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Welcome to our new series in which we map out what major corporations own in terms of animation and distribution platforms.

First up: Fox Corporation, the company formed out of the 21st Century Fox assets not acquired by Disney in 2019. (For a chart of what Disney owned as of 2019, click here.) It is controlled by the Murdoch family, with Lachlan Murdoch installed as executive chairman and CEO; his father Rupert is chairman. (Note: Fox is independent of News Corp, which is also controlled by the Murdochs and operates media like Fox News Channel and the New York Post.)

What follows is a list of animation-related companies/divisions and content Fox Corporation owns or co-owns, compiled to the best of our knowledge. This, and future entries in the series, will be updated as data becomes available.

  • Bento Box Entertainment, an animation studio located in L.A. and Atlanta, Georgia. Fox acquired the company in 2019 and operates it as part of its tv production division Fox Entertainment.
  • Princess Bento Studio, a new animation studio in Melbourne, Australia, which Bento Box will jointly manage with Australian production company Princess Pictures. The venture was announced in March 2021.
  • Tubi, a free, ad-supported streaming service Fox acquired in April 2020 for $440 million. The platform has a decent if scattershot animation offering licensed from a wide variety of studios and content providers. Despite owning the platform, Fox does not appear to own any of the animation that it streams on Tubi.
  • Fox Broadcasting Company, home to the well-known Animation Domination programming block on Sunday nights. The block airs adult-oriented sitcoms like The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers.

    Fox Entertainment owns or co-owns many of the series that air as part of Animation Domination (in the case of co-productions, each company involved has an ownership stake in the show):

    • The Great North (co-produced with Disney’s 20th Television Animation)
    • Duncanville (co-produced with Disney’s 20th Television Animation and Comcast’s Universal Television)
    • Housebroken (premiering May 31) (co-produced with Kapital Entertainment)
    • Untitled Dan Harmon Comedy (premiering in 2022)

Image at top: “Housebroken”

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