FOX International Channels (FIC) is News Corporation’s international multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 183 wholly- and majority-owned across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, in 35 languages. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 735 million cumulative subscribing households worldwide. We also operate a global online advertising unit; .FOX (pronounced “dot-fox”) specialized in online video and display, and four TV production houses.
Our brands and our content lie at the heart of our ability to entertain people and build emotional connections with them. We provide smart and innovative programs that entertain and educate audiences across all demographics and on all platforms. We specialize in a 360° strategy where new and traditional media work together to maximize distribution and sales.
Our mission is to broadcast channels that are relevant to local audiences, so we adapt our brands and the identity of our channels to regional needs. Though much of the content found across our networks is acquired and USA-produced, we aim to localize our offering as much as possible through local productions of either adapted or original formats.
Pioneered in 1993 with the launch of the FOX-branded general entertainment channel in Japan, FOX International Channels operates 7 active channel brands in Asia, including FX, FOXCRIME, National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channel HD, Nat Geo Adventure, Nat Geo Wild and BabyTV broadcasting in local language and programmed independently for each market. FOX broadcasts into over 110 million homes in Asia.
We are one of the largest international programmers of basic and premium subscription television channels. Our strong globally recognized brands, primarily organized around the FOX, STAR and National Geographic umbrellas, are generally considered a “must have” for platforms and advertisers in the markets where we operate. Our standard definition bouquet includes 28 wholly- and majority-owned brands: FOX, FOX Life, FOX Crime, FX, FOX Retro, FOX Next, FOX Movies, FOX History & Entertainment, FOX Sports, STAR World, STAR Movies, Channel V, Cult, SPEED, Utilisima (Bem Simples in Brazil), Baby TV, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Adventure, Nat Geo Music, Voyage, Cinecanal, CityStars, CityVibe, CityMix, Movie City and The Film Zone. We operate 7 high definition channels in select markets including: FOX HD, FOX Life HD, FOX Crime HD, FX HD, FOX Sports HD, National Geographic Channel HD and Nat Geo Wild HD. In select markets, we operate third party channels on behalf of NBC Universal, AETN and FOX News, including: Sci-Fi Channel, Hallmark and Universal Channel in Latin America, The History Channel in Italy, and FOX News in Latin America, Greece, Portugal, Spain & France.
In addition to production groups seated in our offices around the world, we also own and operate a network of four production arms that feed our entertainment and factual channels with over 2200 hours annually of locally relevant product. FOX Telecolombia is a production house operating from Colombia and delivering 600 hours/year across genres and to different in-house and third-party clients. FOX Toma 1, based in Buenos Aires, produces an average of 1500 hours/year, including most of the lifestyle programming for Utilisima (Bem Simples in Brazil). Wilder, located in Rome, delivers close to 200 hours/year, including the majority of all local productions for the Italian channels. Finally, Natural History New Zealand is a documentary producer based in Auckland that works mostly for the National Geographic Channels in science, nature, health, people and adventure programming.
Some of our entertainment productions to date include: Reparto Maternita (Docu-Soap 2004 - 2009), SOS Tata (Docu-Soap 2004 - 2009), Commissariato (Reality/Docu-Soap 2005 - 2008), Boris (Fiction 2007 – 2009), Tiempo Final (Fiction 2008 - 2009), Lady Killers (Fiction 2008), Mental (Fiction 2008), 9MM (Fiction 2009) and Monster of Florence (Docu-Fiction 2009).
FIC is one of the largest international publishers of entertainment based web sites, many of them organized around premium online video offerings strongly connected to our television brand. In Latin America, FIC operates mundoFOX.com, an online FOD catch-up service streaming content also available on our channels. In addition, we own the .FOX Networks (pronounced dot-FOX), one of the largest online ad networks specializing in online video, display, performance and branded advertising solutions. Our 20+ .FOX offices provide local customized service with a global footprint to our publishing and advertising partners in every important market in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. The network, which serves +20 billion impressions to +90 million unique users each month, leverages FIC’s TV and online teams around the world to facilitate the convergence of TV and online video planning and buying.
We also handle MySpace’s advertising in Latin America, Spain, Italy, Poland and Turkey as well as represent WSJ/Dow Jones’s online properties in Latin America.
FOX International Channels, a unit of FOX Entertainment Group, is the global pay TV subsidiary of News Corporation, (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A). Our FOX and STAR branded channels are fully owned by NewsCorp.
The National Geographic Channels are a business enterprise owned jointly by National Geographic Television (NGT) and the FOX Entertainment Group. FOX operates the channels and controls a super-majority of the shares in the venture.
Latin American Pay Television Service (LAPTV) is a joint venture between FOX, MGM & Paramount. FOX is a majority in the venture and provides all the key services to the operation such as production, ad and affiliate sales.
FIC has no headquarters. Rather, we operate from 50 regional offices worldwide, including everything from three-person sales agencies in Budapest and Shanghai to major regional hubs in Zurich, Washington DC, Los Angeles, London, Rome, Madrid, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New Delhi, Sydney, Mexico City, São Paulo and Buenos Aires. Of our 50 offices, 17 are shared with .FOX Networks and four are production facilities. We have a total staff of over 2,000 full time employees and 500 floating production heads.
FIC launched its first FOX-branded entertainment channel in 1993 in Latin America and Japan. Today, FIC pay-TV channels are seen by over 735 million subscribers (including day-part households) in 166 countries, including 43 in Europe, 26 in Asia, 15 in the Middle East, 45 in Africa, 34 in Latin America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The National Geographic Channel was first launched in 1997 in the UK, Ireland, Australia and Scandinavia. Since its original launch, the National Geographic Channel has achieved distribution into more that 315 million households in 165 international television markets and the USA.
Our networks broadcast in 35 languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin (Mainland), Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Spanish (Castilian), Swedish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.