This week, the Environmental Media Association announced the nominees for its 24th annual Environmental Media Awards, and multiple Fox productions appeared on the list.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey received a nomination in the Reality Television category for its episode on climate change. FOX's New Girl and 20th Century Fox Television's Modern Family will compete in the Television Comedy category, and Rio 2 received a nomination in the Feature Length Film category.
"It's exciting and inspiring to see the evolution of how media has expanded and that our creative voices are more powerful than ever," said EMA president Debbie Levin. "With so much content available, the ability to motivate globally through our medium is immediate and our most valuable tool."
The EMA Awards honor film and television that convey environmental messages in creative ways, and this year's ceremony will take place on October 18th at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.
Several Fox productions have won EMAs in the past, including The X-Files, Bones, Ice Age: The Meltdown, and The Simpsons.
For more information on the EMAs and for the full list of nominees, visit EMA-Online.org, and for a clip of Cosmos' climate change episode, click the video below.
At the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, August 16, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, FOX's reboot of Carl Sagan's classic documentary series, received a total of four trophies for excellence in television. It had originally received twelve nominations.
"I knew that I was working with extraordinary people, but the idea that the Academy thinks so too, it's just fantastic," series writer and co-creator Ann Druyan told Variety. "It's a huge affirmation."
Druyan (left with composer Alan Silvestri), along with her collaborator Steven Soter, collected the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming. Cosmos also received awards for Outstanding Music Composition, Outstanding Main Title Theme Music, and Outstanding Sound Editing.
The series, which features host Neil deGrasse Tyson guiding viewers through some of the most complex mysteries of science, has been warmly embraced by the scientific community for its efforts to bring science education to primetime television. "I'm not sure a stronger defense of science and the scientific method has ever appeared on network TV," wrote Joe Romm of Think Progress.
FOX and the National Geographic Channel recognized the educational potential of this series early on. The networks organized the largest international launch in television history across 181 countries and 44 languages in hopes of inspiring audiences everywhere about the value of science. The strategy resulted in Nat Geo's largest global audience in the history of the channel.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.
As part of its annual Philanthropy Issue, The Hollywood Reporter featured 21st Century Fox's partnership with the Ghetto Film School as one of several initiatives that are "shaking up the ways Hollywood thinks about giving back." For the past 14 years, the Ghetto Film School has operated as a New York-based nonprofit that teaches filmmaking to young people from traditionally low-income neighborhoods. Due to support from 21st Century Fox, the organization is expanding for the first time by opening a new Ghetto Film School in Los Angeles.
"It's about creating a center of gravity for students hoping to break into the industry," 21st Century Fox Co-COO James Murdoch told The Hollywood Reporter. "There's lots of employment in this business. What I'm excited about is getting the entertainment community here engaged, so we have directors or grips or executives... mentoring these kids. It's about giving them a sense of self and ambition of what they can accomplish."
Based in MacArthur Park and operated in partnership with the nonprofit Heart of Los Angeles, GFS LA is a 30-month college-level program that teaches students the craft and technique of storytelling and production. It offers classes after school and on weekends at no cost to the students.
"These kids have stories and ideas that could be movies or TV shows," said director David O. Russell, who has been involved with the organization for 12 years and serves on its Board of Directors. "It always tickles me whenever I interact with them. I think the ideas that will come out of this can be used by producers and studios someday."
The first group of students at GFS LA started classes on June 16, and they will debut their first film projects this September at an event at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Read more about the Ghetto Film School at HollywoodReporter.com.
Photo by Christopher Patey for The Hollywood Reporter.
20th Century Fox and Rio 2 recently teamed up with Conservation International to produce a video highlighting the unique challenges facing the Spix's Macaw population and other native species in the Amazon rainforest. Watch the video above to find out more.
At a panel discussion on the Fox Studios Lot in Los Angeles last week, Fox talent and executives came together with senior leadership from GLAAD for a candid conversation about the representations of the LGBT community in the media. The panel was organized by GLAAD and FOX Audience Strategy, a cross-divisional group promoting diverse voices throughout 21st Century Fox entertainment businesses.
Hernan Lopez, FOX International Channels President and a GLAAD Board Member, spoke briefly before introducing GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. Ellis spoke about the great strides in LGBT representation on television that FOX has made in recent years. In fact, in the Network Responsibility Index that GLAAD released last year, FOX out-performed all other broadcast networks, with 42% of its primetime programming being LGBT-inclusive.
Ellis also participated in the panel discussion that included Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett from the upcoming FOX series Empire, executive producer Margaret Nagle and actor/GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz from the upcoming Red Band Society, Glee and American Horror Story producer Dante Di Lorento, and advocate and former NFL player Wade Davis from the You Can Play Project, one of GLAAD's partner organizations. The panel was moderated by FOX COO Joe Earley.
The talk was the latest installment of FOX Audience Strategy's "Images: The Power to Inform, Influence, and Inspire" speaker series, designed to explore and highlight cultural trends, current events, and the people who are shifting perceptions and spurring creative innovation. The mandate to discuss images' power to influence was not lost on the panel, the members of which spoke at length about the importance of empowering younger members of the LGBT community.
"Kids can now turn on their TV and be like, 'Wow, I can be that,'" Davis said. "You can never become what you don't see."
For more information on the event, visit FOX Audience Strategy's official website.