Blog: September 2016

Zazie Beetz as Van, Donald Glover as Earnest Marks in "Atlanta"
Photo credit: Guy D'Alema/FX

This week’s recap of news about 21st Century Fox and its businesses covers a lot of ground, including 21CF Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch talking about a wide range of topics, 20th Century Fox Film partnering with AFI to create more opportunities for female film directors, big ratings for FX Networks’ new show “Atlanta,” Fox Searchlight buying “Jackie,” a brief history of FX and more.

Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, presidents of original programming at FX Networks.

FX Networks heads into Sunday’s 68th Emmy Awards show with 12 Creative Arts Emmys already under its belt and a total of 56 nominations, the most in its history and the most ever for an ad-supported cable network. That level of achievement doesn’t happen overnight. At FX, not many people know this better than Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, presidents of original programming.

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Twentieth Century Fox Film is partnering with the American Film Institute to open more opportunities on major studio films for female directors. The initiative will provide alumnae of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) — the AFI’s female filmmaker training program — the opportunity to direct short films based on the Fox studio’s film franchises.


During his 45-minute session at the 2016 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference on Sept. 14, 21st Century Fox Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch touched on the company’s strong upstream position, the company’s continual investment in brands and content, and STAR India’s impressive growth, among other topics.

Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup/FX

Now that we’ve powered through the post-Labor Day blues, it’s time to catch up on the week’s news about 21st Century Fox and its businesses. In this week’s 21CF news recap, FX Networks’ “Atlanta” has a strong series premiere, FXX’s “You’re the Worst” has a strong start to its third season, 21CF invests in DriveTribe, FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf gets two profiles, and more.


The 2016 NFL regular season is upon us, and at the end of it comes Super Bowl LI (that’s 51, for those who are hazy when it comes to Roman numerals), which will air Feb. 5, 2017, on FOX. This means the next several months will be eventful, to say the least, for Jacob Ullman, senior vice president of production and talent development at FOX Sports.


September means back-to-school season, the end of summer and loads of new television programming. It’s a particularly exciting month for FOX and FX Networks, which are unleashing a huge wave of fall series and season premieres for audiences to enjoy.

"Atlanta" FX - fall 2016 series premiere
Photo credit: Matthias Clamer/FX

What most people consider the last week of summer saw a handful of interesting reads about 21st Century Fox’s businesses. In this week’s 21CF news recap, FX Networks’ presidents of original programming Eric Schrier and Nick Grad talk about their approach to comedy programming, hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan gives an in-depth interview about STAR India’s successful mobile entertainment platform, FOX News finishes the summer on top and more.