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Touchstone Pictures was an American film distribution label of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, created and owned by The Walt Disney Company. Feature films released under the Touchstone label were produced and financed by The Walt Disney Studios, and featured more mature themes targeted towards adult audiences than typical Disney releases. As such, Touchstone was merely a brand of the studio and did not exist as a distinct business operation.

Touchstone Pictures
FormerlyTouchstone Films (1984–1986)
TypeLabel
IndustryMotion Pictures
FoundedFebruary 15, 1984; 38 years ago (1984-02-15)
FounderRon W. Miller
DefunctDecember 20, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-12-20)
FateDefunct
SuccessorLibrary:
Walt Disney Studios
20th Century Studios
Searchlight Pictures
HeadquartersWalt Disney Studios,
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Sean Bailey (2010–2016)
ProductsMotion pictures
ParentWalt Disney Studios

Established on February 15, 1984, by then-Disney CEO Ron W. Miller as Touchstone Films, Touchstone operated as an active film production division of Walt Disney Studios during the 1980s through the early 2010s, releasing a majority of the studio's PG-13 and R-rated films. In 2009, Disney entered into a five-year, thirty picture distribution deal with DreamWorks Pictures by which DreamWorks' productions would be released through the Touchstone banner; the label then distributed DreamWorks'[disambiguation needed] films from 2011 to 2016.

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Due to increased public assumption that Disney films were aimed at children and families, films produced by the Walt Disney Productions began to falter at the box office as a result. This began in 1975 with the release of Escape to Witch Mountain and its 1978 sequel. In late 1979, Walt Disney Productions released The Black Hole, a science-fiction movie that was the studio's first production to receive a PG rating (the company, however, had already distributed via Buena Vista Distribution its first PG-rated film, Take Down almost a year before the release of The Black Hole).

Over the next few years, Disney experimented with more PG-rated fare, such as the horror-mystery The Watcher in the Woods, the spy-themed comedy Condorman[citation needed] and the Paramount Pictures co-produced fantasy epic Dragonslayer. With Disney's 1982 slate of PG-rated films, which included the thriller drama Night Crossing and the science-fiction film Tron, the company lost over $27 million. Tron was considered a potential Star Wars-level success film by the film division.

In late 1982, Disney vice president of production Tom Wilhite announced that they would produce and release more mature films under a new brand. Wilhite elaborated to The New York Times: ''We won't get into horror or exploitive sex, but using a non-Disney name will allow us wider latitude in the maturity of the subject matter and the edge we can add to the humor.'' One of the first films expected to be released under this new brand included Trenchcoat, a comedy caper starring Margot Kidder and Robert Hays; by the time the film opened on March 11, 1983, no production company credit was included in the released prints.

A loss of $33 million was registered by the film division in 1983 with the majority resulting from such films as the horror-fantasy adaptation of Ray Bradbury's novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, the horror-comedy The Devil and Max Devlin starring Elliott Gould and Bill Cosby, the dramas Tex and Never Cry Wolf, the latter being a PG release that featured male nudity, and the dark fantasy film Return to Oz did well as the studio downplayed the film's association with the Disney brand.

Touchstone Films

Touchstone Films was started by then-Disney CEO Ron W. Miller on February 15, 1984, as a label for their PG films with an expected three to four movies released under the label. Touchstone's first film was Splash, a huge hit for grossing $68 million at the domestic box office was released that year. Incoming Disney CEO Michael Eisner and film chief Jeffrey Katzenberg considered renaming the label to Hollywood Pictures.

In 1986, Down and Out in Beverly Hills was another early success for Touchstone and was Disney's first R-rated film, followed in 1987 by Disney's first PG-13 rated film, Adventures in Babysitting. Disney increased the momentum with additional PG-13 and R-rated films with Ruthless People (1986), Outrageous Fortune (1987), Tin Men (1987), and other top movies. In April 1985, movies by Touchstone Films were licensed to Showtime/The Movie Channel for five years starting in 1986.

