The Walt Disney-owned cable outlet unveiled plans Tuesday to focus on a group of viewers it calls “becomers” who interested in romance, even sex, and on their way to becoming big-spending consumers ready to sign up for credit cards and financial investments. In doing so, executives hope to scrap a long-held notion that its original shows are aimed at parents and younger children watching together.
“That’s not who are. It is not who we are going to be,” said Tom Ascheim, president of ABC Family, in an interview. “We are seeking a shift in the perception, and that’s what we are working very hard on.”
The shift is a nod to the aging of a generation with which the network has previously been linked.