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Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc.
Subsidiary
IndustryFilm
Founded1994; 25 years ago (1994)
FounderThomas Rothman[1]
Headquarters10201 West Pico Boulevard
Building 38, 1st Floor, ,
Key people
  • Nancy Utley (Co-Chairman)
  • Stephen Gilula (Co-Chairman)
ProductsMotion pictures
RevenueIncrease $6.50 million (2007)[3]
Number of employees
40
ParentThe Walt Disney Studios
Websitewww.foxsearchlight.com

Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. is an American film studio that is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company.[4] As a sister studio company of the larger Fox film studio 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight specializes in North American production of independent, European, and British films alongside comedy-drama, horror, art-house, and foreign films, all of which the studio sometimes finances.

Fox Searchlight's Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, Birdman, and The Shape of Water have all won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 81st, 86th, 87th, and 90th Academy Awards respectively, as well as a further 15 Academy Awards combined. Other Best Picture nominations include The Full Monty, Sideways, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, Black Swan, 127 Hours, The Tree of Life, The Descendants, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Brooklyn, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Favourite. Slumdog Millionaire is also the studio's largest commercial success, with over $377 million (US) of box office receipts, against a production budget of only $15 million.[5]

Fox Searchlight Pictures is one of the Fox film production companies that was acquired by Disney on March 20, 2019.

History[edit]

From 1982 to 1985, prior to the creation of Searchlight, Fox previously released independent films and specialty releases under the banner of 20th Century-Fox International Classics, later renamed 20th Century-Fox Specialized Film Division, then TLC Films. The most notable of the releases under these banners include Bill Cosby: Himself, Eating Raoul, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Reuben, Reuben, and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.[6]

Fox Searchlight Pictures was founded in 1994 by Thomas Rothman.[1]

In late 2006, Fox Atomic was started up[7] under Fox Searchlight head Peter Rice and COO John Hegeman[8] as a sibling production division under Fox Filmed Entertainment.[7] Rice was promoted to head up Fox Entertainment. In early 2008, Fox Atomic 's marketing unit was transferred to Fox Searchlight and Fox, when COO John Hegeman moved to New Regency Productions. Atomic was shut down in April 2009; the remaining films under Atomic in production and post-productions were transferred to Fox and Fox Spotlight with the final Atomic president.[8]

List of releases[edit]

1990s[edit]

Release Date Film Title Notes
August 11, 1995 The Brothers McMullen First Fox Searchlight Pictures film
March 22, 1996 Girl 6
June 14, 1996 Stealing Beauty
August 23, 1996 She's the One
October 11, 1996 Looking for Richard
November 8, 1996 The Secret Agent
February 21, 1997 Blood and Wine
February 28, 1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow
March 28, 1997 Love and Other Catastrophes
April 11, 1997 Paradise Road
May 16, 1997 The Van
June 6, 1997 Intimate Relations
July 25, 1997 Star Maps
August 15, 1997 The Full Monty
October 31, 1997 The Ice Storm
January 2, 1998 Oscar and Lucinda
April 24, 1998 Two Girls and a Guy
May 1, 1998 Shooting Fish
May 22, 1998 Slums of Beverly Hills
June 12, 1998 Cousin Bette
July 17, 1998 Polish Wedding co-production with Lakeshore Entertainment
October 2, 1998 The Impostors
November 20, 1998 Waking Ned Divine
February 26, 1999 20 Dates
March 26, 1999 Among Giants
April 30, 1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream co-production with Regency Enterprises
September 10, 1999 Best Laid Plans
September 10, 1999 Whiteboyz
October 8, 1999 Boys Don't Cry
October 29, 1999 Dreaming of Joseph Lees
December 24, 1999 Titus

2000s[edit]