Touchstone Pictures

Touchstone Films was renamed Touchstone Pictures after the release of Ruthless People in 1986. With the Touchstone movies, Disney moved to the top of box office receipts beating out all the other major film studios by 1988. In April 1988, Touchstone became a unit of Walt Disney Pictures with newly appointed president Ricardo Mestres.

On October 23, 1990, The Walt Disney Company formed Touchwood Pacific Partners I to supplant the Silver Screen Partners partnership series as their movie studios' primary funding source.

With several production companies getting out of film production or closing shop by December 1988, the Walt Disney Studios announced the formation of the Hollywood Pictures division, which would only share marketing and distribution with Touchstone, to fill the void. Mestres was appointed president of Hollywood. In July 1992, Touchstone agreed to an exclusive, first-look production and distribution agreement with Merchant Ivory Productions to last three years.

Following the success of the Disney-branded PG-13-rated Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003, and other films that in the 1980s and 1990s would have been released as Touchstone or Hollywood Pictures films, Disney weighed distribution of films more toward Disney-branded films and away from Touchstone Pictures, though not entirely disbanding them as it continued to use the Touchstone label for R and most PG-13 rated fare. In 2006, Disney limited Touchstone's output to two or three films in favor of Walt Disney Pictures titles due to an increase in film industry costs. Disney indicated scaling back on using multiple brands in 2007 with the renaming of Touchstone Television to ABC Television Studio in February and the outright elimination of the Buena Vista brand in April. On January 14, 2010, Sean Bailey was appointed the president of live-action production at Walt Disney Studios, overseeing all films produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Touchstone.

Distribution label

Disney revived Touchstone in 2009 to serve as a distribution label for DreamWorks Studios' films. Disney financed DreamWorks productions with $90 million more available under its agreement if DreamWorks could not get additional equity funding. In 2012, Disney reportedly was in early stages in considering Touchstone's fate, including a possible sale.

Following Disney's decision not to renew their long-standing deal with Jerry Bruckheimer Films in 2013, producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed that he insisted on revitalizing the Touchstone label for production. Disney was uninterested, with studio chairman Alan Horn admitting that Touchstone's output had been reduced to distributing DreamWorks' films as those films were in the label's interest. In addition to DreamWorks' films, Touchstone also released non Disney-branded animated films such as Gnomeo & Juliet, The Wind Rises, and Strange Magic.

By the end of the DreamWorks deal in August 2016, Disney had distributed 14 of DreamWorks' original 30-picture agreement, with thirteen through Touchstone. The deal ended with The Light Between Oceans being the final theatrical film released by Disney under the Touchstone banner. Universal Pictures then replaced Disney as DreamWorks' distributor. Disney retained the film rights to these DreamWorks films in perpetuity as compensation for the studio's outstanding loan.

Succession

As of 2017, following the release of The Light Between Oceans, the label was shuttered and remained defunct. Since then, several other Disney divisions have produced or are developing television series and films based on previous Touchstone properties—such as Turner & Hooch, High Fidelity, Three Men and a Baby, Sister Act, and Real Steelfor Disney+ and Hulu. Following the acquisition of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox in 2019, both 20th Century Studios (formerly 20th Century Fox) and Searchlight Pictures (formerly Fox Searchlight Pictures) labels currently release the majority of adult and mature content produced by Walt Disney Studios.

Some well-known Touchstone Pictures releases include Beaches, Turner & Hooch, Splash, The Waterboy, The Color of Money, Good Morning, Vietnam, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Dead Poets Society, Pretty Woman, Sister Act, Ed Wood, Dick Tracy, The Insider, The Royal Tenenbaums, Sweet Home Alabama, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Help, War Horse, Lincoln, and Bridge of Spies. Its highest-grossing film release is Armageddon. Although animated films produced by Walt Disney Studios are primarily released by Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone's animated releases include the original theatrical release of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Gnomeo & Juliet, The Wind Rises, and Strange Magic. Six Touchstone films have received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture; Dead Poets Society, The Insider, The Help, War Horse, Lincoln, and Bridge of Spies.

