‘American Idol’ leaves an enduring legacy and ends its historic 15-season run Thursday, April 7, on FOX

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“American Idol” has left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. The show exemplifies the rollicking, disruptive spirit that launched FOX Broadcasting Company in 1986 and continues to define its brand. It also underscores 21CF’s mission to create choice for audiences around the globe. After all, few in 1986 thought there was room for a fourth television network, let alone an appetite for pioneering shows like “The Simpsons,” “In Living Color” and “The X-Files”; and later, “Family Guy,” “Glee,” “Modern Family” and “American…

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21st Century Fox honors American Idol legacy with school music grants, over $1M donated by 21CF to arts education since 2011

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To commemorate the series finale of FOX’s groundbreaking reality series “American Idol,” 21CF and the Give a Note Foundation announced a new wave of the 21st Century Fox Give a Note Grants, which will support up to 20 under-funded music education programs at schools across the United States. The company has worked with Give a Note since 2011, donating more than $1 million to nearly 90 schools in that time. The new grants honor the series’ 15-season run, over the course of which it created some of…

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FX’s 2016 upfront event: Screening of ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ finale and bowling party in NYC

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FX Networks does upfronts its own way: with a screening of the “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” season finale and a bowling party in New York City. The network screened the finale at the AMC Empire 25 movie theater in Times Square on Wednesday in front of an audience that included FX leaders and stars representing various FX shows, including Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown, Courtney B. Vance, Danny DeVito, Louie Anderson and John Travolta. Toby Byrne, president…

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FOX’s hit drama ‘Empire’ returns Wednesday, March 30, to begin the second part of Season 2

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The second season of FOX’s hit musical drama “Empire” continues with its spring premiere on Wednesday, March 30, at 9 p.m. EDT/PDT. The episode, titled “Death Will Have His Day,” will reveal the aftermath of the show’s midseason finale. The first part of Season 2 ended with “Et Tu, Brute?” which was an hour-long episode capping off the first 10 episodes of the season with no shortage of drama, tension and cliffhangers. The spring premiere will kick off the final eight episodes of Season…

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Star India CEO Uday Shankar announces 50 million downloads, global ambitions for hotstar at FICCI FRAMES 2016

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Star India’s revolutionary mobile entertainment product, hotstar, launched in early 2015 and has grown to boast more than 40,000 hours of content across drama, movies and sports, including cricket, football, kabaddi and local leagues. Today, the first day of a three-day global convention covering media and entertainment in India called FICCI FRAMES 2016, Star CEO Uday Shankar announced that hotstar has been downloaded 50 million times and that it will be rolled out to the rest of the world in the coming months. Read…

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Morgan Freeman hosts ‘The Story of God,’ premiering Sunday, April 3, at 9/8c on the National Geographic Channel

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Morgan Freeman is sometimes jokingly referred to as God, thanks to his well-known role in the film “Bruce Almighty.” But the renowned actor and narrator is making a more profound connection to spirituality – and he’s taking us along for the journey. “The Story of God” is the new six-part documentary series hosted by Morgan and premiering on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday, April 3, at 9/8c. The idea for “The Story of God” finds its roots in a visit to the Hagia…

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‘The Passion’ is FOX’s next live musical event, tells the story of Jesus’ last hours (Palm Sunday, March 20, at 8 p.m. EDT)

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FOX is following up its hit musical event “Grease: Live” with another special: “The Passion.” The live, two-hour musical event will air on Palm Sunday, March 20, at 8 p.m. EDT, and will be shot in nine iconic locations in New Orleans. “The Passion,” which tells the story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth, features actor, writer, producer, director and New Orleans native Tyler Perry as its host and narrator. While the story is more than 2,000 years old, “The…

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Fox | HBCU Media Alliance takes ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ on an HBCU tour to engage audiences

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On March 9, the Fox | HBCU Media Alliance wrapped the “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) screening and Talk Back Tour. The multi-city tour was headlined by members of the cast from the FX Networks hit series, including Cuba Gooding, Jr., Sterling K. Brown, Courtney B. Vance and director John Singleton, all of whom participated in dynamic conversations that touched on the issues relevant to the series’ themes of race, celebrity, discrimination, police corruption and…

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Women of FOX Sports volunteer at Children’s Hospital LA as part of the #MakeMarchMatter campaign

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On March 22, members of the Women of FOX Sports group volunteered at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), a nonprofit hospital providing care to more than 107,000 children each year. The event came as part of CHLA’s annual #MakeMarchMatter campaign, through which the hospital aims to raise $1 million in support of its programs and services. FOX Sports colleagues received a tour of the hospital and spent time with the patients by serving food and hosting arts and crafts activities. Read the 21st Century Fox Social Impact post…

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FOX’s ‘Empire’ wins big at the 2016 NAACP Image Awards, takes home 5 awards

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FOX was well-represented at the 47th NAACP Image Awards on Feb. 5, which celebrated the year in “outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors,” according to the NAACP’s website. The blockbuster drama “Empire,” which was recently renewed for a third season, won five Image awards: Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Terrence Howard Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson…

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