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Fox Corporation Segments

 
Filmed Entertainment
   29.78 % of total Revenue
Television
   17.5 % of total Revenue
Cable Network Programming
   57.79 % of total Revenue
Other
   -1.38 % of total Revenue
Affiliate Fees
   44.81 % of total Revenue
Advertising
   26.68 % of total Revenue
Content
   28.78 % of total Revenue
 

Business Segments (Sep. 30, 2015)
Revenues
(in millions $)
I. Quarter
%
(of total Revenues)
(Sep. 30, 2015)
Income
(in millions $)
I. Quarter
%
(Profit Margin)
Filmed Entertainment
1,785.00 29.78 % 149.00 8.35 %
Television
1,049.00 17.5 % 196.00 18.68 %
Cable Network Programming
3,464.00 57.79 % 1,306.00 37.7 %
Other
-83.00 -1.38 % 0.00 -
Affiliate Fees
2,686.00 44.81 % 0.00 -
Advertising
1,599.00 26.68 % 0.00 -
Content
1,725.00 28.78 % 0.00 -
Total
5,994.00 100 % 1,535.00 25.61 %

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Growth rates by Segment (Sep. 30, 2015)
Y/Y Revenue
%
I. Quarter
Q/Q Revenue
%
(Sep. 30, 2015)
Y/Y Income
%
I. Quarter
Q/Q Income
%
Filmed Entertainment
-27.91 % -6.4 % -67.47 % -44.61 %
Television
0.1 % 6.28 % 12.64 % 73.45 %
Cable Network Programming
7.21 % -2.91 % 24.62 % 7.22 %
Other
- - - -
Affiliate Fees
10.44 % -0.56 % - -
Advertising
-7.79 % -3.96 % - -
Content
-23.74 % -0.81 % - -
Total
-24 % -4.93 % -18.65 % -0.58 %

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Cable Network Programming
The Company produces and licenses news, business news, sports, general entertainment and movie programming for distribution primarily through cable television systems, direct broadcast satellite operators, telecommunications companies and online video distributors in the United States and internationally.
FOX News and Fox Business Network. FOX News owns and operates the FOX News Channel, the top rated 24/7 all news national cable channel currently available in approximately 96 million U.S. households according to Nielsen Media Research, as well as the FOX Business Network which is currently available in nearly 79 million U.S. households.

FOX News also produces a weekend political commentary show, FOX News Sunday, for broadcast on local FOX television stations throughout the United States. FOX News, through its FOX News Edge service, licenses news feeds to FOX Affiliates and other subscribers to use as part of local news broadcasts throughout the United States and abroad. FOX News also produces and runs the websites, FOXNews.com and FOXBusiness.com, and owns and produces the national FOX News Radio Network, which licenses news updates and long form programs to local radio stations and to satellite radio providers.
FSN. Fox Sports Net, Inc. (“FSN, Inc.”) is the largest regional sports network (“RSN”) programmer in the United States, focusing on live professional and major collegiate home team sports events. FSN, Inc.’s sports


programming business currently consists primarily of ownership interests in 15 RSNs, including an 80% ownership interest in the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network as a result of the acquisition of an additional 31% equity interest in February 2014, and numerous sub-regional feeds (the “FSN RSNs”) and National Sports Programming, which operates FSN (“FSN”), a national sports programming service. FSN is affiliated with an additional five RSNs that are not owned by FSN, Inc. (the “FSN Affiliated RSNs”). FSN provides the FSN RSNs and the FSN Affiliated RSNs with national sports programming, featuring original and licensed sports-related programming, as well as live and replay sporting events. In the aggregate, the FSN RSNs and the FSN Affiliated RSNs currently have approximately 91 million subscribers and have rights to telecast live games of 51 of 81 U.S. professional sports teams in Major League Baseball (“MLB”), the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League; collegiate conferences; and numerous college and high school sports teams.

