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March 22, 1997
Sonia Wolfson, 94, publicist for 20th Century Fox for 35 years. A native of Russia, she immigrated to Los Angeles and began her career as an art critic for Art Digest and other publications. She was also an associate with the Stendahl Art Gallery. At the film studio, Wolfson publicized such films as "South Pacific" and "Island in the Sun."
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October 17, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Oren Aviv, chief marketing officer for 20th Century Fox, has been let go from the studio. [Updated, 10:20 a.m. PDT Oct. 17: Confirming Aviv's departure, the studio announced that he would be replaced by Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus, who have been named co-presidents of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution for the studio. The executives have been co-presidents of 20th Century Fox International since September 2005. ] Aviv had held the post since February 2011.
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BUSINESS
July 4, 2000 | City News Service
The state labor commissioner sued 20th Century Fox for allegedly ignoring an order to post a public apology letter to an ex-employee discriminated against because he is gay, court records show. Commissioner Arthur Lujan contends Fox did not post the apology and has not stopped discriminating against homosexual employees.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Salil Mehta, a former senior executive at NBCUniversal, has joined Twentieth Century Fox Film as president of content management. In that newly created role, Mehta will oversee content distribution for the studio's movie and television fare, paying particular attention to exploiting new distribution platforms. Mehta will also have oversight over Twentieth Century Fox's technology and engineering activities and be heavily involved in its anti-piracy efforts. “Salil possesses the perfect mix of problem-solving skills, leadership proficiency, technological savvy and collaborative expertise to play a critical role in guiding our content through the multi-faceted media world we operate in today," said Twentieth Century Fox Chairman and Chief Executive Jim Gianopulos, to whom Mehta reports.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2002 | James Bates
Patricia Wyatt is leaving as head of 20th Century Fox's home entertainment unit to start a film production and financing firm. Wyatt led the division, which releases Fox movies on video and DVD, for five years. No successor was named, but sources said the leading candidate is Executive Vice President Mike Dunn.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox said it agreed to supply feature films on digital cinema projection systems from Christie/AIX. Fox last month confirmed that it was near a deal when Walt Disney Co. announced a similar agreement. The agreement is nonexclusive. It involves supplying films from 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight and its animation unit, and paying a fee when its movies are projected on the systems. Digital projection provides crisp pictures that don't fade over time.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox said it would join a Sony Corp.-led group of companies developing the Blu-ray DVD format, said Michael O'Neill, a special advisor in Fox's optical media division. Fox will join the Blu-ray Disc Assn., which includes Sony, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., and Dell Inc., to promote Blu-ray as the standard for next-generation DVDs.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2001 | Reuters
A small Detroit publishing firm won a $19-million lawsuit against 20th Century Fox after a jury in Michigan agreed that the movie studio had stolen the script for a hit Christmas movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Murray Hill Publications claimed in the lawsuit that the script for the 1996 movie "Jingle All the Way" bore a remarkable resemblance to the screenplay "Could This Be Christmas?" written by high school teacher Brian Alan Webster.
BUSINESS
November 29, 1999 | GREG MILLER
In the latest scrape between a Hollywood studio and online fans, 20th Century Fox attorneys have recently been slaying Web sites that pay homage to the studio's hit show, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." A handful of Buffy "fan sites" have either shut down or removed some of their content, after being threatened with copyright infringement suits by Fox attorneys. "I complied in fear of any legal repercussions," said the operator of one site, who declined to disclose his name.
