Disney drops the word ‘Fox’ from 20th Century Fox name

Clémence Michallon
The 20th Century Fox logo on display during a presentation on 3 April 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada: VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images

The Walt Disney Company has dropped the word “Fox” from 20th Century Fox’s Name.

According to Variety, the studio is now known as 20th Century Studios, while Fox Searchlight Pictures – another 21st Century Fox asset acquired by Disney will go by Searchlight Pictures.

A Disney spokesman told The New York Times that both entities would remove the word “Fox” from their respective logos.

The Independent has contacted the Walt Disney Company for more information.

Rupert Murdoch was once the chief executive of 21st Century Fox. Fox News, which was founded by Murdoch, remains owned by the Fox Corporation – of which Murdoch is the chairman, while his son Lachlan Murdoch is the CEO.

The changes come after Disney’s $73.1bn purchase of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets. The deal, which closed in March last year, was one of the largest media mergers in history.

Downhill, Searchlight’s next film, is expected to be market under the label ”Searchlight Pictures Presents”. The film, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell, will be released on 14 February in the US and 28 February in the UK.

The Call of the Wild, featuring Karen Gillan and Harrison Ford, is set to bear the 20th Century Studios name. The movie is planned for release on 19 February in the UK and 21 February in the US.