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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 21st Century Fox, Inc. 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.

History

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).

Potential takeover

On December 14, 2017, The Walt Disney Company announced that it was acquiring most of Fox's parent company, 21st Century Fox, including the film studio.[1]

On May 7, 2018, shares of Fox rose 5.1% when a report was released that Comcast was in talks with investment banks and firms in order to obtain bridge-financing for an all-cash bid, reportedly worth $60 billion, that threatened the Disney-Fox deal.[2]

On May 29, it was reported that Disney was looking into making its own all-cash counter-offer for Fox assets in the event that Comcast went through with their offer.[3] The next day, Disney and Fox announced that they have set their shareholder vote meetings for July 10, though both companies have stated that Fox's meeting could be postponed if Comcast came through with their offer.[4]

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References

  1. "The Walt Disney Company To Acquire Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., After Spinoff Of Certain Businesses, For $52.4 Billion In Stock". The Walt Disney Company (December 14, 2017). Retrieved on December 14, 2017.
  2. Smith, Gerry (May 8, 2018). "Fox Jumps on Report That Comcast Is Considering Counterbid to Disney". Bloomberg. Retrieved on May 7, 2018.
  3. Munson, Ben (May 29, 2018). "Disney rounding up cash to fight off Comcast's rival bid for Fox". Fierce Cable. Retrieved on May 29, 2018.
  4. Tartaglione, Nancy (May 30, 2018). "Fox And Disney Set Shareholder Meetings For Vote On Merger". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved on May 30, 2018.


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