Fox Sports 1. In August 2013, the Company launched Fox Sports 1, a multi-sport national cable network. During calendar year 2014, Fox Sports 1 will feature over 700 live events, including college football and basketball, UEFA Champions League and other premier soccer, National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (“NASCAR”), and Ultimate Fighting Championship (“UFC”), as well as regular season and post-season MLB games. Beginning in 2015, Fox Sports 1 will also feature United States Golf Association (“USGA”) events and the International Federation of Football Association (“FIFA”) Women’s World Cup events. In addition to live events, Fox Sports 1 features a nightly multi-hour live national sports news show, Fox Sports Live, an afternoon multi-sport news and highlight show, America’s Pregame Show, original and documentary programming and daily studio programming.

Fox Sports 2. In August 2013, FUEL TV became Fox Sports 2, a multi-sports national cable network featuring live events from the UFC and NASCAR, along with college basketball, rugby, Australian Football League, world-class soccer and motorsports programming. Since its launch, Fox Sports 2 has featured over 350 live events.

SPEED. SPEED is a 24-hour programming service consisting of motorsports programming, including NASCAR races, events and original programming (with exclusive coverage of the annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, NASCAR Hall of Fame ceremonies and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), The 24 Hours of Le Mans, AMA Supercross, Monster Jam and MotoGP. SPEED was distributed in the United States until August 2013, and continues to be distributed to subscribers in Canada and the Caribbean. SPEED is also distributed by Foxtel in Australia.

Fox College Sports. Fox College Sports consists of three regionally-aligned networks, FCS Pacific, FCS Central and FCS Atlantic. Fox College Sports provides live and delayed collegiate events from a variety of collegiate conferences, coaches’ shows and collegiate highlight and magazine-format programming from the FSN RSNs across the country.

Fox Soccer Plus. Launched in fiscal 2010, Fox Soccer Plus is a premium cable network showcasing nearly 700 exclusive live soccer and rugby competitions. Soccer events include matches from the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup. Rugby coverage includes matches from the Heineken Cup, Aviva Premiership and the National Rugby League.

Big Ten Network. The Company owns an approximate 51% interest in the Big Ten Network, a 24-hour national programming service dedicated to the collegiate Big Ten Conference and Big Ten athletics, academics and related programming, and Big Ten Network HD, a 24-hour national programming service produced and distributed in HD.

FX. Currently reaching close to 100 million U.S. households according to Nielsen Media Research, FX Networks, LLC (“FX”) is a general entertainment network that telecasts a growing roster of original series, as well as acquired television series and motion pictures. FX’s lineup for the 2014-2015 season includes the critically acclaimed Sons of Anarchy, Justified, American Horror Story, The Americans and The Bridge, as well as the first seasons of The Strain and Tyrant. Also included in the 2014-2015 season line-up are the comedies Archer, Louie, Wilfred and the premiere seasons of Married and You’re the Worst. FX televises acquired series including Two and a Half Men, Anger Management and, later in 2014, Mike and Molly, and showcases the television premieres of theatrical motion pictures, which in the 2014-2015 season will include The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Bourne Legacy, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Zero Dark Thirty, Fast & Furious 6, Life of Pi and Identity Thief, among others. The Company also produces and distributes FX HD, FXX HD and FXM HD, 24-hour national programming services produced and distributed in high definition (“HD”).

FXX. In September 2013, the Company launched FXX, a general entertainment channel aimed primarily at young adults. FXX’s line-up includes the comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Ali G: Rezurection. In addition, FXX will showcase the television premieres of an extensive slate of theatrical motion pictures including Ted, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Hotel Transylvania, The Lorax and Snow White & the Huntsman. In November 2013, FXX acquired the exclusive cable rights to air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons.

FXM. FXM splits its programming into two day parts. From 3AM to 3PM, the network airs films from the historic library of Twentieth Century Fox, uncut and commercial free. From 3PM to 3AM, the network utilizes FX’s roster of box office blockbuster modern day films. Also featured throughout both day parts are documentaries and original series that explore the moviemaking process from script to screen. During the 2014-2015 season, FXM will showcase the television premieres of theatrical motion pictures, including Les Misérables, among others.

