Joseph P. Schenck

Name:
Joseph P. Schenck
Role:
President of United Artists Corporation, then chairman of the board of directors of Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp
Born:
1878
Died:
1961

About

President of United Artists Corporation, then chairman of the board of directors of Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. Emigrated from Russia as a child in 1893. Began career with brother Nicholas as owner-managers of an amusement park in upstate New York, becoming associated with Marcus Loew in 1910 as a producer and one of the chief figures in Loew Theatrical Enterprises. Schecnk left Loew’s in 1917 to become an independent producer. In December 1924 he was elected Chairman of the board of directors of United Artists Corporation, which he reorganized and expanded. In April 1927, he became president of UA after the death of Hiram Abrams. In 1933 he formed 20th Century Pictures with Darryl Zanuck. In May 1935 they joined Fox to form Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp., with Schenck as chairman of the board of directors. Schenck was the most prominent industry figure implicated in union payoffs in the late 1930s, and served a brief jail sentence in 1946 as a result, before returning to his position at Twentieth Century-Fox.

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