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Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Type  Division
Products  Motion pictures
Owner  21st Century Fox
Industry  Entertainment industry
Revenue  $6.50 million (2007)
Founder  Thomas Rothman
Key people  Stephen A. Gilula, Co-President Nancy Utley, Co-President
Headquarters  Century City, California, United States
Founded  1994, Century City, California, United States
Parent organizations  20th Century Fox, 21st Century Fox, Fox Entertainment Group
Films produced  Black Swan, Slumdog Millionaire, 500 Days of Summer, Juno, Little Miss Sunshine

Fox Searchlight Pictures, established in 1994, is an American film distribution company within the Fox Entertainment Group, a sister company of the larger Fox studio 20th Century Fox, all owned by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. It specializes in North American distribution of independent and British films alongside dramedy and horror films as well as art-house and foreign films and is sometimes also involved in the financing of these films.


As is the case with Fox's television unit, all copyright notices of programming produced by a Fox-related company (with some exceptions) bear the copyright of the overall film studio, i.e. "© (respective year) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation".

Fox Searchlight's Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, and Birdman have all won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 81st Academy Awards, 86th Academy Awards, and 87th Academy Awards respectively, as well as a further 12 Academy Awards combined. Other Fox Searchlight films receiving 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 and Brooklyn. Slumdog Millionaire is also Searchlight's largest commercial success, with over $377 million (US) of box office receipts, against a production budget of only $15 million.

Fox searchlight pictures logo 1997 full open matte


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.

In 2006, a sub-label, Fox Atomic, was created to produce and/or distribute genre films. Fox Atomic closed down in 2009.


The Fox Searchlight Pictures logo is quite similar to the regular 20th Century-Fox logo, with even Alfred Newman's fanfare music accompanying it. It begins with the background of the city skyline, then begins to move right through a searchlight and it turns on, following the background searchlights turning on, with the drum intro of the fanfare, then zooms to the logo, and the front searchlight faces the viewer, ending the logo. The animation was later used for Fox Video's third logo.


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