Through Touchstone, Disney's first R-rated film, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, came on January 31, 1986, and was a large box-office success. Ruthless People followed on June 27, 1986, and was also very successful. Both of these pictures starred Bette Midler, who had signed a six-picture deal with Disney and became a major film star again with these hits as well as Beaches and Outrageous Fortune.

One of the key producers behind Touchstone films was Jerry Bruckheimer, who had a production deal with Disney from 1993 to 2014. His Touchstone titles include The Ref, Con Air, Armageddon, Enemy of the State, Gone in 60 Seconds, Coyote Ugly, and Pearl Harbor. In addition, Bruckheimer has also produced several other films released under the Disney and Hollywood labels.

Distribution

Releases from Touchstone Pictures were distributed theatrically by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and through home media platforms by Buena Vista Home Entertainment (branded as "Touchstone Home Entertainment").

Highest-grossing films

Highest-grossing films in North America
Rank Title Year Box office gross
1 Signs 2002 $227,966,634
2 Armageddon 1998 $201,578,182
3 Pearl Harbor 2001 $198,542,554
4 Lincoln 2012 $182,207,973
5 Pretty Woman 1990 $178,406,268
6 The Help 2011 $169,708,112
7 Wild Hogs 2007 $168,273,550
8 Three Men and a Baby 1987 $167,780,960
9 The Proposal 2009 $163,958,031
10 The Waterboy 1998 $161,491,646
11 Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 $156,452,370
12 Sister Act 1992 $139,605,150
13 Ransom 1996 $136,492,681
14 Bringing Down the House 2003 $132,716,677
15 Sweet Home Alabama 2002 $127,223,418
16 Good Morning, Vietnam 1987 $123,922,370
17 The Village 2004 $114,197,520
18 Enemy of the State 1998 $111,549,836
19 Phenomenon 1996 $104,636,382
20 Dick Tracy 1990 $103,738,726
21 Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 $101,648,571
22 Con Air 1997 $101,117,573
23 Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 $99,967,670
24 Dead Poets Society 1989 $95,860,116
25 Unbreakable 2000 $95,011,339
Highest-grossing films worldwide
Rank Title Year Box office gross
1 Armageddon 1998 $553,709,788
2 Pretty Woman 1990 $463,406,268
3 Pearl Harbor 2001 $449,220,945
4 Signs 2002 $408,247,917
5 Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 $329,803,958
6 The Proposal 2009 $317,375,031
7 Ransom 1996 $309,492,681
8 Real Steel 2011 $299,268,508
9 Lincoln 2012 $275,293,450
10 The Village 2004 $256,697,520
11 Wild Hogs 2007 $253,625,427
12 Enemy of the State 1998 $250,649,836
13 Unbreakable 2000 $248,118,121
14 Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 $237,202,299
15 Dead Poets Society 1989 $235,860,116
16 Sister Act 1992 $231,605,150
17 Con Air 1997 $224,012,234
18 Flightplan 2005 $223,387,299
19 The Help 2011 $216,639,112
20 King Arthur 2004 $203,567,857
21 Need for Speed 2014 $203,277,636
22 Gnomeo & Juliet 2011 $193,967,670
23 The Waterboy 1998 $185,991,646
24 Sweet Home Alabama 2002 $180,622,424
25 War Horse 2011 $177,584,879

Touchstone Television

Touchstone Television served as Touchstone Pictures' counterpart label for television programming, producing television series including The Golden Girls, Blossom, Home Improvement, My Wife and Kids, Desperate Housewives, Lost, Grey's Anatomy, Scrubs, Criminal Minds, and Monk. In 2007, the company was renamed ABC Studios, as part of a move by Disney to re-align its studios around core brands such as ABC.

On August 10, 2020, Disney announced that it would revive the Touchstone Television brand as a renaming of Fox 21 Television Studios, as part of its phase-out of the "Fox" brand from the studios it acquired from 21st Century Fox. At the same time, the existing ABC Studios was renamed ABC Signature.

