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20th Century Fox
Subsidiary of 21st Century Fox
Industry Film
Predecessor Fox Film
Twentieth Century Pictures
Founded May 31, 1935; 81 years ago (1935-05-31),[1] by merger
Founders Joseph M. Schenck
Darryl F. Zanuck
Headquarters Fox Plaza
10201 W. Pico Blvd,
Century City, Los Angeles, CA 90064
U.S.
Key people

Jim Gianopulos
(Chairman and CEO)

Stacey Snider
(Co-Chairman)
Products Motion pictures, television films
Owner Independent
(1935–1985)
News Corporation
(1985–2013)
21st Century Fox
(2013–present)
Parent Fox Entertainment Group
(Fox Filmed Entertainment)
Divisions 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Fox 21 Television Studios
20th Century Fox Television
20th Television
20th Century Fox Animation
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Fox Digital Studio
Fox 2000 Pictures
Fox Animation Studios
20th Century Fox Japan
Fox Digital Entertainment
Subsidiaries Blue Sky Studios
Fox Star Studios (India)
Fox Studios Australia
TSG Entertainment
Website www.foxmovies.com
Entrance to 20th Century Fox studio lot.

The Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (spelled as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation with hyphen used from its inception until 1985, stylized as 20th Century Fox) is an American film studio, distributor and one of the six major American film studios. Located in the Century City area of Los Angeles, just west of Beverly Hills, the studio is currently owned by 21st Century Fox and is formerly owned by News Corporation.

20th Century Fox's film series include the first two Star Wars trilogies, Ice Age, X-Men, Die Hard, Home Alone, Planet of the Apes, Night at the Museum, Alien, and Alvin and the Chipmunks. The studio also distributed James Cameron's Avatar and Titanic. Television series produced by Fox include The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad!, Futurama, M*A*S*H, The X-Files, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, and 24. Among the most famous actresses to come out of this studio were Shirley Temple, who was 20th Century Fox's first film star, Alice Faye, Betty Grable, Gene Tierney, Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. The studio also contracted the first African-American cinema star, Dorothy Dandridge.

20th Century Fox is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America.[2] In 2015, 20th Century Fox celebrated its 80th anniversary as a studio.

History[edit]

Creation[edit]

Carmen Miranda in The Gang's All Here. In 1946, she was the highest-paid actress in the United States.[3]
Alice Faye, Don Ameche, and Carmen Miranda in That Night in Rio, produced by Fox in 1941.
From the 1952 film Viva Zapata!

Twentieth Century Pictures' Joseph Schenck and Darryl F. Zanuck left United Artists over a stock dispute, and began merger talks with the management of financially struggling Fox Film, under president Sidney Kent.[4] Spyros Skouras, then manager of the Fox West Coast Theaters, helped make it happen (and later became president of the new company).[4] Aside from the theater chain and a first-rate studio lot, Zanuck and Schenck felt there was not much else to Fox, which had been reeling since the founder William Fox lost control of the company in 1930. The studio's biggest star, Will Rogers, died in a plane crash weeks after the merger. Its leading female star, Janet Gaynor, was fading in popularity and promising leading men James Dunn and Spencer Tracy had been dropped because of heavy drinking.

At first, it was expected that the new company was originally to be called "Fox-20th Century", even though 20th Century was the senior partner in the merger. However, 20th Century brought more to the bargaining table besides Schenck and Zanuck; it was more profitable than Fox and had considerably more talent. The new company, 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, began trading on May 31, 1935;[5] the hyphen was dropped in 1985. Schenck became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, while Kent remained as President. Zanuck became Vice President in Charge of Production, replacing Fox's longtime production chief Winfield Sheehan.

The company established a special training school. Lynn Bari, Patricia Farr and Anne Nagel were among 14 young women "launched on the trail of film stardom" on August 6, 1935, when they each received a six-month contract with 20th Century Fox after spending 18 months in the school. The contracts included a studio option for renewal for as long as seven years.[6]

For many years, 20th Century Fox claimed to have been founded in 1915, the year Fox Film was founded. For instance, it marked 1945 as its 30th anniversary. However, in recent years it has claimed the 1935 merger as its founding, even though most film historians agree it was founded in 1915.[7]

The company's films retained the 20th Century Pictures searchlight logo on their opening credits as well as its opening fanfare, but with the name changed to 20th Century-Fox.

