Freeform is an American pay-TV channel that is held by the Disney–ABC Television Group part of The Walt Disney Company. Freeform primarily airs programming geared toward youngsters and young adults – with some programming skewing to young women – in the 14–34 age range, a target demographic assigned by the channel as “becomers”. Its programming covers contemporary off-network syndicated reruns and original series, feature movies, and made-for-TV original movies.
Since the network was begun on April 29, 1977, it has undergone various changes to its programming format and naming under its four different owners. The network was founded as a religious channel, the CBN Satellite Service—an expansion of televangelist Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network. It grew into a family-focused entertainment network in 1981, and was spun off into a for-profit company known as International Family Entertainment (IFE) in 1990, eventually growing known as The Family Channel. As a condition of the spin-off, the channel was contractually required to keep airings of The 700 Club and an annual telethon; these conditions have affected all future owners of the channel.