Nearly 18 months following the 21st Century Fox acquisition which led to the formation of Disney Television Studios, its three studios are undergoing a significant rebrand, as announced Monday by Disney Television Studios President Craig Hunegs. The changes are as follows:
ABC Studios and its subsidiary ABC Signature, led by President Jonnie Davis, will merge into one studio entitled ABC Signature.
Fox 21 Television Studios, led by President Bert Salke, will be renamed Touchstone Television.
20th Century Fox Television, led by President Carolyn Cassidy, will become 20th Television.
The new graphic logos and “motion end cards” will be rolled out in all-new episodes of Disney Television Studios programming going forward. (Library titles and episodes broadcast before the rebrand will remain unchanged.)
“Our new studio names and logos mark a new day for ABC Signature, 20th Television and Touchstone Television while honoring their rich histories and the creative power of The Walt Disney Company,” commented Hunegs. “Dana [Walden, Chairwoman] and I could not be more pleased with the first year of our three studios together as part of Disney Television Studios and we believe that with our powerhouse talent roster and exceptional studio teams, the best is yet to come.”
The three studios recently earned 47 Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Animated Series nods for Bob’s Burgers and The Simpsons. Over the last decade, the triumvirate have received 767 Emmy nominations resulting in 134 wins, 99 Golden Globe nods with 16 wins, 25 AFI Awards and 16 Peabody Prize Awards. During this past awards season, Disney Television Studios garnered 178 nominations resulting in 31 wins.
Disney Television Studios currently produces the No. 1 scripted series on 10 networks/platforms: Grey’s Anatomy / ABC, This Is Us / NBC, 9-1-1 / FOX, American Horror Story / FX, Queen of the South / USA, American Dad! / TBS, Barkskins / Nat Geo, grown-ish / Freeform (Adults 18-49, L7) and Little Fires Everywhere / Hulu (first eight weeks). DTS also holds the No. 1 drama and comedy on ABC and FOX*. [ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (2.6) and Modern Family (2.2); FOX: 911 (2.5) Last Man Standing and Family Guy (1.3)] *Adults 18-49, L35
The three studios of Disney Television Studios are behind some of the most eagerly anticipated programs of the fall and midseason, including adult animated comedy Hoops for Netflix. Recent successes of the past few months include the launch of new hits that include Solar Opposites for Hulu and Central Park for Apple TV+.