ABC News Studios Production House Launches With Programming Across Disney Platforms

By Mollie Cahillane 

ABC News is bringing more programming to the table with the launch of the production house ABC News Studio.

The company plans to premiere more than 100 hours of programming across ABC, Hulu, Disney+ and National Geographic throughout 2022.

ABC News Studio is currently in production with three feature documentaries and 15 series and specials. The initial slate comes from the likes of Dawn Porter, Irene Taylor, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Stanley Nelson.


Mike Kelley has been tapped vp and lead of the new studioand David Sloan will serve as senior executive producer and creative lead of ABC News Studios. Jacqueline Glover, head of documentary for Onyx Collective, oversaw the initial slate of feature documentary films for ABC News Films.

“ABC News Studios is a testament to our strategic investment in—and commitment to meet—the audience’s demand for bold storytelling and straightforward journalism whenever, wherever and on whatever device,” said Kim Godwin, ABC News president, in a statement. “I’m excited to leverage the power and integrity of the No. 1 news network in America to create premium and distinctive content for all communities.”

The studio first soft-launched in 2021 and earlier this year with projects across ABC and Hulu.

“ABC News Studios—and its subsidiary ABC News Films—debut slate of 100+ hours of programming this year is a tremendous achievement,” said Kelley in a statement. “We plan to premiere at least one new title from ABC News Studios each month only on Hulu—and continue to launch hits on the network. I’m energized by the creativity from the teams inside ABC News and our third-party production partners to build out further an expansive content pipeline.”