21CF sponsors LA Skins Fest, expanding opportunities for diverse screenwriters and filmmakers

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As part of the company’s ongoing efforts to champion new and diverse voices in the entertainment industry, 21st Century Fox sponsored the 10th Annual LA Skins Fest, and participated in the 7th Annual Native American Writers Pitch Fest, which took place from November 13-19 in Los Angeles.

Native American Writers Pitch Fest is part of LA Skins Fest, an annual festival showcasing the work of Native American filmmakers through screenings of original documentaries, features, shorts, and TV series. The Fest hosts industry networking events and staged script readings, as well as annual multi-week intensives in both feature film and television writing for Native American writers looking to take their craft to the next professional level, preparing them for writing careers at major Hollywood studios and production companies.

Read more on the 21CF Blog.

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FX’s “American Crime Story” donates $15,000 worth of set materials to Habitat for Humanity

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Twentieth Century Fox Television and the production crew of FX Networks’ American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace have made donations of nearly $15,000 worth of furniture, artwork, lights and more materials used on set to the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. The organization helps provide home improvement materials to families in need, and TCFTV provided an entire warehouse worth of items at entirely no cost. 21st Century Fox’s film and television productions regularly find new homes for leftover set materials in order to both reduce waste and support the communities where these projects work and film.

Read the full story on the 21CF Blog.

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National Geographic hosts ‘Evening of Exploration’ gala in London, highlighting commitment to exploration in Europe and Africa

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National Geographic recently hosted an “Evening of Exploration” at the Natural History Museum in London, the biggest event the organization has ever held in Europe. The gala was an opportunity to celebrate National Geographic’s 130 years of groundbreaking storytelling with National Geographic Explorers, National Geographic leaders, and luminaries from across Europe and Africa.

“Understanding and informing our world has been at the heart of National Geographic since our founding in 1888 when 33 of Washington, D.C.’s, top scientific and intellectual leaders — many the millennials of their time — joined forces to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” said Gary Knell, President and CEO of the National Geographic Society, in his opening remarks. He recounted National Geographic’s history of focusing on exploring, educating and inspiring, in addition to funding many explorers and advocates.

Read the full story on the 21CF Blog.

 

 

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Fox Writers Lab 2018: TV writers with diverse voices join elite fellowship program

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21CF Global Inclusion has selected eight participants in the seventh annual Fox Writers Lab, a highly selective program for emerging TV writers with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. The writers will participate in a four-month intensive on the Fox Studio Lot in Los Angeles that focuses on developing original material, honing skills, and exploring the media and entertainment business. The program creates a strong pipeline of well-rounded talent for staffing on Fox television shows and contributes to increasing the diversity of viewpoints and ideas in the film and TV industry as a whole.

Over the course of the program, the writers will take part in a rigorous intensive on writing for television. They will receive guidance on their scripts through master classes, and will receive group career coaching and individual mentorship from creative executives at FOX Broadcasting Company, Fox 21, FX, and 20th Century Fox Television. Experienced writers, showrunners, and directors will serve as guest speakers.

Read the full story on the 21CF website.

 

 

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21CF earns industry-leading 27 nominations for the 90th Academy Awards, Fox Searchlight leads all studios with 20 nominations

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21st Century Fox received an industry-leading total of 27 Oscar nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this morning. Fox Searchlight led all studios with 20 nominations, and “The Shape of Water” led all films with 13 nominations. The 90th Academy Awards will air on Sunday, March 4, 2018.

Here’s the LIST of 21CF’s 27 nominations.

 

 

 

 

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21CF makes Battle of the Sexes DVD and discussion guide available for free to educators to encourage classroom conversation on gender equality and LGBT issues

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21st Century Fox has strengthened its partnership with the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) with the release of a free Battle of the Sexes curriculum guide for the classroom. Inspired by the true story of world tennis champion and WSF founder, Billie Jean King, the curriculum offers materials for teachers to guide their students through discussions on sexism, LGBT rights, inclusion, and the landmark Title IX legislation, as well as handouts and activities to supplement key themes. Along with the curriculum’s release, 21CF is also making DVD copies of Fox Searchlight’s Battle of the Sexes available free of charge to educators in high school and college classrooms across the United States.

Read the full story on the 21CF Blog.

 

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DGA report: Twentieth Century Fox leads TV industry in hiring women and minority directors

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In its annual report on the ethnic and gender diversity of the television industry, the Directors Guild of America in November identified Twentieth Century Fox Television as the industry leader in hiring diverse voices behind the camera. The DGA Episodic TV Director Diversity Report found that women and minorities helmed 45 percent of the studio’s 553 episodes of television produced during the 2016-2017 season, including episodes of shows such as “Empire,” “The Americans,” “This Is Us” and many more.

“I have to credit the Current team who feel personally responsible for giving more opportunities to female and diverse directors,” said Carolyn Cassidy, SVP and Head of Current Programming at TCFTV, about the report. “We’re always looking for new voices behind the camera. With the help of our production department, we educate ourselves on new diverse and female directors and aim to integrate them into the pipeline at 20th. Some of our finds this season have really elevated episodes of ‘Empire,’ ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ to name a few. Giving these directors more chances to succeed with us is a real priority.”

Read the full story on the 21st Century Fox Blog.

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