ABC Entertainment Group Announces Reorganization of Creative, Business and Operational Functions

Completing a process begun in January, ABC Entertainment Group President Stephen McPherson today announced the Group’s final organizational structure. Effective immediately, Business Affairs, Business Development, Casting, Program Planning, Scheduling and Distribution will be managed as integrated areas, while ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios retain separate creative teams, with each combining development and current programming roles.

In making the announcement, Mr. McPherson said: “The new organization will strengthen our position as a top quality content engine and promote a healthier business model to sustain it. The structural changes we have put in place ensure a cohesive vision from a creative, production and business standpoint, and will make us a stronger, more efficient team more seamlessly focused on common goals.”

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Walt Disney Animation Studios Announces First ABC Television Special this Holiday Season

The first television special for ABC produced by the Walt Disney Animation Studios,  “Prep & Landing” reveals the never-before-told tale of an elite unit of Elves known as Prep & Landing. Every Christmas Eve this high-tech organization ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared for the yearly visit from The Big Guy, their code name for Santa Claus. The animated special will air during the 2009-10 television season.

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Ford and ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ Looking for Community Heroes

Ford Motor Company and partner ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” are still eagerly searching for community Heroes looking to make a difference. The Heroes F-150 campaign is awarding an all new 2009 Ford F-150 and $250,000 to help build or rebuild a portion of a community. Entries are still being accepted at www.TheHeroesF150.com. Participants can nominate their Hero until May 31.

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ABC Takes Replica ‘Wipeout’ Course on the Road – Details and Full Schedule

From May 10 through June 14, Those Daring Enough Will Get to Participate in the “Wipeout” Road Trip, Featuring the Spinning Log Roller and Sucker Punch Wall, for a Chance to Win Fun Prizes!

Just like the popular “Wipeout” obstacle course that delivers laughs, moans and groans to your living room, daring participants will get a chance to partake in the “Wipeout” Road Trip with a modified replica of the course. The replicated course will be set up outdoors and will feature the ever popular Spinning Log Roller and Sucker Punch Wall that will offer participants a chance to win ABC and “Wipeout” branded prizes which may include water bottles, rally towels and t-shirts.

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ABC.com Introduces Music Lounge for Music Featured on its Television Programs

Beginning today, in response to viewers’ love for not only their favorite ABC shows, but also the music in them, ABC Entertainment launches the ABC Music Lounge on ABC.com, providing users with an interactive online music experience that is uniquely ABC. Reflective of the network’s commitment to using digital platforms to deepen its relationship with viewers, the ABC Music Lounge showcases everything about the music and artists featured on ABC’s popular primetime schedule, offering a deep catalog of music-related content.

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ABC Launches YouTube Channel

ABC News announced today the launch of its branded channel on YouTube, youtube.com/ABCNEWS, featuring short form news content. The channel will include breaking news as it happens, highlights from newsmaker interviews, as well as ABC News programming from morning to night — including “Good Morning America,” “World News with Charles Gibson,” “Nightline,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” “20/20″ and “Primetime” limited series.

“We look forward to expanding our online audience for ABC News reporting on our new YouTube channel,” said David Westin, president, ABC News. “ABC News audiences will now be able to watch us on one of the top video portals on the Internet.”

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Jonas Brothers to Premiere ‘Paranoid’ on Radio Disney, Perform on Good Morning America

On Thursday, May 7, JoBros fans will be able to hear the world premiere of  ‘Paranoid,’ the first single off their upcoming album ‘Lines, Vines & Trying Times’ (to be released June 15). Tune into Radio Disney at 4 pm EST to check it out.

About a week before their world tour kicks off, the band will also be appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America in New York City as part of its summer concert series. The JoBros will be performing for the show on June 12. Fans interested in attending the performance are asked to arrive at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield via the 69th street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6:00 a.m., when the park opens to the public.

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Disney to Soften Your Brain on Hulu with Current and Classic ABC Shows, Soaps, Disney Channel and More!

LOS ANGELES — Hulu and The Walt Disney Company today announced that Disney, through a subsidiary of ABC Enterprises Inc., has agreed to join NBC Universal, News Corporation and Providence Equity Partners as a joint venture partner and equity owner of Hulu, a leading online aggregator of video content. Upon closing, the agreement will enhance Hulu’s programming line-up through the expanded online distribution of Disney’s most popular current and library primetime series and library feature films. In particular, full-length episodes of hit current and library programs like Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Private Practice, Ugly Betty, Scrubs, Greek, Hope and Faith, Less Than Perfect, Wizards of Waverly Place, Phineas and Ferb, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, General Hospital, The View and The Secret Life of the American Teenager will soon be streamed on Hulu on an ad-supported basis.

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Regis Returns for ‘Millionaire’ 10th Anniversary Run in August

Variety is reporting that ABC will celebrate Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’s tenth anniversary by bringing the show back to prime-time with Regis Philbin returning as host. The show will run Sunday through Thursdays from August 9 through August 23 at 8pm.

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ABC Daytime and SOAPNet Present Stagecoach Country Music Festival in California

ABC Daytime and SOAPnet have signed on as the presenting sponsor of the 2009 Stagecoach Country Music Festival powered by Toyota. The event, held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, will be a part of ABC Daytime and SOAPnet’s Soap Nation Tour, an ongoing initiative to bring the stars to more fans in more cities more often. As part of the sponsorship, actors from all three soaps, “All My Children” (AMC), “One Life To Live” (OLTL) and “General Hospital” (GH), will be integrated into the event, introducing musical acts and interacting with fans on the Mane Stage. Additionally, ABC and SOAPnet will hold autograph sessions and run giveaways from a branded RV and tent onsite. Talent confirmed to attend (subject to change) include Bobbie Eakes and Aiden Turner from “All My Children,” Bree Williamson from “One Life To Live,” and Brandon Barash, Steve Burton, Rebecca Herbst, Kirsten Storms, Jason Thompson and Laura Wright from “General Hospital.” Go to www.soapnet.com for additional details.

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