Academy Award®-Winner John Ridley in Partnership With ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions Present ‘Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992,’ Airing Friday, April 28

ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNER JOHN RIDLEY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ABC’S LINCOLN SQUARE PRODUCTIONS PRESENT ‘LET IT FALL: LOS ANGELES 1982-1992,’ AIRING FRIDAY, APRIL 28

The Feature-Length Documentary Traces Escalating Tensions in Los Angeles Over a Decade Culminating in the 1992 L.A. Uprising Following the Rodney King Verdict

Academy Award-winner John Ridley teams up with ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions to direct and produce a feature-length documentary, “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992,” pegged to the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles uprising, airing FRIDAY, APRIL 28 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. As previously announced, the two-hour documentary takes a unique look at the city-wide violence that began April 29, 1992, when the verdict was announced in the Rodney King case.

“Let It Fall” delves beyond the conflict between law enforcement and the black community to look at tensions across the city as a whole; it traces the roots of the civil unrest to a decade before the uprising. The documentary features exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses and people directly involved in the events from diverse neighborhoods across the city, including black, white, Hispanic, Korean and Japanese Americans.

Ridley won an Oscar® for writing “12 Years a Slave” and is the creator, director and executive producer of ABC’s Emmy-winning series “American Crime.” He is currently in production in London for the limited series “Guerilla,” with Idris Elba, Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay for ABC Signature, Showtime and Sky Atlantic.

“Let It Fall” joins Ridley with a team of veteran ABC News journalists, led by executive producer Jeanmarie Condon, who has been honored for her work on documentaries and in-depth coverage of current events with multiple DuPont, Peabody, Murrow and Emmy Awards.

When We Rise: The People Behind the Story Airs Thursday, March 2 on ABC!

WHEN WE RISE: THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE STORY – A One-Hour Documentary Chronicling Revolutionary LGBT Men and Women of Gay Rights Movement Airs Thursday, March 2, on ABC. "When We Rise: The People Behind the Story" is a one-hour documentary complementing ABC's scripted mini-series "When We Rise" by chronicling the personal and political struggles, setbacks, and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBTQ people who helped pioneer the U.S. Civil Rights struggle. The documentary will recount the true stories and history of the gay rights movement through the actual voices of the people who inspired the mini-series: Cleve Jones, Roma Guy, Ken Jones, Diane Jones and Cecilia Chung. We'll also interview the actors that portray them throughout the series. Hearing from the people who lived through this historic event coupled with the actors will give viewers a fresh, personal and unprecedented perspective of their inspiring journey.  

"When We Rise: The People Behind the Story" airs on THURSDAY, MARCH 2 (8:00–9:00 pm EST), on The ABC Television Network. The documentary is produced by ABC's Lincoln Square Productions. Marc Victor is the executive producer.

"When We Rise" was written and created by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. This mini-series event chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement, from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today. Starring in the mini-series are Guy Pearce ("Memento," "L.A. Confidential") as LGBT activist Cleve Jones, Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds," "Angels in America") as women's rights leader Roma Guy, Rachel Griffiths ("Brothers and Sisters," "Six Feet Under") as her wife, social justice activist Diane, Michael K. Williams ("Boardwalk Empire,""The Wire") as African-American community organizer Ken Jones and Ivory Aquino as transgender-activist Cecilia Chung.

Anthony Anderson to Host First-Ever Live Post OSCARS Special on ABC, 2/26

“Blackish” star Anthony Anderson is set to host a live post-Oscars special for ABC on Sunday, which will take over the slot that had been filled by Jimmy Kimmel for the past decade.

With Kimmel occupied as Oscar host this year, ABC has opted to go live with a special that will feature interviews from the red carpet outside the Governors Ball and backstage moments with winners. ABC said it was the first time the network has served up a live post-Academy Awards telecast.

“Good Morning America’s” Lara Spencer, ABC News’ Chris Connelly and Yahoo style editor Joe Zee will also be featured in the hourlong “Live From Hollywood: The After Party” special. Brian Teta and Marc Burstein are exec producers for ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions.

Kimmel has hosted a taped post-Oscars special for ABC since 2006. Barbara Walters had a platform on Oscar night with her celebrity interview specials that ran from 1981 to 2010. In East Coast markets the Walters’ specials aired as the 7 p.m. lead-in to Oscar coverage while on the West Coast they would follow the three-hour ceremony.

Anderson has earned two Emmy noms for his role as the patriarch on ABC’s domestic comedy “Blackish,” now in its third season.

ABC News and Time Inc.’s PEOPLE Team up for New Series, “PEOPLE ICONS,” Hosted by “Good Morning America” Co-Anchor Lara Spencer

ABC News and People are teaming up once again for a new limited primetime series titled “People Icons” premiering Tuesday, March 7 at 10 pm ET on ABC. The hour-long weekly program will be hosted by “Good Morning America” co-anchor Lara Spencer and is inspired by the iconic People magazine covers that have made a lasting impact on American culture. People's Editor-in-Chief, Jess Cagle, along with other People editors, is featured throughout the series and shares their expertise on all topics. Each inspiring, engaging, captivating episode has a different theme.

