ABC Video Enterprises

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ABC Video Enterprises was formed in 1979 by American Broadcasting Companies to develop and market programing domestically for cable, pay cable, videodisks, cassettes and other new communications forms.

The arm's first licensee was Magnetic Video Corporation, who was a leading video distributor. Other companies followed suit using the ABC Video Enterprises branding for content they licensed from ABC. In 1987, to reflect the purchase by Capital Cities, ABC Video Enterprises was renamed to Capital Cities/ABC Video Enterprises.

In 1992, Capital Cities/ABC formed a home video publication division called Capital Cities/ABC Video Publishing with a distribution agreement with Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Corporation. ESPN Home Video, itself a division of ESPN, which ABC held a stake in at the time, became part of the new division. In addition, the new division also launched the label, Signet Video. In 1994, distribution for Capital Cities/ABC Video Publishing was moved to Paramount Home Video and the Signet label was renamed to Summa Video. In 1997, a year after The Walt Disney Company acquired Capital Cities/ABC and months after Capital Cities/ABC was renamed to ABC, Inc., Capital Cities/ABC Video Publishing's distribution pact with Paramount Home Video expired; as a result, Capital Cities/ABC Video Publishing was merged into sister company Buena Vista Home Video.

Releases under the ABC Video label[edit]

Releases under the ABC Kids' Video label[edit]

Releases under the Summa Video label[edit]


Catalog number Title Country of origin Original year Length Version MPAA rating Film format Tape count Tape break placement (if applicable) Color Released Note(s)
41057 The Day After United States 1983 122 min Standard version NR Academy 1 N/A Color 1995