Fox Archives: From horse barn to armory props storage to sound effects studio, history lives on the Fox lot

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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. Towering in the distance is the Fox Plaza tower, known to movie audiences as Nakatomi Plaza from…

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FOX Sports hosts delegation of women from Afghanistan to discuss creating a culture of health and fitness

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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. The visit featured a tour of the FOX Sports studios and a roundtable discussion with top executives on how to organize programs, drive participation,…

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21CF holds special screening of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ in London co-hosted by Executive Chairmen Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch

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21st Century Fox hosted a special screening of 20th Century Fox Film’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” last night at the Ham Yard Hotel in London. Executive Chairmen Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch shared remarks at the event and were joined by special guests James McAvoy and Ben Hardy, who star in the action film. Also in attendance were friends of 21CF, business partners and other VIPs. The screening was part of the 21CF Presents series, which showcases theatrical releases and programming from 21CF’s businesses. “X-Men: Apocalypse”…

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21CF Chats: Fox Networks Group President of Advertising Sales Toby Byrne talks upfront changes, C3 vs. C7 and ‘views’

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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 took the stage to hear his thoughts on how the upfront season has changed…

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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 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. Two years…

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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 to make its content more widely available. It was also a chance to confirm its plans to participate in a new live and on-demand video service from Hulu. Here…

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21CF businesses celebrate Earth Month with photo contests, Nat Geo features, days of service and more

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Since the launch of its corporate sustainability program in 2007, 21st Century Fox has consistently made Earth Day a focal point of its yearly calendar, regularly extending its celebration into a full month of activities engaging colleagues around the world. From the FOX network’s annual “Green It. Mean It.” PSA campaign, now in its ninth year, to a long tradition of spring volunteer events, 21CF’s global colleagues embrace Earth Day as a time to take action in their own lives to better the environment,…

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21CF Chats: ‘The Simpsons’ exec producer Al Jean discusses animation’s first-ever live broadcast

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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…

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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 ability to tell compelling multiplatform stories. “What makes National Geographic stand out in a crowded digital media space? World-class storytelling backed by 128 years of science and exploration —…

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21CF Chats: FX Networks EVP of Research Julie Piepenkotter talks O.J. and the brave new world of data

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Nathaniel Brown is Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications at 21CF Julie, thanks for taking the time to chat with me. I’m happy to, Nathaniel! I’ll just pretend we’re sitting at a cafe sharing a cup of tea and a good gab on a rainy spring day in Los Angeles. You guys have been on a roll with “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” which you just crowned cable’s most-watched new show of 2016. Congratulations! Thank you! We couldn’t be more…

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