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20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox, shorthand for Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, is one of the Big Ten movie studios, located in the Century City area of Los Angeles, California, USA, just west of Beverly Hills. The studio is a subsidiary of News Corporation, the Australian media conglomerate owned by Rupert Murdoch.

The studio has its origins in two separate companies: Fox Film Corporation founded by William Fox in 1915, and Twentieth Century Pictures, formed in 1933 by Darryl F. Zanuck (formerly of Warner Brothers) and Joseph Schenck of United Artists. After William Fox was forced out of his company, new leadership under president Sidney Kent agreed to a merger between the two companies and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation was formed in 1935. The hyphen was dropped from the studio's name in 1985.


Notable films

The studio's notable films include:




The famous Fox Fanfare by Alfred Newman first accompanied the Fox logo in 1951. The longer version was originally used only on Cinemascope productions.






Despite suggestions that the studio should change its name to Twenty-first Century Fox it did not do so. Though the studio owned the rights to the updated name, it decided to keep its name unchanged to honor the century in which Hollywood's "classic" films were made.Yet, alternate version of its fox fanfare logo have been used in recent times. One of the most recent being the TV show Futurama (that 20th century produced), where it reads "30th Century Fox".

20th Television

20th Television was initially the new name for Twentieth Century Fox Television in 1992, until the latter name returned for network TV in 1995. Since then, the "20th Television" name remains as the television syndication arm for 20th Century Fox TV. They syndicate first-run syndication programs, programs to be redistributed to local affiliates, and basic cable networks.

Twentieth Television notably syndicates The X-Files, The Simpsons, In Living Color, Malcolm in the Middle, and many other television properties owned by the Fox Studios.

Notable TV series

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"Twentieth Century Fox" is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their self-titled debut album (1967), referring to a foxy lady.

Last updated: 10-15-2005 15:56:32
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