Blog: March 2017

Hugh Jackman onstage at the CinemaCon 2017 20th Century Fox presentation at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on March 30, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)
Company

This week’s recap of news about 21st Century Fox and its businesses includes 20th Century Fox showing clips for its upcoming films at CinemaCon, FOX News notching record ratings, Fox Searchlight setting a release date for “Patti Cake$” and more.

Left to right: Jason Wasserman, SVP of Finance; Maurice van Swaaij, Manager of Software Development; Carl Ludwig, Chief Technology Officer; and Brian Keane, Executive Vice President and COO, at the Sci-Tech Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.
Film

After 30 years developing, refining and using its proprietary, industry-leading rendering software CGI Studio, 20th Century Fox Animation’s Blue Sky Studios was finally recognized with an Academy Award for scientific and technical achievement last month.

Social Impact

FX’s “Legion” drew praise from critics and audiences alike for its ambitious storytelling and visual style, and fans can now check out an exclusive video and case study detailing how the cast and crew brought that same level of ambition to going green behind-the-scenes.

Events

FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf was honored with the Corporate Leadership Award at the T. Howard Foundation’s 24th Annual Diversity Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 29, in New York. The fundraising event recognizes and celebrates industry leaders and companies committed to diversifying the media and entertainment industry.

Heritage

The Fox Commissary is one of most historically significant and interesting buildings on the Fox lot. It opened in 1929 as the "Café de Paris" inspired by eateries found around the Bois de Boulogne, the grand Parisian park.

TV

After disappointing performances in its first two World Cup qualifying Final Round matches, the U.S. Men’s National Team is in an unexpected position of vulnerability heading into its next qualifying match against Honduras on Friday, March 24, in San Jose. Rob Stone, the lead studio host for FOX Sports’ soccer programming, says you have to go back to 1989 to find a World Cup qualifying game that had so much significance for the country’s soccer team.

Company

This week’s recap of news about 21st Century Fox and its businesses includes stars joining 20th Century Fox Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider at a Ghetto Film School event in London, Star India CEO Uday Shankar turning the spotlight on censorship in India, FOX setting its summer premiere dates, Fox Searchlight closing a distribution deal for a film starring Robert Redford and Casey Affleck, and more.

(L-R Barbara Broccoli, Kyra Peters, Ray Gurrola, Gillian Lyons, Emma Thompson, Stacey Snider, Keith Burrus)
Social Impact

On Tuesday, March 21, students from 21st Century Fox partner Ghetto Film School and South London creative nonprofit Bold Tendencies held a special screening in London for Ghetto Film School’s 2016 Thesis Films, “Ghost of a Chance” and “Genesis.” 

Events

In his opening theme address at the three-day global convention covering media and entertainment in India called FICCI FRAMES 2017, Star India CEO Uday Shankar turned the spotlight on censorship in India and the threat it poses to the creative community.

Company

This week’s recap of news about 21st Century Fox and its businesses includes the launch of a single FOX NOW app to unite FOX, FX and National Geographic content; 21CF joining an effort to create a platform advertisers can use to better target ads across TV networks; FX Networks renewing “Legion” for a second season; and more.