Blog: September 2017

Company

This week’s recap of news about 21st Century Fox and its businesses includes a huge opening weekend for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” 21CF Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch talking workplace culture, FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf’s skepticism about social media driving TV viewership, FOX Sports’ World Cup plans, and more.

21st Century Fox Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch and Cynthia Littleton, Variety’s managing editor of television.
Events

At the inaugural Variety Dealmakers breakfast in New York City this morning, 21st Century Fox Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch talked about a wide range of topics, including the importance of sustaining a healthy workplace culture.

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Company

This week’s recap of news about 21st Century Fox and its businesses includes a big night for Donald Glover and FX’s “Atlanta” at the Emmys, Fox’s new TV Everywhere experience, 20th Century Fox Film Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider on a variety of topics (including the future of Wolverine), and more.

Social Impact

21st Century Fox’s National Geographic recently announced the winners of Chasing Genius, a digital community launched in June with GSK Consumer Healthcare. 

Company

FOX Sports launched in 1994 as a single network with just one sport. Now, it is paving the way in sports broadcasting. Last week, FOX Sports celebrated its birthday on the Fox Studios Lot in Los Angeles with an inaugural Founders Day, kicking off its 24th NFL season.

Heritage

The Fox Newman Scoring Stage, named after famed composer and Fox Music Director from 1939 to 1959 Alfred Newman, was constructed in 1928. It was designed by C.H. Muldorfer and built by George E. Miller before being converted to a scoring stage in 1936. During the past 81 years, a number of films and television series have been scored here.

Social Impact

To mark the release of “Battle of the Sexes” (in theaters Friday, Sept. 22), the new Fox Searchlight film about the legendary tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, parent company 21st Century Fox will donate a portion of ticket sales to the Women’s Sports Foundation, founded by King to empower female athletes.

Industry

When Brian Sullivan, President and COO of Fox Networks Digital Consumer Group, took the stage for his keynote at the IBC2017 media, entertainment and technology conference in Amsterdam on Friday, Sept. 15, he explained why the disruption hitting the U.S. television industry is completely natural.

(L-R) FOX Sports' Matt Vasgersian, Erik Arneson, John Smoltz and Wayne Fidelman
TV

Key policymaking staff from the United States Senate, House of Representatives and Federal Communications Commission joined 21CF Public Affairs, FOX Sports and Major League Baseball representatives on Saturday, Sept. 16, for an up-close and personal look at the innovative technologies, intense investment, and highly skilled professionals required to produce and broadcast high-quality sporting events.

Company

This week’s recap of news about 21st Century Fox and its businesses includes 21CF CEO James Murdoch and 21CF Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch talking about 21CF’s offer for Sky, Fox Searchlight’s “The Shape of Water” (in theaters Dec. 8) winning the Golden Lion for best film at the Venice Film Festival, FOX’s “The Orville” starting strong, and more.