20th Television Animation
FormerlyFox Television Animation (1999–2020)
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryTelevision production
FoundedMay 19, 1999; 22 years ago (1999-05-19)
Key people
Marci Proietto (president)
ProductsTelevision animation
OwnerDisney General Entertainment Content
(The Walt Disney Company)
ParentDisney Television Studios
(Walt Disney Television)

20th Television Animation (formerly Fox Television Animation) is an American 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, which is part of the Disney General Entertainment Content division of The Walt Disney Company.[1]

History

1999–2020: 20th Century Fox Television and 20th Television animation unit

The studio was established on May 19, 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]

2020–present: under Disney Television Studios

In September 2020, the animation company was renamed as 20th Television Animation starting with newer episodes of shows in production at the company.

In December 2020, it was announced that 20th Television Animation would be relaunched as a standalone unit from 20th Television. In March 2021, Marci Proietto was tentatively named as president of the company. It eventually went into effect in September with the on-screen logo for the company first appearing after the credits for the season 33 premiere of The Simpsons, the season 2 premiere of The Great North, the season 12 premiere of Bob's Burgers and the season 20 premiere of Family Guy. 20th Television Animation focuses on producing and developing animated projects targeted at adults, as opposed to their children-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][8]

Television productions

Title[8] Creator(s) First air date Last air date Network
or Platform
Co-production with Notes
The Simpsons Matt Groening December 17, 1989 (1989-12-17) present Fox Gracie Films Animation service from season 2832; production company since season 33
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane January 31, 1999 (1999-01-31) Fuzzy Door Productions Animation service from season 319; production company since season 20
American Dad! Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman February 6, 2005 (2005-02-06) Fox (seasons 1–11)
TBS (seasons 12–)
Fuzzy Door Productions
Underdog Productions
Animation service from season 118; production company since season 19
The Cleveland Show Seth MacFarlane, Richard Appel and Mike Henry September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27) May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19) Fox Fuzzy Door Productions
Person Unknown Productions
Happy Jack Productions
Animation service; the only series to be credited as a Fox Television Animation production throughout its run
Bob's Burgers Loren Bouchard January 9, 2011 (2011-01-09) present Bento Box Entertainment
Wilo Productions
Production company since season 12
Duncanville Mike Scully, Julie Thacker Scully and Amy Poehler February 16, 2020 (2020-02-16) Fox Entertainment
Universal Television
3 Arts Entertainment
Bento Box Entertainment
Paper Kite Productions
Scullys Productions
Production company since season 3
Solar Opposites Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan May 8, 2020 (2020-05-08) Hulu Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions!
Bardel Entertainment
Important Science
Production company since holiday special
Central Park Josh Gad, Loren Bouchard and Nora Smith May 29, 2020 (2020-05-29) Apple TV+ Bento Box Entertainment
Wilo Productions
Angry Child Productions
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Production company since season 3
The Great North Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin, Wendy Molyneux and Minty Lewis January 3, 2021 (2021-01-03) Fox Fox Entertainment
Bento Box Entertainment
Double Molyneux Sister Sheux
Wilo Productions
Production company since season 2
The Hobblepots[9] Ben Schwartz TBA TBD ABC Mortal Media
Rooster Teeth Studios
How to Be Black[9] Baratunde Thurston and Courtney Lilly ABC Signature
Cinema Gypsy Productions
Koala Man[10] Michael Cusack Hulu Princess Bento Studios
Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions!
Little Demon[11] Darcy Fowler, Seth Kirschner and Kieran Valla FXX ShadowMachine
Jersey Films 2nd Avenue
FX Productions
Praise Petey[12] Anna Drezen Freeform ShadowMachine
Bandera Entertainment
Rhona Who Lives by the River[13] Emily Kapnek Disney+ Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
Piece of Pie Productions
Standing By[9] Dan Levy and Ally Pankiu Hulu ABC Signature
SupaShawty Girls, Funkamatic BangBang[12] Adamma and Adanne Ebo Freeform
Wallflower[12] Julia Edelman, Danielle Uhlarik and Olivia de Recat

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. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 1, 2020). "Dana Walden Merges 20th TV & Touchstone TV Under Karey Burke, ABC & Hulu Original Content Under Craig Erwich In Sweeping Reorg; Bert Salke Gets Producing Deal". Retrieved August 22, 2021.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (October 25, 2021). "20th Television Animation Ups Chris Cikowski To VP Animation". Deadline.
  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.
  11. ^ @DisneyTVANews (May 11, 2021). ".@FXXNetwork Has Greenlighted #LittleDemon Created by Darcy Fowler, Seth Kirschner and Kieran Valla, EP by #RickAndMorty's Dan Harmon After being impregnated by the Devil ,a reluctant mother and her Antichrist daughter attempt to live an ordinary life in Delaware #20thTVA" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ a b c White, Peter (2021-12-09). "Annie Murphy, John Cho & Christine Baranski Star In Animated Series 'Praise Petey' From Anna Drezen For Freeform As Network Takes Another Crack At Genre". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  13. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (2021-11-16). "Emily Kapnek's Musical Toon 'Rhona Who Lives by the River' on Course for Disney+". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2021-11-16.