January 11, 2005 |
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.
November 11, 2004 |
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.
October 13, 2004 |
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.
October 5, 2004 |
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.
January 17, 2004 |
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the sentiments of rival NBC executives that the traditional rollout of new network schedules in the fall may be an outdated strategy, Fox Entertainment President Gail Berman announced Friday that her network would start unveiling new shows soon after the official season ends in May.
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."