20th Century Fox Television

Twentieth Century Fox Television (or TCF TV or TCFTV, stylized as 20th Century Fox Television) is a television-production studio owned by Walt Disney Television, a division of The Walt Disney Company.[1] 20th Television is the syndication and distribution arm of 20th Century Fox Television.[2]

Twentieth Century Fox Television, Inc.
TCF Television Productions, Inc. (1949-1958)
IndustryTelevision production
Founded1949 (1949)
United States
Key people
Carolyn Cassidy, President, Creative Affairs
Howard Kurtzman, President, Business Affairs
ProductsTelevision programs
ParentDisney Television Studios
(Walt Disney Television)

20th Century Fox Television was part of Disney's 2019 acquisition of the majority 21st Century Fox assets.[3] Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox was completed on March 20, 2019.[4]

Notable shows produced by 20th Century Fox Television include: Batman, M*A*S*H, Glee, How I Met Your Mother, Bones, Empire, Family Guy, 24, Modern Family, This Is Us, American Dad!, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Futurama, King of the Hill, New Girl, American Horror Story and most notably The X-Files and The Simpsons.

Overview and history

20th Century Fox Television was formed in 1949 as other studios were branching out into television production as well. At that time, the company was known as TCF Television Productions, Inc. until 1958. Decades later, TCFTV folded the operations of TV production companies it has acquired: Metromedia Producers Corporation in 1986, New World Entertainment in 1997, and MTM Enterprises in 1998, and is the current distributor (via its distribution division, 20th Television) for most of the shows originally produced by these companies.

From 1986-2019, 20th Century Fox Television served as the Fox television network's official production arm (with Fox Television Studios being viewed as the network's unofficial television production division), producing the bulk of television series airing on the television network. TCFTV produced the first two series that aired on Fox's sister network, MyNetworkTV: the telenovelas Desire and Fashion House.

In 1989, 20th Century Fox Television's functions were taken over by Twentieth Television Corporation, a separate entity from 20th Century Fox Film Corporation. Both companies were subsidiaries of News Corporation unit Fox Inc.; the move was made to separate the television productions from the movie studio in order to increase the latter's output.[5] Following a 1994 restructuring of Fox's television production companies, 20th Television was refocused on syndication and "non-traditional programs", while network television programming once more came under the 20th Century Fox Television banner and returned to being a division of the movie studio.[6] In 1997, MTM Enterprises became part of 20th Century Fox Television, and thus remains an in-name only division of TCFTV. In 2012, 20th Century Fox Television was reorganized as a separate unit of News Corporation; 20th Century Fox Television chairs Dana Walden and Gary Newman now report to Chase Carey, COO of 21st Century Fox.[7]

In July 2014, it was announced that the operations of the Fox Broadcasting Company and 20th Century Fox Television would merge into a new unit, the Fox Television Group, which was overseen by Walden and Newman.[8] The Fox network was not included in Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox and was one of several assets later spun off to Fox Corporation. In early 2015, Mythology Entertainment signed a first look deal with the company and fellow company Fox 21 Television Studios while announcing its TV division head.[9]

In March 2019, the Disney acquisition of 21st Century Fox was finalized.[10] As a result of the acquisition, Newman departed and Walden was made head of Disney programming.[11][12] Jonnie Davis and Howard Kurtzman, who previously held high ranking positions with the Fox Television Group,[13][14] became the co-heads of 20th Century Fox Television.[15] In July 2019, Disney promoted Davis to the position of President of ABC Studios.[16] Carolyn Cassidy succeeded Davis as President of Creative Affairs at 20th Century Fox Television, running the studio jointly with Kurtzman.[17]

List of programs produced by 20th Century Fox Television

See also


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  11. Andreeva, Nellie (19 October 2018). "AMC's Charlie Collier To Lead Fox Broadcasting Network, Gary Newman To Depart". Deadline.
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  13. https://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/scully-signs-overall-deal-with-20th-century-fox serve
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  16. James, Meg. "Jonnie Davis becomes president of ABC Studios, replacing Disney veteran Patrick Moran". latimes.com. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  17. Low, Elaine (2019-07-10). "Jonnie Davis to Head ABC Studios, Patrick Moran Out, as Disney TV Studios Restructures". Variety. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
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