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					July 8, 2008

                      ABC STUDIOS ANNOUNCES 2008-09

       ABC Studios, the leader in the development, production and strategic distribution
entertainment content across television and emerging digital platforms, has announced
the 10 participants of the 2008-09 Production Associates Program.

        The successful eight year program offers diverse candidates full-time, entry-level
positions within the studio’s Burbank-based television production management divisions
for 12 months, with the goal of preparing them for future advancement opportunities
within the television industry.

      The 2008-09 associates, who begin their assignments this week, are Juanpaolo
Catapang, Nantale Corbett, Sonia Evans, Kelsey Fallesen, Benjamin Jones, Enoch
Changhee Kim, Deborah Lin, Joshua R. Pineda, Parul Puri and Brittany Williams.

        “ABC Studios produces some of the most highly-rated, critically acclaimed and
innovative programming on television, due in large part to the dynamic and hardworking
executives we have working in our various divisions. It is programs like these that
enhance the studio’s diversity efforts and plant the seeds for the next group of
executives to flourish,” said Mark Pedowitz, president, ABC Studios.

       As the program seeks applicants from varied and diverse backgrounds, it is also
an important component for the overall diversity outreach efforts of The Walt Disney
Company, which was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 companies for diversity
by DiversityInc, and is the parent company of ABC Studios.

        Supported by the ABC Diversity Group, affiliated with ABC’s New Talent
Development Group and administered by Jean Hester, executive director, Production
Administration, ABC Studios, the Associates Program launched in 2000 with 98 Los
Angeles-based applicants and has since grown to administer over 500 applications from
people all over the United States who desire to gain valuable and enriching hands-on
work experience in the entertainment industry. Once selected, the Production Associates
are placed into five main groups: Production Management, Production Finance, Post-
Production Management, Studio Crafts Management and Production Business and Legal
Affairs. They are then supervised and mentored by ABC Studios executives in those
       Previously, job placement at the end of each program year has been an
impressive 100% for those choosing to stay within the entertainment industry. Associates
have been hired in such divergent positions as Set Painter with Local 729; Staff
Coordinator with ABC Studios; Western Costume Local 705 member; Post Coordinator at
Nickelodeon; Editor, ABC Broadcast Standards and Practices; Credits Administration
Manager, ABC Studios; Assistant to President, Storyline Productions; 2nd Accountant,
“Desperate Housewives”; Assistant to Senior Vice President, Alternative Programs, ABC;
Assistant to the President, Lifetime Television; Staff Coordinator, Disney-ABC
International Television.

        The Disney-ABC Television Group strives to create quality content that represents
the rich diversity of their audiences, including race, culture and gender, as well as a
diversity of ideas, experiences and histories. ABC Studios and The Walt Disney
Company’s commitment to discovering and nurturing diverse talent, both on- and off-
camera, is exemplified through a variety of industry-leading talent development
programs. In addition to the ABC Studios Program Associates Program, other programs
include the ABC-DGA Directing Fellowship, the Disney-ABC Television Group/Walt
Disney Studios-Writers Guild of America West Writing Fellowship, the Casting Project,
the Summer Television & Film Workshop at the Institute of American Indian Arts and the
Entertainment Group Internship Program.

       ABC Studios is a leader in the development, production and strategic distribution
of entertainment content across television and emerging digital platforms. As a key
content driver for the Disney-ABC Television Group, the studio will produce
22 productions for broadcast and cable television in the 2008/09 season.

2008-09 ABC Studios Production Associates Program Participants

JUANPAOLO CATAPANG – Production Management
Catapang recently graduated from George Mason University with a BA in Film and Visual
Studies. During his studies, he was an intern at USA Today in McLean, Virginia.

NANTALE CORBETT – Post Production Management
Holding a BA in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California,
in addition to being a USC Presidential Scholar, Corbett has worked as a freelance editor
and Co-Executive Producer on “The Cutting Edge” for Trojan Vision Television, as well as
interning at “Smallville” for Tollin/Robbins Productions in Burbank, CA.