After the merger was completed, Zanuck quickly signed young actors who would carry Twentieth Century-Fox for years:[8] Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Carmen Miranda, Don Ameche, Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Sonja Henie, and Betty Grable. Also on the Fox payroll he found two players who he built up into the studio's leading assets, Alice Faye and seven-year-old Shirley Temple. Favoring popular biographies and musicals, Zanuck built Fox back to profitability. Thanks to record attendance during World War II, Fox overtook RKO and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (Hollywood's biggest studio) to become the third most profitable film studio. While Zanuck went off for eighteen months' war service, junior partner William Goetz kept profits high by going for light entertainment. The studio's—indeed the industry's—biggest star was creamy blonde Betty Grable.

In 1942, Spyros Skouras succeeded Kent as president of the studio. Together with Zanuck, who returned in 1943, they intended to make Fox's output more serious-minded.[9] During the next few years, with pictures like The Razor's Edge, Wilson, Gentleman's Agreement, The Snake Pit, Boomerang, and Pinky, Zanuck established a reputation for provocative, adult films. Fox also specialized in adaptations of best-selling books such as Ben Ames Williams' Leave Her to Heaven (1945), starring Gene Tierney, which was the highest-grossing Fox film of the 1940s. Fox also produced film versions of Broadway musicals, including the Rodgers and Hammerstein films, beginning with the musical version of State Fair, the only work that the famous team wrote especially for films, in 1945, and continuing years later with Carousel in 1956, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. They also made the 1958 film version of South Pacific. Fox released B pictures made by producers Edward L. Alperson from the mid-1940s and Robert L. Lippert (Regal and later Associated Pictures Inc.) in the mid-1950s.

After the war, and with the advent of television, audiences slowly drifted away. Twentieth Century Fox held on to its theaters until a court-mandated "divorce"; they were spun off as Fox National Theaters in 1953.[10] That year, with attendance at half the 1946 level, Twentieth Century Fox gambled on an unproven gimmick. Noting that the two film sensations of 1952 had been Cinerama, which required three projectors to fill a giant curved screen, and "Natural Vision" 3D, which got its effects of depth by requiring the use of polarized glasses, Fox mortgaged its studio to buy rights to a French anamorphic projection system which gave a slight illusion of depth without glasses. President Spyros Skouras struck a deal with the inventor Henri Chrétien, leaving the other film studios empty-handed, and in 1953 introduced CinemaScope in the studio's ground-breaking feature film The Robe.[11]

The success of The Robe was so massive that in February 1953 Zanuck announced that henceforth all Fox pictures would be made in CinemaScope.[12] To convince theater owners to install this new process, Fox agreed to help pay conversion costs (about $25,000 per screen); and to ensure enough product, Fox gave access to CinemaScope to any rival studio choosing to use it. Seeing the box-office for the first two CinemaScope features, The Robe and How to Marry a Millionaire, Warner Bros., MGM, Universal Pictures (then known as Universal-International), Columbia Pictures and Disney quickly adopted the process. In 1956 Fox engaged Robert Lippert to establish a subsidiary company, Regal Pictures, later Associated Producers Incorporated to film B pictures in CinemaScope (but "branded" RegalScope).

CinemaScope brought a brief up-turn in attendance, but by 1956 the numbers again began to slide.[13][14] That year Darryl Zanuck announced his resignation as head of production. Zanuck moved to Paris, setting up as an independent producer; he did not set foot in California again for twenty years.

Production and financial problems[edit]

Zanuck's successor, producer Buddy Adler, died a year later.[15] President Spyros Skouras brought in a series of production executives, but none had Zanuck's success. By the early 1960s Fox was in trouble. A new version of Cleopatra had begun in 1959 with Joan Collins in the lead.[16] As a publicity gimmick, producer Walter Wanger offered one million dollars to Elizabeth Taylor if she would star;[16] she accepted, and costs for Cleopatra began to escalate, aggravated by Richard Burton's on-set romance with Taylor, the surrounding media frenzy, and Skouras' selfish preferences and inexperienced micromanagement on the film's production. Not even his showmanship made up for his considerable lack of filmmaking in speeding up production on Cleopatra.

