September 14, 1999 |
Steven Bochco, the producer of "NYPD Blue" and "Hill Street Blues," has sued 20th Century Fox Film Corp., claiming that the studio cheated him out of at least $15 million by selling the reruns of "NYPD Blue" to its sister cable network without seeking other bidders. Fox produced "NYPD Blue" and sold it in reruns several years ago to its FX cable channel for about $400,000 an episode, according to the lawsuit, which was filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
August 15, 1998
* The Writers Guild of America reached an agreement with 20th Century Fox that gives prime-time animation writers parity with their live-action counterparts. Affected are such shows as "The Simpsons" and "King of the Hill," as well as the upcoming "Futurama" and "Family Guy." Guild leaders called the agreement a landmark pact because for the first time it establishes collective bargaining recognition for animation writers in prime time. * * United Parcel Service of America Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1993
After 3 1/2 years of public scrutiny, Fox Studio's proposed $200-million expansion received tentative Los Angeles City Council approval on Wednesday. The action means that Fox will soon be able to consolidate its movie and television operations, including KTTV-TV--now in Hollywood--and 20th Century Fox Film Corp. at the same 53-acre Century City parcel, creating a 1.9-million-square-foot facility.
April 19, 1992 |
Alliances between movie studios and fast-food chains like McDonald's or Burger King are common these days. But what do you do when your movie has an environmental theme? For the animated feature "FernGully . . . the Last Rainforest," 20th Century Fox is giving away trees. Actually, they're tree seeds and it's part of the studio's tie-in with Pizza Hut, which is giving away a drinking glass that turns into a terrarium so you, too, can start your own rain forest.
June 14, 1991 |
Knock It Off: The producers of "The Simpsons" are having a cow about alleged sales of counterfeit caps bearing pictures of the popular television cartoon family. The company has filed a multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit, naming several Portland, Ore.-area merchants, demanding they knock off the knockoffs. Plaintiffs are 20th Century Fox Film Corp. and 20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising Corp. Defendants include 22 merchants and 50 unidentified persons.
December 27, 1989
1984 June 27: To quell complaints over violence in the PG-rated hits "Gremlins" and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," Hollywood adds a new rating category, PG-13. Sept. 11: The Studio Shuffle: Paramount Chairman and CEO Barry Diller, resigns for twin position at 20th Century Fox. Michael Eisner, Paramount corporate president, departs one day later and is named Walt Disney CEO on Sept. 22.