National Geographic U.S. The National Geographic Channels air non-fiction and documentary programming on such topics as natural history, adventure, science, exploration and culture. The Company holds an approximate 70% interest in NGC Network US LLC, which produces and distributes the National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channel HD, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Wild HD and Nat Geo Mundo in the United States, with NGT, LLC, a subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, holding the remaining interest. National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Channel HD currently reach more than 85 million households in the United States and Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Wild HD reach more than 56 million subscribers in the United States according to Nielsen Media Research.

Internet Distribution. The Company also distributes programming through its network-branded websites and applications and licenses programming for distribution through the websites and applications of cable television systems, direct broadcast satellite operators, telecommunications companies and online video distributors. The Company’s applications provide live and on-demand streaming of network-related programming, and currently include Fox Sports Go, which launched in October 2013, Big Ten Network’s application, BTN2Go and FX’s application, FX Now, which will offer all existing episodes of The Simpsons in an immersive interactive area of the application called “Simpsons World.”

Fox International Channels (“FIC”). FIC operates, develops and distributes primarily factual, sports, lifestyle and general entertainment channels in various countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, including, but not limited to, the Fox Channel, Fox Life (which is also distributed in the United States), FX, Fox Crime, FOX Traveller, the Voyage Channel, Fox Sports, STAR World, STAR Movies (also known as Fox Movies Premium in certain countries) and Chinese language television programming targeted at Chinese-speaking audiences in Asia. These channels are distributed either in HD or in standard definition (“SD”) or in certain cases, in both HD and SD.

FIC owns a 52.2% interest in NGC Network International LLC and NGC Network Latin America LLC (collectively “NGC International”), with NGT, LLC holding a 26.8% interest and a subsidiary of BSkyB holding a 21% interest. In July 2014, the Company entered into an agreement with BSkyB, where the Company will receive the 21% interest in NGC International held by a subsidiary of BSkyB as part of the consideration for the transfer of the Company’s interests in Sky Italia. Upon completion of this transaction, FIC’s ownership stake in NGC International will increase to 73%. NGC International produces the National Geographic Channel, the National Geographic Channel HD, the Nat Geo Adventure channel (in both HD and SD), the Nat Geo Wild channel (in both HD and SD) and the Nat Geo Music channel, and these channels are also distributed in various international markets. The National Geographic Channel is currently shown in 48 languages and in approximately 171 countries internationally, including the United States.

In September 2013, FIC acquired an additional interest of approximately 22% in LAPTV, increasing FIC’s interest from approximately 78% to 100%. LAPTV distributes 10 premium pay television channels (Moviecity Premieres HD, Moviecity Premieres, Moviecity Action HD, Moviecity Action, Moviecity Family HD, Moviecity Family, Moviecity Hollywood HD, Moviecity Hollywood, Moviecity Classics and Moviecity Mundo) and four basic television channels (Film Zone HD, Film Zone, Cinecanal and Cinecanal HD) in Latin America (excluding Brazil). Such channels primarily feature theatrical motion pictures of Twentieth Century Fox and three other studios dubbed in Spanish and/or in the English language with Spanish subtitles.

FIC owns a 50.1% equity interest in Elite Sports Limited, a company that owns and distributes Baby TV, a 24-hour channel dedicated to infants and toddlers under three years old. The Baby TV channel is currently shown in more than 100 countries, including the United States.
In November 2012, FIC acquired a controlling 51% ownership stake in Eredivisie Media & Marketing CV (“EMM”), a media company that holds the collective media and sponsorship rights of the Dutch Premier League. The remaining 49% of EMM is owned by the Dutch Premier League and the global TV production company Endemol.