Meanwhile, another remake—of the 1940 Cary Grant hit My Favorite Wife— was rushed into production in an attempt to turn over a quick profit to help keep Fox afloat. The romantic comedy entitled Something's Got to Give paired Marilyn Monroe, Fox's most bankable star of the 1950s, with Dean Martin, and director George Cukor. The troubled Monroe caused delays on a daily basis, and it quickly descended into a costly debacle. As Cleopatra's budget passed the ten-million-dollar mark, settling somewhere around $40 million, Fox sold its back lot (now the site of Century City) to Alcoa in 1961 to raise cash. After several weeks of script rewrites on the Monroe picture and very little progress, mostly due to the director George Cukor's slow and repetitive filming, in addition to Monroe's chronic sinusitus, Marilyn Monroe was fired from Something's Got to Give[16] and two months later she was found dead. According to Fox files she was rehired within weeks for a two-picture deal totaling one million dollars, $500K to finish Something's Got to Give, plus a bonus at completion, and $500K for What a Way to Go. Elizabeth Taylor's disruptive[neutrality is disputed] reign on the Cleopatra set continued unchallenged from 1960 into 1962, though three Fox executives went to Rome in June 1962 to fire her.[citation needed] They learned that director Joseph L. Mankiewicz had filmed out of sequence and had only done interiors, so Fox was then forced to allow Taylor several more weeks of filming. In the meantime that summer of '62, Fox released nearly all of its contract stars, including Jayne Mansfield.[17][18]

With few pictures on the schedule, Skouras wanted to rush Zanuck's big-budget war epic The Longest Day,[16] a highly accurate account of the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, with a huge international cast, into release as another source of quick cash. This offended Zanuck, still Fox's largest shareholder, for whom The Longest Day was a labor of love that he had dearly wanted to produce for years. After it became clear that Something's Got to Give would not be able to progress without Monroe in the lead (Martin had refused to work with anyone else), Skouras finally decided that something had to give and re-signed her. But days before filming was due to resume, she was found dead at her Los Angeles home and the picture resumed filming as Move Over, Darling, with Doris Day and James Garner in the leads. Released in 1963, the film was a hit.[19] The unfinished scenes from Something's Got to Give were shelved for nearly 40 years. Rather than being rushed into release as if it were a B-picture, The Longest Day was lovingly and carefully produced under Zanuck's supervision. It was finally released at a length of three hours, and went on to be recognized as one of the great World War II films.

At the next board meeting, Zanuck spoke for eight hours, convincing directors that Skouras was mismanaging the company and that he was the only possible successor. Zanuck was installed as chairman, and then named his son Richard Zanuck as president.[20] This new management group seized Cleopatra and rushed it to completion, shut down the studio, laid off the entire staff to save money, axed the long-running Movietone Newsreel and made a series of cheap, popular pictures that restored Fox as a major studio. The biggest boost to the studio's fortunes came from the tremendous success of The Sound of Music (1965),[21] an expensive and handsomely produced film adaptation of the highly acclaimed Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical, which became one of the all-time greatest box office hits and went on to win five Academy Awards, including Best Director (Robert Wise) and Best Picture of the Year.

Fox also had two big science-fiction hits in the 1960s: Fantastic Voyage (which introduced Raquel Welch to film audiences) in 1966, and the original Planet of the Apes, starring Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, and Roddy McDowall, in 1968. Fantastic Voyage was the last film made in CinemaScope, which was ultimately replaced by Panavision lenses.

Zanuck stayed on as chairman until 1971, but there were several expensive flops in his last years, resulting in Fox posting losses from 1969 to 1971. Following his removal, and after an uncertain period, new management brought Fox back to health. Under president Gordon T. Stulberg and production head Alan Ladd, Jr., Fox films connected with modern audiences. Stulberg used the profits to acquire resort properties, soft-drink bottlers, Australian theaters, and other properties in an attempt to diversify enough to offset the boom-or-bust cycle of picture-making.

