In 2009, the Emmy Award-winning drama series 24 became the first ever television production to go completely carbon neutral. The production team pioneered a set of innovative sustainability measures that have since become common practice in the industry, prompting a featured story in The New York Times. Dana Walden, Co-Chairman/CEO of the Fox Television Group, told the Times that she hoped the result would be "a more gratifying viewing experience, even if it is at a more subconscious level." This year, the show returned as the 24: Live Another Day event series, and the team at Twentieth Century Fox Television seized the opportunity to continue the groundbreaking green production work they had begun five years before.
However, the new season of 24 presented a new set of sustainability challenges. While past seasons had been filmed in Los Angeles, the series would now be shot on location in London at a vacant Gillette razor factory built in 1937, preventing the team from taking advantage of the green production programs already in place on the Fox Studios Lot. Yet, this change allowed them to expand the scope of the project beyond carbon emissions tracking to include waste management, responsible set design, and sustainable food purchasing.
Each department was able to integrate sustainability into its daily operations. Sets were constructed using 100% FSC-certified lumber and were either recycled or sold to other productions after filming wrapped. In addition, the team was able to divert 98% of the production's waste from landfill by replacing plastic water bottles with refillable bottles, donating all leftover food and drinks to local charities, and recycling or donating leftover props and costumes. Efforts to minimize air travel and replace generators with grid power tie-ins also helped decrease the production's carbon footprint.
24: Live Another Day will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray in the US on Tuesday, September 30. For a preview of a behind the scenes look at Green Production, which will be included on the DVD and Blu-Ray, watch the video above. Click here to read the full case study on 24's green production.
This week, the LGBT advocacy organization GLAAD announced the nominees for the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which honor media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. Three Fox series were among the nominees.
FOX Broadcasting's comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Glee, along with Twentieth Century Fox Television's Modern Family, received nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series. All three series were nominated last year, and Glee and Modern Family have each won twice before.
"This year's nominees... reflect the widening diversity of LGBT images and storylines that are closing the gap to full acceptance," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.
The 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held on March 21 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and in New York on May 9 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. For more information on GLAAD and a full list of nominees, visit GLAAD.org.
For 40 years, the organization Humanitas has awarded its Humanitas Prize to film and television writers whose works demonstrate effective social messaging and powerful insights into human life. The winners of the 2014 Humanitas Prize were announced at a luncheon in Los Angeles on Friday, and three of the ten projects honored were Fox productions.
In the Feature Film category, John Ridley won for the screenplay to Fox Searchlight's 12 Years a Slave, also the winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture. "This is very special to me, that an incredible community of writers would recognize my work and the work of Solomon Northup," Ridley said at the ceremony. "When people look at storytelling as a means to convey emotion, touch people, and try and change the world, that's kind of awesome."
Fox was also a winner in the television categories. Writers Alex Gansa and Meredith Stiehm won for "The Star" episode of Homeland, produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, and Elaine Ko won for the "Under Pressure" episode of Modern Family, produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.
"We are so proud and honored to add this year's Humanitas Prize winners to the long list of writers whose work has both entertained and inspired us for the past four decades," said Humanitas executive director Cathleen Young. "It is a formidable group."
Over the course of the evening, Humanitas awarded more than $100,000 across 10 categories of writers whose works "entertain, engage, and enrich the viewing public." Six of the twenty film and television productions nominated in the content categories were produced and/or distributed by Fox, and previous Fox winners include Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ryan Murphy for Glee, David Shore for House, and Steve Levitan for Modern Family.
Father Ellwood Keiser founded the prize in 1974 as a means of recognizing the powerful effect that film and television can have on audiences. "By bringing into our living rooms human beings who are very different from ourselves in culture, race, lifestyle, political loyalties, and religious beliefs, we can dissolve the walls of ignorance and fear that separate us form one another," he said.
For a recap of the event, including the complete list of winners, visit the New York Observer.
For the fifth year in a row, more than 100 Fox employees competed in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox, an annual event that raises money for the pediatric cancer research center Children's Hospital Los Angeles. This was the first year that the Fox team won the Entertainment Industry Challenge, beating out triathlon teams from other media companies and raising nearly $124,000 for Children's Hospital LA.
More than 5,000 athletes from around the world competed at the triathlon, held in Malibu, California, on September 13 and 14. Individual athletes, corporate teams, and celebrities all turned out to support the cause, among them Max Greenfield of FOX's New Girl, who participated for the third consecutive year. Combined, the event raised more than $1.3 million to fund pediatric cancer research at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
For more information, including photos, race results, and details on how to purchase a 30-minute television special aired on FOX Sports, visit NauticaMalibuTri.com.
Satyamev Jayate ("Truth Alone Prevails"), STAR India's groundbreaking social awareness series hosted by Bollywood star Aamir Khan, was recognized this week by exchange4media for its excellence in cause marketing. SMJ's "Vote For Change" campaign, which accompanied the show's second season, received a "Gold" ranking in the Cause-Related Marketing category at exchange4media's 2014 Indian Marketing Awards ceremony on Friday, December 12.
"The Indian Marketing Awards is our biggest and most prestigious competition," said Anurag Batra, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of exchange4media Group. "The awards have been presented to organizations, individuals and teams who have achieved extraordinary success from innovative and effective marketing practices."
The Vote for Change campaign was the hallmark of Satyamev Jayate's second season, which aired in March 2014, just before the prime ministerial election. Each episode featured a "Vote for Change' poll that asked viewers to "vote" yes or no to a question, such as "Do you pledge that you will not sell your vote or case your vote for any criminal politician?" The campaign sought to galvanize participation in the election and urged viewers to vote with integrity.
As part of its mission to promote diversity in the broadcast journalism industry, the Fox News Ailes Apprentice Program has named Alexander Pineda, a senior journalism student at Hofstra University, and Clayshawn Marie Moore, a senior journalism student at Saint Augustine University, as the recipients of the 2014-15 Ailes Rising Apprentice Scholarship.
"The Ailes Rising Apprentice award means so much because it's a part of a great program that has a history of inspiring success," said Pineda. "I have an amazing opportunity to build relationships and really start my career off on the right foot."
The scholarship grants $10,000 in tuition remission, plus a paid position at the Fox News Channel in the summer and an opportunity to participate in the Ailes Apprentice Program, which celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year.
"My parents always told me that hard work pays off," Moore said. "The excitement that I have right now surpasses what any words can truly describe... I hope that this great achievement inspires others to set high goals."
For more information on the Ailes Apprentice Program, visit AilesApprentice.FoxNews.com.