20th Television Animation
Formerly
  • Fox Television Animation (1999–2020)
  • 20th Animation (2020–2021)
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryTelevision production
Founded1999; 22 years ago (1999)
Key people
Marci Proietto (President)
ProductsTelevision animation
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
ParentDisney Television Studios
(Walt Disney Television)

20th Television Animation (formerly Fox Television Animation and 20th Animation) is an American television production company and animation studio that creates, develops and produces adult animated television series and specials. It is a unit of Disney Television Studios, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Television.[1]

History

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20th Century Fox Television and 20th Television animation unit (1999–2020)

Logo used as Fox Television Animation (1999–2020).
Logo used as Fox Television Animation (1999–2020).

The studio was established in 1999.[2] Its first project was the continued production of Family Guy for its third season, which it took over from the series' previous home at Film Roman for seasons one and two. The studio would become the home of future animated series co-created by Seth MacFarlane: American Dad! and The Cleveland Show.[3] In 2016, Fox Television Animation assumed production of The Simpsons, taking over from Film Roman.

Most animated projects from 20th Television Animation are subcontracted to third party animation production companies such as Film Roman, Titmouse, Inc., Bento Box Entertainment and Rough Draft Studios, but the company maintains 20th Television Animation as an in-house option. Because the company acts as a production house for hire, it is not treated as a labeled division of 20th Century Studios like Touchstone Television or Searchlight Pictures. The studio specializes in animation pre-production and post-production, while the actual animation production is handled by studios in South Korea. 20th Television Animation's frequent contractors include Digital eMation, Yearim Productions, AKOM Production, and Rough Draft Korea.

The studio maintains a location in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles[4][5] Its workers are represented by The Animation Guild, I.A.T.S.E. Local 839.[6]

Under Disney Television Studios (2020–present)

Logo used as 20th Animation (2020–2021).
Logo used as 20th Animation (2020–2021).

In September 2020, the animation company was renamed as 20th Television Animation[citation needed] as part of a merger requirement to drop the word "Fox" from the acquired assets to avoid brand confusion with Fox Corporation. Less than three months following this change in December 2020, the name was shortened to simply 20th Animation.

In March 2021, Disney Television Studios renamed the studio back to 20th Television Animation and relaunched it as a standalone unit from 20th Television, naming Marci Proietto as president of the company. 20th Television Animation focuses on producing and developing animated projects targeted at adults, as opposed to the kid-targeted sister studio Disney Television Animation. Under the new incarnation, 20th Television Animation would assume executive supervision of the production of all animated projects that had, up to that point, been overseen by 20th Television. This allowed series that 20th Television Animation was already producing animation for under 20th Television's watch to be brought entirely under one company, while series whose animation was produced by a third party company would retain that relationship, with 20th Television Animation only absorbing the above-the-line production and acting as the new client for the animation contractor.[7]

Television productions

# Title[8] Creator(s) Year(s) Network Co-production with Notes
1980s
1 The Simpsons Matt Groening 1989–present Fox Gracie Films Animation service from seasons 28 to 32; credited as Fox Television Animation until season 31; production company since season 33
1990s
2 Family Guy Seth MacFarlane 1999–present Fox Fuzzy Door Productions Animation service from seasons 3 to 19; credited as Fox Television Animation until season 18; production company since season 20
2000s
3 American Dad! Seth MacFarlane
Mike Barker
Matt Weitzman
2005–present Fox (2005–2014)
TBS (2014–present)
Fuzzy Door Productions
Underdog Productions
Animation service from seasons 1 to 17; credited as Fox Television Animation until the season 17 episode "300" and 20th Television Animation starting with "Yule. Tide. Repeat." in the same season. Production company since season 18
4 The Cleveland Show Seth MacFarlane
Richard Appel
Mike Henry
2009–2013 Fox Fuzzy Door Productions
Person Unknown Productions
Happy Jack Productions
Animation service; credited as Fox Television Animation; and the only series to be credited as Fox throughout its run
2010s
5 Bob's Burgers Loren Bouchard 2011–present Fox Bento Box Entertainment
Wilo Productions
Beginning with season 12; production company
6 Bless the Harts Emily Spivey 2019–present Fox Entertainment
Titmouse, Inc.
Jessebean, Inc.
Lord Miller Productions
Animation service; uncredited[7]
2020s
7 Duncanville Amy Poehler
Mike Scully
Julie Thacker Scully
2020–present Fox Fox Entertainment
Universal Television
Bento Box Entertainment
Paper Kite Productions
Scullys Productions
Beginning with season 2; production company
8 Solar Opposites Justin Roiland
Mike McMahan
Hulu Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions!
Bardel Entertainment
Important Science
Beginning with season 3; production company
9 Central Park Loren Bouchard
Josh Gad
Nora Smith
Apple TV+ Bento Box Entertainment
Wilo Productions
Angry Child Productions
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Beginning with season 2; production company
10 The Great North Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin & Wendy Molyneux
Minty Lewis
2021–present Fox Fox Entertainment
Bento Box Entertainment
Double Moleneux Sister Sheux
Wilo Productions
Beginning with season 2; production company
11 The Prince[9] Gary Janetti 2021 HBO Max Bento Box Entertainment Production company
12 Koala Man[10] Michael Cusack TBA Hulu Princess Bento Studios
Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions!
Production company

See also

References

  1. ^ Low, Elaine (March 30, 2021). "Longtime Animation Exec Marci Proietto to Head New 20th Television Animation Production Unit". Variety. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  2. ^ Fox Television Animation, Inc. Delaware corporate filing
  3. ^ "Al Jean Speaks". The Animation Guild Blog. February 3, 2016.
  4. ^ LinkedIn. "Fox Television Animation" about page.
  5. ^ Fox Television Animation Inc OpenGovUS page
  6. ^ The Animation Guild Studio List
  7. ^ a b White, Peter (March 30, 2021). "Disney Launches 20th Television Animation, Promotes Veteran Exec Marci Proietto To Run New Unit Responsible For 'The Simpsons' & 'Family Guy'". Deadline. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  8. ^ Sarkar, Samit (December 14, 2017). "Here are the Fox movies and TV shows that Disney now owns". Polygon. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  9. ^ "The Prince: HBO Max Orders Animated Comedy Based on Royal Family". tvseriesfinale.com. January 22, 2020.
  10. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (March 23, 2021). "Hulu Orders 'Koala Man' Animated Series From Michael Cusack, Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit & Justin Roiland". Deadline. Retrieved March 23, 2021.