Foreshadowing a pattern of film production still yet to come, in late 1973 Twentieth Century-Fox joined forces with Warner Bros. to co-produce The Towering Inferno (1974),[22] an all-star action blockbuster from producer Irwin Allen. Both studios found themselves owning the rights to books about burning skyscrapers. Allen insisted on a meeting with the heads of both studios and announced that as Fox was already in the lead with their property it would be career suicide to have competing movies. And so the first joint venture studio deal was struck. In hindsight whilst it may be common place now, back in the 1970s it was a risky, but revolutionary idea that paid off handsomely at both the domestic and international box offices around the world.

In 1977, Fox's success reached new heights and produced the most profitable film made up to that time, Star Wars. Substantial financial gains were realized as a result of the film's unprecedented success: from a low of $6 in June 1976, stock prices more than quadrupled to almost $27 after Star Wars' release; 1976 revenues of $195 million rose to $301 million in 1977.[23]

Marvin Davis and Rupert Murdoch[edit]

With financial stability came new owners, when Fox was sold for more than $700 million in 1981 to investors Marc Rich and Marvin Davis. Fox's assets included Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Aspen Skiing Company, and a Century City property upon which Davis built and twice sold Fox Plaza.

By 1985 Rich was a fugitive from U.S. justice, and Davis bought out his interest in Fox for $116 million.[24] Davis sold this interest to Rupert Murdoch for $250 million in March 1984. Davis later backed out of a deal with Murdoch to purchase John Kluge's Metromedia television stations.[24] Murdoch went alone and bought the stations, and later bought out Davis' remaining stake in Fox for $325 million.[24]

To gain FCC approval of Fox's purchase of Metromedia's television holdings, once the stations of the old DuMont network, Murdoch had to become a U.S. citizen. He did so in 1985, and in 1986 the new Fox Broadcasting Company took to the air. Over the next 20-odd years, the network and owned-stations group expanded to become extremely profitable for News Corp.

Since January 2000, this company has been the international distributor for MGM/UA releases. In the 1980s, Fox—through a joint venture with CBS, called CBS/Fox Video—had distributed certain UA films on video, thus UA has come full circle by switching to Fox for video distribution. Fox also makes money distributing films for small independent film companies.

In 2008, Fox announced an Asian subsidiary, Fox STAR Studios, a joint venture with STAR TV, also owned by News Corporation. It was reported that Fox STAR would start by producing films for the Bollywood market, then expand to several Asian markets.[25]

In August 2012, 20th Century Fox signed a five-year deal with DreamWorks Animation to distribute in domestic and international markets. However, the deal did not include the distribution rights of previously released films which DreamWorks Animation acquired from Paramount Pictures later in 2014.[26]

In 2012, Rupert Murdoch announced that News Corp. would be split into two publishing and media-oriented companies; a new News Corporation, and 21st Century Fox, which houses Fox Entertainment Group and 20th Century Fox. Murdoch considered the name of the new company a way to maintain the 20th Century Fox's heritage as the group advances into the future.[27][28]

As of 2016, in Australia, 20th Century Fox has an expanded movie deal to replay movie and television content from television broadcasters, Network Ten, Eleven and One occasionally also on Nine Network & 9Gem.[citation needed]

In the Netherlands and in the Philippines, 20th Century Fox films are distributed by fellow rival Warner Bros.[citation needed]

Television[edit]

20th Television is Fox's television syndication division. 20th Century Fox Television is the studio's television production division.

During the mid-1950s features were released to television in the hope that they would broaden sponsorship and help distribution of network programs. Blocks of one-hour programming of feature films to national sponsors on 128 stations was organized by Twentieth Century Fox and National Telefilm Associates. Twentieth Century Fox received 50 percent interest in NTA Film network after it sold its library to National Telefilm Associates. This gave 90 minutes of cleared time a week and syndicated feature films to 110 non-interconnected stations for sale to national sponsors.[29]

Music[edit]

Main articles: 20th Century Records and Fox Music

Between 1933 and 1937, a custom record label called Fox Movietone was produced starting at F-100 and running through F-136. It featured songs from Fox movies, first using material recorded and issued on Victor's Bluebird label and halfway through switched to material recorded and issued on ARC's dime store labels (Melotone, Perfect, etc.). These scarce records were sold only at Fox Theaters.

Fox Music has been Fox's music arm since 2000. It encompasses music publishing and licensing businesses, dealing primarily with Fox Entertainment Group television and film soundtracks.

