Blog: March 2016

Events

FX Networks does upfronts its own way: with a screening of the “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” season finale and a bowling party in New York City. Here are photos from the evening.

Company

Star India’s revolutionary mobile entertainment product, hotstar, launched in early 2015 and has grown to boast more than 40,000 hours of content across drama, movies and sports, including cricket, football, kabaddi and local leagues. Today, the first day of a three-day global convention covering media and entertainment in India called FICCI FRAMES 2016, Star CEO Uday Shankar announced that hotstar has been downloaded 50 million times and that it will be rolled out to the rest of the world in the coming months.

Social Impact

On March 22, members of the Women of FOX Sports group volunteered at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), a nonprofit hospital providing care to more than 107,000 children each year. The event came as part of CHLA's annual #MakeMarchMatter campaign, through which the hospital aims to raise $1 million in support of its programs and services.

Empire
Photo credit: James Dimmock/FOX
Pictured L-R: Gabourey Sidibe, Ta'Rhonda Jones, Jussie Smollet, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Gray, Trai Byers, Kaitlin Doubleday, Grace Gealey and Serayah McNeil
TV

The second season of FOX’s hit musical drama “Empire” continues with its spring premiere on Wednesday, March 30, at 9 p.m. EDT/PDT. The episode, titled “Death Will Have His Day,” will reveal the aftermath of the show’s midseason finale.

Company

On behalf of 21st Century Fox’s many creative partners and colleagues who choose to film their projects in the beautiful state of Georgia, we join the growing coalition of businesses in asking Governor Deal to veto this bill.

Photo credit: TED THAI/THE LIFE PICTURE COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES
Rupert Murodch at the old New York Post building at 210 South Street in downtown Manhattan, where his office was located in the early days.
Heritage

On March 20, 1985, News Corporation Limited announced that it had agreed to purchase 50 percent of TCF Holdings Inc., which owned 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, for $162 million. As part of the deal, News Corporation loaned $88 million to TCF. Here's a look at the press release and News Corporation announcement of the deal.

Ice Age
TV

The world’s first Easter egg hunt will be televised on Sunday, March 20, when FOX airs the new animated special “Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade.” The special, which will air at 7:30/6:30c, features Scrat, Manny, Sid, Diego and other “Ice Age” characters along with special guests. An exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming film “Ice Age: Collision Course” will air during the special.

ICANN 55
Industry

Having just returned from the ICANN 55 meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, I can attest that the overwhelming attention of attendees was on ICANN’s future. The meeting was a watershed meeting in the organization’s history, as it was during this time that the ICANN community and the ICANN Board agreed to a comprehensive set of accountability reform proposals to be sent to the U.S. government for final approval before the last ties between ICANN and the U.S. government are cut this fall. In light of this, 2016 will arguably be the most important in ICANN’s history.

The Passion
Photo credit: Michael Becker/FOX
TV

FOX is following up its hit musical event “Grease: Live” with another special: “The Passion.” The live, two-hour musical event will air on Palm Sunday, March 20, at 8 p.m. EDT, and will be shot in nine iconic locations in New Orleans. “The Passion,” which tells the story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth, features actor, writer, producer, director and New Orleans native Tyler Perry as its host and narrator.

Social Impact

On March 9, the Fox | HBCU Media Alliance wrapped the “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) screening and Talk Back Tour. The multi-city tour was headlined by members of the cast from the FX Networks hit series, including Cuba Gooding, Jr., Sterling K. Brown, Courtney B. Vance and director John Singleton, all of whom participated in dynamic conversations that touched on the issues relevant to the series’ themes of race, celebrity, discrimination, police corruption and sexism.