Blog: September 2016

Aya Cash as Gretchen Cutler, Kether Donohue as Lindsay Jillian, Desmin Borges as Edgar Quintero, Chris Geere as Jimmy Shive-Overly in "You're the Worst."
Photo credit: Byron Cohen/FX
Company

21st Century Fox made plenty of headlines in the last week of September, thanks to FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf’s insightful remarks on storytelling, FOX Sports bringing augmented reality to the NFL, FOX Business notching a record quarter, and FX’s renewal of “The Strain” and “You’re the Worst.” All that and much more is included in this week’s recap of news about 21CF and its businesses.

TV

Today’s NFL landscape is vastly different than it was a decade ago, and that has many implications for the attention and engagement of the football league's viewers. On Wednesday, FOX play-by-play announcer Joe Buck moderated an in-depth conversation about that topic at an Advertising Week 2016 Town Hall session. The panel included Fox Networks Group President and COO Randy Freer, Pro Football Hall of Fame member and FOX NFL Sunday analyst Michael Strahan, Fox Networks Group President of Advanced Advertising Products Joe Marchese, NFL CMO Dawn Hudson, and Magna Global SVP of sports investment Kevin Collins.

TV

Let it be known that FOX’s new TV series “Lethal Weapon” is not your typical reboot. Matt Miller, the show’s executive producer, isn’t here to rehash the beloved action film franchise – he’s interested in making a show that will introduce a new-yet-familiar duo whose weekly journeys will be filled with humor, action and subtle themes that will resonate with audiences.

Social Impact

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) celebrates its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 24, in Washington, D.C., and 21st Century Fox is proud to be a Keystone Donor and participant during the weekend event.

Photo by Scott Kirkland/PictureGroup
Company

In addition to 21st Century Fox’s big night at the Emmys, this week’s recap of news about 21CF and its businesses covers CEO James Murdoch’s comments at a recent investor conference, National Geographic announcing its first ever Earth Week, FX Networks renewing “Atlanta” and “Better Things,” a 13-day marathon of “The Simpsons” on FXX, and more.

(L-R) National Geographic Channel President, Original Programming and Production Tim Pastore, National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe, Arnold Schwarzenegger and "Years of Living Dangerously" Executive Producer Joel Bach.
Social Impact

At Climate Week NYC 2016, National Geographic announced its first ever Earth Week, a week of programming dedicated to climate change that will launch ahead of the U.S. presidential election this fall. Nat Geo also premiered the second season of climate change series “Years of Living Dangerously” and unveiled the trailer for Leonardo DiCaprio’s critically acclaimed documentary “Before the Flood."

TV

More than 40 years after its theatrical release, “The Exorcist” remains one of the most memorable and recognized horror films of all time. Adapting a film of that stature into a television show comes with its fair share of risks, but Jeremy Slater, executive producer of FOX’s new show “The Exorcist” (series premiere this Friday, Sept. 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX), is not so easily scared.

Industry

During his session Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia 2016 conference, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch sat down with Goldman Sachs analyst Drew Borst to discuss a long list of subjects.

Heritage

A storyboard is a sequence of drawings representing the shots planned out by production, typically with some direction and dialogue, though it all depends on the film and the artist. We have a wonderful and wide variety of storyboards in our art department collection. Here is a selection of storyboards from different genres of 20th Century Fox films.

Photo by Frank Micelotta/Fox/PictureGroup
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When all was said and done, 21st Century Fox walked away from the 68th Emmy Awards with 27 awards across its businesses. FX Networks took home 18 Emmys on its own, setting a new record for basic cable, thanks in large part to “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”