Blog: October 2016

Social Impact

As part of 21st Century Fox’s commitment to making a positive impact in the local communities where its colleagues live and work, the company is launching 21CF Impact Week. The inaugural week of nationwide service starts today.

Social Impact

In its latest campaign, STAR India’s No.1 Hindi general entertainment channel, STAR Plus, has recruited three of India’s biggest cricket stars for a series of television promos to combat stereotypes and push the agenda for the country’s half-billion women.

TV

Halloween, virtual reality and a milestone: On Sunday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX, “The Simpsons” will give audiences a special viewing experience. Television’s longest-running comedy series and longest-running scripted show in history will air the all-new “Treehouse of Horror XXVII,” its annual Halloween episode, which will double as the show’s 600th episode.

Company

This week’s recap of news about 21CF and its businesses features FX Networks’ upcoming “X-Men” series “Legion” appearing at New York Comic Con, Skip Bayless boosting FOX Sports 1’s viewership, “Lethal Weapon” getting a full-season order from FOX, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” nearing an international box office milestone, a look at FOX News’ strong year and more.

FNG President of Advanced Advertising Products Joe Marchese speaks during the Fox Networks Group and NFL keynote panel at Advertising Week at Town Hall on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, in New York City.
Photo by Anthony Behar/Fox/PictureGroup
Industry

Human attention is the world’s most valuable resource, and that has far-reaching implications for how advertisers determine the price of people’s time and attention, according to Joe Marchese, president of Advanced Advertising Products at Fox Networks Group.

Company

With an audience of colleagues at businesses around the world, from Los Angeles to New York to Mumbai to Buenos Aires to the U.K. to Hong Kong, 21st Century Fox Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch recently hosted a company All Hands meeting. By way of a live webcast feed from the historic Zanuck Theatre on the Fox lot in L.A., they used the hour on Friday, Oct. 7, as an opportunity to talk about the direction of 21CF, the company’s culture, diversity, the biggest threat to the company, and more.

Heritage

FOX Broadcasting Company (FBC) debuted on Oct. 9, 1986, with “The Late Show with Joan Rivers” – a queen of comedy deployed to take on NBC’s king of late night, Johnny Carson. Rivers’ inaugural quartet of iconoclast guests included Cher, David Lee Roth, Elton John and Pee-Wee Herman, and the show was gangbusters.

Tony Brown, executive director of community youth organization Heart of Los Angeles; Joe Hall, Ghetto Film School founder and president; and James Murdoch, 21st Century Fox CEO and GFS board member.
Photo credit: Alex Berliner
Social Impact

At Ghetto Film School’s first annual Fall Benefit in Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 6, 21st Century Fox CEO and GFS board member James Murdoch was honored for his involvement in the nonprofit, which gives young, aspiring storytellers in historically underrepresented communities an immersive film education and hands-on industry experience.

"New Girl" executive producers Brett Baer and Dave Finkel.
TV

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the worlds of FOX’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (8 p.m. ET/PT) and “New Girl” (8:30 p.m. ET/PT) will collide in a special back-to-back crossover-episode event. Viewers will get to see the endearing characters from both of these sitcoms share the same screen for an hour of programming, but what they won’t see is all the hard work that went into making the crossover happen.

TV

FOX News Channel Co-Presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy celebrated the network’s 20th anniversary by gathering colleagues in its new, state-of-the-art studio, which will officially debut on Election Day. Bill and Jack were joined by FOX News’ management team as they shared their remarks, which were available to colleagues across the globe via a live teleconference.