Prior to Fox Music, 20th Century Records was its music arm from 1958 to 1982.

Radio[edit]

The Twentieth Century Fox Presents radio series[30] were broadcast between 1936 and 1942. More often than not, the shows were a radio preview featuring a medley of the songs and soundtracks from the latest movie being released into the theaters, much like the modern day movie trailers we now see on TV, to encourage folks to head down to their nearest Picture House.

The radio shows featured the original stars, with the announcer narrating a lead up that encapsulated the performance.

Motion picture film processing[edit]

From its earliest ventures into movie production, Fox Film Corporation operated its own processing laboratories. The original lab was located in Fort Lee, New Jersey along with the studios. A lab was included with the new studio built in Los Angeles in 1916.[31] Headed by Alan E. Freedman, the Fort Lee lab was moved into the new Fox Studios building in Manhattan in 1919.[32] In 1932, Freedman bought the labs from Fox for $2,000,000 to bolster what at that time was a failing Fox liquidity.[33][34] He renamed the operation "DeLuxe Laboratories" which much later became DeLuxe Entertainment Services Group. In the 1940s Freedman sold the labs back to what was then 20th Century Fox and remained as president into the 1960s. Under Freedman's leadership, DeLuxe added two more labs in Chicago and Toronto and processed film from studios other than Fox.

Logo and fanfare[edit]

The 20th Century Fox logo used from 1953 to 1987, 1991, created for the new CinemaScope process with the slanted "0".

20th Century Fox is very well known for its searchlight structure logo, and its triumphant fanfare.

The fanfare was originally composed in 1933 by Alfred Newman, who became head of Twentieth Century-Fox's music department from 1940 until the 1960s. It was re-recorded in 1935 when 20th Century Fox was officially established.

The Art Deco 20th Century Fox logo, designed by special effects animator and matte painting artist Emil Kosa, Jr., originated as the 20th Century Pictures logo, with the name "Fox" substituted for "Pictures, Inc." in 1935. The logo was originally created as a painting on several layers of glass and animated frame-by-frame. Over the years the logo was modified several times.[35] Kosa's last major work for Fox was the matte painting of the Statue of Liberty in Planet of the Apes, shortly before his death.

20th Century Fox's CGI logo used from 1994 to 2010; 2013; still used on 20th Century Fox websites.

In 1953, Rocky Longo, an artist at Pacific Title, was hired to recreate the original design for the new CinemaScope process, while Alfred Newman composed the fanfare's new CinemaScope extension. In order to give the design the required "width", Longo tilted the "0" in 20th. The new version of the fanfare was first used on the film How to Marry a Millionaire, released in the same year. The Robe, the first film released in CinemaScope, used the sound of a choir singing over the logo, instead of the regular fanfare. In 1981, Longo repainted the logo design once again, and straightened the "0". The Fox fanfare was re-orchestrated in 1981, as Longo's revised logo was being introduced.

By the 1970s the Fox fanfare was being used in films sporadically. George Lucas enjoyed the Alfred Newman music so much that he insisted it be used for Star Wars (1977), which features the CinemaScope version (but the variation conducted by Lionel Newman, as the Alfred Newman original version had been misfiled). Composer John Williams composed the Star Wars main theme in the same key (B major) as the Fox fanfare, serving as an extension to Newman's score. In 1980, Williams conducted a new version of the extended fanfare for The Empire Strikes Back. Williams's recording of the Fox fanfare has been used in every Star Wars film until Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith in 2005. Since the introduction of the CGI Fox logo in the early to mid-1990s, the series used the static angle version of the new logo, to allow for the animated Lucasfilm logo to appear during the extension.

In 1994, after a few failed attempts (which even included trying to film the familiar monument as an actual three-dimensional model), Fox in-house television producer Kevin Burns was hired to produce a new logo for the company—this time using the new process of computer-generated imagery (CGI). With the help of graphics producer Steve Soffer and his company Studio Productions (which had recently given face-lifts to the Paramount and Universal logos), Burns directed that the new logo contain more detail and animation, so that the longer (21 second) Fox fanfare with the "CinemaScope extension" could be used as the underscore. This required a virtual Los Angeles cityscape to be designed around the monument. In the background can be seen the Hollywood sign, which would give the monument an actual location (approximating Fox's actual address in Century City). One final touch was the addition of store-front signs—each one bearing the name of Fox executives who were at the studio at the time. One of the signs reads, "Murdoch's Department Store"; another says "Chernin's" a third reads: "Burns Tri-City Alarm" (an homage to Burns's late father who owned a burglar and fire alarm company in Upstate New York) a fourth reads: "Steve's Place" a fifth reads: "llinidi's" . The 1994 CGI logo was also the first time that Twentieth Century Fox was recognized as "A News Corporation Company" in the logo.