However, about four months later in December 2020, Disney announced the revived Touchstone Television label would be folded into 20th Television.

Touchstone Games

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Touchstone Games
IndustryVideo games
Founded2007; 15 years ago (2007)
Defunct2008; 14 years ago (2008)

By the end of 2007, Disney's video game subsidiary Buena Vista Games began to produce material under its own Touchstone imprint. It is an short-lived video game division of Touchstone Pictures. As is the case with its motion picture and television counterparts, Touchstone Games merely acted as a label/imprint of Disney Interactive and not its own entity. The first such release was the Turok video game in 2008.

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Touchstone Pictures Article Talk Language Watch Edit This article is about the feature film label For the television production company formerly named Touchstone Television see ABC Signature For the television production company formerly named Fox 21 Television Studios see Touchstone Television Touchstone Pictures was an American film distribution label of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures created and owned by The Walt Disney Company Feature films released under the Touchstone label were produced and financed by The Walt Disney Studios and featured more mature themes targeted towards adult audiences than typical Disney releases 4 5 As such Touchstone was merely a brand of the studio and did not exist as a distinct business operation 1 Touchstone PicturesFormerlyTouchstone Films 1984 1986 TypeLabel 1 IndustryMotion PicturesFoundedFebruary 15 1984 38 years ago 1984 02 15 FounderRon W MillerDefunctDecember 20 2017 4 years ago 2017 12 20 2 FateDefunct 2 SuccessorLibrary Walt Disney Studios 20th Century Studios Searchlight PicturesHeadquartersWalt Disney Studios Burbank California U S Area servedWorldwideKey peopleSean Bailey 3 2010 2016 ProductsMotion picturesParentWalt Disney Studios Established on February 15 1984 6 by then Disney CEO Ron W Miller as Touchstone Films Touchstone operated as an active film production division of Walt Disney Studios during the 1980s through the early 2010s releasing a majority of the studio s PG 13 and R rated films In 2009 Disney entered into a five year thirty picture distribution deal with DreamWorks Pictures by which DreamWorks productions would be released through the Touchstone banner the label then distributed DreamWorks disambiguation needed films from 2011 to 2016 7 8 Contents 1 Background 2 History 2 1 Touchstone Films 2 2 Touchstone Pictures 2 3 Distribution label 2 3 1 Succession 3 Film library 3 1 Distribution 3 1 1 Highest grossing films 4 Related units 4 1 Touchstone Television 4 2 Touchstone Games 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External linksBackground EditDue to increased public assumption that Disney films were aimed at children and families films produced by the Walt Disney Productions began to falter at the box office as a result 6 This began in 1975 with the release of Escape to Witch Mountain and its 1978 sequel In late 1979 Walt Disney Productions released The Black Hole a science fiction movie that was the studio s first production to receive a PG rating the company however had already distributed via Buena Vista Distribution its first PG rated film Take Down almost a year before the release of The Black Hole 9 Over the next few years Disney experimented with more PG rated fare such as the horror mystery The Watcher in the Woods the spy themed comedy Condorman citation needed and the Paramount Pictures co produced fantasy epic Dragonslayer With Disney s 1982 slate of PG rated films which included the thriller drama Night Crossing and the science fiction film Tron the company lost over 27 million Tron was considered a potential Star Wars level success film by the film division In late 1982 Disney vice president of production Tom Wilhite announced that they would produce and release more mature films under a new brand Wilhite elaborated to The New York Times We won t get into horror or exploitive sex but using a non Disney name will allow us wider latitude in the maturity of the subject matter and the edge we can add to the humor One of the first films expected to be released under this new brand included Trenchcoat a comedy caper