20th Television is an American television production company which serves as a division of Disney Television Studios, a unit of Walt Disney Television (both ultimately owned by The Walt Disney Company).

History

20th Television was formed in 1989 by Fox, Inc. (the News Corporation unit that oversaw 20th Century Fox at that time) in order to separate 20th Century Fox's television productions (which were previously handled by its 20th Century Fox Television division) from the movie studio in order to increase the latter's output.[1] During this time, 20th Television and 20th Century Fox served as two of Fox's four main units, along with the Fox Broadcasting Company and Fox Television Stations.[2] Following a 1994 restructuring of Fox's television production companies, 20th Television was refocused on syndication and "non-traditional programs"; its network television division was moved back to 20th Century Fox and retook the 20th Century Fox Television name.[3] 20th Television distributes almost all programming from the television production unit and its subsidiaries and the motion picture studio's output (and their own subdivisions).

In 1992, Greg Meidel became president of 20th Television, serving until 1995. Meidel was president of MyNetworkTV when he added 20th Television's same position to his responsibility in 2009.[4]

As part of the restructuring that stemmed from News Corporation spinning off its entertainment assets into 21st Century Fox, it was announced on July 8, 2013, that 20th Television will operate under the management of 20th Century Fox Television; it was previously under Fox Television Stations. As a result, the former company's president will now report to the latter's chairmen.[5]

Under Disney Television Studios

After the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company on March 20, 2019, president Greg Meidel was laid off.[6]

On January 17, 2020, it was announced that the "Fox" name would be dropped from several of the Fox assets acquired by Disney. However, the renaming of 20th Century Fox Television, 20th Television, and Fox 21 Television Studios, as well as 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (became 20th Century Studios Home Entertainment) and Fox Networks Group International, was not made clear.[7]

On August 10, 2020, 20th Television and 20th Century Fox Television were merged into one entity as part of a restructuring plan by Disney regarding their television production units, the merged entity took the former's name to avoid branding confusion of then-current formed, Fox Corporation. Meanwhile, Fox 21 Television Studios was renamed Touchstone Television, restoring that division name after a sixteen-year dormancy. ABC Studios, which was previously known as the original Touchstone Television, will take the name ABC Signature, the name of that entity's cable and streaming production subsidiary.[8] Their old syndication and distribution arm was later absorbed into Disney Media Distribution and Disney-ABC Domestic Television which led to just a production company only.

On December 1, 2020, Disney announced that the Touchstone Television label would be sunset, with remaining operations merged into 20th Television.[9]

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