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Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Type (subsidiary) of The Walt Disney Company)
Founded Burbank, California, U.S. (2007)
Headquarters Burbank, California, U.S.
Area served North America
Key people John E. Pepper, Jr., Chairman
Robert Iger, President/CEO
Industry Television Syndication
Owner(s) The Walt Disney Company
Parent Disney-ABC Television Group

Disney-ABC Domestic Television is the domestic television syndication firm of the Disney-ABC Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company, that handles the television distribution of product from Walt Disney Television, Walt Disney Television Animation, Saban Entertainment, and ABC Studios (formerly called Touchstone Television).

The company distributes first-run programming such as At the Movies and the daytime version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, as well as Live with Regis and Kelly, which is produced by Disney's O&O station WABC-TV. It also distributes the movie packages from corporate sibling Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, and Miramax Films).

Disney-ABC Domestic Television was established in 1985 as Buena Vista Television. In May 2007, the Walt Disney Company announced plans to scale back the use of the Buena Vista brand, instead focusing on the three core brands of Disney, ABC, and ESPN. [1] As a result, Buena Vista Television was rebranded for the fall 2007 season as Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

In the fall of 2007, DADT started using their new on-screen identity on its first-run syndicated shows (second-run syndicated offerings had the distribution tag mysteriously dropped completely), its score being a newly remixed version of the previous Buena Vista Television theme.

The DreamWorks live-action film and TV library is now distributed by DADT, as a result of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures agreeing to distribute new releases starting in 2009.

History of ABC and syndication

ABC's first syndication arm, ABC Films, was spun-off as Worldvision Enterprises in 1973 due to fin-syn laws (which have been repealed), it is currently part of CBS Television Distribution. As BVTV, DADT initially acted as a de-facto syndication arm for ABC after Disney bought the network, since at the same time, ABC's original production division was folded into Touchstone Television. That company became ABC Studios in 2007, also as part of Disney's branding strategy. In between these transactions, Disney reorganized all its non-ESPN TV assets into the Disney-ABC Television Group in 2004, making BVTV the official syndication arm of ABC.

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