SONIA EVANS – Production Management
Moving to Burbank from Chicago, Evans has been a freelance publicist since graduating
with a BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also attended the
Illinois Center of Broadcasting. While in school, Evans interned at WFLD Fox 32 in
Chicago, and was a student reporter and anchor at WICB in Lombard, Illinois, as well as
Co-Producer/Host for “Community Spotlight” on the same station.

KELSEY FALLESEN – Studio Crafts Management
After attending Oklahoma Christian University in Graphic Design, with a focus in
Advertising and Illustration, Fallesen studied at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center.
Working as a Set Dresser and Prop P.A. on Mimi Leder’s feature film “The Code,” Fallesen
has also worked as a P.A. for “CSI: Las Vegas” and “CSI: Miami,” and as a set dresser and
set decorator on short films and music videos.

BENJAMIN JONES – Production Management
A United Negro College Fund honoree, Jones attended Morehouse College in Atlanta,
Georgia where he graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English Literature and
Linguistics and was recipient of a full academic scholarship, and was a 2005 Phi Beta
Kappa Inductee. With experience as an analyst in the Investment Banking/Equity
Research Divisions of Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, Jones has also worked as an
account associate – Global Health at Manning, Selvage & Lee in New York, interned in
marketing at Edelman in Atlanta, and is leaving his current position as Assistant Vice
President, Media Relations and Corporate Communications at Bank of American
Corporation in New York to move to Burbank.

ENOCH CHANGHEE KIM – Production Finance
Kim began his association with the Walt Disney Company in the Guest Research
Department as a Market Research Assistant at Disneyland. He continued his career as an
office assistant at the University of Southern California Management and Organization
Department, and as an employee of Interactive Thoughts in Rolling Hills Estates where
he tutored students in mathematics. Prior to graduating with a BS in Business
Administration with a concentration in Financial Management, Kim was a Mergers &
Acquisitions Intern at Harvey & Company Merchant Bank in Newport Beach.

DEBORAH LIN – Production Management
A graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a BS in General Biology and a
Minor in Communication, Lin was an International Exchange Student at the University of
East Anglia in Norwich, England. She has interned at the San Diego CW Television
Station, at “The Closer,” was a BBC Blast Youth Panel Representative, worked on the
British Education and Training Technology (BETT) Exhibition in London, England, and was
a marketing coordinator for FUSION 2008, the largest Asian Awareness Hip-hop dance
competition on the West Coast.

JOSHUA R. PINEDA – Production Management
With a diploma from John Ehret High School in New Orleans, LA, Pineda has worked as
an associate manager at Pier One Imports in Miami, FL, as assistant manager of Z Gallerie
in Miami, and as stockroom manager for Pottery Barn in Miami.

PARUL PURI – Business and Legal Affairs
Majoring in Political Science and minoring in Public Affairs at the University of California,
Los Angeles, Puri graduated in June 2008 with a BS. She spent time at the University of
California, Washington, DC, Center with a media studies internship and theater
production field studies concentration. Puri was on the Dean’s List, was a UCLA Alumni
Scholar and Scholarship recipient, Governor’s Scholar, and Co-President, Sikh Student
Association, Los Angeles. She has interned at The Talk Radio News Service in
Washington, DC, clerked at Littler Mendelson in Los Angeles, interned at Congressman
Henry A. Waxman’s District Office in Los Angeles, and holds a Black Belt in SK Tae Kwon

BRITTANY WILLIAMS – Production Finance
Prior to receiving a BA in Radio-TV-Film from California State, Fullerton, where she was
Treasurer of the TV Film Society, on the Dean’s List, Williams worked as a
Volunteer/Intern at the Sundance Film Festival, as a Talent Page at Michael Francis, and
on the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards, and spent 3 years as a Student Financial Services
Student Assistant at CSUF.


ABC Studios Media Relations:
      Sharon Liggins (818) 460-7967