Blog: June 2016

Michael Davies
TV

At the 116th U.S. Open Championship, FOX Sports is using the latest technology just about everywhere you can imagine -- from the tee to the green, from underground to the skies. While the 202 microphones, 33 miles of fiber optics, aerial drone footage and other tech are certainly striking, every piece of technology used in the U.S. Open has been carefully considered, vetted and selected to ensure that it enhances the viewer experience.

Photo courtesy of Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort
Social Impact

National Geographic convened a group of travel industry leaders at its Washington, D.C. headquarters for "The Transformation of Travel," an afternoon dedicated to the future of global travel and the ways the industry is embracing sustainability. The June 9 event featured the owners of some of the properties selected for National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World program, a collection of lodges in locations around the world committed to operating sustainably, delivering unparalleled service and preserving the natural and cultural heritage of their local communities.

David Neal
TV

It may have taken a while, but the strong viewership for the 2016 Copa America Centenario tournament, along with the record-setting viewership for the Women’s World Cup 2015, finally cements soccer as one of the “Big 4” sports in the U.S., according to David Neal, executive producer of FIFA World Cup for FOX Sports.

Social Impact

The cast and crew of this year's "The X-Files" event series on FOX made a concerted effort during production to give back to the communities in British Columbia, where they filmed. Building on the socially conscious themes of episodes like "Home Again," about gentrification in major cities, the team led projects to support the homeless community in Vancouver, which was standing in for Philadelphia in the episode.

Heritage

As part of the Fox Archives’ Notable Title project, I am currently processing (organizing, rehousing and cataloging) the film “In Old Chicago,” which was produced and distributed by 20th Century Fox Film in 1938. Here are some photos from the planning and creation of the premiere at the Four Star Theatre in Los Angeles.

Social Impact

For teenage filmmakers in New York and Los Angeles, Ghetto Film School provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to receive a rigorous, college-level film education, all at no cost to its students. Through its Fellows Program, the organization guides its members through both the art and business of moviemaking, giving them the tools they need to navigate professional careers in a creative field.

theSkimm
Industry

Earlier this week, 21st Century Fox announced that it was leading an $8 million funding round for theSkimm, a multi-platform audience company that curates news and events for millennials. To get a better idea of how theSkimm has managed to gather, engage and grow an audience of more than 3.5 million active subscribers in less than four years, I spoke with co-founders Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin.

Industry

During a Bernstein Thirty-Second Annual Strategic Decisions Conference 2016 session on the morning of June 1, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch sat down with Sanford C. Bernstein senior analyst Todd Juenger to touch on a wide range of topics.

Company

Today, 21st Century Fox announced that it’s leading an $8 million B funding round for theSkimm, which curates news, events and information for millennials. The multi-platform audience company is aligned with 21CF’s endeavors to reach broader, more meaningful audiences across all platforms.