starring Margot Kidder and Robert Hays 10 by the time the film opened on March 11 1983 no production company credit was included in the released prints A loss of 33 million was registered by the film division in 1983 with the majority resulting from such films as the horror fantasy adaptation of Ray Bradbury s novel Something Wicked This Way Comes the horror comedy The Devil and Max Devlin starring Elliott Gould and Bill Cosby the dramas Tex and Never Cry Wolf the latter being a PG release that featured male nudity and the dark fantasy film Return to Oz did well as the studio downplayed the film s association with the Disney brand 6 History EditTouchstone Films Edit Touchstone Films was started by then Disney CEO Ron W Miller on February 15 1984 as a label for their PG films with an expected three to four movies released under the label Touchstone s first film was Splash a huge hit for grossing 68 million at the domestic box office was released that year 6 11 12 Incoming Disney CEO Michael Eisner and film chief Jeffrey Katzenberg considered renaming the label to Hollywood Pictures 13 In 1986 Down and Out in Beverly Hills was another early success for Touchstone and was Disney s first R rated film followed in 1987 by Disney s first PG 13 rated film Adventures in Babysitting Disney increased the momentum with additional PG 13 and R rated films with Ruthless People 1986 Outrageous Fortune 1987 Tin Men 1987 and other top movies 11 In April 1985 movies by Touchstone Films were licensed to Showtime The Movie Channel for five years starting in 1986 14 Touchstone Pictures Edit Touchstone Films was renamed Touchstone Pictures after the release of Ruthless People in 1986 With the Touchstone movies Disney moved to the top of box office receipts beating out all the other major film studios by 1988 11 In April 1988 Touchstone became a unit of Walt Disney Pictures with newly appointed president Ricardo Mestres 15 On October 23 1990 The Walt Disney Company formed Touchwood Pacific Partners I to supplant the Silver Screen Partners partnership series as their movie studios primary funding source 16 With several production companies getting out of film production or closing shop by December 1988 the Walt Disney Studios announced the formation of the Hollywood Pictures division which would only share marketing and distribution with Touchstone to fill the void Mestres was appointed president of Hollywood 13 In July 1992 Touchstone agreed to an exclusive first look production and distribution agreement with Merchant Ivory Productions to last three years 17 Following the success of the Disney branded PG 13 rated Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003 and other films that in the 1980s and 1990s would have been released as Touchstone or Hollywood Pictures films Disney weighed distribution of films more toward Disney branded films and away from Touchstone Pictures though not entirely disbanding them as it continued to use the Touchstone label for R and most PG 13 rated fare 1 In 2006 Disney limited Touchstone s output to two or three films in favor of Walt Disney Pictures titles due to an increase in film industry costs 18 Disney indicated scaling back on using multiple brands in 2007 with the renaming of Touchstone Television to ABC Television Studio in February and the outright elimination of the Buena Vista brand in April 19 17 On January 14 2010 Sean Bailey was appointed the president of live action production at Walt Disney Studios overseeing all films produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Touchstone 3 Distribution label Edit Disney revived Touchstone in 2009 to serve as a distribution label for DreamWorks Studios films 8 20 Disney financed DreamWorks productions with 90 million more available under its agreement if DreamWorks could not get additional equity funding In 2012 Disney reportedly was in early stages in considering Touchstone s fate including a possible sale 21 Following Disney s decision not to renew their long standing deal with Jerry Bruckheimer Films in 2013 producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed that he insisted on revitalizing the Touchstone label for production Disney was uninterested with studio chairman Alan Horn admitting that Touchstone s output had been reduced to distributing DreamWorks films as those films were in the label s interest 