Searchlight Pictures

Searchlight Pictures, Inc. is an American film studio that is a division of 20th Century Studios, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, which is part of The Walt Disney Company. Founded in 1994 as Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. for 20th Century Studios (previously 20th Century Fox), the studio focuses primarily on producing, distributing and acquiring specialty films.

Searchlight Pictures, Inc.
FormerlyFox Searchlight Pictures (1994–2020)
Founded1994; 28 years ago (1994)
FounderThomas Rothman[1]
Headquarters10201 West Pico Boulevard, ,
Area served
Key people
  • David Greenbaum (Co-President)[3]
  • Matthew Greenfield (Co-President)[3]
  • Frank Rodriguez (Senior Vice President of Distribution)[3]
ProductsMotion pictures
Number of employees
Parent20th Century Studios
(Walt Disney Studios)

Searchlight is best known for distributing the films Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, Birdman, 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, and Nightmare Alley. The studio has grossed over $5.3 billion worldwide and amassed 26 Golden Globe Awards, 48 BAFTA awards, and 44 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.

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