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April 5, 1999 | SUSAN KARLIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Down a quiet street along the Thames River, just outside of London, television history is being made. Here, in Teddington Studios, the Carsey-Werner Co. is taping a British version of Fox's "That '70s Show." Same six small-town teenagers. Different accents. What's so groundbreaking about this event is that it marks the first time an American company has produced both American and British versions of the same show.
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March 4, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
News Corp., the media company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, boosted its offer for full ownership of Fox Entertainment Group Inc. by 7% to $6 billion. A committee of Fox directors recommended the higher offer, and shareholders that sued to block the purchase agreed to a settlement, New York-based News Corp. said. Murdoch offered 2.04 News Corp. Class A non-voting shares for each Fox Class A share, up from Murdoch's Jan. 10 offer of 1.9 shares.
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October 13, 2004 | From Reuters
The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday proposed to fine 169 Fox television stations a total of $1.18 million for violating decency standards when they aired an episode of "Married by America." The FCC said it sought to fine the stations $7,000 each for airing in April 2003 an episode of the unscripted matchmaking program that showed sexually explicit and graphic scenes at a time when children were likely to be watching.
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February 8, 2005
News Corp. extended until March 4 its offer to buy the shares of Fox Entertainment Group Inc. it doesn't own, pushing back an earlier Feb. 22 deadline.
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November 24, 1999 | PAUL LIEBERMAN and JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rupert Murdoch said Tuesday that his Fox Television Network became the victim of its own ambition this fall when it staggered the release of its slate of new programs, most of which then sank in the ratings. "We were too ambitious in trying to develop too many new shows all in one year and in launching them over a longer period," Murdoch told the first annual shareholders meeting of Fox Entertainment Group, controlled by Murdoch's News Corp. "Our strategy did not work this year."
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November 16, 1999 | Sallie Hofmeister
In a restructuring that brings its network entertainment unit and television studio under one executive, Fox Entertainment Group has promoted Sandy Grushow to chairman of the newly formed Fox Television Entertainment Group. Grushow will oversee both Fox Entertainment, which programs the broadcast network, and Twentieth Century Fox Television, the prime-time television studio.
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September 3, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
AT&T Corp., soon to be the largest U.S. cable television company, said it will carry digital TV signals from Fox Entertainment Group's 22 stations on its cable systems across the U.S. for the next 10 years. The agreement covers AT&T's 10 million-plus subscribers and Fox's stations, which reach 40% of U.S. homes with TVs. The companies also agreed to work to provide Fox's high-resolution, or HDTV, programming to cable customers. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
BUSINESS
May 30, 2001 | Reuters
Fox Sports International, or FSI, said it had signed a deal to merge its Latin American television holdings with those of an Argentine media giant to form what it says will be the world's largest Spanish-language sports television network. FSI, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group, signed an agreement with Argentina's Trisa to combine their television operations in Latin America and the United States to reach 20 million viewers, FSI's president said.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2005
News Corp. extended until March 4 its offer to buy the shares of Fox Entertainment Group Inc. it doesn't own, pushing back an earlier Feb. 22 deadline.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
News Corp., the media company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, boosted its offer for full ownership of Fox Entertainment Group Inc. by 7% to $6 billion. A committee of Fox directors recommended the higher offer, and shareholders that sued to block the purchase agreed to a settlement, New York-based News Corp. said. Murdoch offered 2.04 News Corp. Class A non-voting shares for each Fox Class A share, up from Murdoch's Jan. 10 offer of 1.9 shares.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2005 | Sallie Hofmeister, Times Staff Writer
Seeking to consolidate its U.S. holdings under a single banner, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. on Monday proposed a stock swap worth $5.9 billion to buy the remaining shares it does not own in Fox Entertainment Group Inc. News Corp., which already owns 82% of Fox, said shareholders would receive 1.9 News Corp. Class A shares for each Fox Class A share -- a value of $32.55 a share based on Monday's closing price. Fox shares closed Monday at $34.28, about 5.
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November 11, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Twentieth Century Fox studio, a veteran of the big screen and the TV screen, is about to break into an entirely new realm: the really little screen, the kind that comes on a cellphone. In what appeared to be the first arrangement of its kind, Twentieth Century Fox said Wednesday that it would create a unique series of one-minute dramas based on its hit show "24" exclusively for a new high-speed wireless service being offered by Vodafone, the world's biggest cellphone company.
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October 13, 2004 | From Reuters
The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday proposed to fine 169 Fox television stations a total of $1.18 million for violating decency standards when they aired an episode of "Married by America." The FCC said it sought to fine the stations $7,000 each for airing in April 2003 an episode of the unscripted matchmaking program that showed sexually explicit and graphic scenes at a time when children were likely to be watching.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2004 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
Last month, the producers of "The Next Great Champ," an unscripted series on Fox, beat back a lawsuit from rival producers who called it a rip-off show and tried to keep it off the air. The court victory was a brief moment of "Rocky"-like triumph for "Champ," which features boxing great Oscar De La Hoya and a legion of unknown fighters. But in TV, as in the ring, hope dies hard, and viewers have KO'd "Champ" in ways that raise questions about network TV's rush to reality.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2004 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
Echoing the sentiments of rival NBC executives that the traditional rollout of new network schedules in the fall may be an outdated strategy, Fox Entertainment President Gail Berman announced Friday that her network would start unveiling new shows soon after the official season ends in May.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2003
"The Simple Life," Fox's new unscripted series about wealthy girls struggling on a farm, is in green pastures in terms of its initial ratings. The second episode of the show, which features hotel heiress Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, won its 8:30 p.m. slot Wednesday, attracting more than 13.3 million viewers, an increase over its Tuesday premiere audience of just under 13 million. On top of that, the Wednesday installment gave a significant boost to the show that followed it, "The O.C."
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April 27, 2002 | Reuters
News Corp.'s Fox Entertainment Group said it is pulling out of its planned movies-on-demand joint venture, Movies.com, with Walt Disney Co. after deciding the venture was not "appropriate" for the moment. Fox said that "after considering the potential regulatory process and logistical issues and carefully examining technological and marketplace developments, it had determined that the joint venture was not an appropriate initiative at this time."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 1998 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The loss of "Seinfeld" will have an "enormous impact" on prime time, and competing networks will likely add to NBC's woes by exploring how to steal its top-rated drama "ER," the Fox network's programming chief said Friday. Addressing a group of TV critics in Pasadena, Fox Entertainment Group President Peter Roth avoided specifics regarding "ER"--which will be in play for next season if NBC can't come to a deal with production company Warner Bros.
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September 30, 2003 | Greg Braxton
The Fox network on Monday announced several programming moves, including shifting its new drama "The O.C." from Thursdays to Wednesdays and delaying the new comedy "The Ortegas" until midseason. Network executives had previously planned for "The O.C." to air Thursdays at 9 p.m. when it returns to the prime-time schedule following the baseball playoffs. That would have pitted the youth-oriented drama against CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and NBC's "Will & Grace."
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