BUSINESS
February 20, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has chosen the Digital Video Express, or Divx system, for home videos, boosting the format promoted by Circuit City Stores Inc. The News Corp. unit joins Walt Disney Co., Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures, Seagram Co.'s Universal Studios and DreamWorks SKG in backing Divx, a variant of the digital video disk format that allows customers to view a movie for only a 48-hour period. Circuit City is a partner in the group that developed Divx.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before asking for Fridays off in the summer. The Skinny: Wouldn't it be great if we got Fridays off in July and August? Let's get a bill passed! In the meantime, Friday's headlines include the weekend box-office preview and reviews of "Pacific Rim" and "Grown Ups 2. " Also, 20th Century Fox has Broadway dreams. Daily Dose: Last night, Twitter turned into one long promotional platform for Syfy's "Sharknado, a spoof on disaster movies. But once again, it seems that a ton of tweets does not necessarily translate into huge ratings.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The characters of “X Men,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Avatar” could be singing and dancing their way across the Broadway stage.  That's because 20th Century Fox has joined forces with Tony-winning producer Kevin McCollum (“Rent”), film producer John Davis (“Predator”) and Crossroads Media's Tom McGrath to turn the studio's films into staged productions on the Great White Way. McGrath will run the daily operations of the new venture. Over the next four years, the foursome will dip into Fox's deep well of movie titles and develop at least nine musicals based upon the studio's films.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2012 | By John Horn and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Many people in Hollywood considered "Life of Pi" to be unfilmable. Now that it's about to hit theaters Wednesday, there's a new question: Can it be profitable? Director Ang Lee's $120-million adaptation of Yann Martel's 2001 book, which has sold 9 million copies worldwide, is precisely the kind of movie that many complain the big studios don't make anymore: an ambitious and highbrow creation that's not a sequel and isn't based on a comic book or theme park ride. Marketing the movie in no easy task either.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
20th Century Fox launched an initiative designed to spur digital sales, offering its sci-fi thriller "Prometheus" for sale through several major online retailers three weeks ahead of the movie's release on DVD and Blu-ray disc. The Ridley Scott film is one of 600 titles to be sold digitally in high-definition for less than $15 -- a discount from the typical retail price of $20. The movies are available online through Amazon, Apple Inc.'s iTunes store, BestBuy's CinemaNow, Google Play, YouTube and Wal-Mart's Vudu, as well as through entertainment stores connected to the Sony PlayStation and Xbox game consoles.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2012 | By Ben Fritz and Richard Verrier
Shrek and Po have found a new home. DreamWorks Animation, the Glendale studio behind such hit animated franchises as "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar," has signed a five-year deal with 20th Century Fox, which will distribute its movies beginning next year. Fox replaces Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks' partner since 2006. The two companies' relationship began souring in 2011 as DreamWorks Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg sought to pay a lower fee and Paramount Chairman Brad Grey formed a competitive animation unit at his studio.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Premium cable channel HBO has renewed its deal for theatrical movies from 20th Century Fox. Although terms were not disclosed, HBO is expected to pay just over $200 million annually to the studio for the movies, people familiar with the matter said. The extension runs through 2022. The current contract was set to expire in 2015. There are some tweaks in the new agreement between Fox and HBO. Previously, when a 20th Century Fox movie was running on HBO, the studio could not sell that title on iTunes, Amazon, Wal-Mart's Vudu or other digital platforms.
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October 1, 1985 | MARC IGLER, Times Staff Writer
A bludgeoned body found in the back seat of a burning car in Woodland Hills was identified Monday as that of Herbert Wallerstein, a veteran television director and producer, and a former top executive for 20th Century Fox. Wallerstein, 59, was last seen Friday evening at a supermarket near his Woodland Hills home, police said.
BUSINESS
May 14, 1986 | AL DELUGACH, Times Staff Writer
In pretrial maneuvering Tuesday, lawyers for 20th Century Fox Film Corp. raised the curtain for the first time on purported top-level feuding and an aborted proposal to take the Hollywood studio private shortly before oilman Marvin Davis bought it in 1981. The company and Davis, defendants in a wrongful termination suit filed by former Fox Chairman and Chief Executive Dennis C.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The cast of"Modern Family"has an ancient problem. In the television industry, actors typically sign contracts that range from five to seven years with annual pay increases of 4% to 6%. The compensation can range from $40,000 to $70,000 per episode to more than six figures for established stars. On its face, that doesn't sound so bad. But in the rare cases of a huge commercial hit, the companies that produce and air the show get a big and quick return on their investment. Then their headaches begin - with the actors.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The family that sues together apparently stays together. Several of the key cast members on the hit TV sitcom "Modern Family" have teamed up to sue 20th Century Fox Television, the studio that makes the show for ABC, claiming their contracts are illegal. Stars Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell filed suit Tuesday in California Superior Court. The move comes after unsuccessful efforts on their part to renegotiate their deals with the studio.
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