Fox Searchlight Pictures

Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc.
Industry Entertainment industry
Founded Los Angeles, California, US (1994; 24 years ago)
Founder Thomas Rothman[1]
Headquarters Century City, Los Angeles, United States
Key people
Stephen A. Gilula, Co-President
Nancy Utley, Co-President
Products Motion pictures
Revenue $6.50 million (2007)[2]
Parent 20th Century Fox
Divisions Searchlight Television[3]

Fox Searchlight Pictures is an American film production company within the Fox Entertainment Group, a sister company of the larger Fox studio 20th Century Fox, all owned by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. It specializes in North American distribution of independent and British films alongside dramedy and horror films as well as art-house and foreign films and is sometimes also involved in the financing of these films.

Fox Searchlight's Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, Birdman, and The Shape of Water have all won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 81st Academy Awards, 86th Academy Awards, 87th Academy Awards, and 90th Academy Awards respectively, as well as a further 15 Academy Awards combined. Other Fox Searchlight films receiving 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 and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Slumdog Millionaire is also Searchlight's largest commercial success, with over $377 million (US) of box office receipts, against a production budget of only $15 million.


Fox Searchlight Pictures was founded in 1994 by Thomas Rothman.[4] From 1982 to 1985, prior to the creation of Searchlight, Fox previously released independent films and specialty releases under the banner of 20th Century-Fox International Classics, later renamed 20th Century-Fox Specialized Film Division, then TLC Films. The most notable of the releases under these banners include Bill Cosby: Himself, Eating Raoul, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Reuben, Reuben, and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.[5]

In 2006, a sub-label, Fox Atomic, was created to produce and/or distribute genre films.[6] Fox Atomic closed down in 2009.[7]

In April 2018, the studio launched Searchlight Television, making the company a 360-degree hub for creative talent and broadening the variety of projects produced under the Searchlight banner. It is headed by David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield.[3][8]

List of releases


Release Date Film Title Notes
August 11, 1995The Brothers McMullenfirst Fox Searchlight Pictures film
March 22, 1996Girl 6
June 14, 1996Stealing Beauty
August 23, 1996She's the One
October 11, 1996Looking for Richard
February 21, 1997Blood and Wine
February 28, 1997Smilla's Sense of Snow
March 28, 1997Love and Other Catastrophes
April 11, 1997Paradise Road
May 16, 1997The Van
June 6, 1997Intimate Relations
July 25, 1997Star Maps
August 15, 1997The Full Monty
October 31, 1997The Ice Storm
January 2, 1998Oscar and Lucinda
April 24, 1998Two Girls and a Guy
May 1, 1998Shooting Fish
May 22, 1998Slums of Beverly Hills
June 12, 1998Cousin Bette
July 17, 1998Polish Wedding
October 2, 1998The Impostors
November 20, 1998Waking Ned
February 26, 199920 Dates
March 26, 1999Among Giants
April 30, 1999A Midsummer Night's Dreamco-production with Regency Enterprises
September 10, 1999Best Laid Plans
September 10, 1999Whiteboyz
October 8, 1999Boys Don't Cry
October 29, 1999Dreaming of Joseph Lees
December 24, 1999Titus