22 In addition to DreamWorks films Touchstone also released non Disney branded animated films such as Gnomeo amp Juliet The Wind Rises and Strange Magic 23 By the end of the DreamWorks deal in August 2016 Disney had distributed 14 of DreamWorks original 30 picture agreement with thirteen through Touchstone 24 25 The deal ended with The Light Between Oceans being the final theatrical film released by Disney under the Touchstone banner Universal Pictures then replaced Disney as DreamWorks distributor 26 27 Disney retained the film rights to these DreamWorks films in perpetuity as compensation for the studio s outstanding loan 28 Succession Edit As of 2017 following the release of The Light Between Oceans the label was shuttered and remained defunct Since then several other Disney divisions have produced or are developing television series and films based on previous Touchstone properties such as Turner amp Hooch High Fidelity Three Men and a Baby Sister Act and Real Steel for Disney and Hulu 2 29 30 31 Following the acquisition of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox in 2019 both 20th Century Studios formerly 20th Century Fox and Searchlight Pictures formerly Fox Searchlight Pictures labels currently release the majority of adult and mature content produced by Walt Disney Studios 32 Film library EditMain article List of Touchstone Pictures films Some well known Touchstone Pictures releases include Beaches Turner amp Hooch Splash The Waterboy The Color of Money Good Morning Vietnam Who Framed Roger Rabbit Dead Poets Society Pretty Woman Sister Act Ed Wood Dick Tracy The Insider The Royal Tenenbaums Sweet Home Alabama The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy The Help War Horse Lincoln and Bridge of Spies Its highest grossing film release is Armageddon Although animated films produced by Walt Disney Studios are primarily released by Walt Disney Pictures Touchstone s animated releases include the original theatrical release of The Nightmare Before Christmas Gnomeo amp Juliet The Wind Rises and Strange Magic Six Touchstone films have received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture Dead Poets Society The Insider The Help War Horse Lincoln and Bridge of Spies 33 Through Touchstone Disney s first R rated film Down and Out in Beverly Hills came on January 31 1986 and was a large box office success Ruthless People followed on June 27 1986 and was also very successful Both of these pictures starred Bette Midler who had signed a six picture deal with Disney and became a major film star again with these hits as well as Beaches and Outrageous Fortune One of the key producers behind Touchstone films was Jerry Bruckheimer who had a production deal with Disney from 1993 to 2014 34 35 His Touchstone titles include The Ref Con Air Armageddon Enemy of the State Gone in 60 Seconds Coyote Ugly and Pearl Harbor In addition Bruckheimer has also produced several other films released under the Disney and Hollywood labels Distribution Edit Releases from Touchstone Pictures were distributed theatrically by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and through home media platforms by Buena Vista Home Entertainment branded as Touchstone Home Entertainment 36 Highest grossing films Edit Highest grossing films in North America 37 Rank Title Year Box office gross1 Signs 2002 227 966 6342 Armageddon 1998 201 578 1823 Pearl Harbor 2001 198 542 5544 Lincoln 2012 182 207 9735 Pretty Woman 1990 178 406 2686 The Help 2011 169 708 1127 Wild Hogs 2007 168 273 5508 Three Men and a Baby 1987 167 780 9609 The Proposal 2009 163 958 03110 The Waterboy 1998 161 491 64611 Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 156 452 37012 Sister Act 1992 139 605 15013 Ransom 1996 136 492 68114 Bringing Down the House 2003 132 716 67715 Sweet Home Alabama 2002 127 223 41816 Good Morning Vietnam 1987 123 922 37017 The Village 2004 114 197 52018 Enemy of the State 1998 111 549 83619 Phenomenon 1996 104 636 38220 Dick Tracy 1990 103 738 72621 Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 101 648 57122 Con Air 1997 101 117 57323 Gnomeo amp Juliet 2011 99 967 67024 Dead Poets Society 1989 95 860 11625 Unbreakable 2000 95 011 339 Highest grossing films worldwide Rank Title Year Box office gross1 Armageddon 1998 553 709 7882 Pretty Woman 1990 463 406 2683 Pearl Harbor 2001 449 220 