Star Studios

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

Star Studios is an Indian film production company. It was formed by 20th Century Fox and Asia's STAR TV (later in 2011 as Star India, now known as Disney Star; both News Corporation subsidiaries at the time) as Fox Star Studios in 2008 to distribute any film from 20th Century Fox in India or produce Bollywood hits such as My Name is Khan. The first film they distributed was Australia, and the first Bollywood movie they distributed was the British-produced Slumdog Millionaire (as Slumdog Crorepati). Previously, Fox operated an Indian branch until 2005 when it was closed down. Distribution of Fox titles in that region would be handled by Warner Bros. Pictures until 2008. On January 17, 2020, The Walt Disney Company announced that 20th Century Fox would be rebranded to 20th Century Studios; however, Fox Star Studios retained its name until May 27, 2022, when the parent company Disney announced that it would remove "Fox" from the company's name, presumably to avoid confusion with Fox Corporation, renaming it to Star Studios, exactly two years after Disney began dropping the Fox name from several sister units including 20th Century Studios. It wouldn't have an on-screen logo until September 9, 2022, with the release of Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva.


Fox Star Studios

Logo (February 10, 2010-April 1, 2022)

Visuals: Same as the 2009-2020 20th Century Fox logo, but the text on the standard structure is instead replaced by "FOX STAR STUDIOS", with STAR TV's 1998 star symbol next to "STAR" and fitting snugly below the "X" while piercing the lines above it.

Bylines:

  • February 10, 2010-September 27, 2013: "A NEWS CORPORATION COMPANY"
  • November 28, 2013-April 1, 2022: Bylineless

Variants:

  • Sometimes, a static version of the logo (which is an edit of the 1994 TCF logo) is used.
  • A prototype version of the logo exists. Like the prototype TCF logo, white wireframes appear when the logo is in its position.
  • Open-matte versions of the logo exist.
  • Sometimes, the registered trademark sign is removed from the logo.
  • Starting with the release of Bullett Raja on November 28, 2013 in the US and a day later in India, the News Corporation byline is excluded and the logo is bylineless for the first time ever, due to the aforementioned split on June 28, 2013.

Technique: CGI animation by the now-defunct Blue Sky Studios. As with the final 20th Century Fox logo, this was made using Autodesk Maya.

Audio: The 1998 revision of the 1997 Fox fanfare composed by David Newman. None for the still version.

Availability: The logo can be found on any movie distributed by Fox Star Studios in India.

  • It was first shown before My Name is Khan, even before the 20th Century Fox logo (non-US version) or the Fox Searchlight Pictures logo (US version) itself.
  • The still version can be found on the trailers for Quick Gun Murugun (2009) and My Name is Khan (2010), however, the full logo does not appear on the former, as the Indian division of 20th Century Fox distributed it instead.
  • The last film to use this logo with the News Corporation byline was Raja Rani, released on September 27, 2013.
  • This logo surprisingly replaces the final 20th Century Fox logo on Indian releases of Epic, with the logo for Blue Sky Studios intact.
  • On US releases of Dum Maaro Dum, the Fox Searchlight Pictures logo appears instead.
  • The last film to use this logo was Kaun Pravin Tambe?, released on April 1, 2022 on Disney+ Hotstar. This logo was discontinued afterwards.

Star Studios

Logo (September 9, 2022-)

Visuals: The design is similar to the Fox Star Studios logo, except "FOX" has been removed from the top of the structure, and with Star India's 2011 logo taking the place of the letter "A" (in the same manner as its Disney+ Star content hub and Star+ logo). The word "STUDIOS" is also in a different font and larger to accommodate the size of the structure, and the registered symbol is also removed as well. The overall design of the logo is based on the 20th Century Studios logo, albeit with some altered details, such as the Hollywood sign being removed and a searchlight unseen in the original logo appearing behind the structure.

Closing Variant: At the end of films, the print logo is seen, scrolling with the credits.

Technique: CGI animation, based on Picturemill's revision of the now-defunct Fox's animated sibling company Blue Sky Studios' work of the final 20th Century Fox logo.

Audio: An Indian-themed rearrangement of the 20th Century Studios fanfare that utilizes instruments such as sitar, sarod, tambura, sahnai, sarangi, and tabla.

Availability:

  • It debuted as a print logo on posters and on-screen as a variant.
  • The full logo then debuted theatrically in Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva, released on September 9, 2022, in theatres and later on Babli Bouncer, released on September 23 that same year on Disney+ Hotstar.

Copyright stamps

  • 2008-2022: Copyright © [YEAR] Fox Star Studios, Inc.
  • September 9, 2022-: © [YEAR] Star Studios, A Division of Star India Private Limited, All Rights Reserved.
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