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20th Century Studios

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20th Century Studios, Inc. (often shortened to 20th Century) is an American film studio currently owned by The Walt Disney Studios, a division of Disney Entertainment, in turn a division of The Walt Disney Company.[7] It is headquartered at the Fox Studio Lot in the Century City area of Los Angeles.[8] Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures distributes and markets the films produced by 20th Century Studios in theatrical markets.[9]

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20th Century Studios, Inc.
  • Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
FoundedMay 31, 1935; 88 years ago (1935-05-31)
HeadquartersFox Studio Lot Building 88, 10201 West Pico Boulevard, ,
United States
Area served
Key people
Steve Asbell (president)[1]
  • Motion pictures
  • Television films
OwnerNews Corporation (1985–2013)
21st Century Fox (2013–2019)
The Walt Disney Company (2019–present)
Number of employees
2,300 (2018)
ParentThe Walt Disney Studios
Footnotes / references

For over 80 years, 20th Century was one of the major American film studios. It was formed in 1935 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation[lower-alpha 1] by the merger of Fox Film and Twentieth Century Pictures, and one of the original "Big Five" among eight majors of Hollywood's Golden Age. In 1985, the studio removed the hyphen in the name (becoming Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)[lower-alpha 2] after being acquired by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, which was renamed 21st Century Fox in 2013 after it spun-off its publishing assets. Disney purchased most of 21st Century Fox's assets, which included 20th Century Fox, on March 20, 2019.[10] The studio adopted its current name as a trade name on January 17, 2020, in order to avoid confusion with Fox Corporation, and subsequently started to use it for the copyright of 20th Century and Searchlight Pictures productions on December 4.[11]

The most commercially successful film series from 20th Century Studios include the first six Star Wars films, X-Men, Ice Age, Avatar, and Planet of the Apes as well as numerous television shows such as The Simpsons.[12] Additionally, the film studio's archive includes many individual movies such as Titanic which won the Academy Award for Best Picture and was the highest grossing movie of all time for over a decade and The Sound of Music which received five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.[13][14]

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