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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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July 23, 2007 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
In his first press major appearance since leaving as NBC's president of entertainment for the same post at Fox, Kevin Reilly said that he can honestly say it's better to be first place among prized 18- to 49-year-old viewers than in fourth. "The good news is, I'm not getting behind the wheel feeling like the wheels are going to come off," said Reilly, who took over at NBC as it was trying to dig out of the ratings crater created by the end of "Friends."
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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.
SPORTS
February 19, 2006 | Tim Brown and Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writers
Frank McCourt is poised to hand over 24 acres of Boston land to Fox to settle a $145-million loan tied to his purchase of the Dodgers, according to sources familiar with the situation. With an announcement possible this week, it is the latest step in a closely watched transaction that allowed McCourt to acquire one of sport's most revered franchises with little money down, using his Boston parking lots as collateral. Surrendering the land to News Corp.'
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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."
BUSINESS
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.
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August 13, 2005 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
Fox Broadcasting Co. said Friday that an independent investigation could not substantiate allegations that "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul had engaged in a sexual relationship with a contestant or improperly coached him. As a result, Fox said, Abdul will remain on the show.
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May 4, 2005 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
Seeking to deflect the effect of an upcoming expose about its hit show "American Idol," News Corp.'s Fox network on Tuesday questioned the motives of a former contestant whose allegations about one of the show's judges have created a furor.
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
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
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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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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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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