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Moran takes president role at ABC Studios

Patrick Moran’s rise at ABC Studios has culminated in an official promotion to president of the Disney-ABC Television Group production arm. Ben Sherwood has upped Moran (pictured) to president of ABC Studios following the latter’s work overseeing broadcast series including Scandal, Criminal Minds, How to Get Away with Murder, Quantico and American Crime. He is also […]

Disney plans ESPN web net after $1bn spend

The Walt Disney Company is gearing up to launch an ESPN-branded subscription streaming service, after buying a US$1 billion stake in video streaming technology firm BAMTech. The deal marks a major over-the-top push by Disney, which said BAMTech will be a key partner for delivering streamed video and other digital products from both ESPN and […]

MIPCOM confirms US Media Masterminds

Reed Midem has confirmed execs from Disney, Participant Media and STX Entertainment as keynote speakers at this year’s MIPCOM. Disney’s Ben Sherwood (above left), co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney-ABC Television Group, will represent the Mouse House. Sherwood replaced Anne Sweeney, when the long-serving exec left Disney in 2014. From US producer and cable channel […]

Ex-Warner Bros exec joins ABC cable net

Former Warner Bros. Television comedy exec Jana Steele Helman has joined US cable channel Freeform as VP, programming and development. Steele Helman was previously Warner’s director of comedy development, where she worked on series including Two Broke Girls, Undateable, Selfie (pictured), which was for the ABC network, and new season comedies Powerless and Trial and Error. […]

Hulu ‘plans cable-style OTT service’

Hulu is reportedly developing a cable TV-style subscription service that will allow users to watch television channels over the web. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the US streaming service aims to launch the new offering in the first quarter of 2017, broadening its business model from purely on-demand online content. Customers will not […]

ABC in ‘unprecedented’ rights deal with Warner

US broadcaster ABC has signed what it describes as an “unprecedented” programme rights agreement with Warner Bros Television. This gives Disney-ABC Television Group’s ABC Entertainment stacking rights to Warner Bros. Television Group-produced series for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 broadcast seasons. This means that ABC will be able to offer all episodes for current seasons of […]

Disney Channel gets Stuck in the Middle

US cable network Disney Channel has commissioned a family comedy starring Jenna Ortega as an engineering genius who uses her inventions to navigate life as a middle child. Stuck in the Middle goes into production in November ahead of a spring 2016 debut. Ortega (Jane the Virgin) will play the middle child of seven, with […]

ABC Family hires NBC exec for scripted push

The latest step in ABC Family’s bid to double its original programming output is to hire an NBC comedy development executive. Simran S. Sethi will join the Disney-ABC Television Group-owned US cable channel as senior VP, original programming and development. She will manage ABC’s scripted team, work on “brand-appropriate” development ideas and oversee pilots. At […]

ABC Family drama apes Amanda Knox story

Disney-ABC Television Group-owned ABC Family has greenlit pilot production of a drama clearly based on the recent case of American murder suspect Amanda Knox. Guilt will be a one-hour soap billed as a “sophisticated, sexy and suspenseful crime epic” in which a female American student in London becomes the prime suspect in the savage murder […]

Disney Junior sends Doc to Hulu

US streaming service Hulu has acquired exclusive streaming rights to Disney Junior toon Doc McStuffins. The deal with Hulu co-owner Disney-ABC Television Group also hands Hulu exclusive rights to Bunnytown and non-exclusive rights to Handy Manny. This is the first time Disney Junior content has ran on Hulu, which now only serves the US after […]