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.
The NAACP Image Awards annually celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature, and film, and this year, productions from Fox Searchlight, 20th Century Fox, Blue Sky Studios, FX, and FOX Broadcasting all received nominations.
"The NAACP Image Awards is more than just a ceremony, but an institution for artists and social justice pioneers of color," said Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO, NAACP. "As the Image Awards continues to grow and evolve, the principles of social justice remain at its core".
In the film categories, the Fox Searchlight feature Belle received 5 nominations, including Outstanding Motion Picture. Jamie Foxx and Zoe Saldana received acting nominations for Rio 2 and The Book of Life, respectively.
In the television categories, FOX comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Mindy Project, as well as dramas Gotham, Sleepy Hollow, and Red Band Society, received acting nominations, as did FX's American Horror Story: Freak Show and Twentieth Century Fox Television's Modern Family.
"The Image Awards continues the NAACP's quest to celebrate and uplift individuals who model principles of hard work, perseverance, and community empowerment. I believe this year's nominees exemplify just that," said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors.
The winners will be announced at the 46th NAACP Image Awards ceremony, airing live on Friday, February 6. For more information, including the full list of nominees, visit NAACPImageAwards.net.
After years of building relationships with top universities and their sports teams, FOX Sports saw an opportunity to become more involved in the classroom. In 2008, the company launched FOX Sports University, an academic program that gives college students hands-on experience in the sports business. The current academic year is the largest yet for the program, which now offers courses at 27 schools across the U.S.
"We had such success with the first two schools, Florida and USC, that we knew we were on to something," said Chris Hannan, Executive Vice President of Communications and Integration at FOX Sports. "We realized that this has to continue to be something that's impactful in terms of education and what we're providing with projects and the real-world experience."
By partnering with business and journalism schools, as well as sports management programs, FOX Sports University puts students in touch with FOX Sports executives to address a marketing, research, technology, or strategy challenge that the business faces. The executives outline the challenge, and by the end of the course, the students pitch their solution, be it an advertising campaign, a marketing strategy, or any number of additional projects.
"I see a real increase in students' marketing skills," Judy Foxman, Senior Lecturer of Marketing at Southern Methodist University, said of the program in a recent Forbes story. "Their confidence has grown exponentially in their communication ability and their professionalism... It's a rigorous, hands on, dress rehearsal of what you will be doing once you're out in the real world."
For more information on FOX Sports University, including details on how to bring the program to your school, visit FOXSportsUniversity.com.
In July 2013, STAR India's Channel [V] unveiled VithU, a smartphone app designed to combat violence against women. The app allows users to send alert messages when they feel they are in danger, as a means of enhancing women's safety.
The app was developed in response to the Delhi gang rape case of December 2012, which brought violence against women to the forefront of the national dialogue in India, said Prem Kamath, General Manager of Channel [V].
Kamath said the app utilizes technology to empower women. When activated, the app alerts pre-determined emergency contacts as to the danger and allows them to track users' locations via the phone's GPS.
STAR recognized the potential of this app to empower and protect, and the network endeavored to make it as available as possible. VithU is compatible with Android and iOS platforms, and STAR ran public service announcements promoting the app on all 34 of its channels, which span seven local languages. Since its launch, the app has seen 1.2 million downloads.
In 2013, STAR India's popular channel Life OK launched Mahadev Ganga Mahotsav, an awareness campaign to preserve the ailing River Ganga, also known as the Ganges. The channel hosted live events in eight cities across the country, and its media campaign reached upwards of 100 million Indians. As a result, state and central governments announced new commitments to the health of the river, which supports the more than 400 million Indians who live along its basin.
In addition to being one of the most populated river basins in the world, the River Ganga is also one of the most polluted, with sewage runoff and industrial waste contaminating the water on a daily basis. The river bears religious significance in the Hindu community, and hundreds of millions of Indians depend on its water for their daily lives. The pollution disrupts religious life, and the water scarcity puts lives in danger. Mahadev Ganga Mahotsav is an effort to combat this pollution, and restore the health of this important natural resource.
The campaign consisted of three initiatives to engage viewers: the Samvaad School Contact Program provided children with creative activities that educate them on the issues facing the river; the Mohalla & Door to Door Contact Program engaged families directly; and the Ghat Contact Program enlisted the help of students to clean the steps leading down to the river. These initiatives were implemented in approximately 200 schools across seven cities.
Life OK also organized live events detailing the problems facing Ganga, such as the panel discussion in Haridwar consisting of Shri Vijay Bahuguna, Honourable Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shrimati Amrita Rawat, Environment & Tourism Minister, Uttarakhand, and Shri BD Tripathi, environmentalist & member of National Ganga River Basin Authority. Similar events were held in eight cities across the states of Urrarkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, and West Bengal between January and May 2013. Combined with the awareness campaign on television, in print, and online, STAR estimates that they were able to reach 100 million people with the message of conservation.
As a result of the Mahadev Ganga Mahotsav campaign, state and central governments introduced new policies on restricting sewage discharge and penalizing polluting industries. The governments also granted additional enforcement authority to the Pollution Control Board. Currently, the nonprofit Parmarth Seva Samiti and the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation are constructing multiple facilities along Ganga to incinerate industrial waste rather than dump it in the river.
Learn more about Mahadev Ganga Mahotsav.
Through a partnership with New York Cares, a nonprofit organization serving the greater New York City area, 21st Century Fox hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner and movie screening for local seniors on Tuesday, November 25.
Seniors from the Wayside Tompkins Park Senior Center in Brooklyn joined volunteers from 21st Century Fox businesses, including Fox News, Fox Cable, and the corporate office, for Thanksgiving dinner and a screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel. The group also received complimentary holiday gifts from 21st Century Fox.
21st Century Fox is a longtime partner of New York Cares, hosting several volunteering initiatives for employees each year, including park clean-up days and winter coat drives. For more information, visit NewYorkCares.com.