Jill Ratner, EVP of Litigation for Fox Group, is honored at the 2016 Multichannel Wonder Women celebration

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At today’s Multichannel Wonder Women celebration in New York, Fox Group EVP of Litigation Jill Ratner was honored as a Wonder Woman. The annual gala luncheon, co-hosted by Multichannel News and the New York chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications, honors female executives in cable television and communications. This year, 13 Wonder Women were selected by the editors of Multichannel News. In her speech at the event, Jill talked about her obsession with sports at a young age, which led to her spot on…

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John Nallen talks about TV taking ad dollars from digital, RSNs, importance of programming rights at Deutsche Bank conference

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John Nallen, Chief Financial Officer for 21st Century Fox, spoke with Deutsche Bank analyst Bryan Kraft at Deutsche Bank’s 24th Annual Media, Internet & Telecom Conference today. During the 45-minute discussion, John talked about how advertising dollars are flowing from digital to television, the strength of regional sports networks (RSNs) and the importance of having rights to shows, among other topics. On the strength of the ad market: “Reflecting more on the ad market overall – I know there’s been a lot of discussion…

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2016 Big East men’s basketball tournament kicks off March 9 on FS1, FOX Sports GO app – and in virtual reality

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FOX Sports is taking the Big East men’s basketball tournament where it’s never been before: virtual reality. The 2016 tournament, which kicks off Wednesday, March 9, at Madison Square Garden, will be aired on FS1 through the semifinals, with the final airing Saturday, March 12, on FOX. All games will be available for streaming on the FOX Sports GO app. Thanks to a partnership between FOX Sports and NextVR, the quarterfinal, semifinal and championship games of the 2016 Big East Tournament will be broadcast…

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21CF and National Geographic Channel celebrate International Women’s Day by encouraging viewers to stand #withMalala

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On Feb. 18, 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Channel launched a new social media campaign to drive support and awareness for girls’ education. The initiative extends through March 10, giving viewers the chance to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day by taking part in the campaign and contributing to the education of the more than 60 million young women who are out of school around the world. In celebration of National Geographic Channel’s global broadcast premiere of “He Named Me Malala” on Feb. 29,…

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20th Century Fox Film wins four Oscars at the 2016 Academy Awards

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20th Century Fox Film won four Oscars at the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 28. Here’s a list of their wins: Best Directing: Alejandro G. Iñárritu for “The Revenant” Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Revenant” Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki for “The Revenant” Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance for “Bridge of Spies” Congratulations to 20th Century Fox Film for their wins and nominations, and to Fox Searchlight Pictures for their nominations. Here are some photos from the event: Photo credit: PictureGroup Leonardo DiCaprio (Best…

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‘The Last Man on Earth’ returns to FOX Sunday, March 6, at 9:30/8:30c for more post-apocalyptic laughs

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Phil Miller thought he was the lone surviving human after a virus swept across the planet – but he was wrong, and now he’s living through a different kind of fallout. “The Last Man on Earth,” FOX’s post-apocalyptic comedy starring Will Forte as Phil (who now goes by his middle name, Tandy), is making its return Sunday, March 6, at 9:30/8:30c. The series, in its second season, is making its spring premiere with an episode called “Pitch Black.” It features guest stars Jason Sudeikis…

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The unexpected journey to making ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’

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This is the first of two posts by Brad Simpson, executive producer of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” which premieres Feb. 2, at 10 p.m. EST on FX. The journey to making “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” starts in a used bookstore in Vancouver roughly six years ago. I was shooting a film there when I spotted a copy of “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson” on the shelf. I bought it because I was a…

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21st Century Fox provides training and a new studio for young female broadcast journalists

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The Television Club at Bishop Kearney High School recently received a state-of-the-art renovation of its studio, thanks to 21st Century Fox. The company purchased new equipment for the school’s student-run news station, WBKS, and professionals from Fox 5 trained the students on how to operate it. The initiative comes as part of the company’s commitment to support and develop the next generation of great storytellers. The Brooklyn-based high school’s daily news broadcasts are much improved since the club started more than 20 years ago,…

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‘Rosewood’ returns to FOX tonight at 8/7c to bring you more of the crime-solving pathologist

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Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. is a perceptive private pathologist who has a gift for noticing details in bodies that others usually miss. This talent makes Rosewood, the title character for the FOX series that goes by the same name, a helpful partner for the Miami Police Department, not to mention an entertaining character to watch. “Rosewood” makes its return tonight, March 2, at 8/7c. The midseason premiere is titled “Paralytics and Priorities.” The drama, which is in its first season, stars Morris Chestnut as…

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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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