FOX’s Dana Walden and Gary Newman talk ‘Empire,’ diversity in TV and monetization at the 2016 NAB Show

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FOX’s blockbuster television drama “Empire” certainly has eye-popping numbers to boast about: a total multiplatform audience of 23 million, a more than 20 percent lead over the second most popular broadcast show and 39 nominations for a variety of prestigious awards, for example. But stopping at the show’s numbers and rankings is missing the larger story. At the 2016 NAB Show, an annual event hosted by the National Association of Broadcasters for the media and entertainment industry, Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs Dana…

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Hulu confirms live programming, boasts 33% growth in subscribers, announces renewals at its 2016 upfront presentation

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In front of a packed house at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York Wednesday morning, Hulu used its 2016 upfront event to address reports that it will soon stream live television content. The video streaming service also announced the renewals of “The Mindy Project” and “The Path” at the upfront and offered a sneak peek at forthcoming content, including a Beatles documentary. Hulu will offer live programming Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins kicked off the leadership’s remarks at the upfront by confirming…

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21CF supports education for Syrian refugee children with $125,000 donation to Malala Fund

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21st Century Fox has announced a contribution of more than $125,000 to the Malala Fund, an organization advocating for secondary girls’ education around the world. The gift consists of funds raised through a company-wide employee matching program, as well as a social media campaign led by 21CF and the National Geographic Channel, and will help provide education for Syrian refugee children. The donation is the culmination of the company’s yearlong global campaign to support “He Named Me Malala,” Fox Searchlight and National Geographic Channel’s documentary…

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Fox Archives: ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ storyboards and concept art to celebrate its exhibition at the Musée Miniature et Cinéma

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The Musée Miniature et Cinéma in Lyon, France has been featuring Wes Anderson films in an exhibition ending May 31. Currently on display has been “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures in 2014) model from the film as well as “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (distributed and produced by 20th Century Fox in 2009) puppets. To celebrate the exhibition, below are some storyboards and concept art from “Fantastic Mr. Fox” pulled from the Fox Archives:   To learn more about the exhibition, read…

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Fox Searchlight Pictures’ ‘Demolition’ follows a man’s journey through grief, hits theaters Friday, April 8

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The loss of his wife, pressure from his father-in-law and a bag of Peanut M&Ms stuck in a vending machine: These are the things that drive Davis Mitchell to the point of ruin. After writing a series of increasingly personal complaint letters to the vending machine company, Davis draws the attention of struggling customer service representative Karen Mareno, with whom he begins the reconstruction of his life. “Demolition,” a new film from Fox Searchlight Pictures, brings this story to theaters Friday, April 8. Jake…

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National Geographic’s Ford Cochran leads 21CF on an Earth Day tour of America’s National Parks

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As part of 21st Century Fox’s Earth Day celebrations, Fox colleagues in LA were treated to a special presentation by Ford Cochran, renowned geologist, journalist, educator and director of programming at National Geographic Expeditions. Cochran, who has dedicated his career to the exploration and protection of parks, took attendees on a visual journey through some of the United States’ most iconic national parks, accompanied by the stunning photography for which National Geographic is known. National Geographic is currently running its Power of Parks campaign, celebrating the…

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FX’s ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ is cable’s most-watched new show of 2016, boasts 259 billion ‘views’

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“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” ended its run as cable’s most-watched new show of 2016, averaging 12.6 million total viewers across all linear and non-linear platforms. The hit series has also amassed 143.9 million hours of time spent viewing, or 8.63 billion minutes, so far. In a nod to the arbitrary way leading digital platforms count their “views,” FX Networks provides the conversion: “And for those who are wowed by exploding watermelons, other online video phenomena and the sheer enormity of…

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FOX Sports Supports and National Geographic honored as leaders in social responsibility on television

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At the Second Annual Social Good Awards Breakfast in New York City, Cynopsis Media recognized FOX Sports Supports as this year’s “Social Good Shining Star,” while awarding several honorable mentions to programming at National Geographic. The April 7 event honored the television industry’s outstanding social responsibility initiatives, for which 21st Century Fox brands received seven nominations. Read the 21st Century Fox Social Impact post for more information about the event, including National Geographic’s honorable mentions.

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Surprise: 20th Century Fox Film, James Cameron to release four (not three) ‘Avatar’ sequels, first to hit Christmas 2018

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What’s better than three “Avatar” sequels? Four of them. At the end of 20th Century Fox Film’s CinemaCon presentation today, filmmaker and driving force behind the first “Avatar” film James Cameron made a surprise appearance and announced that there will be four sequels to the highest-grossing film of all time, one more than previously announced. The sequels are scheduled to hit theaters Christmas 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2023. “We have decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic process,” James said at the CinemaCon…

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