Back at the start of this year, news broke out that Disney was on the verge of officially renaming 20th Century Fox – the studio it acquired the year before – by striking off the “Fox” from its name sake. Now, nearly half a year later and staying true to its word, the Fox has been removed, but surprisingly, so has the word “Century”.
The studio is now simply known as 20th Television and unsurprisingly, it isn’t Disney’s only asset that’s gotten a name change. In addition to the film and movie studio, Fox 21 Television Studios has also been renamed as Touchstone Television. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because that’s a TV brand Disney had used up until 2007. Just to recap, that name change also applies to Searchlight Pictures, which was formerly known as Fox Searchlight Pictures.
In any case, the new names and end cards are expected to begin showing up on respective TV shows later this year; this includes shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob’s Burgers, to name a few. On that note, all currently existing episodes that are currently being stream and available in digital libraries will continue to show the end cards and logos before the renaming.
Disney officially acquired 21st Century Fox from the Fox Corporation last year to the sum of US$71.3 billion (~RM300 billion), but only included the film and TV studios and not the Fox broadcast network.
(Source: The Verge // Image: The Verge)