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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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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