Searchlight Pictures

Searchlight Pictures
FormerlyFox Searchlight Pictures (1994–2020)
FoundedApril 20, 1994 (1994-04-20)
FounderTom Rothman[1]
Headquarters10201 West Pico Boulevard, ,
Area served
Key people
ProductsMotion pictures
Number of employees
DivisionsSearchlight Television[a]

Searchlight Pictures (previously known as Fox Searchlight Pictures) is an American film production company and a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, a division of Disney Entertainment, which is owned by the Walt Disney Company. Founded in 1994 as Fox Searchlight Pictures for 20th Century Fox (later 20th Century Studios), the studio focuses primarily on producing, distributing, and acquiring specialty films. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment distributes the films produced by Searchlight in home media under the 20th Century Home Entertainment banner.

Searchlight films include Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), The Shape of Water and Nomadland, all of which won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Other 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, Brooklyn, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Favourite, Jojo Rabbit, Nightmare Alley, and The Banshees of Inisherin. The studio has grossed over $5.3 billion worldwide and amassed 28 Golden Globe Awards, 51 BAFTA awards, and 46 Academy Awards. Slumdog Millionaire is the studio's largest commercial success, with over $377 million (US) of box office receipts, against a production budget of only $15 million.[4]

Searchlight Pictures was one of the 21st Century Fox film production companies that was acquired by Disney on March 20, 2019. The studio's current name was adopted on January 17, 2020 in order to avoid confusion with Fox Corporation.

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  2. ^ "Company Overview of Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc". Bloomberg News.
  3. ^ a b c Matt Donnelly; Brent Lang (April 20, 2021). "Searchlight Pictures Co-Chairmen Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula to Step Down". Variety. Retrieved January 5, 2022.
  4. ^ "Slumdog Millionaire (2008)". Box Office Mojo.

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