20th Television

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Twentieth Television, Inc.
Type Division
Industry Television syndication
Advertising sales
Founded 1989
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, USA
Owner(s) 21st Century Fox
Parent 20th Century Fox Television
Divisions Monet Lane Prods
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.


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]