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David Neal
TV

It may have taken a while, but the strong viewership for the 2016 Copa America Centenario tournament, along with the record-setting viewership for the Women’s World Cup 2015, finally cements soccer as one of the “Big 4” sports in the U.S., according to David Neal, executive producer of FIFA World Cup for FOX Sports.

Social Impact

The cast and crew of this year's "The X-Files" event series on FOX made a concerted effort during production to give back to the communities in British Columbia, where they filmed. Building on the socially conscious themes of episodes like "Home Again," about gentrification in major cities, the team led projects to support the homeless community in Vancouver, which was standing in for Philadelphia in the episode.

Heritage

As part of the Fox Archives’ Notable Title project, I am currently processing (organizing, rehousing and cataloging) the film “In Old Chicago,” which was produced and distributed by 20th Century Fox Film in 1938. Here are some photos from the planning and creation of the premiere at the Four Star Theatre in Los Angeles.

Social Impact

For teenage filmmakers in New York and Los Angeles, Ghetto Film School provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to receive a rigorous, college-level film education, all at no cost to its students. Through its Fellows Program, the organization guides its members through both the art and business of moviemaking, giving them the tools they need to navigate professional careers in a creative field.

theSkimm
Industry

Earlier this week, 21st Century Fox announced that it was leading an $8 million funding round for theSkimm, a multi-platform audience company that curates news and events for millennials. To get a better idea of how theSkimm has managed to gather, engage and grow an audience of more than 3.5 million active subscribers in less than four years, I spoke with co-founders Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin.

Industry

During a Bernstein Thirty-Second Annual Strategic Decisions Conference 2016 session on the morning of June 1, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch sat down with Sanford C. Bernstein senior analyst Todd Juenger to touch on a wide range of topics.

Company

Today, 21st Century Fox announced that it’s leading an $8 million B funding round for theSkimm, which curates news, events and information for millennials. The multi-platform audience company is aligned with 21CF’s endeavors to reach broader, more meaningful audiences across all platforms.

Ghetto Film School
Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for Ghetto Film School/AP Images
Actor Jamie Hector (fourth from left) and students attend the Ghetto Film School Table Read event held at Brett Ratner's Hilhaven Lodge in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.
Social Impact

A cast of Hollywood actors including Max Greenfield ("New Girl"), Grace Gealey ("Empire"), Dascha Polanco ("Joy") and others gathered at the legendary Hilhaven Lodge in Beverly Hills to perform two short-film scripts written by teenage students from Ghetto Film School. The May 25 table reading event, co-hosted by 21st Century Fox CEO and GFS board member James Murdoch, served as both a celebration of and a fundraiser for the organization, which teaches filmmaking to young people from communities traditionally underrepresented in Hollywood.

Building 41 - 20th Century Fox Film lot
Heritage

The unassuming Building #41, one of the oldest buildings on the 20th Century Fox Film lot, has been in the same location since the 1920s. It was originally a barn used by actor, director and writer Tom Mix for his horses when he was allowed to come out to the country and ride around the newly purchased Fox property when it was just acres of rolling hills.

Social Impact

Five of Afghanistan's leading female coaches, nonprofit directors and sports professionals recently visited the FOX Sports headquarters in Los Angeles to discuss how best to encourage young women in their home country to participate in sports. The International Visitors Council of Los Angeles (IVCLA) arranged the trip as part of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program for professional and cultural exchanges.