As the CGI logo was being prepared to premiere at the beginning of True Lies (1994), Burns asked composer Bruce Broughton for a new version of the familiar fanfare. On October 9, 1997, Alfred's son, composer David Newman, recorded the new version of the fanfare to reopen the Newman Scoring Stage originally known as Fox Scoring Stage and debuted in Anastasia (1997). This rendition is still in use as of 1998 and hasn't been updated for the 21st century.

In 2009, a newly updated CGI logo, done by Blue Sky Studios, debuted in the film Avatar. A 75th Anniversary version of this new logo was used to coincide with 20th Century Fox's 75th anniversary; it made its official debut with Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and last appeared in Gulliver's Travels.[7] This logo later began to appear in all movies as of 2013.

As television grew as a medium, the practice of placing production logos at the end of programs became commonplace. For Fox's television arm, a truncated version of the Newman fanfare has been used with a brief shot of the Fox logo. Syndicated programs would overlay "Television" over "Century" in an animation, resulting in the logo reading "20th Television Fox". Today, CGI logos are used, with 20th Century Fox Television primarily for Fox network programming, and 20th Television for other programming (such as cable and syndication).

Parodies of the fanfare have appeared at the start of the films Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (played by a small band, imitating the silent era of films), The Cannonball Run (cars drive around the logo and knock out the searchlights), White Men Can't Jump (rap version of the fanfare), Alien 3 (fanfare slows down into an eerie sound), The Day After Tomorrow (thunderstorm on the set), Live Free or Die Hard (where the searchlights go out as a result of a power outage), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (featuring a silent-movie piano version of the fanfare), The Simpsons Movie (Ralph Wiggum "sings along" with the fanfare; in trailers and commercials, the "0" in the tower is replaced by a pink, half-bitten doughnut of the type Homer eats), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (with snow and volcanoes covering the logo, but the regular 20th Century Fox logo was shown on the film's DVD and Blu-ray releases instead, but is shown on the Blu-ray 3D and TrioScopics 3D DVD releases), Rio 2 (Samba version of the fanfare), The Peanuts Movie (played by Schroeder on his toy piano) and Minority Report (where the logo, alongside its DreamWorks counterpart, appears immersed in water, similar to the film's "precog" characters). The fanfare was also used within What a Way to Go!, as the theme of Lush Budged Productions, opening Shirley MacLaine's fantasy of her marriage to Robert Mitchum. Variations have also been used by various other Fox divisions and affiliated television stations, including WTVT in Tampa, FL, and the now-defunct Fox Kids Network.

In Silent Movie, the logo is shown on a billboard, past which Mel Brooks drives. In Edward Scissorhands, it is snowing on the logo during the opening credits. In the 1994 production of Speed and later international releases of the 1982 production of Conan the Barbarian the logo is shifted to the left, same thing with Planet of the Apes in which it is on a starry background when the byline fades in. In the first three X-Men films and X-Men: Days of Future Past, the "X" in "Fox" glows as the scene fades out, same thing with the 2015 production of Fantastic Four in which the "F" in "Fox" glows as the scene fades out. In trailers for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the logo appears chrome to match Wolverine's claws. In Moulin Rouge!, the logo appears on a stage behind a red curtain with a conductor directing an orchestra playing the fanfare. In the DVD menu for Daredevil, the picture morphs into a negative image of the logo – as if perceived by the main character's radar sense. In the 2003 production of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the logo appears as a huge unlit monument dominating the nighttime London skyline. In Kingdom of Heaven, the logo is tinted in dark yellow-ochre. In the Diary of a Wimpy Kid films, the logo transforms into a paper sheet drawing. In Prometheus, the logo is a shade of steely blue, rather than the usual color scheme. In The Fault in Our Stars, the logo is dark and once it finishes its animation, it pans up to the night sky. In trailers and TV spots for The Book of Life, the logo takes place in a graveyard, the "0" in "20th" is replaced by a skull, the searchlight is replaced by two candles and much more. In Independence Day: Resurgence, all appears normal but the logo's searchlights have an eerie green look and there is a starry galaxy in the background.