FIC operates Fox Pan American Sports LLC, doing business as Fox Sports Latin America (“FSLA”), an international sports programming and production entity. FSLA owns and operates the Fox Sports networks in Latin America which are comprised of Spanish-language sports networks that are distributed to subscribers in Mexico and certain Caribbean and Central and South American countries, as well as Fox Sports Brazil, a Portuguese-language sports network specifically geared to the Brazilian audience. The Company also owns 100% of Fox Deportes, a Spanish-language sports programming service distributed in the United States. Fox Deportes (formerly known as Fox Sports en Español), has more than 2,100 hours of live and exclusive programming, including exclusive coverage of premiere soccer matches (such as Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana) and MLB, including All-Star, NLCS and World Series games. Fox Deportes reaches more than 21 million cable and satellite households in the United States, of which more than 6.5 million are Hispanic.

FIC owns a 50% interest in MundoFox Broadcasting LLC, a joint venture with RCN MF Holdings, Inc., a Latin American television network and production company. In August 2012, the joint venture launched MundoFox, a Spanish-language broadcast television network targeted at the U.S. Hispanic market. MundoFox features original news and original and syndicated entertainment programming.

FIC manages Channel [V] Thailand in which the Company owns a 49% interest. Channel [V] Thailand owns a Thai language music channel. FIC licenses its Channel [V] brand to a third party in Australia to operate a music channel.

FIC has a joint venture with CJ E&M (formerly CJ Media), a Korean media conglomerate for the distribution of the M channel, a 24-hour general entertainment channel featuring Korean content, such as original dramas, variety shows, reality and lifestyle programs.
In July 2012, FIC entered into a joint venture with TV Bank Corporation for the operation of the Japanese language pay-TV sports channel, Fox Sports. FIC owns a 60% interest in the joint venture.

STAR India. STAR India develops, produces and broadcasts 49 channels in seven languages, which are distributed primarily via satellite to local cable, internet protocol television (“IPTV”) and direct-to-home (“DTH”) operators for distribution throughout Asia, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, North America and parts of Africa to their subscribers. STAR India’s channels include the flagship Hindi general entertainment channels STAR Plus and Life OK, the Hindi movie channels Star Gold and Movies OK, the English general entertainment channels Star World, Star World Premier HD, FX and Fox Crime, the English movie channels Star Movies and Star Movies Action, the Bengali general entertainment channel STAR Jalsha, the Bengali movie channel Jalsha Movies, the Marathi general entertainment channel STAR Pravah, the South Indian languages general entertainment channels Asianet, Suvarna, Suvarna Plus and Vijay TV, and six STAR Sports channels. STAR India’s primary sources of programming for its channels include original programming produced, commissioned or acquired by STAR India. STAR India also owns a Hindi film library comprised of approximately 1,182 titles, a South Indian languages film library comprised of approximately 2,599 titles, a Bengali film library comprised of approximately 264 titles, a Marathi film library comprised of approximately 151 titles, a Hindi television program library comprised of approximately 868 titles, a South Indian languages program library comprised of approximately 4,363 titles, a Bengali program library comprised of approximately 187 titles, a Marathi program library comprised of approximately 115 titles, an English program library comprised of approximately 307 titles and an English movie library comprised of approximately 609 titles.


In November 2013, STAR India launched six STAR Sports networks, which broadcast in India, among other sports, the BCCI Domestic and International Cricket Series matches in India, for which Star India has acquired media rights through 2018, the International Cricket Council matches, for which Star India has acquired media rights through 2015, the England and Wales Cricket Board matches, for which Star India has acquired media rights through 2017, and Cricket Australia matches, for which Star India has acquired media rights through 2017.

The Company acquired additional interests in Asianet Communications Limited (“Asianet Communications”), increasing the Company’s interest from 87% to approximately 100%. Asianet Communications broadcasts and operates the Malayalam language channels Asianet and Asianet Plus and the Kannada language channel Suvarna. The Company also owns 100% of Vijay Television Private Limited, which broadcasts and operates the Tamil language channel Vijay.
The Company also owns an approximate 26% stake in Balaji Telefilms Limited (“Balaji”), which is one of the largest television content production companies in India, the shares of which are listed on The Stock Exchange, Mumbai and the National Stock Exchange of India. Balaji currently produces serials broadcast on general entertainment channels in India.

