20th Century Fox
|Headquarters:||Fox Plaza, Los Angeles, California|
|Founded by:||Joseph M. Schenck|
Darryl F. Zanuck
|Major activities:||Film studio|
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, with hyphen, from 1935 to 1985) — also known as 20th Century Fox, 20th Century Fox Pictures, TCF or simply Fox — is one of the six major American film studios and the studio responsible for producing the Alien, Predator and Alien vs. Predator films. Located in the Century City area of Los Angeles, just west of Beverly Hills, the studio is a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. The company's headquarters are located in Fox Plaza (which famously doubled for the Nakatomi Plaza skyscraper in the 1988 film Die Hard, directed by John McTiernan) and their principle film production site is at the nearby Fox Studios.
Aside from the Alien and Predator series, Twentieth Century Fox's most popular film franchises include Star Wars, X-Men, Ice Age, Rio, Die Hard, Planet of the Apes and Home Alone, plus famous TV shows such as Batman, M*A*S*H, The X-Files, Cops, In Living Color, The Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy, American Dad!, The Cleveland Show and 24. Among the most famous actresses to come out of this studio were Shirley Temple, who was 20th Century Fox's first film star, Betty Grable, Gene Tierney, Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. The studio also contracted the first African-American cinema star, Dorothy Dandridge.
The company was founded on May 31, 1935, as the result of the merger of Fox Film Corporation, founded by William Fox in 1915, and Twentieth Century Pictures, founded in 1933 by Darryl F. Zanuck, Joseph Schenck, Raymond Griffith and William Goetz.
20th Century Fox is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).