21CF Chats: FOX’s SVP of Creative Services Tomiko Iwata on how 8,000 sushi pieces, record number of originals make a hit upfront

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30,000 pieces of sushi 8,000 pieces of dessert 2,500 guests 9,000 pounds of ice 180 rails of barricade (1,260 linear feet) 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…

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10 key comments from 21CF’s fiscal Q3 2016 earnings call: Hulu’s reimagined TV experience, rebundling, stacking and more

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Last week, 21st Century Fox announced its fiscal Q3 2016 financial results. Afterward, the company held an earnings call featuring Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch, CEO James Murdoch and CFO John Nallen. The call was an opportunity for 21CF to discuss the role it is playing in reimagining how consumers experience television, as well as opportunities…

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National Geographic 2016 NewFronts recap: 10 digital shorts, Instagram video series, VR studio and more

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National Geographic Partners made a splash earlier this week with a number of exciting announcements at its first NewFronts event since the formation of the expanded joint venture between 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Society. The 2016-17 slate, which includes 10 new digital short series and an Instagram video series, highlights National Geographic’s…

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STAR India holds town hall announcing new organizational structure; prepares for next stage of growth and innovation

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STAR India unveiled a new organizational structure today at a town hall meeting in Mumbai that was live-streamed to colleagues in more than 130 cities. The reorganization is designed to better position the business for the next leg of its growth and to achieve its aggressive financial targets. The company will now be organized around five…

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Q&A with Nitin Kukreja, head of STAR Sports: Kabaddi’s rise, building a multi-sport market in India

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Nathaniel Brown is Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications at 21CF. I recently visited the Mumbai headquarters of our India business, STAR India, where I saw first-hand how its new STAR Sports brand has taken sports fans by storm.  While STAR has for some time been India’s entertainment leader, it moved aggressively into…

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‘American Idol’ leaves an enduring legacy and ends its historic 15-season run Thursday, April 7, on FOX

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“American Idol” has left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. The show exemplifies the rollicking, disruptive spirit that launched FOX Broadcasting Company in 1986 and continues to define its brand. It also underscores 21CF’s mission to create choice for audiences around the globe. After all, few in 1986 thought there was room for…

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Star India CEO Uday Shankar announces 50 million downloads, global ambitions for hotstar at FICCI FRAMES 2016

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Star India’s revolutionary mobile entertainment product, hotstar, launched in early 2015 and has grown to boast more than 40,000 hours of content across drama, movies and sports, including cricket, football, kabaddi and local leagues. Today, the first day of a three-day global convention covering media and entertainment in India called FICCI FRAMES 2016, Star CEO…

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