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.

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.


This week’s recap of news about 21CF and its businesses includes a spotlight on National Geographic’s new series “Mars,” FOX News notching record ratings during Election Week, FX Networks setting a premiere date for “Taboo” and more.

Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, presidents of original programming at FX Networks.

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.

"Atlanta" FX - fall 2016 series premiere
Photo credit: Matthias Clamer/FX

What most people consider the last week of summer saw a handful of interesting reads about 21st Century Fox’s businesses. In this week’s 21CF news recap, FX Networks’ presidents of original programming Eric Schrier and Nick Grad talk about their approach to comedy programming, hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan gives an in-depth interview about STAR India’s successful mobile entertainment platform, FOX News finishes the summer on top and more.

"Ice Age: Collision Course" - Blue Sky Studios

What audiences will see on the screen when they put on their 3-D glasses to watch “Ice Age: Collision Course” is just the tip of the iceberg. (Pun fully intended.) The artist-technicians at Blue Sky Studios created, watched and fine-tuned countless versions of the fifth “Ice Age” installment. The final cut, the one that audiences will enjoy, is the culmination of tireless collaboration and creative problem-solving.

Michael Thurmeier - Ice Age 5

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.