Blog: December 2016

TV

Having written for FX Networks’ long-running, irreverent comedy series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Dave and John Chernin have embarked on a new path by creating their own show on FOX – and they’re taking Sweet Dee with them.

Company

This week’s recap of news about 21CF and its businesses includes Fox Searchlight acquiring rights to Wes Anderson’s next film, the co-creator of “24: Legacy” on how the new show fits into the franchise, “Peak TV” continuing in 2016 and more.

Heritage

The film “Taps,” produced and distributed by 20th Century Fox Film, was released in December 1981 and went on to gross nearly $36 million domestically. The drama about a group of military cadets fighting to protect their academy from real estate developers starred George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, Tom Cruise, Sean Penn and Ronny Cox, and was directed by Harold Becker.

Here’s the original publicity poster for the movie:

Company

This week’s recap of news about 21CF and its businesses includes 21CF’s proposed acquisition of Sky, this year’s Golden Globes nominations (21CF has 19 nominations this year), FX Networks’ big showing at the Critics’ Choice Awards, FOX News Channel as 2016's most watched basic cable network and more.

Company

On Thursday, Dec. 15, 21st Century Fox announced an agreement with Sky plc to acquire the remaining 60.9 percent of the Sky shares that it did not already own in order to combine the two organizations. After the announcement, 21CF hosted a conference call about the proposed acquisition featuring Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch, CEO James Murdoch and Chief Financial Officer John Nallen.

STAR India's show “Satyamev Jayate” dives deep into societal issues.

Heritage

STAR India’s remarkable journey is intimately linked to the evolution of the modern Indian identity. Through the lens of Indian media’s history — specifically the role of STAR TV — we see a shining example of television blazing a pathway toward national self-knowledge.

Company

21st Century Fox received a total of 19 Golden Globes Award nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

Social Impact

Nearly 200 New York City high school students gathered at the Paley Center for Media on Dec. 10 to celebrate “Hidden Figures,” the highly anticipated feature from 20th Century Fox revealing the untold story of three African American women who played major roles in the Space Race of the 1960s.

Events

21st Century Fox walked away from the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, hosted at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, with 12 awards – six for film and six for television.

Company

This week’s recap of news about 21CF and its businesses includes 21st Century Fox’s in-principle agreement to acquire Sky, 21CF CEO James Murdoch talking about the appeal of the streaming business, FOX News going strong after the election, live commercials for the Super Bowl on FOX and more.