Fox Television Studios

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Credits
Logo descriptions by
Matt Williams, James Stanley Barr, Nicholas Aczel, and D.L. Chandell


Logo captures by
snelfu, Eric S., Derrick Anderson, 1sam234, and DaBigLogoCollector


Editions by
V of Doom and Curiousgeorge60


Video captures courtesy of
TakingofPelhamify, 1sam234, and Mohamed Elmi Waberi

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Background

Fox Television Studios was the network television division of 20th Century Fox Television, Inc., that was formed in 1997 by News Corporation (later "21st Century Fox Inc.", now "The Walt Disney Company"). On December 4, 2014, the Fox Television Group merged Fox Television Studios with Fox 21 into the current Fox 21 Television Studios. On August 10, 2020, Disney revived the "Touchstone" brand name after nearly 3 years and rebranded Fox 21 Television Studios into the short-lived revived Touchstone Television, which was folded to 20th Television later at the end of 2020.

(May 19, 1998-December 18, 2014)

Nicknames: "Dark CGI Searchlights", "Lightning Tower"

Logo: We see the standard Fox structure, this time reading "FOX TELEVISION STUDIOS". However, the searchlights have turned off, the normally clear sky is gone, and a thunderstorm is brewing overhead. A bolt of lightning crashes down on the tower, thus turning on the searchlights. The News Corp. byline is still intact (pre-2013 only).

Trivia: The background of this logo is based on the 1994 logo of Fox Lab minus the two electric beams.

Variants:

  • This logo is seen for a split-second at the beginning of the Foxstar Productions logo in 2000.
  • In 2008, the logo was given a more "enhanced" look with more realistic effects and background, but the byline is now in all caps and a more cheap-looking Times font. The design also looks cheaper.
  • Sometimes, the logo is bylineless, but has always been bylineless since 2013, due to the News Corp. split.
  • On Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt and the first four season DVD releases of Soul Food: The Series, a short version is used.
  • On Night of the Headless Horseman, the darkened Fox Television Studios tower slowly turns and zooms in a bit with lightning in the background. The logo then continues as normal, staying on a few seconds with more searchlight animation and extended fanfare.
  • On the TV movie Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House, the logo has more searchlight animation, but not as much extra searchlight animation as the extended version from Night of the Headless Horseman.
  • Empire of Dreams: The Story of the "Star Wars" Trilogy has a slightly cropped version of the logo. The ending theme plays over it and it appears before the Lucasfilm logo.

FX/SFX: The stormy sky, the lightning, and the searchlights turning on. The original 1998 version was done by Flip Your Lid Animation, and the 2008 "enhanced" version was done by Cinergy Creative.

Music/Sounds: The final 4 notes of the long version of the Fox fanfare, or the shortened 1997 or 2008 20th Century Fox Television fanfare, accompanied by sounds of thunder. In some cases, it's the closing theme of the show or none. The long version has thunder and an extended short version of the Fox fanfare.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On Olive: The Other Reindeer and a handful of season 1 episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, the 1997 20th Century Fox Television music is used.
  • The Home Alone 4 version has the extended version of the music is low-toned.
  • On some shows like Maron, White Collar, and others from the 2013-14 season, it uses the last four notes of the 1997 TCF movie fanfare, accomplished by a different thunder stock sound.

Availability: Common.

  • This first appeared on the 1998 TV movie Gargantua.
  • This was also seen on The Glades, Burn Notice, White Collar, the short-lived The Good Guys, Maron, and Saving Grace, among others. Can be seen on most comedies that Fox produced like The Hughleys and was also seen on network airings of Malcolm in the Middle.
  • It survives on DVD releases of The Shield.
  • Some shows on Fox Sports Net also used this logo.
  • This logo is preserved on Australian reruns of Malcolm in the Middle.
  • Some reruns of shows like The Hughleys on TV One and Malcolm in the Middle on IFC and TeenNick plaster it with the 20th Television logo (sometimes leaving the music intact). It was also seen on The Girls Next Door on E!.
  • The long version so far was only seen on Night of the Headless Horseman. Nick's print of Olive the Other Reindeer also plasters it with 20th Television, while Cartoon Network and The WB's print didn't show any Fox logo.
  • Reruns of Malcolm in the Middle on Comedy Central UK plasters this with the 2013 bylineless 20th Century Fox Television logo, whilst some episodes from later in the series run retain this logo. However, on Netflix prints of Malcolm in the Middle, this logo is plastered by the 2013 bylineless 20th Century Fox Television logo on all episodes.
  • On current HD prints of Home Alone 4 (TV, digital, etc...), this is plastered by the 2013 20th Television logo, sometimes leaving the FTS theme intact.

Editor's Note: None.

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