As part of its official debut, ABC News Studios presented a lineup of narrative non-fiction projects, including three feature documentaries and 15 series and specials.
In 2022, more than 100 hours of content for ABC, Hulu, Disney+, National Geographic, and other platforms are planned. Dawn Porter, Irene Taylor, Brian Grazer, and Ron Howard, as well as Stanley Nelson, are all associated to projects.
Reena Mehta is the senior vice president of streaming and digital content, while Mike Kelley, vice president and head of ABC News Studios, will manage the unit’s creative and business direction.
“We’ve been doing longform for a while, but we’re really formalizing it under the ABC News umbrella,” Mehta explained. ABC News President Kim Godwin, she added, has been investing in streaming “as well as thinking about where the audience is and how we can serve them.” She stated that their team includes journalists, but they are also searching for people with other backgrounds.
“We also want to convey varied untold experiences,” she explained. “Because we also handle podcasts and have tight partnerships with Disney, Hulu, NatGeo, and our internal content partners, we can really feed IP across a lot of these channels and have been tremendously empowered to do so in terms of monetary investment as well as manpower.”
In a statement, ABC News President Kim Godwin stated that the unit “is a testament to our strategic investment in and dedication to meeting the audience’s desire for a strong narrative and clear journalism whenever, wherever, and on whatever platform.” “I’m eager to use the strength and integrity of America’s No. 1 news network to create exceptional and differentiated programming for all communities.”