In May 2011, Star Den, a 50/50 joint venture with Den Networks Limited, entered into a 50/50 joint venture, Media Pro Enterprise India Private Limited (“Media Pro”), with Zee Turner Limited and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (“ZEEL”) to distribute and market all channels owned by the Company and ZEEL, their respective affiliated channels and other third party channels in India, Nepal and Bhutan. In February 2014, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (the “TRAI”) issued regulations prohibiting content aggregators from bundling channels of third party broadcasters. As a result, Media Pro ceased operations in August 2014.
Middle East. The Company has an approximate 19% interest in Rotana Holding FZ-LLC (“Rotana”), a diversified media company in the Middle East and North Africa. The Company also has an approximate 36.8% interest in Moby Group Holdings Limited (“MGH”). MGH operates television, radio, production and other media businesses in Afghanistan and elsewhere in Central and South Asia.

Fox Sports Asia. In November 2012, the Company acquired the remaining 50% interest in ESPN STAR Sports, now operating as Fox Sports Asia and STAR Sports, that it did not already own for approximately $220 million, net of cash acquired, and the Company now, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns 100% of Fox Sports Asia. Fox Sports Asia is a leading sports broadcaster in Asia and operates 27 channels in different languages.

Television
The Company is engaged in the operation of broadcast television stations and the broadcasting of network programming in the United States.
Fox Television Stations
Fox Television Stations, Inc. (“Fox Television Stations”) owns and operates 28 full power stations, including stations located in nine of the top ten largest designated market areas (“DMAs”). Fox Television Stations owns and operates duopolies in 10 DMAs, including the three largest DMAs, New York, Los Angeles and

Chicago.
Of the 28 full power stations, 18 stations are affiliates of FOX (“FOX Affiliates”). For a description of the programming offered to FOX Affiliates, see “—FOX Broadcasting Company.” In addition, Fox Television Stations owns and operates 10 stations affiliated with Master Distribution Service, Inc. (“MyNetworkTV”).

FOX Broadcasting Company (“FOX”)
FOX has 205 FOX Affiliates, including 18 stations owned and operated by the Company, which reach approximately 99% of all U.S. television households. In general, each week FOX regularly delivers to its affiliates 15 hours of prime-time programming and 60 minutes of late-night programming on Saturday. FOX’s prime-time entertainment programming features such series as New Girl, Sleepy Hollow, The Following, The Simpsons, and Glee; unscripted series such as American Idol, Hell’s Kitchen and So You Think You Can Dance; event series such as 24: Live Another Day; and various specials.

FOX obtains programming from major television studios and independent television production companies pursuant to license agreements. The terms of those agreements generally provide FOX with the right to broadcast a television series for a minimum of four seasons.

National sports programming is obtained through license agreements with professional or collegiate sports leagues or organizations. FOX’s current licenses with the NFL, MLB, college football conferences, NASCAR, FIFA and UFC are secured by long-term agreements, including a new long-term agreement with the USGA with events on FOX beginning in 2015.

FOX provides programming to the FOX Affiliates in accordance with affiliation agreements of varying durations, which grant to each affiliate the right to broadcast network television programming on the affiliated station. Such agreements typically run three or more years and have staggered expiration dates. These affiliation agreements generally require FOX Affiliates to carry FOX programming in all time periods in which FOX programming is offered to those affiliates, subject to certain exceptions stated in the affiliation agreements.

FOX also distributes programming through its network-branded website and FoxNow application and licenses programming for distribution through the websites and applications of cable television systems, direct broadcast satellite operators, telecommunications companies and online video distributors.

MyNetworkTV
The programming distribution service, Master Distribution Service, Inc. (branded as MyNetworkTV), distributes two hours per night, Monday through Friday, of original and off- network programming from Twentieth Television and other third party syndicators to its licensee stations. As of June 30, 2014, MyNetworkTV had license and delivery agreements covering 182 stations, including 10 stations owned and operated by the Company, reaching approximately 96% of U.S. households.

Filmed Entertainment
The Company is engaged in the production and acquisition of live-action and animated motion pictures for distribution and licensing in all formats in all entertainment media worldwide, and the production and licensing of television programming worldwide.
Motion Picture Production and Distribution

One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film (“TCFF”) produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world under a variety of arrangements.

