Disney Names Adam Sanderson as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications

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Adam SandersonThe Walt Disney Company today announced the promotion of Adam Sanderson to senior vice president, corporate communications. The announcement was made by Zenia Mucha, executive vice president and chief communications officer of The Walt Disney Company. In his new role, Mr. Sanderson will oversee D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Disney Corporate Creative Resources and the Walt Disney Archives.

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‘Mystery Girls,’ ‘Young & Hungry’ Comedy Series Announced for ABC Family in 2014

ABC Family announced today the pick-up of two half-hour comedy series ‘Mystery Girls,’ starring and executive produced by Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth, and ‘Young & Hungry,’ starring Emily Osment, from executive producer Ashley Tisdale. Production will commence on both series in Los Angeles in early 2014, and both will premiere in 2014.

ABC Family President, Tom Ascheim said, ‘It’s great to start the new year and my tenure at ABC Family with the pickup of these two funny original series. ABC Family’s comedy lineup continues to resonate with our audience and I’m thrilled to boost that momentum by adding “Mystery Girls” and “Young & Hungry,” which are sure to become fan favorites.’

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‘WATCH ABC Family’ Platform to Launch Monday, January 6

Dedicated to expanding its network and channel brands and content across multiple platforms and devices, Disney/ABC Television Group announced today that the new WATCH ABC Family authenticated service will launch on Monday, January 6, 2014. Similar to DATG’s WATCH ABC and suite of WATCH DISNEY services, the new WATCH ABC Family offering will allow viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on demand access to such popular series as ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ ‘Switched at Birth,’ ‘The Fosters,’ ‘Baby Daddy’ and ‘Melissa & Joey’ at home and on-the-go via a wide array of devices.

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PHOTO: Nolan Gould of ‘Modern Family’ Spends Time with Goofy at Walt Disney World

Nolan Gould (Matt Stroshane/Disney)Actor Nolan Gould, 15, who portrays Luke Dunphy on the hit ABC comedy series ‘Modern Family,’ poses yesterday, December 30 with Goofy (dressed as ‘Father Time’ to celebrate the New Year) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

‘Modern Family’ returns with new episodes on January 8, 2014.

Photo by Matt Stroshane, Courtesy Walt Disney World

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‘Henry Hugglemonster: Meet the Hugglemonsters’ on DVD in January

'Henry Hugglemonster: Meet the Hugglemonsters'Welcome to the newest, happiest, most monster-rific spot on the map — the wondrous land of Roarsville — where five-year old Henry Hugglemonster lives, plays and learns something ‘roarsome’ every day! Together with his loving parents and grandparents, big brother Cobby, sister Summer, baby bro Ivor and a town full of cuddly monsters, Henry embraces all the joys and challenges of growing up. Whether he’s helping his sister put on a show, setting up a hugglejuice stand or entering his monsterdog Beckett in a pet pageant, he’s always discovering new ways to be the best brother, friend and monster he can be! Packed with over two hours of song-filled fun, teamwork and adventure, Henry Hugglemonster: Meet the Hugglemonsters will make your preschooler roar for more every time.

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Disney Channel’s ‘Descendants’ to Feature Teenage Kids of Classic Villains, Premiere in 2015

Disney's DescendantsCasting is underway for Disney’s Descendants, a contemporary live-action adventure-comedy that taps into Disney’s heritage characters — notably its most evil villains — to introduce their progeny, a modern day generation of teenagers who ultimately question the evil that’s always been in their hearts.

Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer of Disney’s record-setting High School Musical TV movies and feature film, returns to Disney Channel to direct Descendants. The casting directors are Natalie Hart and Jason La Padura, C.S.A..

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ABC to Continue Airing ‘Peanuts’ Animated Specials Through 2020

The ABC Television Network proudly announced today that it has extended its relationship with the popular ‘Peanuts’ animated specials by Charles M. Schulz in a deal with Peanuts Worldwide LLC and Lee Mendelson Film Productions until 2020. The beloved Emmy Award-winning specials created by Charles M. Schulz and produced and animated by Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez began airing on ABC in December 2001. The ‘Peanuts’ animated holiday specials include ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,’ ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ and the iconic ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ which first aired on television in 1965, and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the coming year.

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ABC Announces 2013-2014 Midseason Premiere and Return Dates for Series

The ABC Television Network announced midseason premiere dates today for new series ‘The Assets,’ ‘Killer Women,’ ‘Mind Games’ and ‘Mixology.’ In addition, the network has scheduled premiere dates for the new season of ‘The Bachelor’ with Juan Pablo Galavis, critically acclaimed comedy ‘Suburgatory,’ and the cooking competition series ‘The Taste,’ now expanded to two hours. Previously announced new drama series ‘Resurrection’ will now premiere at 9:00 pm on Sunday, March 9 and ‘Revenge’ will move into the 10:00 p.m. time slot on that date.

Below are ABC’s midseason premiere dates (all times ET):

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2

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ABC Family’s ’25 Days of Christmas’ 2013 Schedule

ABC Family’s annual ’25 Days of Christmas,’ cable’s biggest programming event of the year, will return with 25 continuous days of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family. From December 1–25, viewers can ring in the holidays with original movies, holiday specials and returning favorites.

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‘Bachelor’ Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici Wedding to Air Live in January

Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, the latest to join other ‘Bachelor’ couples who have walked down the aisle, will share a dramatic new chapter of their love story with millions of viewers and Bachelor Nation when ABC televises their much anticipated wedding — live, on ‘The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine’s Wedding,’ Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. This will mark the first time ever a ‘Bachelor’ wedding has been telecast live.

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