9454 Signs 2002 408 247 9175 Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 329 803 9586 The Proposal 2009 317 375 0317 Ransom 1996 309 492 6818 Real Steel 2011 299 268 5089 Lincoln 2012 275 293 45010 The Village 2004 256 697 52011 Wild Hogs 2007 253 625 42712 Enemy of the State 1998 250 649 83613 Unbreakable 2000 248 118 12114 Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 237 202 29915 Dead Poets Society 1989 235 860 11616 Sister Act 1992 231 605 15017 Con Air 1997 224 012 23418 Flightplan 2005 223 387 29919 The Help 2011 216 639 11220 King Arthur 2004 203 567 85721 Need for Speed 2014 203 277 63622 Gnomeo amp Juliet 2011 193 967 67023 The Waterboy 1998 185 991 64624 Sweet Home Alabama 2002 180 622 42425 War Horse 2011 177 584 879Related units EditTouchstone Television Edit Main articles ABC Signature and Touchstone Television Touchstone Television served as Touchstone Pictures counterpart label for television programming producing television series including The Golden Girls Blossom Home Improvement My Wife and Kids Desperate Housewives Lost Grey s Anatomy Scrubs Criminal Minds and Monk In 2007 the company was renamed ABC Studios as part of a move by Disney to re align its studios around core brands such as ABC 19 On August 10 2020 Disney announced that it would revive the Touchstone Television brand as a renaming of Fox 21 Television Studios as part of its phase out of the Fox brand from the studios it acquired from 21st Century Fox At the same time the existing ABC Studios was renamed ABC Signature 38 39 However about four months later in December 2020 Disney announced the revived Touchstone Television label would be folded into 20th Television Touchstone Games Edit Main article Disney Interactive Studios This section does not cite any sources Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed May 2022 Learn how and when to remove this template message Touchstone GamesIndustryVideo gamesFounded2007 15 years ago 2007 Defunct2008 14 years ago 2008 By the end of 2007 Disney s video game subsidiary Buena Vista Games began to produce material under its own Touchstone imprint It is an short lived video game division of Touchstone Pictures As is the case with its motion picture and television counterparts Touchstone Games merely acted as a label imprint of Disney Interactive and not its own entity The first such release was the Turok video game in 2008 References Edit a b c Letter signed by Thomas O Staggs Senior Executive Vice President amp Chief Financial Officer The Walt Disney Company to the U S Securities and Exchange Commission March 1 2007 Retrieved on May 6 2013 a b c Barnes Brooks August 5 2018 Disney s Streaming Service Starts to Come Into Focus The New York Times Retrieved July 12 2020 a b Graser Marc January 14 2010 Disney names Sean Bailey production chief Variety Retrieved July 12 2020 McClintock Pamela September 24 2015 Will Steven Spielberg Drop the DreamWorks Name The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved October 4 2015 Deitchman Beth March 7 2014 It s Been 30 Years Since Touchstone Pictures Splash y Debut Disney D23 Retrieved August 29 2014 a b c d Harmetz Aljean February 16 1984 Touchstone Label to Replace Disney Name on Some Films The New York Times ISSN 0362 4331 Retrieved February 17 2019 The Walt Disney Company 2011 Annual Financial Report PDF The Walt Disney Company Retrieved December 30 2012 Page 12 a b Graser Marc Siegel Tatiana February 9 2009 Disney signs deal with DreamWorks Variety Retrieved April 24 2019 Disney plans show for older viewers July 28 1980 Retrieved February 21 2016 Harmetz Aljean September 30 1982 Reporter s Notebook Disney Banking on Tex to Rewin Teen Agers The New York Times ISSN 0362 4331 Retrieved February 17 2019 a b c The Walt Disney Company History Company Profiles fundinguniverse com Retrieved November 6 2012 1984 Yearly Chart for Domestic Grosses at boxofficemojo com Retrieved on May 25 2007 a b Harmetz Aljean December 2 1988 COMPANY NEWS Disney Expansion Set Film Output to Double The New York Times ISSN 0362 4331 Retrieved February 17 2019 Two Studios Announce Exclusive Cable Deals The New York Times April 25 1986 ISSN 0362 4331 Retrieved February 17 2019 People Los Angeles County Los Angeles Times April 13 1988 Retrieved March 17 2015 Disney Japan Investors Join in Partnership Movies Group will become main