Fox Entertainment Group

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Fox Entertainment Group
FoundedJanuary 23, 1990; 32 years ago (1990-01-23)
FounderRupert Murdoch
DefunctMarch 20, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-03-20)
FateAssets dispersed to other Disney divisions
  • Name reused (without the word "Group") by Fox Corp. for its entertainment assets.
SuccessorsThe Walt Disney Company
Walt Disney Studios
Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
Fox Entertainment (division of Fox Corporation, successor of the reused unit name for Fox Corp. entertainment operations without using the word "Group")
HeadquartersFox Plaza,
Century City, Los Angeles, California
ProductsMotion pictures
television programs
RevenueIncrease $13.28 billion USD (2012)
Increase $3.3 billion USD (2012)
Increase $4.98 billion USD (2012)
Number of employees
12,100 (2012)
DivisionsZero Day Fox

Fox Entertainment Group was an American entertainment company specialised in filmed entertainment owned by 21st Century Fox. Following the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney, the group's assets were folded into various Disney units. The film studios 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Blue Sky Studios were transferred to Walt Disney Studios, whilst Fox Star Studios transferred to Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International.[1]

Its former owner, 21st Century Fox, was formerly known as News Corporation, which acquired all the stock of Fox Entertainment Group in 2005. In 2013, News Corporation was renamed 21st Century Fox and its publishing assets were spun off into the newly formed News Corp as part of a corporate re-organization.[2][3]

It was named after William Fox who created the original 20th Century Fox Film Corporation (alongside Joseph M. Schenck and Darryl F. Zanuck).


Fox Entertainment Group formed in the 1980s after the purchase of the Metromedia-owned independent stations by the 20th Century Fox film studio, at the time jointly owned by Australian-American media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, and Denver billionaire Marvin Davis.[4][5] These stations would later become the foundation of the Fox television network (launched in October 1986), which would become the foundation of the company (named after the TV network) itself. Not long after the Metromedia deal was made, Murdoch purchased Davis's shares and News Corp assumed full control of the film studio, which was then placed within Fox Entertainment Group.[6][6]

In 1995, Saban entered into a joint venture with the Fox children's television network to form Fox Kids Worldwide, which was best known for the first ten Power Rangers series. In 1997 it was renamed Fox Family Worldwide.[7] On July 23, 2001, it was announced that Fox Family Worldwide (now ABC Family Worldwide Inc.) would be sold to Disney from News Corporation and businessperson Haim Saban.[8] On October 24, 2001, the sale was completed.[9]

On August 14, 1998, Fox launched an initial public offering as a publicly traded company, trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE,) while Fox Entertainment Group's address has been moved from Los Angeles to New York City.[10] The company has traded on the NYSE since its launch under ticker symbol FOX until its acquisition in 2005 by News Corporation.[11]

In January 2005, shortly after News Corporation reincorporation in the United States, News Corp announced that it was buying out Fox.[12] The maneuver delisted Fox from the New York Stock Exchange; Fox Entertainment Group traded on the NYSE under the ticker FOX.[13]

In 2012, Rupert Murdoch announced that News Corporation would be split into two publishing and media-oriented companies: a new News Corporation, and 21st Century Fox, which operated the Fox Entertainment Group and 20th Century Fox and other studios. 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.[14][15]

In January 2017, Fox Entertainment Group and 20th Century Fox formed FoxNext, which would handle video game developments, VR experiences and theme park businesses.[16]

After Disney completed the acquisition of the 21st Century Fox assets on March 20, 2019, Fox Entertainment Group assets became Disney properties and are now reorganized under other Disney units.[17] The Fox Entertainment name would later be used by the Fox Corporation for its entertainment assets.[18]

Fox Filmed Entertainment[edit]

Fox Filmed Entertainment
Founded1990; 32 years ago (1990)
FounderRupert Murdoch
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California,
United States
Key people
Thomas Rothman (co–chairmen)
Jim Gianopulos (co-chief executive officer)
ProductsMotion pictures
Television programs
Number of employees
ParentNews Corporation (1990–2013)
21st Century Fox (2013–2019)
DivisionsZero Day Fox
Subsidiaries20th Century Fox
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Blue Sky Studios
Fox Music
Fox 2000 Pictures
20th Century Fox Animation
Fox International Productions

Fox Filmed Entertainment was the parent company of 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Blue Sky Studios and Fox Music. Since 2000, its co-chairmen and co-chief executive officers have been Thomas Rothman and Jim Gianopulos. Fox Filmed Entertainment was a global leader in movie production and distribution. One of the world's largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Fox Filmed Entertainment produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of FFE: 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 20th Century Fox Animation, Blue Sky Studios and Fox International Productions. Fox Filmed Entertainment is located in Los Angeles, CA, United States and is part of the Motion Picture and Video Industries Industry. Fox Filmed Entertainment has 2 total employees across all of its locations and generates $655,306 in sales (USD). (Sales figure is modelled).


Transferred to The Walt Disney Studios[edit]

Transferred to Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International[edit]

Transferred to Disney Parks, Experiences and Products[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "News Corp confirms plan to split the media giant". BBC News. June 28, 2012. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
  3. ^ "News Corp. Will Use Fox Name as Breakup Proceeds". Bloomberg. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  4. ^ Thomas C. Hayes (June 20, 1984). "Rich to Sell Fox Stake to Davis". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Cole, Robert J. (May 7, 1985). "Murdoch to Buy & Tv Stations; Cost $2 Billion". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Wolff 2010, p. 167.
  7. ^ "Fox Family Worldwide Inc". Saban. Archived from the original on February 11, 2008. Retrieved February 23, 2009.
  8. ^ "News Corp. and Haim Saban Reach Agreement to Sell Fox Family Worldwide to Disney for $5.3 Billion". saban. July 23, 2001. Archived from the original on April 21, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2009.
  9. ^ "Haim Saban". Saban. Archived from the original on March 2, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2009.
  10. ^ EDGAR Filing Documents for 0000950130-98-004085
  12. ^ Lazaroff, Leon (January 11, 2005). "Murdoch to buy out Fox shares". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  13. ^ "News Corporation Completes Acquisition of Fox". News Corp. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  14. ^ Welch, Chris (May 9, 2013). "21st Century Fox logo unveiled ahead of News Corp split". The Verge. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  15. ^ Rushe, Dominic (June 18, 2013). "Rupert Murdoch splits empire but keeps faith in tomorrow's newspapers". The Guardian. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  16. ^ McNary, Dave (January 18, 2017). "Fox Amps Up Immersive Business With FoxNext, Taps Salil Mehta". Variety. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  17. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (March 19, 2020). "Disney Closes $71 Billion 21st Century Fox Deal". Variety. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  18. ^ Holloway, Daniel (October 19, 2018). "Charlie Collier Named Fox Entertainment CEO; Gary Newman Exits". Variety. Retrieved July 9, 2019.