Jason Hahn

Jason Hahn

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The guest experience at the annual FOX Broadcasting Company Programming Presentation and Post-Party in New York City today is of utmost importance. For Karin Pofsky, VP of Special Events for FOX Broadcasting Company, this starts even before the invitations for the upfront are even sent out.

The annual FOX Broadcasting Company Programming Presentation and Post-Party in New York City (Monday, May 15) is the shining result of a significant effort from a number of different groups within the Fox Networks Group family. To shed some light on some of the moving parts behind the scenes, we recently spoke with Karen Nefsky, VP of Design and Creative Services for FOX Broadcasting Company.

Ben McKenzie, the star who plays lead character James Gordon on FOX’s “Gotham,” has been waiting a long time for the 16th episode of the show’s third season, which will air Monday, May 1, at 8 p.m. ET/PT: It will be the first time he’ll be credited as a director.

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.

When viewers tune in to the fifth season of “MasterChef Junior” (premiering Thursday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX), they’ll be treated to a firsthand look at just how resilient, able and talented kids are, according to pioneering pastry chef and founder and owner of Milk Bar Christina Tosi, who hosts and acts as a judge on the show alongside award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay.

When the clock for Super Bowl LI hits 00:00, another one will begin when “24: Legacy” premieres after the big game Sunday, Feb. 5, on FOX. While the storytelling format will remain the same, many of the faces will be different this time around, including the new lead character, Eric Carter, played by Corey Hawkins.

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.

FOX News Channel’s new state-of-the-art studio, introduced to viewers on Election Day and announced as part of the network’s 20th anniversary, is a luminous space filled with features like a video chandelier, LED walls and LED columns. While viewers and passersby may marvel at what they see in Studio F, there may be just as much to admire in the studio’s unseen components.

On Friday, Nov. 1, 1996, FOX Deportes launched in the U.S., becoming the country’s first Spanish-language sports network. Today, FOX Deportes celebrates its 20th anniversary and endeavors to serve an ever-evolving audience with a changing appetite for sports.

Turning a collection of Instagram photos into a hardcover book may seem a strange concept at first, but that’s exactly what National Geographic has done with “@NatGeo: The Most Popular Instagram Photos” – and for good reason.

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.

Let it be known that FOX’s new TV series “Lethal Weapon” is not your typical reboot. Matt Miller, the show’s executive producer, isn’t here to rehash the beloved action film franchise – he’s interested in making a show that will introduce a new-yet-familiar duo whose weekly journeys will be filled with humor, action and subtle themes that will resonate with audiences.

More than 40 years after its theatrical release, “The Exorcist” remains one of the most memorable and recognized horror films of all time. Adapting a film of that stature into a television show comes with its fair share of risks, but Jeremy Slater, executive producer of FOX’s new show “The Exorcist” (series premiere this Friday, Sept. 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX), is not so easily scared.

FX Networks heads into Sunday’s 68th Emmy Awards show with 12 Creative Arts Emmys already under its belt and a total of 56 nominations, the most in its history and the most ever for an ad-supported cable network. That level of achievement doesn’t happen overnight. At FX, not many people know this better than Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, presidents of original programming.

The 2016 NFL regular season is upon us, and at the end of it comes Super Bowl LI (that’s 51, for those who are hazy when it comes to Roman numerals), which will air Feb. 5, 2017, on FOX. This means the next several months will be eventful, to say the least, for Jacob Ullman, senior vice president of production and talent development at FOX Sports.

August is a huge month for soccer, particularly for FOX Sports. Between the UEFA Champions League, the Bundesliga, the FA Cup, MLS and more, FOX Sports has a robust slate of programming for soccer fans in the U.S.

As a show featuring an American family wedged in a tumultuous power struggle in the fictional Middle Eastern country of Abuddin, FX’s “Tyrant” looks and feels different from just about any other television drama today. With that distinctiveness comes a certain responsibility to accuracy and entertainment, which holds particular weight in today’s world.

If you tune in to the 2016 MLB All-Star Game on FOX on Tuesday, July 12, you’re in for a cinematic experience, thanks to the high-tech cameras that will be used at the event. Some will be burrowed in the field itself.

A lot has changed in the 14 years since the first “Ice Age” movie was released in theaters, and no one knows better than Michael Thurmeier, director of the latest installment in the franchise, “Ice Age: Collision Course,” which is heading to U.S. theaters July 22.

At the 116th U.S. Open Championship, FOX Sports is using the latest technology just about everywhere you can imagine -- from the tee to the green, from underground to the skies. While the 202 microphones, 33 miles of fiber optics, aerial drone footage and other tech are certainly striking, every piece of technology used in the U.S. Open has been carefully considered, vetted and selected to ensure that it enhances the viewer experience.

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.

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.

This morning, FOX announced its new primetime series for the 2016-17 season, which included a historic slate of original programming for the network. Tonight, Toby Byrne, President of Advertising Sales for Fox Networks Group, will address an audience of about 2,500 people at the 2016 FOX upfront programming presentation at the Beacon Theater in New York, which will include advertisers, Fox executives and others. I spoke with Toby before he takes the stage to hear his thoughts on how the upfront season has changed recently, the move toward data and technology in advertising, and what he hopes advertisers will walk away with after tonight.

A lot goes into planning a memorable Fox Networks Group Programming Presentation and Post-Party in New York City each year. To get a behind-the-scenes look at what, exactly, is involved in throwing a spectacular upfront event, I spoke with Tomiko Iwata, SVP of Creative Services for Fox Broadcasting, who counts 18 years as part of the team spearheading FOX’s big event.

On Sunday, May 15, “The Simpsons” will treat audiences to a live, three-minute Q&A session with none other than Homer J. Simpson. Thanks to the advances in motion capture technology, Dan Castellaneta will answer questions from live callers in the form of Homer, the character to whom he lends his voice. The event, the first of its kind, will happen at the end of the new episode, which is titled “Simprovised” and aptly focuses on a storyline in which Homer turns to improv comedy to regain his confidence after a botched speech at work.