20th Television

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Twentieth Television, Inc.
Founded1989;30 years ago (1989)
Parent 20th Century Fox Television
(Walt Disney Television)
Subsidiaries Lincolnwood Drive Inc.
Website 20thtv.com

Twentieth Television, Inc. (stylized as 20th Television) is an American television syndicator, disturbutor and the distribution arm of 20th Century Fox Television, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

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The Walt Disney Company American mass media corporation

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20th Television distributes almost all programming from the television production unit and its subsidiaries and the motion picture studio's output (and their own subdivisions). It also owns programming from other production companies and studios they have acquired, including MTM Enterprises, most by Metromedia Producers Corporation, and most by New World Entertainment (including those by Four Star Television and Genesis Entertainment).

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New World Pictures American independent film production, film distribution company

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The company also syndicates and/or co-syndicates product from partners such as Regency Television and Debmar-Mercury (until April 2019). [1] [2] The Lincolnwood Drive subsidiary of 20th Television has been used to produce the syndicated court series Divorce Court since the 2014-15 season, mainly for tax reasons.

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20th Television was formed in 1989 by Fox, Inc. (the News Corporation unit that oversaw 20th Century Fox at that time) in order to separate 20th Century Fox's television productions (which were previously handled by its 20th Century Fox Television division) from the movie studio in order to increase the latter's output. [3] During this time, 20th Television and 20th Century Fox served as two of Fox's four main units, along with the Fox Broadcasting Company and Fox Television Stations. [4] Following a 1994 restructuring of Fox's television production companies, 20th Television was refocused on syndication and "non-traditional programs"; its network television division was moved back to 20th Century Fox and retook the 20th Century Fox Television name. [5]

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In 1992, Greg Meidel became 20th Television's president serving until 1995. Meidel was president of MyNetworkTV when he add 20th Television president position to his responsibility in about 2009. [6]

MyNetworkTV American television syndication service

MyNetworkTV, is an American television network/syndication service that is owned by Fox Corporation, operated by its Fox Television Stations division, and distributed through the syndication structure of 20th Television. MyNetworkTV began operations on September 5, 2006 with an initial affiliate lineup covering about 96% of the country, most of which consisted of stations that were former affiliates of The WB and UPN that did not join the successor of those two networks, The CW. Under the ownership structure of Fox Corporation, the service is incorporated as a subsidiary company known as Master Distribution Service, Inc.

As part of the restructuring that stemmed from News Corporation spinning off its entertainment assets into 21st Century Fox, it was announced on July 8, 2013, that 20th Television will operate under the management of 20th Century Fox Television moving from under Fox Television Stations. As a result, the former company's president will now report to the latter's chairmen. [7] After the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company on March 21, 2019, president Greg Meidel was laid off. [8]

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Acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney

The acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company took place on March 20, 2019. Among other key assets, the acquisition included the 20th Century Fox film and television studios, U.S. cable/satellite channels such as FX, Fox Networks Group International, a 73% stake in National Geographic Partners, Indian television broadcaster Star India, and a 30% stake in Hulu. Immediately preceding the acquisition, 21st Century Fox spun off the Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Television Stations, Fox News Channel, the Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes, and the Big Ten Network into the newly-formed Fox Corporation.

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