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Fox Plaza, the company headquarters.
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Fox Plaza, the company headquarters.

Twentieth (20th) Century Fox, shorthand for Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, is one of the Big Ten movie studios, located in the Century City area of Los Angeles, California, USA, just west of Beverly Hills. The studio is a subsidiary of News Corporation, the Australian media conglomerate owned by Rupert Murdoch.

The studio has its origins in two separate companies: Fox Film Corporation founded by William Fox in 1915, and Twentieth Century Pictures, formed in 1932 by Darryl F. Zanuck (formerly of Warner Brothers), Joseph Schenck of United Artists and William Goetz of Fox Films. After financial problems forced William Fox out of his company, new leadership under president Sidney Kent agreed to a merger between the two companies and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation was formed in 1935. The hyphen was dropped from the studio's name in 1985.

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Notable films

The studio's notable films include:

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20th Century Fox logo, 1935-1953

1930s

1940s

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20th Century Fox logo, 1953-1981

1950s

The famous Fox Fanfare by Alfred Newman first accompanied the Fox logo in 1951. The longer version was originally used only on Cinemascope productions.

1960s

1970s

20th Century Fox logo, 1981-1993
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20th Century Fox logo, 1981-1993

1980s

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20th Century Fox logo, since 1993

1990s

2000s

Despite suggestions that the studio should change its name to Twenty-first Century Fox it did not do so. Though the studio owned the rights to the updated name, it decided to keep its name unchanged to honor the century in which Hollywood's "classic" films were made.Yet, alternate version of its fox fanfare logo have been used in recent times. One of the most recent being the TV show Futurama (that 20th century produced), where it reads "30th Century Fox".

20th Television

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20th Television logo
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30th Century Fox logo variant as used in the Futurama TV series

20th Television was initially the new name for Twentieth Century Fox Television in 1992, until the latter name returned for network TV in 1995. Since then, the "20th Television" name remains as the television syndication arm for 20th Century Fox TV. They syndicate first-run syndication programs, programs to be redistributed to local affiliates, and basic cable networks.

TV series

Spoofs

In the link to the "Conrad Poohs and his Dancing Teeth" sketch in And Now for Something Completely Different (1971), 20th Century Fox is called 20th Century Frog, followed by a spoof of the MGM lion, being replaced by a frog burping.

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Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo

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"Twentieth Century Fox" is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their self-titled debut album (1967), referring to a foxy lady.da:20th Century Fox de:20th Century Fox fr:Twentieth Century Fox ja:20世紀フォックス nl:20th Century Fox zh:二十世纪福克斯

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