Fox Corporation
TypePublic
ISINUS35137L1052
US35137L2043
IndustryMedia
Predecessor21st Century Fox
FoundedMarch 19, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-03-19)
FounderRupert Murdoch
Headquarters1211 Avenue of the Americas, ,
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
ProductsTelevision programs
Web portals
ServicesBroadcasting
Licensing
Streaming
Television
RevenueIncrease US$12.91 billion (2021)
Increase US$2.77 billion (2021)
Increase US$2.15 billion (2021)
Total assetsIncrease US$22.93 billion (2021)
Total equityIncrease US$11.39 billion (2021)
OwnerMurdoch family (39% voting power)
Number of employees
9,000 (2020)
Divisions
Subsidiaries
Websitefoxcorporation.com Edit this at Wikidata
Footnotes / references
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Fox Corporation (stylized in all-caps as FOX Corporation)[5] is a publicly traded American mass media company operated and controlled by media mogul Rupert Murdoch and headquartered at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in New York City. Incorporated in Delaware, it was formed in 2019 as a result of the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by the Walt Disney Company; the remaining assets that were not acquired by Disney were spun off from 21st Century Fox as Fox Corporation. Its stock began trading on March 19, 2019.[6][7][8][9] The company is controlled by the Murdoch family via a family trust with 39.6% ownership share.[10]

Rupert Murdoch is chairman, while his son Lachlan Murdoch is executive chairman and CEO. Fox Corp. deals primarily in the television broadcast, news, and sports broadcasting industries. They include the Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Television Stations, Fox News, Fox Business, the national operations of Fox Sports, and others. Its sister company under Murdoch's control, News Corp, holds his print interests and other media assets.

History

The company name traces back through a series of mergers and demergers to the Fox Film Corporation founded by William Fox on February 1, 1915.[11]

Formation

On December 14, 2017, The Walt Disney Company announced its intent to acquire the motion picture, cable entertainment, and direct broadcast satellite divisions of 21st Century Fox, including 20th Century Fox, for $52.4 billion. The remainder of the company would form a so-called "New Fox", maintaining control of assets such as Fox's television network and broadcast stations (which Disney, already owning ABC, would be legally unable to own due to an FCC policy known as the "dual network rule", which prohibits mergers between the top broadcast networks), Fox News, the national operations of Fox Sports, and the 20th Century Fox studio lot, which would be leased to Disney for seven years. Fox's regional sports networks were also included in the sale, but were later divested by order of the Department of Justice, on the grounds that the Fox regional networks' combination with Disney's 80% ownership of ESPN would make Disney too dominant in the cable sports market.[12][13][14][15][16]

In May 2018, it was confirmed that Lachlan Murdoch, rather than James Murdoch, would take charge of the New Fox company.[2]

In mid-2018, NBCUniversal's parent company Comcast instigated bidding wars over both the Fox assets Disney planned to purchase, and the British broadcaster Sky plc (a company which 21st Century Fox held a stake in, and was planning to acquire the remainder). In July 2018, Fox agreed to an increase of Disney's offer to $71.3 billion to fend off Comcast's counter-bid.[17][18] British regulators ordered that a blind auction be held for Sky's assets, which was won by Comcast.[19]

On October 10, 2018, it was reported that in preparation for the impending completion of the sale, the new, post-merger organizational structure of "New Fox" would be implemented by January 1, 2019.[3] On November 14, 2018, it was revealed that the new independent company will maintain the original Fox name.[20] On January 7, 2019, Fox Corporation's registration statement was filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.[21]

On January 11, 2019, Fox stated in a securities filing that it had no plans to bid on its former regional sports networks;[6] they would instead go to a consortium led by Sinclair Broadcast Group, with Fox Corporation continuing to license the FSN name to those stations until Sinclair developed a new brand (the networks would eventually become Bally Sports).[22] On March 12, 2019, Disney announced that the sale would be completed by March 20, 2019.[23] On March 19, 2019, Fox Corporation officially began trading on the S&P 500, replacing 21st Century Fox on the index.[8] Republican politician and former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also joined Fox Corporation's board at this time.[1]

Under the terms of the acquisition, Disney will phase out the Fox brand usage by 2024.[24]

Beginning of operations

Fox Corporation began operating separately on March 19, 2019.[1] Chairman and CEO Lachlan Murdoch led a town hall meeting three days later, indicating that stock would be issued to the corporation's employees based on longevity.[25]

In May 2019, via the Fox Sports division, Fox Corporation acquired a 4.99% stake in Canadian online gambling operator The Stars Group for $236 million. As a result, it was also announced that the companies would co-develop sports betting products for the U.S. market under the branding Fox Bet.[26]

In early July 2019, Fox Entertainment announced the formation of SideCar, with executives led by Gail Berman. SideCar is a content development unit for Fox and other outlets.[27]

In August 2019, Fox Corporation acquired Credible Labs for $397 million and animation studio Bento Box Entertainment for $50 million.[28][29][30]

In April 2020, Fox Corporation acquired streaming service Tubi for $440 million.[31][32]

In June 2020, SideCar was shut down by Fox.[33]

In September 2021, Fox Corporation acquired TMZ from WarnerMedia in a deal worth about $50 million with TMZ being operated under the Fox Entertainment division.[34]

In December 2021, Fox Corporation acquired the film and television production studio MarVista Entertainment.[35][36]

In September 2022, Fox Corporation announced the launch of Fox Entertainment Studios. This is the company's first venture into entirely in-house television production. The studio debuted its first show, Monarch, on September 11, 2022.[37] Fox also announced that Fox Entertainment would re-enter the international distribution business by launching a sales unit called Fox Entertainment Global.[38]

Potential re-merger with News Corp

In October 14, 2022, it was announced that, under the instruction of Rupert Murdoch, a special committee had been established to explore a potential merger of Fox and News Corp, bringing the two companies back together after the former 21st Century Fox was spun-off from News Corp in 2013.[39]

Corporate governance

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Board of directors

Executive management

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Assets

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As of September 2022.[40]

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