On the TV side, however, no final decisions have been made about adjusting the monikers of production units 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios. Discussions about a possible name change are underway, but no consensus has emerged, according to a source close to the situation.
Disney has also begun to phase out the Fox name by changing email addresses for Searchlight staffers from fox.com to a searchlightpictures.com address.
"Downhill", a comedic drama starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, will be the first movie under the Searchlight Pictures name. The erasure of Fox is a highly symbolic change and one that reflects the magnitude of Disney's acquisition and the new status quo. Searchlight's biggest dog in the Academy Awards race is Taika Waititi's "Jojo Rabbit", and just yesterday it was announced that Waititi was being approached to develop a new "Star Wars" film for Disney.
Insiders characterize the change as rather inevitable. Disney, which purchased Fox previous year, is killing off the Fox name and rebranding the respective companies as 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures.
In the latest not-surprising move from the Mouse House regarding all the Fox properties acquired from Rupert Murdoch's Fox corporation, Disney has officially phased out the Fox name from the two divisions.
Despite Fox being subtracted off the logos, they're very similar with the klieg lights and monolith and extend the historical goodwill and heritage audiences are familiar with, especially the Alfred Newman-composed fanfare theme which is still very much intact.
Mr. Murdoch still owns the Fox broadcast network, Fox News and 28 local Fox television stations, among other media assets.