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At the end of Fox's Futurama, set in the 30th and 31st centuries, the logo is shown with the words "30th Century Fox Television".

As a surprise twist, the opening fanfare for Alien3 has the music freeze on the penultimate melody tone (an E-flat minor chord), and then adds wailing French horns and bending strings, before continuing with a crash into the opening titles, thus setting the dark mood for the film.

Also on The Simpsons Season 10 DVD, each disc's opening shows Bart Simpson running around the logo (after tagging it with "El Barto"), while being chased by the squeaky-voiced teenager.

Fox Searchlight Pictures, Foxstar Productions, and Fox Studios Australia are just a few of the other corporate entities that have used variations based on the original logo's design. 21st Century Fox, the corporate successor to News Corporation, uses a logo incorporating a minimalist representation of the searchlights.[27]

Highest-grossing films[edit]

Highest-grossing films in North America[36]
Rank Title Year Box office gross
1 Avatar 2009 $760,507,625
2 Titanic 2 1997 $658,672,302
3 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 1 1999 $474,544,677
4 Star Wars 1977 $460,998,007
5 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 1 2005 $380,270,577
6 Deadpool 2016 $358,796,270
7 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones 1 2002 $310,676,740
8 Return of the Jedi 1 1983 $309,306,177
9 Independence Day 1996 $306,169,268
10 The Empire Strikes Back 1 1980 $290,475,067
11 Home Alone 1990 $285,761,243
12 Night at the Museum 2006 $250,863,268
13 X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 $234,362,462
14 X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 $233,921,534
15 Cast Away 2000 $233,632,142
16 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 2009 $219,614,612
17 Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 $219,195,243
18 Alvin and the Chipmunks 2007 $217,326,974
19 X2: X-Men United 2003 $214,949,694
20 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014 $208,545,589
21 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 $196,573,705
22 Ice Age: The Meltdown 2006 $195,330,621
23 The Croods 2013 $187,168,425
24 The Day After Tomorrow 2004 $186,740,799
25 Mr. & Mrs. Smith 2005 $186,336,279
Highest-grossing films worldwide
Rank Title Year Box office gross
1 Avatar 2009 $2,787,965,087
2 Titanic 2 1997 $2,186,772,302
3 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 1 1999 $1,027,044,677
4 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 $886,686,817
5 Ice Age: Continental Drift 2012 $877,244,782
6 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith1 2005 $848,754,768
7 Independence Day 1996 $817,400,891
8 Deadpool 2016 $781,575,627
9 Star Wars 1977 $775,398,007
10 X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 $747,862,775
11 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014 $710,644,566
12 Ice Age: The Meltdown 2006 $660,940,780
13 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones1 2002 $649,398,328
14 The Martian 2015 $630,161,890
15 How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014 $621,537,519
16 Life of Pi 2012 $609,016,565
17 The Croods 2013 $587,204,668
18 Night at the Museum 2006 $574,480,841
19 The Day After Tomorrow 2004 $544,272,402
20 The Empire Strikes Back 1 1980 $547,969,004
21 The Revenant 2015 $532,950,503
22 X-Men: Apocalypse 2016 $527,698,973
23 The Simpsons Movie 2007 $527,071,022
24 Kung Fu Panda 3 2016 $518,924,340
25 "Rio 2" 2014 $500,101,972

—Includes theatrical reissue(s).

Production deals[edit]

There were 26 producer deals in 2003 and 20 in 2011.