Release Date Film Title Notes
February 25, 2000The Closer You Get
March 17, 2000Soft Fruit
June 26, 2000Gentlemenco-production with Lightstorm Entertainment
September 1, 2000Chinese Coffee
September 22, 2000Woman on Top
October 6, 2000Bootmen
November 24, 2000Quills
April 13, 2001Kingdom Come
June 15, 2001Sexy Beast
August 10, 2001The Deep End
October 19, 2001Waking LifeFirst animated film from the studio; co-production with Thousand Words
February 15, 2002Super Troopers
March 15, 2002Kissing Jessica Stein
August 9, 2002The Good Girl
August 23, 2002One Hour Photo
September 20, 2002The Banger Sisters
October 11, 2002Brown Sugar
December 20, 2002Antwone Fisher
March 14, 2003Bend It Like Beckham
March 21, 2003L'Auberge espagnole
April 4, 2003The Good Thief
May 2, 2003The Dancer Upstairs
June 27, 200328 Days Later
July 18, 2003Garage Days
July 25, 2003Lucia, LuciaRelease in US
August 8, 2003Le Divorce
August 22, 2003Thirteenco-production with Working Title Films
November 28, 2003In America
February 6, 2004The Dreamers
February 27, 2004Club Dread
March 26, 2004Never Die Alone
April 9, 2004Johnson Family Vacation
June 11, 2004Napoleon Dynamiteco-production with Paramount Pictures and MTV Films
July 2, 2004The Clearing
July 30, 2004Garden Stateco-production with Miramax Films
October 1, 2004I Heart Huckabees
October 22, 2004Sideways
November 12, 2004Kinsey
November 26, 2004We Wish You A Merry Christmasco-production with DreamWorks Pictures and Regency Enterprises
March 11, 2005Millions
March 18, 2005Melinda and Melinda
September 16, 2005Separate Lies
September 23, 2005Roll Bounce
November 11, 2005Bee Seasonco-production with Regency Enterprises
December 23, 2005The Ringer
January 27, 2006Imagine Me & You
February 17, 2006Night Watch
March 10, 2006The Hills Have Eyes
March 17, 2006Thank You for Smoking
April 7, 2006Phat Girlz
April 28, 2006Water
July 28, 2006Little Miss Sunshine
August 18, 2006Trust the Man
September 15, 2006Confetti
September 29, 2006The Last King of Scotland
November 17, 2006Fast Food Nation
November 24, 2006The History Boys
December 22, 2006Notes on a Scandal
March 9, 2007The Namesake
March 16, 2007I Think I Love My Wifeco-production with UTV Motion Pictures
May 11, 200728 Weeks Later
May 18, 2007Once
May 25, 2007Waitress
June 1, 2007Day Watch
July 6, 2007Joshua
July 27, 2007Sunshine
October 26, 2007The Darjeeling Limited
November 30, 2007The Savages
December 7, 2007Juno
March 28, 2008La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon)co-distributed with The Weinstein Company
April 11, 2008Young@Heart
April 11, 2008Street Kingsdistribution only; produced by 3 Arts Entertainment[9]
September 26, 2008Choke
October 17, 2008The Secret Life of Bees
November 14, 2008Slumdog Millionaireco-production with Warner Bros. Pictures, Celador Films, Film4 and Pathé; Won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2009.
December 19, 2008The Wrestler
January 16, 2009Notorious
March 13, 2009Miss March
June 5, 2009My Life in Ruins
July 17, 2009(500) Days of Summer
July 31, 2009Adam
October 2, 2009Whip It
October 23, 2009Amelia
October 30, 2009Gentlemen Broncos
December 18, 2009Crazy Heart


Release Date Film Title Notes
February 12, 2010My Name Is KhanBollywood film co-produced with Dharma Productions
March 12, 2010Our Family Wedding
May 14, 2010Just Wright
June 18, 2010Cyrus
September 17, 2010Never Let Me Go
October 15, 2010Conviction
November 26, 2010127 Hours
December 3, 2010Black Swan
February 11, 2011Cedar Rapids
March 18, 2011Win Win
April 22, 2011Dum Maro Dum
May 27, 2011The Tree of Life
June 17, 2011The Art of Getting By
July 15, 2011Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
July 22, 2011Another Earth
September 30, 2011Margaret
October 21, 2011Martha Marcy May Marlene
November 18, 2011The Descendants
December 2, 2011Shame
April 27, 2012Sound of My Voice
May 4, 2012The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
June 8, 2012Lola Versus
June 29, 2012Beasts of the Southern Wild
July 6, 2012The Do-Deca-Pentathlon
July 27, 2012Ruby Sparks
October 19, 2012The Sessions
November 23, 2012Hitchcock
March 1, 2013Stoker
April 5, 2013Trance
May 31, 2013The East
July 5, 2013The Way, Way Back
September 20, 2013Enough Said
September 27, 2013Baggage Claim
October 18, 201312 Years a SlaveWon the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2014,

