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20th Century Fox Film Corporation ( Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation , with hyphen, from 1935 to 1985)—also known as 20th Century Fox , or 20th Century Fox Pictures , is one of the six major American film studios as of 2011 [update] . Located in the Century City area of Los Angeles , just west of Beverly Hills , the studio is currently a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch 's News Corporation . The company was founded on May 31, 1935, [ 1 ] as the result of the merger of Fox Film Corporation , founded by William Fox in 1915, and Twentieth Century Pictures , founded in 1933 by Darryl F.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (commonly known as MGM and also known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. ), is an American media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of films and television programs. Once the largest and most glamorous of film studios, MGM was founded in 1924 when the entertainment entrepreneur Marcus Loew gained control of Metro Pictures , Goldwyn Pictures Corporation and Louis B. Mayer Pictures . [ 5 ] [ 6 ] Its headquarters is in Beverly Hills, California . On November 3, 2010, MGM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. [ 7 ] [ 8 ] [ 9 ] MGM emerged from bankruptcy on December 20, 2010, at which time the executives of Spyglass Entertainment , Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum , became co-Chairmen and co-CEOs of the holding company of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer . [ 10 ] [ 11 ] [ 12 ] [ 13 ]
RKO ( Radio-Keith-Orpheum ) Pictures is an American film production and distribution company. As RKO Radio Pictures Inc. , it was one of the Big Five studios of Hollywood's Golden Age . The business was formed after the Keith-Albee-Orpheum (KAO) theater chains and Joseph P. Kennedy's Film Booking Offices of America (FBO) studio were brought together under the control of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in October 1928. [a] RCA chief David Sarnoff engineered the merger to create a market for the company's sound-on-film technology, RCA Photophone .
Paramount Pictures Corporation is a film and television production/distribution studio, consistently ranked as one of the largest (top-grossing) movie studios. It is a unit of American media conglomerate Viacom . Paramount is the fifth oldest existing film studio in the world behind Universal Studios , Nordisk Film , Pathé , and Gaumont Film Company .
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. , also known as Warner Bros. Pictures , Warner Bros. , WB , and W-B (though the name was occasionally given in full form as Warner Brothers during the company's early years), is an American producer of film, television, and music entertainment. One of the major film studios , it is a subsidiary of Time Warner , with its headquarters in Burbank, California and New York. Warner Bros. has several subsidiary companies, including Warner Bros. Studios, Warner Bros.