21CF Flashback: 31 years ago, 21CF (then News Corp) buys first half of 20th Century Fox Film

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On March 20, 1985, News Corporation Limited announced that it had agreed to purchase 50 percent of TCF Holdings Inc., which owned 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, for $162 million. As part of the deal, News Corporation loaned $88 million to TCF. This purchase was 21CF’s first foray into the entertainment business, setting the company on a path to become the global force in film, and later television, that it is today. The 50 percent stake in TCF Holdings was followed by the company’s…

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Watch the world’s first Easter egg hunt on ‘Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade’ (Sunday, March 20, 7:30/6:30c on FOX)

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The world’s first Easter egg hunt will be televised on Sunday, March 20, when FOX airs the new animated special “Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade.” The special, which will air at 7:30/6:30c, features Scrat, Manny, Sid, Diego and other “Ice Age” characters along with special guests. An exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming film “Ice Age: Collision Course” will air during the special. Featured guest voices for “Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade” include Taraji P. Henson, Seth Green, Wendy Williams, Gabriel Iglesias, Lili Estefan…

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FOX’s ‘New Girl’ airs its 100th episode Tuesday, March 8, at 8/7c

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“New Girl” introduced the world to a heartbroken Jess Day and her three single male roommates when the show premiered in September 2011. On Tuesday, March 8, at 8/7c, FOX’s hit comedy series starring Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris and Hannah Simone will air its 100th episode. Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs, recently stopped by the FOX lot studio to celebrate the 100th episode with the “New Girl” cast, crew and creators. Here are some…

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Thoughts from ICANN 55 in Marrakech: Accountability is the watchword for 2016 and beyond

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Christopher Wilson is vice president of government affairs at 21st Century Fox. Having just returned from the ICANN 55 meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, I can attest that the overwhelming attention of attendees was on ICANN’s future. The meeting was a watershed meeting in the organization’s history, as it was during this time that the ICANN community and the ICANN Board agreed to a comprehensive set of accountability reform proposals to be sent to the U.S. government for final approval before the last ties between…

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Cultural themes that drive FOX Broadcasting’s marketing in 2016

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Angela Courtin is EVP and Chief Marketing Officer at FOX Broadcasting. In today’s convergent world, technology impacts every aspect of how we reach our audiences – everything from the when to the where. Despite the inhuman quality of technology, the data it yields provides us greater visibility into the very human elements of our audiences’ lives and, most importantly, their hearts. This is where the battle for attention is really fought and we win when our audience moves from a collection of rating points to…

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‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’: Why the O.J. trial is as relevant as ever

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Brad Simpson is the executive producer of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” which premieres Feb. 2, at 10 p.m. EST on FX. When we started writing “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” we asked ourselves, “Why is this case relevant today?” Part of the initial answer was that the O.J. Simpson trial was the start of something new: the birth of the 24-hour news cycle and the rise of celebrity culture. During the trial, the soap operas were shut down for…

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FOX’s Dana Walden and Gary Newman honored as National Champions for Children at the Alliance for Children’s Rights Annual Dinner

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Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman were presented the National Champion for Children Award at the Alliance for Children’s Rights’ 24th Annual Dinner on Thursday, March 10. Dana and Gary were honored for their efforts to advance the lives of at-risk children, fight poverty and improve access to healthcare. These are key goals for the Alliance, which provides free legal services and advocacy to protect the rights of impoverished, abused and neglected children and youth. In his remarks at…

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FX’s critically acclaimed spy drama ‘The Americans’ returns for Season 4 on March 16

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FX’s hit drama “The Americans” is making its Season 4 premiere tonight at 10 p.m. EDT/PDT. The first episode of the new season is titled “Glanders” and will pick up where last season’s finale ended. “The Americans” centers on the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington, D.C., in the 1980s. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell star as Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, whose arranged marriage faces many trials as a result of the network of spies and informants under…

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Sketch comedy show “Party Over Here” premieres March 12 to bring late-night laughs to your Saturday nights

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FOX is getting back into late-night sketch comedy with a new series called “Party Over Here,” which is premiering tomorrow at 11 p.m. EST/PST. The half-hour show is brought to you by executive producers The Lonely Island – or the trio known as Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. Actor/comedian Paul Scheer is also an executive producer and one of the show’s directors. “Party Over Here” will star comedians Nicole Byer, Jessica McKenna and Alison Rich. The show will feature sketch comedy shorts…

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