co-production with Regency Enterprises

November 29, 2013Black Nativity
March 7, 2014The Grand Budapest Hotelco-production with Indian Paintbrush
April 4, 2014Dom Hemingway
May 2, 2014Belle
July 18, 2014I Origins
August 1, 2014Calvary
September 12, 2014The Drop
October 17, 2014BirdmanWon the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2015,

co-production with Regency Enterprises

December 5, 2014Wild
March 6, 2015The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
April 17, 2015True Storyco-production with Regency Enterprises
May 1, 2015Far From the Madding Crowd
June 12, 2015Me and Earl and the Dying Girlco-production with Indian Paintbrush
August 14, 2015Mistress America
October 2, 2015He Named Me Malala
November 6, 2015Brooklyn
December 4, 2015Youth
April 8, 2016Demolition
May 4, 2016A Bigger Splash
July 22, 2016Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
October 7, 2016The Birth of a Nation
December 2, 2016Jackie
February 10, 2017A United Kingdom
March 3, 2017Table 19
March 24, 2017Wilson
April 7, 2017Gifted
June 9, 2017My Cousin Rachel
August 4, 2017 STEP
August 18, 2017Patti Cake$
September 22, 2017Battle of the Sexes
October 13, 2017Goodbye Christopher Robin
November 10, 2017Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missourico-production with Film4
December 1, 2017The Shape of WaterWon the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2018; co-production with TSG Entertainment and Double Dare You Productions
March 23, 2018Isle of DogsSecond animated film from the studio; co-production with Indian Paintbrush and American Empirical Pictures
April 20, 2018Super Troopers 2co-production with Broken Lizard Industries and Cataland Films

Upcoming films

Release Date Film Title
September 28, 2018The Old Man & the Gun
October 19, 2018Can You Ever Forgive Me?
November 23, 2018 The Favourite
April 26, 2019The Aftermath
2019 Tolkien
2019Jojo Rabbit
2019Pale Blue Dot
TBAThe Last Ride of Cowboy Bob[10]
TBAThe Keeper of the Diary[11]
TBAThe Possibilities[12]
TBAThe Man in the Rockefeller Suit[13]
TBATwo Steps Forward[14]
TBAFamily Ritual[15]
TBAReady or Not[16]
TBANightmare Alley[18]


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  2. "Fox Searchlight Pictures Company Profile". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  3. 1 2 Jr, Mike Fleming (April 11, 2018). "Fox Searchlight Launches TV Division; David Greenbaum, Matthew Greenfield Upped To Production Presidents For Film, TV". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  4. "Executive Profile: Thomas E. Rothman". Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  5. Tzioumakis, Yannis (2012). Hollywood's Indies: Classics Divisions, Specialty Labels and the American Film Market, pp. 55-58. Edinburgh University Press.
  6. Walsh, Mark (July 20, 2006). "Fox Atomic Unveils Broadband Site". Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  7. Miller, Ross (April 21, 2009). "20th Century Fox Closing Down Fox Atomic". Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  8. Bradley, Laura. "What Fox Searchlight's New TV Division Means for the Future of Prestige TV". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  9. "Street Kings". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  10. ""The Big Sick" Director Michael Showalter Takes on "The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob" for Fox Searchlight". September 5, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  11. "Kenneth Branagh to Play Anne Frank's Father in "The Keeper of the Diary," Which He'll Also Direct". May 13, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  12. "Kathleen Robertson to Pen "The Possibilities" Adaptation for Jason Reitman". April 12, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  13. "Benedict Cumberbatch in Talks to Star in "The Man in the Rockefeller Suit"". April 12, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  14. Busch, Anita (August 14, 2017). "'Two Steps Forward' Optioned By Fox Searchlight For A Very Good Production". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  16. "Fox Searchlight Nabs Thriller 'Ready or Not' (Exclusive)". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  17. "Wendy". July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  18. "Guillermo Del Toro To Direct Nightmare Alley". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  19. "Keri Russell Joins 'Antlers' From Producer Guillermo del Toro". July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
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