On the Premiere Episode Airing Tuesday, March 7, 10-11 pm ET:

"Celebrity Love Stories" recounts the most fascinating and talked about celebrity love stories of our time. It takes a look back at the iconic and enduring romances we all know and love, from the Obamas to Prince William and Kate, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, the Estefans, and Hollywood legends including Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

On Tuesday, March 14:

"Heroes & Survivors" shines a light on the most harrowing, triumphant, and inspiring real-life survival and hero stories. The episode highlights everyday heroes among us who defied all odds and touched America's hearts. We’ll hear from the remarkable mom who lost both of her legs while saving her two children in two separate tornadoes that happened fifteen minutes apart. The program also revisits and updates the survivor stories in the news no one can forget, from Baby Jessica to Lauren Scruggs and more. We’ll also hear from Austin Hatch, the college student who survived two separate plane crashes, and how he's carrying on today after losing his entire family. Finally, we’ll check in with unbelievable kid survivors and pet heroes.

On Tuesday, March 21:

"Gone Too Soon" reflects on the life and legacy of the country’s favorite celebrity stars and icons -- legendary performers, actors and comedians -- that left us all too soon. We'll recount their rise to stardom and the pivotal moments that made them legends. We’ll also sit down with their loved ones and insiders who share the real stories behind the headlines, revealing new details. For the first time, Whitney Houston's closest friend, BeBe Winans, speaks out in an exclusive interview on their friendship and a side of the mega star few ever saw. Additionally, we’ll hear from Patrick Swayze's widow Lisa Niemi and Robin William's wife Susan Williams, who opens up about the mystery illness that she says led to Williams’ death. And just weeks before the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death, the program will pay tribute to the epic singer and go inside Paisley Park. We’ll also hear from his sister, who reveals the singer’s wishes for his legacy.

On Tuesday, March 28:

"Sexiest Man Alive" revisits favorite A-list male celebrities from People’s past and current “Sexiest Man Alive” covers. From George Clooney to Brad Pitt and the reigning “Sexiest Man Alive,” The Rock, this is one hour of sizzling television that can’t be missed. Plus, viewers will get a behind the scenes peek into what goes into landing the cover.

“People Icons” premieres on TUESDAY, MARCH 7 (10-11 pm EST) on the ABC Television Network. The series is produced by ABC'S Lincoln Square Productions. Marc Victor is the executive producer for Lincoln Square Productions; Jess Cagle and JJ Miller are executive producers for People.

ABOUT LINCOLN SQUARE PRODUCTIONS

ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions produces original content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution specializing in entertaining ways to tell fact based stories, including ABC’s “What Would You Do?,” ABC’s “Madoff,” the OSCAR Red Carpet Opening Ceremony,” Investigation Discovery’s “Barbara Walters Presents,” as well as documentary programming for a wide array of partners, including PBS, Discovery Communications and A & E Networks. Lincoln Square Productions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. The headquarters are located in New York City’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. Morgan Hertzan is Senior Vice President of Lincoln Square Productions.

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Time Inc. (TIME) is one of the world's leading media companies, with a monthly global print audience of over 120 million and worldwide digital properties that attract more than 150 million visitors each month, including over 60 websites. Our influential brands include People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Time, Real Simple, and Southern Living, as well as more than 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom.

ABC’s Danielle Rossen Upped to VP

Danielle Rossen has been promoted to Vice President, Unscripted Production at ABC News’s Lincoln Square Productions. Rossen, who is behind the successful What Would You Do? franchise will now oversee all unscripted TV shows.

Morgan Hertzan, svp of Disney/ABC TV says Rossen “has worked on some of the biggest interviews in television, including Barbara Walters‘ exclusive with Monica Lewinsky and Diane Sawyer’s legendary interview with Whitney Houston.

In a 2015 interview Rossen told us about her life in TV news: “I lived and breathed this place for the first 10 years of my career. I rarely left. As my friends were all having kids, I was sitting in an edit room at 2 a.m. At the time I thought they were the ‘boring’ ones. Later in life, I was lucky enough to experience motherhood myself, and learned to balance work and family. But I am not going to lie; it is very hard to be a good wife, mother, and executive producer. Most days I can balance two out of the three. Some days, I truly only master one. But I still live and breathe this place.”

Rossen, who is married to NBC News correspondent Jeff Rossen, joined ABC News in 1997 as a production coordinator.

ABC News Names Hilary Estey McLoughlin Senior Executive Producer of ‘The View’

Hilary Estey McLoughlin, a veteran development executive who has been involved with some of daytime TV’s best-known recent shows, will join ABC News full time as senior executive producer of “The View” as well as non-fiction content.

In her new role, Estey McLoughlin will oversee “The View,” which was placed under ABC News’ aegis in 2014. She will also work with Lincoln Square Productions, the Walt Disney unit’s documentary and non-fiction programming production studio, according to a statement Wednesday from James Goldston, president of ABC News. Morgan Hertzan is senior vice president of that unit.

“Hilary is a true creative force and a proven and experienced leader – and I know we will see her drive ABC News forward across every one of our platforms,” said Goldston, in the statement.

Estey Loughlin had previously been working with ABC as a consultant on “The View.”

She has logged stints with Time Warner’s Telepictures as well as CBS Television Distribution. She was involved with both “Ellen” and “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.”

She is also expected to work with ABC Entertainment on the West Coast to coordinate airing of specials and other programming from Lincoln Square.