upcoming Australian crime drama is being remade for US broadcast net ABC, which has made a 10-part, straight-to-series order. Secrets & Lies comes from Oz prodco Hoodlum and is set to begin broadcasting on Network Ten in 2014, and is now being remade by ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Hoodlum is also […]

Channel 5 acquires ABC’s Betrayal

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has acquired upcoming ABC scripted series Betrayal from Disney UK & Ireland. The ABC Studios-produced show, set in Chicago, follows a photographer and an attorney who strike up an affair after a chance meeting but find themselves on opposing sides of a murder case. It will launch in the UK this […]

TNT renews hit series Rizzoli, Major Crimes and Perception

US cable network has renewed signature series Rizzoli & Isles as well as drama shows Major Crimes and Perception. Cop series Rizzoli & Isles was the top-ranked basic cable shows through the summer with an average of 8.4 million viewers. The renewal will take it into its fifth season, which will comprise fifteen episodes. The […]

News brief: More Devious Maids for Lifetime

A+E Networks-owned Lifetime has ordered a second season of the Judy Reyes-starring melodrama Devious Maids. The 13-episode order will lead Lifetime’s 2014 scripted slate, according to Lifetime’s executive VP and general manager Rob Sharenow. It will be produced by ABC Studios. The first season launched on June 23. It follows four close-knit maids who first […]

Reports: Jossen out at ABC Studios, Moran upped

US news outlets are reporting ABC Studios head Barry Jossen is being replaced by Patrick Moran. Moran, who was most recently VP of development for the Disney/ABC-owned studio, will assume the position in the restructure, which Paul Lee, ABC Entertainment Group’s president, reportedly helmed. Before joining ABC Studios, Moran was senior VP of drama, at […]

Scandal goes into syndication with Viacom’s BET

Hit ABC political thriller series Scandal has gone into syndication, with Viacom channel BET launching the first two seasons this summer. BET’s deal gives it access to each episode of the show no earlier than eight days after its original network broadcast. Following the launch of the first pair of seasons, the third will debut […]

FIC powers up with S.H.I.E.L.D. deal

Fox International Channels has acquired Disney-distributed US scripted series including the much-hyped superhero series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for its Spanish channels. Along with Marvel Television and ABC Studios-produced S.H.I.E.L.D., the deal also gives FIC Spanish broadcast rights to Josh Holloway-fronted Intelligence, Bradley Whitford comedy Trophy Wife, procedural Killer Woman, lottery winner drama Lucky 7 […]

LA Screenings: Broadcast Strikes Back

With US cable series such as Hatfields & McCoys gaining traction with key demographics in the past year, broadcast networks have reacted with new comedies, reboots and spin offs and a shift toward short-run series for the new season. Jesse Whittock looks at how this will affect buyers at the LA Screenings. Laughter, it’s often […]