Touchstone Television Productions, LLC, d/b/a ABC Studios is an American television production studio under the Disney Television Studios unit of Walt Disney Television. ABC Studios was established as the Touchstone Television banner in 1985 and given its current name on May 28, 2007; the Touchstone Films banner was used for TV by then-new Disney CEO Michael Eisner in the 1984–1985 television season, with the short lived western Wildside. Touchstone was a banner of Walt Disney Studios. In the next season, Disney's TV production unit produced a hit in The Golden Girls using the Touchstone Films brand. On April 18, 1989, Walt Disney Television and Touchstone Television were grouped together under Garth Ancier, the then-president of network television for[Walt Disney Studios. With difficulties of selling in the off-network syndicated market, Disney television executives decided in late September 1990 that Hull High on NBC, or a potential NBC mid-season replacement in Disney Action-Adventure Hour, would be its last hour-long drama.
High's pilot did cost the company $4.5 million. In 1992, Touchstone TV moved into producing longer forms for TV, focusing on more adult-oriented fare with its first telefilm for CBS about Edna Buchanan, a Miami Herald crime reporter who would win a Pulitzer Prize. On August 24, 1994, with Jeffrey Katzenberg's resignation, Richard Frank became head of Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications, a new group taking Touchstone Television and other TV units out of the Disney studios. In April 1996, due to the ongoing post-Disney-CC/ABC merger realignment and the retirement of its president, Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications' divisions were reassigned to other groups, with Touchstone Television transferred to The Walt Disney Studios. On November 1, 1997, David Neuman assumed the presidency of Touchstone TV while retaining his post as president of Walt Disney Network Television. In March 1998, Touchstone TV was placed under Buena Vista Television Productions, a newly formed group under chairman Lloyd Braun, along with Walt Disney Network Television.
By June 1999, Neuman left for the Digital Entertainment Network. In 2000, Touchstone Television created two departments for comedy in September, a department for drama in December. While two of their pilots were in consideration to be picked up by ABC in April 2003, Tollin/Robbins Productions signed a two-year development deal with Touchstone Television, which included a two-year option, shares in profits and outside sales. In February 2007, Touchstone Television was renamed ABC Television Studios as part of Disney's push to drop secondary brands like Buena Vista in favor of the Disney, ABC and ESPN brands. In June 2009, ABC Entertainment announced a new organization, effective as ABC Entertainment Group, while consolidating back office functions like business affairs and scheduling of ABC Studios and ABC Entertainment and retaining separate creative units. In January 2010, Disney-ABC Television Group announced. In October 2012, ABC Studios formed its Signature unit to sell to outside networks.
In early 2016, ABC Studios International was set up with the appointment of Keli Lee as its managing director of international content and talent, combined with her move to London. The unit, announced at MIPCOM in October 2016, would allow more overseas local productions, leveraging fellow Disney Media Network expertises in distribution and production for the local and international co-productions, IP reinventions, original format acquisitions and productions; this would add to Disney-ABC's international productions in Latin America, where the company has 16 years of producing local content. In April 2017, the international unit greenlit its first co-production, the Australian series Harrow. Lee signed a first look deal with Hoodlum Entertainment, the co-producers of Harrow,by February 2018. With ABC picking up the international unit's Reef Break in August 2018, ABC Studios started co-producing. In August 2017, Ryan Seacrest Productions left CBS at the end of their deal to move over to ABC Studios.
Following the expansion of its cable/streaming unit, ABC Studios launched a new alternative division for the full range of unscripted work, from documentaries to game shows to social experiment series. The former executive vice president of development and production at Ryan Seacrest Productions, along with Fernando Hernandez, the former head of Universal Television Alternative Studios, were hired by the studio to lead the division around January 2018; this division was announced in October 2018 with a small slate under production executive Gareth Provan, an in-house development group called The Originals Group. The division is tapping existing production companies with deals at ABC Studios, including Ryan Seacrest Productions, Larry Wilmore's Wilmore Films and Bob Sertner Productions, in addition to partnerships that Hernandez has developed, including those with Mission Control Media, Parker Paige Media, INE Entertainment, Party Pit Productions. With the acquisition of 21st Century Fox closing on March 20, 2019, ABC Studios became a subsidiary of Disney Television Studios.
In July 2019, Disney TV Studios announced a reorganization in executive leadership. Fox TV executives Jonnie Davis and Josh Sussman have replaced Patrick Moran and Howard Davine as president and executive vice president of business affairs of ABC Studios respectively, it was announced that Amy Hartwick, the studio's head of the comedy department, has exited. In September 2019, ABC Studios' alternative division head Hernandez exited the post, with ABC indicating that they would remain in the businesses. ABC Studios International head L
The Lesko Stone is a distinctive rock formation in the forest near the city of Lesko in the Bieszczady Mountains in Poland. It is most a result of glacial movements in the area and the whole formation is believed to have been carried to the present site by a glacier; the stone is over 65 feet tall and is a work of erosion. Its peculiar shape was further pronounced. Despite being an environmentally protected site it is scaled by climbers and outdoor enthusiasts, it can be reached by following a lengthy tourist trail from Lesko or from a road 300 feet away. The stone is an important aspect of local culture with a number of legends related to its shape and origin; the most popular of those is related to the 16th century church in Lesko which claims the stone is a remnant of a failed attempt by the devil to destroy Christianity in the area. A variation of this story links the stone to a number of monasteries in the area. Many more legends exist and some of them are told on plaques fixed to the stone.
Because of its location on the main route through the Bieszczady Mountains the Lesko Stone is mentioned several times in literature. The stone's beauty was an inspiration for a poem about it written by Aleksander Fredro and appears in his other works, it was written about by Oskar Kolberg, Stanisław Staszic, Wincenty Pol among others
Susannah Taylor or Susannah Cook was a British socialite and correspondent. Susannah was the daughter of Aramathea Maria Phillips, she was born in Norwich in 1755. In 1777 she married John Taylor, a businessman and hymn writer, their home was a radical social gathering. Guests included Sir James Edward Smith, the botanist, Henry Crabb Robinson, the barrister, Robert Southey, poet laureate, Cecilia Windham, wife of William Windham, Sir James Mackintosh. Mackintosh described the house as a "haven" with Susannah described as intelligent and knowledgeable. Others guests at the house were William Enfield, some early supporters of the French Revolution: Edward Rigby, James Alderson and his daughter Amelia. Susannah was said to have danced for joy. Susannah was called Madame Roland by her close friends as she was said to look like the French revolutionist. John and Susannah raised seven children to be honest, to avoid debt, to take control of their business dealings, their children were John. S. A. Author of The Glory of Regality, Papers in relation to the Antient Topography of the Eastern Counties, Sarah, wife of John Austin, the jurist.
Susannah was responsible for the education of her daughters. Susannah died in June 1823 and there is a memorial to her and her husband inside the Octagon Chapel, Norwich