Release Date Film Title Notes
February 25, 2000 The Closer You Get
March 17, 2000 Soft Fruit
September 1, 2000 Chinese Coffee
September 22, 2000 Woman on Top
October 6, 2000 Bootmen
November 24, 2000 Quills
April 13, 2001 Kingdom Come
June 15, 2001 Sexy Beast
August 10, 2001 The Deep End
October 19, 2001 Waking Life First animated film from the studio; co-production with Thousand Words
February 15, 2002 Super Troopers
March 15, 2002 Kissing Jessica Stein
August 9, 2002 The Good Girl
August 23, 2002 One Hour Photo
September 20, 2002 The Banger Sisters
October 11, 2002 Brown Sugar
December 20, 2002 Antwone Fisher
March 14, 2003 Bend It Like Beckham
March 21, 2003 L'Auberge espagnole
April 4, 2003 The Good Thief
May 2, 2003 The Dancer Upstairs
June 27, 2003 28 Days Later
July 18, 2003 Garage Days
July 25, 2003 Lucia, Lucia Release in US
August 8, 2003 Le Divorce
August 22, 2003 Thirteen co-production with Working Title Films
November 28, 2003 In America
February 6, 2004 The Dreamers
February 27, 2004 Club Dread
March 26, 2004 Never Die Alone
April 9, 2004 Johnson Family Vacation
June 11, 2004 Napoleon Dynamite co-production with Paramount Pictures and MTV Films
July 2, 2004 The Clearing
July 30, 2004 Garden State co-production with Miramax Films
October 1, 2004 I Heart Huckabees
October 22, 2004 Sideways
November 12, 2004 Kinsey
March 11, 2005 Millions
March 18, 2005 Melinda and Melinda
September 16, 2005 Separate Lies
September 23, 2005 Roll Bounce as Fox 2000 Pictures; co-production with State Street Pictures
November 11, 2005 Bee Season co-production with Regency Enterprises
December 23, 2005 The Ringer
January 27, 2006 Imagine Me & You
February 17, 2006 Night Watch
March 10, 2006 The Hills Have Eyes
March 17, 2006 Thank You for Smoking
April 7, 2006 Phat Girlz
April 28, 2006 Water
July 28, 2006 Little Miss Sunshine
August 18, 2006 Trust the Man
September 15, 2006 Confetti
September 29, 2006 The Last King of Scotland
November 17, 2006 Fast Food Nation
November 24, 2006 The History Boys
December 22, 2006 Notes on a Scandal
March 9, 2007 The Namesake
March 16, 2007 I Think I Love My Wife co-production with UTV Motion Pictures
May 11, 2007 28 Weeks Later
May 18, 2007 Once
May 25, 2007 Waitress
June 1, 2007 Day Watch
July 6, 2007 Joshua
July 27, 2007 Sunshine
October 26, 2007 The Darjeeling Limited co-production with Indian Paintbrush
November 30, 2007 The Savages
December 7, 2007 Juno
March 28, 2008 La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon) co-distributed with The Weinstein Company
April 11, 2008 Young@Heart
April 11, 2008 Street Kings distribution only; produced by 3 Arts Entertainment[9]
September 26, 2008 Choke
October 17, 2008 The Secret Life of Bees
November 14, 2008 Slumdog Millionaire Won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2009; co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures, Celador Films, Film4 and Pathé.
December 19, 2008 The Wrestler
January 16, 2009 Notorious
March 13, 2009 Miss March as Fox 2000 Pictures
June 5, 2009 My Life in Ruins
July 17, 2009 (500) Days of Summer
July 31, 2009 Adam
October 2, 2009 Whip It
October 23, 2009 Amelia
October 30, 2009 Gentlemen Broncos
December 18, 2009 Crazy Heart

2010s[edit]

