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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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BUSINESS
March 22, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. persuaded Fox Entertainment Group Inc. minority holders to accept $6.6 billion for their stock, giving him full control of assets including Fox News Channel and the 20th Century Fox film studio. Fox's investors will get $36.72 a share in News Corp. nonvoting shares for their stock, based on Friday's closing prices. Minority investors held 178.4 million shares, or 18%, in Fox, and will get 2.04 News Corp. shares for each one of Fox.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2007 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works plans to issue a stop-work order today to Fox Entertainment Group after it graded a site on the federally owned West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus without permission. Community watchdogs late last week were startled to see construction activity at a site just west of the 405 Freeway and north of Wilshire Boulevard. It is near an oil well on the VA property.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 1997 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fox on Monday announced programming moves that include a revamping of its Thursday night lineup, the premiere of a new comedy, "Ask Harriet," and the return of "New York Undercover." Those series will replace the veteran comedy "Living Single" and the freshman drama "413 Hope St.," both of which have struggled in the ratings this season. "Living Single," about four female friends living in New York City, will end its five-year run with two back-to-back episodes on Jan. 1, starting at 8 p.m.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2004 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Fox Entertainment Group on Wednesday said the founder of its Fox Television Studios was leaving the company, clearing the way for the hiring of a former Walt Disney Co. executive. Fox is expected to announce that Angela Shapiro, former head of Disney's ABC Family cable channel and ABC's daytime division, would replace David Grant as president of Fox TV Studios, sources said. A company spokeswoman declined to comment.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2007 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
On the final day of television's midseason press tour, journalists finally got a chance to pepper Fox Entertainment President Peter Liguori with questions about two of pop culture's most urgent matters -- O.J. and "A.I." Dressed in jeans and a dark sport coat, the calm and casual Liguori handled the press as deftly as any NFL running back -- he deflected the attempted tackles. When he was asked about his judgment in the botched O.J.
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.'
BUSINESS
December 18, 2005 | Glenn F. Bunting, Times Staff Writer
Amid great fanfare, the British government spent about $1 billion building a monument on the banks of the Thames River to ring in the 21st century. The Millennium Dome attracted a reported 6.5 million visitors to futuristic exhibits showcasing British style, design and architecture before it was shuttered at the end of 2000. Since then, the distinctive landmark has sat empty except when rented out for an occasional New Year's Eve bash, skateboard competition or anti-racism festival.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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 22, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. persuaded Fox Entertainment Group Inc. minority holders to accept $6.6 billion for their stock, giving him full control of assets including Fox News Channel and the 20th Century Fox film studio. Fox's investors will get $36.72 a share in News Corp. nonvoting shares for their stock, based on Friday's closing prices. Minority investors held 178.4 million shares, or 18%, in Fox, and will get 2.04 News Corp. shares for each one of Fox.
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
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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