Eric Shanks talks about RSNs, sports in India and non-event sports programming at Morgan Stanley conference

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Eric Shanks, FOX Sports president, COO and executive producer, spoke with Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Daniel Swinburne at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference today. During the 38-minute discussion, Eric touched on a wide range of topics, including regional sports networks (RSNs), the big sports opportunity in India and the importance of non-event sports programming. On rising sports consumption: “Over the last 10 years, sports consumption has grown by over 9 billion hours, up 41%. So, it’s one of the key areas that…

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David Hill talks Oscars production: Acceptance speech innovation, diversity, Chris Rock and more

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David Hill had a storied, decades-long career with 21CF in which he led and helped launch and establish many of its television businesses, including co-founding Sky Television, the Fox Network, FOX Sports and the FOX regional sports networks. Last year, David launched a 21CF-backed production venture called HILLY, which is co-producing the 88th Academy Awards. We spoke with David to see what he has up his sleeve for the big awards show, hear his thoughts on the conversations about diversity and ask what his…

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Big Cat Week in Europe: How a sculpture, a hashtag and selfies are helping Nat Geo save big cats around the world

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Nat Geo Wild Europe launched its sixth annual Big Cat Week in February. Each year, Nat Geo Wild sheds light on the plight of big cats around the world with a week of premieres. More than a television event, Big Cat Week is an extension of the Big Cats Initiative (BCI), a long-term commitment by the National Geographic Society to stop poaching, save habitat and sound the call that big steps are needed to save big cats around the world. This global initiative actively…

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21CF Oscars Countdown: A look back at the clothing worn by Jane Darwell, Loretta Young, Jayne Mansfield and others

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In the days leading up to the 88th Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, we’ll take a look at our rich Academy Award history by sharing from our 20th Century Fox Archives. Awards season is upon us, which means spectacular clothes! After receiving a couple requests for photography from the Academy Awards, I couldn’t help but share a few of my favorite ensembles. 1941 Academy Awards (honoring films released in 1940) PHOTO CREDIT: ©1941 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. I’m loving Jane…

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‘Eddie the Eagle’ will take you to new heights of inspiration, in theaters Feb. 26

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Michael “Eddie” Edwards won the hearts of people around the world with his memorable ski-jumping performance at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics – and he’s about to win even more starting this weekend. “Eddie the Eagle,” hitting theaters Friday, Feb. 26, will send you home flying high with inspiration. The film stars Taron Egerton as Michael Edwards, the unlikely ski jumper who persevered through countless obstacles in his quest to compete in the Olympics. Hugh Jackman also stars as Michael’s brash coach, Bronson Peary.…

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21CF Oscars Countdown: Yul Brynner with his Oscar for his role in ‘The King and I’ (1956)

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In the days leading up to the 88th Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, we’ll take a look at our rich Academy Award history by sharing from our 20th Century Fox Archives. PHOTO CREDIT: ©1956 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Yul Brynner won Best Actor for his role as King Mongkut of Siam in “The King and I” in 1956. The film also won for Best Art Direction (Color), Best Costume Design (Color), Best Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture) and Best…

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‘The X-Files’ premiere breaks worldwide ratings records with more than 50 million viewers

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The two-night premiere celebrating the return of “The X-Files” to FOX set new worldwide ratings records with more than 50 million viewers in the first three days. Here are some highlights: The premiere delivered an impressive 20.3 million Total Viewers (Live+3) in the U.S., a 25 percent increase in Total Viewers vs Live+SD (16.2 million viewers) and surpassing the original series’ most-watched season (19.8 million average in Season 5). The show’s Sunday premiere drew an average audience of 1.1 million in three days of…

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21st Century Fox wins big at 2016 Golden Globes, brings home industry-leading 8 awards

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21st Century Fox’s film and television businesses walked out of Sunday’s 2016 Golden Globes Awards show with eight total awards: “The Revenant” (20th Century Fox Film): Best Motion Picture – Drama “The Martian” (20th Century Fox Film): Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”; 20th Century Fox Film): Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”; 20th Century Fox Film): Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture –Musical or Comedy Matt Damon…

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21st Century Fox celebrates U.S. veteran mentoring program with American Corporate Partners

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21st Century Fox and News Corp co-hosted a reception on Feb. 11 to celebrate their longstanding partnership with American Corporate Partners (ACP), a nonprofit organization that helps U.S. military veterans transition into the civilian workforce by connecting them with professional mentors. The reception brought together current mentors and mentees, alumni, and executives from 21st Century Fox and News Corp, including ACP mentors Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of News Corp and 21st Century Fox; and Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp. The two companies…

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Take an exclusive look behind the scenes of ‘The X-Files’ and learn how FOX went green

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As FOX’s iconic sci-fi series “The X-Files” returned to television in January 2016, the cast and creative team worked to ensure that the show remained as timely and ambitious as ever. The new six-episode event reunited David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, and continued to enrich its mythology, introducing new characters and conspiracies at every turn. Yet, even as the series built on its own fictional history, it also built on its legacy behind the scenes, including its…

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