The Company has an arrangement with DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (“DWA”) to distribute new release animated motion pictures produced by DWA, as well as certain other library motion pictures and programming controlled by DWA, domestically and internationally in all media including theatrical, all home media formats and certain forms of television. Among TCFF’s fiscal 2015 releases, TCFF currently expects to distribute three DWA films.

Motion picture companies, such as TCFF, typically seek to generate revenues from various distribution channels. TCFF derives its worldwide revenues from motion pictures and other program distribution primarily from four basic sources (set forth in general chronology of exploitation): (i) distribution of motion pictures for theatrical exhibition in the United States and Canada and markets outside of the United States and Canada (“international” markets); (ii) distribution of motion pictures and other programming in various home media formats, including digital distribution; (iii) distribution of motion pictures and other programming for exhibition on premium pay and subscription video-on-demand (“SVOD”); and (iv) distribution of motion pictures and other programming for exhibition on free television networks, other broadcast program services, independent television stations and basic cable programming services, including certain services which are affiliates of the Company. The Company does not always have rights in all media of exhibition to all motion pictures that it releases, and does not necessarily distribute a given motion picture in all of the foregoing media in all markets. The Company believes that the pre-release marketing of a feature film is an integral part of its motion picture distribution strategy and generally begins marketing efforts three to six months in advance of a film’s release date in any given territory. The Company markets and distributes its films worldwide principally through its own distribution and marketing companies.

Through Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC and TCFF, the Company distributes motion pictures and other programming produced by units of TCFF, its affiliates and other producers in the United States, Canada and international markets in all home media formats, including the sale and rental of DVDs and Blu-rays. In fiscal 2014, the domestic home entertainment division released or re-released approximately 1,249 produced and acquired titles, including 19 new TCFF film releases, approximately 867 catalog titles and approximately 363 television and non-theatrical titles. In international markets, the Company distributed, produced and acquired titles both directly and through foreign distribution channels, with approximately 1,004 releases in fiscal 2014, including approximately 20 new TCFF film releases, approximately 723 catalog titles and approximately 261 television and non-theatrical releases. The Company enters into domestic and international license arrangements with third parties for distribution by electronic sell-through (“EST”), video-on-demand (“VOD”) and/or pay-per-view (“PPV”). Distribution on an EST basis enables consumers to acquire the right to retain programs on a permanent basis. The EST, VOD and PPV arrangements generally provide for license fees based on a percentage of the licensee’s gross receipts received from consumers and in some cases a guaranteed minimum fee per consumer transaction. In addition, these arrangements generally provide for a minimum number of scheduled PPV exhibitions per program and for continuous VOD availability of each program to consumers during a fixed period. In fiscal 2014, the Company continued its arrangement to distribute new release animated motion pictures produced by DWA as well as certain other catalog motion pictures and programming controlled by DWA. In fiscal 2014, the Company continued its worldwide home video distribution arrangement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (“MGM”), releasing approximately 520 MGM home entertainment theatrical, catalog and television programs domestically and 558 internationally. The Company also continued its domestic home video distribution arrangements with Lions Gate Films Inc. (“Lions Gate”) (U.S. only) and Anchor Bay Entertainment, LLC (“Anchor Bay”) (U.S. and Canada), releasing approximately 1,536 Lions Gate home entertainment theatrical, catalog and television programs and approximately 696 Anchor Bay home entertainment theatrical, catalog and television programs. During fiscal 2014, the domestic home entertainment division released 441 Blu-ray titles, including 19 new TCFF film releases, 350 catalog titles and 72 television and non-theatrical releases. In international markets, the Company released 326 Blu-ray titles, including 20 new TCFF film releases and 306 catalog titles. The Company also distributed 181 Blu-ray titles from MGM domestically and 127 titles internationally, 313 Blu-ray titles from Lions Gate domestically, and 169 Blu-ray titles from Anchor Bay domestically.

