Disney Formally Drops ‘Fox’ Name From 20th Century Movie, TV Production

As expected, The Walt Disney Co. has officially removed the Fox name from 20th Century movie and television assets it acquired with the $71 billion acquisition of select 21st Century Fox assets. 20th Century Fox was incorporated in 1935 following a merger between Fox Films and Twentieth Century Pictures.

Disney announced that 20th Century Fox Television will now be called 20th Television, which follows removing the ‘Fox’ logo from 20th Century Fox Film to 20th Century Studios in January. All new TV productions will feature the new logo, while older content will include the previous brand name.

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Since May, 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures retail titles are distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, while the studio operates under the name, Twentieth Century Studios Home Entertainment. 

The name changes do not affect Fox Entertainment, Fox Sports and Fox News, which were not part of the acquisition between Disney and Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corp.

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Other changes include rebranding ABC Studios and ABC Signature Studios to ABC Signature, and Fox 21 Television Studios to  to Touchstone Television.

“Our new studio names and logos mark a new day for ABC Signature, 20th Television and Touchstone Television while honoring their rich histories and creative  of The Walt Disney Company,” Craig Hunegs, president of Disney television studios, said in a statement.

Home Video Lost in Disney Studio’s Q1 Fiscal Glow

With first-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2019) revenue and operating income skyrocketing more than 100%, respectively, there was no mention of the Walt Disney Studio’s four titles finishing among the top 10 best-selling combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc units in 2019 — including top-seller Avengers: Endgame.

Studio revenue for the quarter increased from $1.8 billion to $3.8 billion, and segment operating income increased from $309 million to $948 million. Higher operating income was due to increases in theatrical and TV/SVOD distribution results at legacy operations, partially offset by a loss from the consolidation of the 20th Century Fox Film businesses.

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The increase in theatrical distribution results was due to the performance of Frozen II and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in the current quarter compared with Ralph Breaks the Internet in the prior-year quarter. The previous-year quarter also included Mary Poppins Returns and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and the current quarter included Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

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Growth in TV/SVOD distribution results was due to sales of content to Disney+, partially offset by a decrease in pay-television sales to third parties. Operating results at the Fox businesses reflected income from TV/SVOD distribution, which was more than offset by a loss from theatrical distribution and general and administrative costs. TFCF theatrical releases in the current quarter included Spies in Disguise and Ford v Ferrari, as well as international distribution of Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate.