Movietone News known in the U.S. as Fox Movietone News, produced cinema, sound newsreels from 1928-1963 in the U.S., from 1929-1979 in the UK (for much of that time as British Movietone News), and from 1929-1975 in Australia. One of the earliest in the series featured George Bernard Shaw Talks to Movietone News, released on 25 June 1928.
An early conductor of the Movietone News orchestra was Harry Lauder II, nephew of famous entertainer Sir Harry Lauder, who was contracted with them for 18 months before William Fox took him to his Hollywood studio. Sir Harry Lauder also appeared in test sound films made at the Fox Studios in New York City during the winter-spring of 1927.
Hearst Metrotone News initially leased the Case Research Lab patents from William Fox for its sound newsreels. Each of these studios used this system of recording sound film for news items because it was an easily transported single-system of sound-on-film recording.
Fox's first use of recording a news event was on 20 May 1927: Charles Lindbergh's take-off from Roosevelt Field for his historic solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean was filmed with sound and shown in a New York theater that same night, inspiring Fox to create Movietone News.
A regular narrator of the newsreels was broadcaster/journalist Lowell Thomas.
The University of South Carolina Newsfilm Library has a portion of the Fox Movietone newsreel collection. The rest of it is owned and managed by the Fox Film Corporation's corporate successor (and namesake), Fox News Channel. The majority of the collection is stored in New Jersey, mostly unseen since the newsreels were originally shown in theatres. During its early years, Fox News Channel had a weekend show which played the newsreels.
Licensing for Fox Movietone newsreels owned by the University of South Carolina is handled by the Newsfilm Library, while licensing for Fox Movietone News still owned by News Corp. is handled by the British company ITN, as part of its archive, including Fox News Channel, Reuters, Granada and the UK network Channel 4.
- The March of Time newsreel series produced by Time-Life from 1935 to 1951
- Universal Newsreel newsreel series produced by Universal Studios from 1929 to 1967
- Hearst Metrotone News (renamed News of the Day in 1936) newsreel series produced by Hearst Corporation from 1914 to 1967 (distributed by Fox Film Corporation 1929-1934 and by MGM 1934-1967)
- Paramount News newsreel series produced by Paramount Pictures from 1927 to 1957
- Pathé News newsreel series produced by Pathé Film from 1910 to 1956 (later distributed by RKO Radio Pictures 1931-1947 and then Warner Brothers 1947-1956)
- Movietone sound system sound-on-film system introduced by Fox Film Corporation in 1927
- Movietone Records the budget subsidiary of 20th Century Fox' record division
- William Wallace and Gregory Lauder-Frost, Harry Lauder in the Limelight, Lewes, East Sussex, 1988, p.52 (for Harry Lauder II) ISBN 0-86332-323-X