Units of TCFF license motion pictures and other programming in the United States and international markets to various third party and certain affiliated subscription pay television and SVOD services as well as to free television networks and basic cable programming services for distribution by means of various media, which may include DBS, cable television systems and the Internet. The license agreements reflecting the subscription pay television arrangements generally provide for a specified number of exhibitions of the program during a fixed term in exchange for a license fee that is based on a variety of factors, including the box office performance of each program and the number of subscribers to the service or system. Among third party license arrangements that units of TCFF have in place in the United States for subscription pay television exhibition of motion pictures is an exclusive license agreement with HBO, providing for the licensing of films initially released for theatrical exhibition. Units of TCFF also license programming to SVOD services in the United States. Such licenses enable the consumer to view individual programming selected by the viewer for a subscription fee, typically on a monthly basis. In international markets, units of TCFF license motion pictures and other programming to subscription pay television and SVOD services operated by leading third parties, as well as to such services operated by various affiliated entities. In addition, units of TCFF license motion pictures and other programming in international markets for exhibition on free television networks, including basic cable programming services, both to independent third party broadcasters as well as to services operated by affiliated entities of the Company.

Television Programming, Production and Domestic Syndication Distribution
Twentieth Century Fox Television (“TCFTV”). During fiscal 2014, TCFTV produced television programs for FOX, FX, ABC, CBS, NBC and Netflix. TCFTV currently produces, or has orders to produce, episodes of the following television series: Backstrom, Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Bordertown, Empire, Family Guy, Glee, The Last Man on Earth, New Girl, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow and Weird Loners for FOX; American Horror Story for FX; Cristela, Fresh Off the Boat, Last Man Standing and Modern Family for ABC; and American Dad for Turner Broadcasting System. Generally, a television network or cable network will license a specified number of episodes for exhibition during the license period. All other distribution rights, including international and off-network syndication rights, are typically retained by TCFTV, utilized by other units of the Company or sold to third parties.

Fox 21, Inc. (“Fox 21”). Fox 21 produces television programs for major U.S. cable networks. The company produces Sons of Anarchy and Tyrant for FX; Homeland for Showtime; Brickleberry for Comedy Partners; Salem for WGN America; Legends for TNT, Witches of East End for Lifetime; and Rush for USA.
Television programs generally are produced under contracts that provide for license fees that may cover only a portion of the anticipated production costs. As these costs have increased in recent years, the resulting deficit between production costs and license fees for domestic first-run programming also has increased. Therefore, additional licensing is often critical to the financial success of a series. Successful U.S. network television series are typically (i) licensed for first-run exhibition in international markets, (ii) released in DVD and Blu-ray box sets, (iii) made available for EST, including individual episodes and full series, (iv) licensed for VOD, PPV and SVOD services, including individual episodes and full series, (v) licensed for off-network exhibition in the United States (including in syndication and to cable programmers) and (vi) licensed for further television exhibition in international markets. Typically, a series must be broadcast for at least three to four television seasons for there to be a sufficient number of episodes to offer the series in syndication or to cable and DBS programmers in the United States.

The decision of a television network to continue a series through an entire television season or to renew a series for another television season depends largely on the series’ audience ratings.

Twentieth Television. Twentieth Television licenses both television programming and feature films for domestic syndication to television stations and basic cable services in the United States. Twentieth Television distributes a program portfolio that includes the Company’s library of television and film assets, and first-run programming produced by its production companies for sales to local stations, including stations owned and operated by the Company, as well as to basic cable networks. First-run programs distributed by Twentieth Television include the court show Divorce Court and the entertainment magazine program Dish Nation.
Twentieth Television derives revenue from off-network, theatrical and first-run program sales in the form of cash license fees paid by both broadcast and cable licensees, and from the sales of national advertising units retained by Twentieth Television in its programs. Twentieth Television licenses such shows as Modern Family, Archer, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Burn Notice, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Bones, How I Met Your Mother, The Cleveland Show, Bob’s Burgers, Glee and The Simpsons to cable and broadcast networks. Twentieth Television also sells national advertising on behalf of other third party syndicators.
Fox Television Studios (“FtvS”). FtvS is a program supplier to the major U.S. and international broadcast and cable networks. FtvS is currently producing the series White Collar, Graceland, Sirens and Complications for USA, The Americans and The Comedians for FX, The Killing for Netflix and Maron for IFC.