Searchlight's deals

Films[edit]

Film series[edit]

Title Release date Notes
The Fly 1958–1989
Planet of the Apes 1968–present co-production with Chernin Entertainment.
The Omen 1976–2006
Star Wars 1977–2005 Distribution only; produced by Lucasfilm Ltd.
Alien 1979–present
Predator 1987–present co-production with Davis Entertainment.
Die Hard 1988–present
Home Alone 1990–2012 co-production with Hughes Entertainment.
Independence Day 1996–2016 co-production with Centropolis Entertainment and TSG Entertainment.
The X-Files 1998–2008 co-production with Ten Thirteen Productions.
X-Men 2000–present co-production with Marvel Entertainment and The Donners' Company.
Ice Age 2002–present co-production with Blue Sky Studios.
28 Days Later 2002–2007 co-production with DNA Films.
Alien vs. Predator 2004–present
Fantastic Four 2005–present co-production with Marvel Entertainment and Genre Films.
Night at the Museum 2006–2014 co-production with 21 Laps Entertainment, Ingenious Film Partners, 1492 Pictures and Dune Entertainment.
Alvin and the Chipmunks 2007–present co-production with Regency Enterprises, Bagdasarian Company and Dune Entertainment.
Taken 2008–2015 co-production with EuropaCorp, Canal+ and M6 Films.
Wolverine 2009–present co-production with Marvel Entertainment and The Donners' Company.
Avatar 2009–present co-production with Lightstorm Entertainment.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2010–2012 co-production with Color Force and Dune Entertainment.
Percy Jackson 2010–2013 co-production with Fox 2000 Pictures, 1492 Pictures and Sunswept Entertainment.
Rio 2011–present co-production with Blue Sky Studios.
Maze Runner 2014–present co-production with Gotham Group, Temple Hill Entertainment and TSG Entertainment.
Deadpool 2016–present co-production with Marvel Entertainment, Genre Films and The Donners' Company.
Kingsman 2015-present co-production with TSG Entertainment.

Archive[edit]

The Academy Film Archive houses the 20th Century Fox Features Collection which contains features, trailers, and production elements mostly from the Fox, Twentieth Century, and Twentieth Century-Fox studios, from the late 1920s–1950s.[38]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Theatrical and home media distribution rights will be transferred from 20th Century Fox to Walt Disney Studios in May 2020.[39] The digital distribution rights belong to Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, as Lucasfilm retained the film's digital distribution rights prior to its acquisition by Disney.[40]
  2. ^ International distribution only. Released by Paramount Pictures domestically in North America.

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  13. ^ Watson 2015, p. 290.
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  15. ^ Harris 2011, p. 1900.
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  28. ^ Rushe, Dominic (June 18, 2013). "Rupert Murdoch splits empire but keeps faith in tomorrow's newspapers". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved June 18, 2013.  News corporation let go of 20th century fox and was later a partner of 21st century fox.
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  31. ^ Fox Folks Vol. I, No. 4, August 1922.
  32. ^ Fox Folks Vol. I, No. 4, August 1922. Also, Vol. III, No. 7, July 1924, p. 12 and back outside cover, and Vol. III, No. 8, August 1924, p. 8.
  33. ^ Image, DeLuxe Laboratories, Inc. check 101 to Fox Film Corporation for $2,000,000.
  34. ^ "Freedman Group Buys Fox Film Laboratories". Film Daily (United States). April 3, 1932. p. 1. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
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  37. ^ Fernandez, Jay A.; Borys Kit; Pamela McClintock (October 27, 2011). "The State of the Studio Deals: Who's Doing What Where". Hollywood Reporter. p. 2. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  38. ^ "20th Century Fox Features Collection". Academy Film Archive. 
  39. ^ Masters, Kim (October 30, 2012). "Tangled Rights Could Tie Up Ultimate 'Star Wars' Box Set (Analysis)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  40. ^ "The Walt Disney Company FY 2013 SEC Form 10-K Filing" (PDF). The Walt Disney Company. November 20, 2013. p. 13. Retrieved April 17, 2015. Prior to the Company's acquisition, Lucasfilm produced six Star Wars films (Episodes 1 through 6). Lucasfilm retained the rights to consumer products related to all of the films and the rights related to television and electronic distribution formats for all of the films, with the exception of the rights for Episode 4, which are owned by a third-party studio. All of the films are distributed by a third-party studio in the theatrical and home video markets. The theatrical and home video distribution rights for these films revert to Lucasfilm in May 2020 with the exception of Episode 4, for which these distribution rights are retained in perpetuity by the third-party studio. 

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