source of finance for all live action films at the company s three studios Los Angeles Times Associated Press October 23 1990 Retrieved July 18 2012 a b Fox David J July 27 1992 An Unlikely Trio Merchant Ivory and Disney Movies The Howards End team agrees to a three year deal that will give their artful fare wider distribution The studio will also release Sarafina Los Angeles Times ISSN 0458 3035 Retrieved February 17 2019 Barnes Brooks Cieply Michael February 10 2009 Disney and DreamWorks form partnership The New York Times ISSN 0362 4331 Retrieved February 17 2019 a b Fixmer Andy April 25 2007 Disney to Drop Buena Vista Brand Name People Say Update1 Bloomberg News Archived from the original on September 18 2011 Retrieved November 28 2012 Barnes Brooks Cieply Michael February 9 2009 DreamWorks and Disney Agree to a Distribution Deal The New York Times ISSN 0362 4331 Retrieved February 17 2019 Atkinson Claire January 7 2012 Disney mulls future of sluggish Touchstone New York Post Retrieved January 7 2012 Masters Kim September 19 2013 Disney Jerry Bruckheimer to Split in 2014 The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved September 20 2013 Butler Karen November 11 2014 Lucasfilm s animated Strange Magic set for Jan 23 release UPI Retrieved March 17 2015 McClintock Pamela Kilday Gregg December 16 2015 Steven Spielberg Jeff Skoll Team to Form Amblin Partners Strike Distribution Deal With Universal The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved December 22 2015 DreamWorks Studios Participant Media Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One Form Amblin Partners a New Film Television and Digital Content Creation Company Press release Business Wire Universal City California December 16 2015 Retrieved December 23 2015 Film projects in various stages of production include The BFG and The Light Between Oceans scheduled for release by Disney in 2016 Masters Kim September 2 2015 Steven Spielberg s DreamWorks to Split From Disney in Talks With Universal Exclusive The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved September 3 2015 McNary Dave September 2 2015 Steven Spielberg s DreamWorks to Leave Disney Possibly for Universal Variety Retrieved September 3 2015 Rainey James December 30 2015 Steven Spielberg Puts His Own Big Bucks Into the New Amblin Partners EXCLUSIVE Variety Retrieved January 1 2016 Every Disney Announcement and More From the Disney Investor Day D23 December 10 2020 Retrieved December 15 2020 Otterson Joe January 13 2022 Real Steel Series in Early Development at Disney Plus Variety Retrieved February 12 2022 Jackson Angelique December 10 2020 Whoopi Goldberg to Return for Disney Plus Sister Act 3 Produced With Tyler Perry Variety Retrieved February 12 2022 Szalai Georg Bond Paul March 20 2019 Disney Closes 71 3 Billion Fox Deal Creating Global Content Powerhouse The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved March 20 2019 Tribou Richard January 16 2014 Not so golden year for Disney s chances at the Oscars Orlando Sentinel Retrieved February 20 2016 Miller Daniel September 19 2013 Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer to end longtime partnership Los Angeles Times Retrieved September 20 2013 Lev Michael January 18 1991 2 Top Movie Producers Sign Disney Accord The New York Times Page D3 The Walt Disney Studios Distribution Arm Buena Vista Pictures Commits Content to Christie Christie Retrieved October 18 2017 Box Office by Studio Disney All Time Box Office Mojo Retrieved August 29 2016 Andreeva Nellie August 10 2020 Disney Television Studios Rebrands Its Three Units As 20th Television ABC Signature amp Touchstone Television Deadline Retrieved August 10 2020 Low Elaine August 10 2020 Disney Rebrands TV Studios 20th Century Fox TV to Become 20th Television Variety Retrieved August 10 2020 Further reading EditMaltin Leonard 2000 The Disney Films 4th ed New York Disney Editions ISBN 0786885270 OCLC 43903571 Smith Dave 1998 Disney A to Z The Official Encyclopedia Updated ed New York Hyperion ISBN 0786863919 OCLC 39736062 External links EditTouchstone Pictures at Movie Insider List of all films released by Disney regardless of label Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Touchstone Pictures amp oldid 1094128357, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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