Release Date Film Title Notes
February 12, 2010 My Name Is Khan Bollywood film co-produced with Dharma Productions; U.S. distribution only
March 12, 2010 Our Family Wedding
May 14, 2010 Just Wright
June 18, 2010 Cyrus
September 17, 2010 Never Let Me Go
October 15, 2010 Conviction
November 26, 2010 127 Hours co-production with Pathé and Film4
December 3, 2010 Black Swan
February 11, 2011 Cedar Rapids
March 18, 2011 Win Win
April 22, 2011 Dum Maro Dum
May 27, 2011 The Tree of Life
June 17, 2011 The Art of Getting By
July 15, 2011 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
July 22, 2011 Another Earth
September 30, 2011 Margaret
October 21, 2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene
November 18, 2011 The Descendants
December 2, 2011 Shame
April 27, 2012 Sound of My Voice
May 4, 2012 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
June 8, 2012 Lola Versus
June 29, 2012 Beasts of the Southern Wild
July 6, 2012 The Do-Deca-Pentathlon
July 27, 2012 Ruby Sparks
October 19, 2012 The Sessions
November 23, 2012 Hitchcock
March 1, 2013 Stoker
April 5, 2013 Trance co-production with Pathé, Film4 and Indian Paintbrush
May 31, 2013 The East
July 5, 2013 The Way, Way Back
September 20, 2013 Enough Said
September 27, 2013 Baggage Claim
October 18, 2013 12 Years a Slave Won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2014
co-production with Regency Enterprises, Summit Entertainment, River Road Entertainment, Plan B Entertainment and Film4
November 29, 2013 Black Nativity
March 7, 2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel co-production with Indian Paintbrush
April 4, 2014 Dom Hemingway
May 2, 2014 Belle
July 18, 2014 I Origins
August 1, 2014 Calvary
September 12, 2014 The Drop as Fox 2000 Pictures
October 17, 2014 Birdman Won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2015; co-production with Regency Enterprises
December 5, 2014 Wild
March 6, 2015 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
April 17, 2015 True Story co-production with Regency Enterprises
May 1, 2015 Far From the Madding Crowd
June 12, 2015 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl co-production with Indian Paintbrush
August 14, 2015 Mistress America
October 2, 2015 He Named Me Malala
November 6, 2015 Brooklyn
December 4, 2015 Youth
April 8, 2016 Demolition
May 4, 2016 A Bigger Splash
July 22, 2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
October 7, 2016 The Birth of a Nation
December 2, 2016 Jackie
February 10, 2017 A United Kingdom
March 3, 2017 Table 19
March 24, 2017 Wilson
April 7, 2017 Gifted
June 9, 2017 My Cousin Rachel
August 4, 2017 STEP
August 18, 2017 Patti Cake$
September 22, 2017 Battle of the Sexes
October 13, 2017 Goodbye Christopher Robin
November 10, 2017 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri co-production with Film4
December 1, 2017 The Shape of Water Won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2018; co-production with TSG Entertainment and Double Dare You Productions
March 23, 2018 Isle of Dogs Second animated film from the studio; co-production with Indian Paintbrush and American Empirical Pictures
April 20, 2018 Super Troopers 2 co-production with Broken Lizard Industries and Cataland Films
August 2018 Skin Won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2019; co-production with New Native pictures
September 28, 2018 The Old Man & the Gun
October 19, 2018 Can You Ever Forgive Me?
November 23, 2018 The Favourite co-production with Film4, Waypoint Entertainment, Scarlet Films, Element Pictures and Arcana
March 15, 2019 The Aftermath co-production with Amusement Park Films, Scott Free Productions and BBC Films.
Final film from Fox Searchlight Pictures as standalone studio and distributor
May 10, 2019 Tolkien co-production with Chernin Entertainment.
First film from Fox Searchlight Pictures to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
August 21, 2019 Ready or Not co-production with Mythology Entertainment and Vinson Films.

Upcoming films[edit]

Release Date Film Title Notes
October 4, 2019 Lucy in the Sky co-production with 26 Keys Productions
October 18, 2019 Jojo Rabbit co-production with Defender and Piki Films
December 13, 2019 A Hidden Life
Early 2020 Antlers
2020 Wendy
2020 The French Dispatch
2020 The Personal History of David Copperfield
TBA Downhill
TBA Next Goal Wins
TBA Nomadland
TBA Nightmare Alley
TBA Solitary
TBA The Eyes of Tammy Faye
TBA Untitled Alvin Ailey biopic
TBA Flamin' Hot co-production with Franklin Entertainment

Television[edit]

In April 2018, the studio launched Searchlight Television, making the company a 360-degree hub for creative talent and broadening the variety of projects produced under the Searchlight banner. It is headed by David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield.[10][11] Both original material and adaptations of Fox Searchlight's existing film library will be produced for cable, streaming and broadcast television, in the form of documentaries, scripted series, limited series and more. In April 2019, the Hulu streaming service ordered The Dropout, starring Kate McKinnon from Searchlight Television.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Executive Profile: Thomas E. Rothman". Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  2. ^ "Company Overview of Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc".
  3. ^ "Fox Searchlight Pictures Company Profile". Biz.yahoo.com. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (March 19, 2019). "Disney Completes 21st Century Fox Acquisition". Variety. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  5. ^ "Slumdog Millionaire (2008)". Box Office Mojo.
  6. ^ Tzioumakis, Yannis (2012). Hollywood's Indies: Classics Divisions, Specialty Labels and the American Film Market, pp. 55-58. Edinburgh University Press.
  7. ^ a b Walsh, Mark (July 20, 2006). "Fox Atomic Unveils Broadband Site". Online Media Daily. Media Post. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Kilday, Gregg; Fernandez, Jay A. (April 20, 2009). "Fox shutting down youth-focused film unit". The Hollywood Reporter. Reuters. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "Street Kings". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  10. ^ Fleming, Mike (April 11, 2018). "Fox Searchlight Launches TV Division; David Greenbaum, Matthew Greenfield Upped To Production Presidents For Film, TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  11. ^ Bradley, Laura. "What Fox Searchlight's New TV Division Means for the Future of Prestige TV". Vanityfair.com. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (April 10, 2019). "Hulu Orders 'The Dropout' Limited Series Starring Kate McKinnon As Elizabeth Holmes From Fox Searchlight TV". Deadline. Retrieved May 7, 2019.

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