Grease: Live


FOX Broadcasting Company (FBC) debuted on Oct. 9, 1986, with “The Late Show with Joan Rivers” – a queen of comedy deployed to take on NBC’s king of late night, Johnny Carson. Rivers’ inaugural quartet of iconoclast guests included Cher, David Lee Roth, Elton John and Pee-Wee Herman, and the show was gangbusters.

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When all was said and done, 21st Century Fox walked away from the 68th Emmy Awards with 27 awards across its businesses. FX Networks took home 18 Emmys on its own, setting a new record for basic cable, thanks in large part to “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

Zazie Beetz as Van, Donald Glover as Earnest Marks in "Atlanta"
Photo credit: Guy D'Alema/FX

This week’s recap of news about 21st Century Fox and its businesses covers a lot of ground, including 21CF Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch talking about a wide range of topics, 20th Century Fox Film partnering with AFI to create more opportunities for female film directors, big ratings for FX Networks’ new show “Atlanta,” Fox Searchlight buying “Jackie,” a brief history of FX and more.

'Grease: Live' and
Social Impact

“Grease: Live” isn’t done yet: FOX’s hit live musical event is partnering with for its annual Teens for Jeans campaign, which calls youth in the U.S. to collect gently used jeans for donation to local shelters.

David Madden
Photo Credit: Kevin Estrada/FOX

“Grease: Live” is the word! The live, one-night musical event was a hit with viewers and critics alike. It drew a same-day audience of 12.2 million, marking FOX’s most-watched Sunday in nearly 13 years, excluding sports. We spoke with David Madden, president of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company, the morning after to get his perspective on the show.