Fox Entertainment Group
|Traded as||NYSE: FOX|
|Fate||Assets dispersed to other Disney divisions
|Successors||Walt Disney Studios|
Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
|Founded||January 23, 1990|
|Defunct||March 20, 2019|
|Headquarters||Fox Plaza, |
Century City, Los Angeles, California,
|Revenue||$13.28 billion USD (2012)|
|$3.3 billion USD (2012)|
|$4.98 billion USD (2012)|
Number of employees
|Divisions||Zero Day Fox|
Fox Entertainment Group was an American entertainment company specialized 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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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. On October 24, 2001, the sale was completed.
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. The company has traded on the NYSE since its launch under ticker symbol FOX until its acquisition in 2005 by News Corporation.
In January 2005, shortly after News Corporation reincorporation in the United States, News Corp announced that it was buying out Fox. The manoeuvre delisted Fox from the New York Stock Exchange; Fox Entertainment Group traded on the NYSE under the ticker FOX.
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.
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. The Fox Entertainment name would later be used for Fox Corporation for their entertainment assets.
Transferred to The Walt Disney Studios:
- 20th Century Fox
- 20th Century Fox Animation
- 20th Century Fox Consumer Products
- Fox Family Entertainment
- Fox Stage Productions
- Fox 2000 Pictures
- Fox Searchlight Pictures
- New Regency Productions (80%, joint venture with Regency Enterprises)
- Boom! Studios (minority stake)
- Fox Studios Australia
- Zero Day Fox
- Fox Music
Transferred to Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International
- Fox Star Studios
- Hulu (30%)
- 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Fox-Paramount Home Entertainment (joint venture with Paramount Home Media Distribution)
Transferred to Disney Parks, Experiences and Products:
- FoxNext (Put up for sale in September 2019)
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- "News Corp. Will Use Fox Name as Breakup Proceeds". Bloomberg. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
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- 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.
- Wolff 2010, p. 167.
- "Fox Family Worldwide Inc". Saban. Retrieved February 23, 2009.
- "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.
- "Haim Saban". Saban. Archived from the original on March 2, 2009. Retrieved February 23, 2009.
- EDGAR Filing Documents for 0000950130-98-004085
- FOX ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC (FOX) IPO – NASDAQ.com
- Lazaroff, Leon (January 11, 2005). "Murdoch to buy out Fox shares". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
- "News Corporation Completes Acquisition of Fox". News Corp. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
- Welch, Chris (May 9, 2013). "21st Century Fox logo unveiled ahead of News Corp split". The Verge. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
- Rushe, Dominic (June 18, 2013). "Rupert Murdoch splits empire but keeps faith in tomorrow's newspapers". The Guardian. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
- McNary, Dave (January 18, 2017). "Fox Amps Up Immersive Business With FoxNext, Taps Salil Mehta". Variety. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
- Littleton, Cynthia (March 19, 2020). "Disney Closes $71 Billion 21st Century Fox Deal". Variety. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
- Holloway, Daniel (October 19, 2018). "Charlie Collier Named Fox Entertainment CEO; Gary Newman Exits". Variety. Retrieved July 9, 2019.