Shine Limited (“Shine”). Shine is an international television production and distribution group with 26 operating companies across 11 countries creating and exploiting scripted and non-scripted content in the global marketplace. Shine companies include award-winning genre specialists such as U.K.-based Kudos (drama), Dragonfly (factual), Princess Productions (entertainment and multi-genre) and Shine TV (factual and factual entertainment); U.S. producer Shine America (formerly Reveille); and Shine Nordics (previously Metronome Film & Television), the Nordic region’s largest production group. The group also includes Shine 360°, a group-wide global brand and commercial rights division, and Shine International, its dedicated international distribution arm. Shine International distributes a catalogue of approximately 3,800 hours of broadcast content to 265 territories worldwide. Internationally distributed shows from the Shine group include MasterChef (now sold for adaptation in 52 territories), The Biggest Loser, and dramas The Bridge and Broadchurch which is being remade in the U.S. as Gracepoint. Shine has established businesses in Germany, France, Australia, Spain and Portugal. Shine also has a digital and direct to consumer business through its multi-platform game producer Bossa Studios and its online original content producer and YouTube multi-channel network, ChannelFlip Media.

Motion Picture and Television Library
The Company’s motion picture and television library (the “Fox Library”) consists of varying ownership and distribution rights to several thousand previously released motion pictures and many well-known television programs. Motion pictures in the Fox Library include many successful and well-known titles, such as The Sound of Music, Mrs. Doubtfire, Home Alone, the Star Wars series, the X-Men series, Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, the Ice Age series, The Planet of the Apes series, Sideways, Walk the Line, The Devil Wears Prada, Little Miss Sunshine, the Night at the Museum series, the Alvin and the Chipmunks series, Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and Taken, as well as four of the top 20 domestic box office grossing films of all time, which are Avatar, Titanic (together with Paramount Pictures Corporation), Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

The Fox Library contains varying ownership and distribution rights to many television series and made-for-television motion pictures. The television programming in the Fox Library consists of such classic series as 24, How I Met Your Mother, King of the Hill, Prison Break, Boston Legal, My Name is Earl, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, M*A*S*H, Hill Street Blues, Doogie Howser, M.D., L.A. Law, The Wonder Years, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Angel, Dharma & Greg, In Living Color, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Cleveland Show, Arrested Development, Futurama, Raising Hope and NYPD Blue, as well as prior seasons of such current series as The Simpsons, Bones, Family Guy, Glee, Modern Family, Sons of Anarchy, New Girl, Last Man Standing and American Dad.

Direct Broadcast Satellite Television
The Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sky Italia, and its majority-owned subsidiary, Sky Deutschland, engages in the broadcast service business directly to subscribers in Italy (in the case of Sky Italia) and Germany and Austria (in the case of Sky Deutschland). The Company also owns a significant equity interest in BSkyB, which is engaged in the DBS business (for a description of the business of BSkyB, please see discussion under heading “Equity Interests”).

Sky Italia
Sky Italia currently distributes more than 170 channels of basic, premium and pay-per-view programming services via satellite and broadband directly to subscribers in Italy. This programming includes exclusive rights to popular sporting events, newly-released movies and Sky Italia’s original programming, such as SKY TG 24, Italy’s first 24-hour news channel.

Sky Deutschland
In January 2013, the Company increased to 55% its ownership in Sky Deutschland, the leading pay television operator in Germany and Austria. Sky Deutschland currently distributes more than 70 channels of basic, premium and pay-per-view programming services via satellite, cable and broadband to subscribers in Germany and Austria. Sky Deutschland also can be received via Teleclub in Switzerland. Sky Deutschland’s program offering includes current feature films, new series, children’s channels, documentaries and live sports, such as the German Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League.

   

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