Fox Networks Group is 21st Century Fox's primary operating unit for television distribution. It produces and distributes 300+ entertainment, sports, factual and movie channels in 45 languages across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, using several brands, including STAR India, National Geographic Channel and Baby TV. Among their non-linear brands are Fox Now and Hotstar. These brands reach over 1.725 billion households around the world.
Fox Networks Group consists of Fox Television Group, Fox Cable Networks (which includes FX Networks), National Geographic Partners and Fox Networks Digital Consumer Group.
Fox International Channels purchased BabyTV, all but the Israel channel, in 2007. National Geographic Channels International attempted to launch new sister channels to Nat Geo in India, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Adventure, Nat Geo Music and Nat Geo HD, by making them available to the market. Fox International Channels launched the new Nat Geo channels again along with FX, Fox Crime and BabyTV to add to its existing Fox History and the main Nat Geo channel.
FOX Channels Benelux with assistance from Jan Dekker Holding launched 24Kitchen in the Netherlands on September 1, 2011 on UPC Broadband with availability to other providers on October 1, 2011. In October 2011, FIC purchased Viajar, Spanish pay-TV documentary channel with SD & HD feeds, from Prisa TV.
Fox International Channels founded LAPTV, based in Atlanta and a Latin American pay-TV joint venture unit, with Paramount Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox. 20th Century Fox dropped its ownership in LAPTV. In October 2013, Fox International Channels purchased Paramount's shares of LAPTV to become the sole owner.
A+E Networks formed A+E Networks Italy based in Rome by December 2013. In Early 2014, A&E Italy took full ownership of History Italy from the channel partner, Fox International Channels.
In early 2014, Nat Geo Adventure was replaced with Nat Geo People, which would be available in 50 countries. On free-to-air Freeview and YouView, Fox International Channels UK launched YourTV on 1 October 2015. YourTV targets female viewers.
Fox Networks Group (US)
In 2008, Fox Broadcasting and 20th Century Fox Television (20CFTV) formed a joint initiative for new animation talent, Fox Inkubation, that would allow them to produce two minute shorts as pilots for new series. While 20CFTV concurrently started an animation department, 20th Century Fox Television Animation, with the same executive heading up both Inkubation and TV animation, Jennifer Howell. In 2012, Inkubation was discontinued as plans for a late night animation block was moved forward and none of its projects got on the air. In May 2013, Howell exited Fox at the end of her contract.
Fox Networks Group and DNA Films in July 2014 formed DNA TV Limited joint venture. Fox Networks Group would have first global first rights with co-financing options to the joint venture's shows. DNA TV would be managed by DNA Films management with Eric Schrier, president of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions handling Fox's joint venture interest.
In 2015, National Geographic Partners was formed as a reorganizations of the exist two TV channel joint ventures with National Geographic Society plus the addition of other media and consumer-oriented assets. Fox would own 73% of the partnership, while previous owning 73% of the international channels and 63% of the US channels.
Fox Networks Group
In January 2016, the Fox International Channels unit was announced to be split into three divisions, Fox Networks Group Europe, Fox Networks Group Latin America and Fox Networks Group Asia, all reporting to Fox Networks Group CEO Peter Rice and COO Randy Freer. As a result of this reorganization, the Fox International Channels banner was discontinued.
On December 5, 2017, 21st Century Fox appointed Uday Shankar, Chairman and CEO of Star India, as the company's president for Asia. The new role would oversee Fox's television and online video platform business across the region, and the President of Fox Networks Group Asia would report directly to Shankar (instead of the equivalent at FNG U.S.).
Fox Networks Digital Consumer Group - Everywhere products including FXNOW and Nat Geo TV
FoxNext - dual reporting with the other report line is to 20th Century Fox; video games, virtual reality, theme park and attraction designs