20th Television

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Twentieth Television, Inc.
Type Division
Industry Television syndication
Advertising sales
Founded 1989
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, USA
Owners 21st Century Fox
Parent 20th Century Fox Television
Divisions Lincolnwood Drive Inc.
20th Century Fox International Television
Website www.20thtv.com

Twentieth Television (20th Television) is an American television syndication company. It is the syndication arm of 20th Century Fox Television, the television production arm of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, a division of the Fox Entertainment Group, part of 21st Century Fox.

History[edit]

20th Television was formed in 1989 by Fox Inc. (the News Corporation unit that oversaw 20th Century Fox at that time) in order to separate 20th Century Fox's television productions (which were previously handled by its 20th Century Fox Television division) from the movie studio in order to increase the latter's output.[1] During this time, 20th Television and 20th Century Fox served as two of Fox's four main units, along with the Fox Broadcasting Company and Fox Television Stations.[2] Following a 1994 restructuring of Fox's television production companies, 20th Television was refocused on syndication and "non-traditional programs;" its network television division was moved back to 20th Century Fox and retook the 20th Century Fox Television name.[3]

20th Television distributes almost all programming from the television production unit and its subsidiaries and the motion picture studio's output (and their own subdivisions); since sister company 20th Century Fox Television produces most of the Fox network programming, 20th Television can also be considered the network's syndication arm. It owns programming from other production companies and studios they've acquired, including MTM Enterprises, most by Metromedia Producers Corporation, most by Four Star Television and select programming from New World Communications/Genesis Entertainment and Cannell Entertainment. As is the case with most of its sibling studios, copyright notices of programming produced by either the television or syndication divisions outright bears the copyright of the overall film studio, i.e. "© (respective year) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation".

The company also syndicates and/or co-syndicates product from partners such as Regency Television and Debmar-Mercury.[4][5]

As part of the restructuring that stemmed from News Corporation spinning off its entertainment assets into 21st Century Fox, it was announced on July 8, 2013, that 20th Television will operate under the management of 20th Century Fox Television; it was previously under Fox Television Stations. As a result, the former company's president will now report to the latter's chairmen.[6]

Titles produced and/or distributed by 20th Television[edit]

Current[edit]

Library programming[edit]

20th Century Fox Television[edit]

20th Television[edit]

Lincolnwood Drive[edit]

Note: Formerly Monet Lane Prods.

Fox Television Studios[edit]

Regency Television[edit]

Comedy Central Productions[edit]

  • South Park (1997–present) (assumed in 2007, after former distributor Tribune Entertainment closed; distributed by Debmar-Mercury, 20th Television for ad-sales)

Ten Thirteen Productions[edit]

Mutant Enemy Productions[edit]

Four Star Entertainment[edit]

New World Entertainment[edit]

Genesis Entertainment[edit]

  • The Judge (1986–1993)
  • Real Stories of the Highway Patrol (1993–1999) (Produced by subsidiary Leap Off Productions, distributed by Genesis Entertainment (1993–1995), New World/Genesis Distribution (1995–1997), 20th Television (1997–1999))
  • Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996; WBITD handles international distribution only, but WB does handle the US DVDs)

Metromedia Producers[edit]

MTM Enterprises[edit]

Lionsgate Television[edit]

Note: 20th Television handles all U.S. ad-sales by Lionsgate Television and most by Debmar-Mercury

20th Century Fox International Television[edit]

20th Century Fox International Television is the international television distribution arm of Fox. It is responsible for distributing the Fox film and television library across the world (including acquired properties).

Shows distributed by other studios in USA but by Fox elsewhere[edit]

List of presidents[edit]

Greg Meidel is the president of Twentieth Television[7] (as of August 2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Horn, John (July 12, 1989). "20th Century Fox Restructures Film, Television Units". Associated Press. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ Harmetz, Aljean (July 13, 1989). "A Revamping of Fox Film Puts Emphasis on Movies". The New York Times. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "2 Named to Executive Posts in Fox TV Restructuring". Los Angeles Times. December 5, 1994. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "TV News Check" 20th Century TV to handle ad sales of both Debmar-Mercury shows for 2007 season. tvnewscheck.com Retrieved on March 13, 2012
  5. ^ Elizabeth Guider "Variety" 'Dead Zone' headed to syndication variety.com January 11, 2007, Retrieved on January 29, 2013
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Bergeron, Tom (2010-04-21). I'm Hosting as Fast as I Can!: Zen and the Art of Staying Sane in Hollywood. HarperCollins. pp. 91–. ISBN 978-0-06-176588-9. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 

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