Blog: April 2016

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Social Impact

21st Century Fox has announced a contribution of more than $125,000 to the Malala Fund, an organization advocating for secondary girls' education around the world. The gift consists of funds raised through a company-wide employee matching program, as well as a social media campaign led by 21CF and the National Geographic Channel, and will help provide education for Syrian refugee children.

Heritage

The Musée Miniature et Cinéma in Lyon, France has been featuring Wes Anderson films in an exhibition ending May 31. Currently on display has been “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures in 2014) model from the film as well as “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (distributed and produced by 20th Century Fox in 2009) puppets. To celebrate the exhibition, below are some storyboards and concept art from “Fantastic Mr. Fox” pulled from the Fox Archives.

Photo credit: Geoff Mau
Ford Cochran, director of programming at National Geographic Expeditions
Social Impact

As part of 21st Century Fox's Earth Day celebrations, Fox colleagues in LA were treated to a special presentation by Ford Cochran, renowned geologist, journalist, educator and director of programming at National Geographic Expeditions.

Social Impact

Since the launch of its corporate sustainability program in 2007, 21st Century Fox has consistently made Earth Day a focal point of its yearly calendar, regularly extending its celebration into a full month of activities engaging colleagues around the world.

Photo credit: Robb Cohen Photography and Video
Left to right: Michael Schneider, Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Ilene Chaiken and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray on Day Two of the 2016 NAB Show.
TV

FOX’s blockbuster television drama “Empire” certainly has eye-popping numbers to boast about: a total multiplatform audience of 23 million, a more than 20 percent lead over the second most popular broadcast show and 39 nominations for a variety of prestigious awards, for example. But stopping at the show’s numbers and rankings is missing the larger story.

Social Impact

At the Second Annual Social Good Awards Breakfast in New York City, Cynopsis Media recognized FOX Sports Supports as this year's "Social Good Shining Star," while awarding several honorable mentions to programming at National Geographic. The April 7 event honored the television industry's outstanding social responsibility initiatives, for which 21st Century Fox brands received seven nominations.

Film

What’s better than three “Avatar” sequels? Four of them. At the end of 20th Century Fox Film’s CinemaCon presentation today, filmmaker and driving force behind the first “Avatar” film James Cameron made a surprise appearance and announced that there will be four sequels to the highest-grossing film of all time, one more than previously announced. The sequels are scheduled to hit theaters Christmas 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2023.

STAR Chairman and CEO Uday Shankar unveils the new organizational structure to colleagues across India.
Company

Star India unveiled a new organizational structure today designed to better position the business for the next leg of its growth and to achieve its aggressive financial targets. The company will now be organized around five strategic business units.

TV

Fox Networks Group is taking another step to ensure consumers are able to watch its leading-class content when they want, where they want by making FOX Broadcasting, FX, National Geographic and FOX Sports (including national sports and Regional Sports Networks) available on Sling TV’s new $20-per-month live beta multi-stream service.

TV

Just ahead of crowning “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” cable’s most-watched new show of 2016, Julie Piepenkotter, EVP of Research for FX Networks, chatted with me about the brave new world of ratings and research.