Disney/ABC TV Group to Launch ABC Spark Channel in Canada

Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) and Corus Entertainment today announced that they have entered into an expansive licensing agreement to launch ABC Spark, a dedicated millennial-focused channel and multi-platform offering, in Canada in Spring 2012. The channel will build on the foundation that DATG has created with ABC Family, its incredibly successful millennial brand in the U.S. This deal marks the first time in history that these two companies have entered into this type of licensing agreement for a 24-hour channel.

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‘Desperately Seeking Santa’ to Premiere on ABC Family, November 27

A steely marketing executive gets more than she bargained for when her “Sexy Santa” contest winner turns out to be more than just a handsome face in the ABC Family original movie premiere of “Desperately Seeking Santa,” on Sunday, November 27 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. Starring Laura Vandervoort (“V,” “Smallville”) and Nick Zano (“2 Broke Girls,” “The Final Destination”), this romantic holiday movie airs as part of the “Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas” programming event.

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Jason Derulo Featured in Webdoc Series on ABCFamily.com

Twenty two-year-old pop artist Jason Derulo exploded onto the music scene last year with his self-titled debut album which sold 850,000 copies worldwide, spawned three Top 10 hits and landed him the 2011 BMI Songwriter of the Year Award. But just who is Jason Derulo?

ABCFamily.com digs deeper with the exclusive world premiere of “I Am Jason Derulo,” an original three-part docu-style web series that takes an in-depth look at the emergence of this charismatic, multi-talented pop sensation. He shares his musical vision, private backstage moments, his bond with his large family, and of course his thoughts on love and romance. The series will unfold over three weeks beginning today at www.abcfamily.com/IAmJasonDerulo.

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ABC Family’s ‘Switched at Birth: Volume One’ to be Released on DVD in December

ABC Family's 'Switched at Birth: Volume One' on DVDThe first season of the critically- and viewer-acclaimed hit drama on ABC family, ‘Switched at Birth’ will be getting a DVD release on December 13, 2011, just prior to the second season, which begins in January 2012.

‘Switched at Birth’ is the new, groundbreaking drama that documents the upheaval that two teen girls experience when they discover that they were accidentally switched at birth.

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Broadway’s Sutton Foster Cast in ABC Family’s ‘Bunheads’

ABC Family has cast Tony Award®-winning actor Sutton Foster in the lead role of the new Amy Sherman-Palladino pilot, “Bunheads.” Foster will play Michelle, a Las Vegas showgirl who impulsively marries a man and moves to his sleepy coastal town, and takes an uneasy role at her new mother-in-law’s dance school.

Renowned for her musical theater talents, Foster is currently starring in The Roundabout’s revival of “Anything Goes,” a role that has earned her numerous accolades, including a 2011 Tony Award. Foster has starred in Broadway productions of “Little Women,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Shrek the Musical,” as well as “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” for which she also won a Tony Award.

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ABC Family’s ‘Elixir’ to be Network’s First Movie Musical

ABC Family enters into the world of music with its first movie musical featuring an incredibly talented cast, including Jane Seymour, Chelsea Kane, Sara Paxton, Alexander John, Drew Seeley, Adrienne Bailon and Tom Wopat. The two-hour original movie, “Elixir” (working title), also features a stellar creative team in producer Debra Martin Chase and Terry Rossio, writers Terry Rossio & Jaylynn Bailey, choreographer Michael Rooney and director Sanaa Hamri. The movie will feature unforgettable covers as well as several original songs and show-stopping dance numbers. Principal shooting is scheduled to start September 26 in Pittsburgh, PA. This original movie is slated to premiere on ABC Family in 2012.

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ABC Family Orders More ‘Make it or Break It,’ ‘Lying Game,’ Plus Four New Pilots

ABC Family, the Millennial-skewing network, continues to go from strength-to-strength as it grows its lineup of groundbreaking original programming. To join this summer’s breakout hit, “Switched At Birth,” the network has given the greenlight to an additional season of “Make it or Break It” and a back-order pick-up of “The Lying Game,” it was announced today by Michael Riley, president ABC Family. Riley also announced development of four new pilots, including two dramas, “Bunheads” and “Intercept,” and two comedies, “Baby Daddy” and “Village People.”

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ABC Family Orders Full Season for ‘Switched at Birth’ to Air in 2012

ABC Family has given a back-season order of 22 episodes to the network’s one-hour original drama, “Switched at Birth,” giving the break-out series a full first season order, Michael Riley, President, ABC Family has announced. ”Switched at Birth,” premiering Monday nights at 9:00PM ET/PT, will air its summer finale on Monday, August 8th. The series, which premiered this June with a 10-episode episode order, is scheduled to return in early 2012.

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‘The Lying Game,’ a New Original Series on ABC Family, Premieres August 15

Separated at birth, identical twins Emma Becker and Sutton Mercer have led very different lives, each oblivious to the other’s existence until circumstances bring them back together. Yearning for the family she never had, Emma agrees to help Sutton with her plan to find their birth parents, setting in motion a web of secrecy and lies, in the ABC Family new original series, “The Lying Game,” premiering on Monday, August 15th at 9:00 pm ET/PT.

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ABC Family Original Movie, ‘Teen Spirit,’ Premieres August 7

Blind ambition and bad behavior have a queen bee headed for a fiery demise unless she can pull off a high school miracle — turning a shy, unassuming wallflower into Prom Queen material, in the ABC Family two-hour original movie, “Teen Spirit,” starring Cassie Scerbo (“Make It Or Break It,” “Bring It On: In It To Win It”), Lindsey Shaw (“10 Things I Hate About You,” “Pretty Little Liars”) and Tim Gunn (upcoming “The Smurfs” feature, “Project Runway”), premiering Sunday, August 7 at 8:00PM ET/PT. The movie premieres as part of the network’s annual “Campus Crush” programming event.

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