21CF Chats: ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ director Michael Thurmeier on advancements in animation technology

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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. Michael, who has been with Blue Sky Studios since 1999 and was the lead animator for the first “Ice Age” film, has plenty of firsthand experience with the advancements in animation technology and capabilities. After a New York…

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Young people of the Crow Native American Reservation share their stories through National Geographic Photo Camp

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National Geographic gave 15 Apsáalooke youth from the Crow Native American Reservation in Montana the chance to learn photography and writing during National Geographic Photo Camp from June 8-12. The five-day camp, a partnership between the National Geographic Society and the Crow Tribe, brought together photographers, editors and researchers with the reservation’s young people to discuss the role visual storytelling can play in preserving the tribe’s cultural heritage. The students’ work was then displayed in a public exhibition at Little Big Horn Community College. 21st Century…

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Fox named by LinkedIn as one of the top 40 companies at attracting and keeping talent

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LinkedIn named Fox to its first-ever Top Attractors list, which includes the 40 companies that, according to LinkedIn data, are the best in the U.S. at attracting and keeping top talent. Fox was one of only several media and entertainment companies that made the list. The Top Attractors list is the first ranking of its kind to be based entirely on the billions of individual actions of users consisting of job applications, engagement and new-hire staying power. LinkedIn cites, among other things, the impact of Fox’s…

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20th Century Fox partners with Save the Children for emergency preparedness PSA campaign featuring ‘Ice Age’ movie characters

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20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have partnered with Save the Children for a new emergency preparedness PSA campaign featuring the beloved characters from the upcoming animated adventure “Ice Age: Collision Course.” The campaign encourages parents to create In Case of Emergency (ICE) cards for their children so that families can quickly reunite after an emergency. “Ice Age: Collision Course” will open in theaters everywhere July 22. Read the 21st Century Fox Social Impact blog post to learn more about the partnership and to download your family’s ICE…

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‘Empire’ star Taraji P. Henson honored for Excellence in Television at Women In Film’s Crystal + Lucy Awards

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Taraji P. Henson, Golden Globe-winning actress known to millions as Cookie Lyon on the hit FOX drama “Empire,” was honored with the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television on June 15 for her contributions to women’s role in the entertainment industry. The recognition came as part of the annual Crystal + Lucy Awards hosted by the nonprofit Women In Film (WIF), an organization advocating for gender parity in Hollywood. Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Dana Walden presented the award to Taraji, who spoke about the pay gap…

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10 key quotes from James Murdoch’s 2016 Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference session: Culture, innovation and more

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During a Bernstein Thirty-Second Annual Strategic Decisions Conference 2016 session on the morning of June 1, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch sat down with Sanford C. Bernstein senior analyst Todd Juenger to touch on a wide range of topics. The 50-minute discussion, which is available for replay, was an opportunity for James to talk about the importance of creating a culture that strives against its own incumbency, opening up a new wave of innovation, the importance of distinctive brands and more. Here are…

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21CF participates in $12.6 million Series A funding round for VR storytelling company Within (formerly Vrse)

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Today it was announced that 21CF is participating in a $12.6 million funding round for VR storytelling company Within (formerly Vrse), led by Andreessen Horowitz. To learn more about Within and the company’s rebranding, read founder and CEO Chris Milk’s Medium post. The funding of Within follows 21CF’s investment earlier this year in leading augmented and virtual reality smart glasses designer and manufacturer Osterhout Design Group (ODG). Chris Milk leading a VR demo at 21CF’s 2015 senior executive off-site in Palm Springs, Calif. 21st Century…

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National Geographic’s Unique Lodges showcase the sustainable future of the travel industry

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National Geographic convened a group of travel industry leaders at its Washington, D.C., headquarters for “The Transformation of Travel,” an afternoon dedicated to the future of global travel and the ways the industry is embracing sustainability. The June 9 event featured the owners of some of the properties selected for National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World program, a collection of lodges in locations around the world committed to operating sustainably, delivering unparalleled service and preserving the natural and cultural heritage of their local communities. The…

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21CF Chats: Executive Producer, FIFA World Cup on FOX, David Neal on Copa America and soccer as a ‘Big 4’ sport in the U.S.

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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. The 100-year-old Copa America tournament, the oldest international continental soccer competition, features 16 teams from the Americas playing 32 matches from June 3-26 in 10 U.S. cities. This year’s tournament…

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Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how ‘The X-Files’ helped the homeless and raised money for charity

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The cast and crew of this year’s “The X-Files” event series on FOX made a concerted effort during production to give back to the communities in British Columbia, where they filmed. Building on the socially conscious themes of episodes like “Home Again,” about gentrification in major cities, the team led projects to support the homeless community in Vancouver, which was standing in for Philadelphia in the episode. The production crew worked to integrate the homeless into the show, distributed food vouchers and donated supplies to…

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