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.
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.
On Thanksgiving Day, November 27th, FOX Broadcasting will present Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular, a two-hour special from executive producer Michael Levitt and two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank. The special will raise awareness for dog shelters and rescue groups around the U.S. and will feature appearances from top Hollywood talent. Viewers will also receive information regarding adoptable animals in their local communities. Swank and Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch are set to co-host.
FOX's Cause for Paws will include awards and celebrity presentations showcasing a variety of canine categories, including Cutest Puppy, Best Celebrity/Dog Lookalike, Funniest Dog, Most Talented Dog, Best Talking Dog and Best Viral Dog Video. Celebrities also will introduce the audience to rescue dogs, giving viewers the opportunity to foster or adopt a new pet. Kristin Chenoweth, Whitney Cummings, Max Greenfield, Kathy Griffin, Julianne Hough, Randy Jackson, Cesar Millan, Jerry O'Connell, Kelly Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, P!nk, Amber Riley, Rebecca Romijn, Emmy Rossum, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Paula Abdul, Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Fergie, Carrie Ann Inaba, Scarlett Johansson, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, LeAnn Rimes, and Betty White are all scheduled to appear.
"Every year more than four million animals are euthanized because of overcrowding in shelters," said Swank. "We are so fortunate to have an animal advocate in the FOX network that not only sees the need for more awareness surrounding this issue, but is willing to set aside a two-hour block for this important cause. This partnership will change the path of a soul for thousands of animals looking for their forever home."
PEDIGREE Food for Dogs will be presenting the "Shelter Hero of the Year" award to honor an individual who has dedicated his/her life to caring for rescue dogs. In addition, viewers will have the opportunity to make donations to the Petfinder Foundation, an independent nonprofit that supports animal shelters nationwide. Since 2003, the organization has given more than $20 million to shelters and rescue groups in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
Each year, the HUMANITAS Prize is awarded to film and television writers whose projects explore the human experience in a way that both entertains and enlightens, and this year, eight Fox writers are among the thirty-one finalists across eight categories. Of the twenty film and television productions nominated in the content categories, six were produced and/or distributed by Fox. The winners will be announced at a luncheon on January 16 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, an event that also marks the 40th anniversary of the HUMANITAS Prize.
The Fox writers nominated this year include John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave, Misan Sagay for Belle, Elaine Ko for Modern Family, Alex Gansa & Meredith Stiehm for Homeland, Carter Bays & Craig Thomas for How I Met Your Mother, and Veena Sud for The Killing. 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.
"Every year, I am amazed by the talent of the HUMANITAS finalists," said Executive Director Cathleen Young. "They make me laugh and cry. They show me my world and help me understand my place in it. They explore the kinds of demons most of us have felt as well as the comforts and joys that make life worth living. They show me what is possible and they do it with words. Always with words. Words that move us all forward into a more fully examined life."
Twentieth Century Fox Television is also a key partner in HUMANITAS's New Voices program, the purpose of which is to discover and empower the careers of talented emerging writers who have a fresh voice and a unique worldview. Each year, TCFTV and other studios grant four $25,000 grants to these emerging writers, who then write a pilot script under the supervision of a HUMANITAS trustee/Showrunner.
Since 1974, the Humanitas Prize has awarded over $3 million to more than 320 film and television writers. Consult the press release for more information on the Humanitas Prize, including the full list of this year's finalists.
Fox Audience Strategy, which promotes diverse voices across 21st Century Fox's entertainment businesses, served as the presenting sponsor of the 5th annual WISE Los Angeles Women of Inspiration Awards on Thursday, November 20. Women in Sports and Events (WISE) is a leading professional resource for women in the sports business.
Fox Audience Strategy's relationship with WISE Los Angeles began last year, when the two organizations partnered to help provide opportunities to women in sports production and broadcasting, traditionally male-dominated fields. The Women of Inspiration Awards are an important method of recognizing women's leadership in the sports industry, and the event is a key component of Fox Audience Strategy's partnership with WISE Los Angeles.
"On behalf of the 21st Century Fox entertainment businesses, FOX Audience Strategy is thrilled to continue its partnership with WISE Los Angeles," said Nicole Bernard, Executive Vice President, FOX Audience Strategy. "The mission of WISE aligns with FOX Audience Strategy's objectives to enhance a diversified workforce and support women's career growth in our sports and entertainment industries. We look forward to another wonderful evening honoring women making a difference in the sports world."
This year, WISE Los Angeles will honor Kristin Bachochin Klein, SVP, AEG Sports & Executive Director, Amgen Tour of California; Ronit Larone, Senior Coordinating Producer, Studio Production, NFL Network; and Janet Marie Smith, SVP, Planning & Development, Los Angeles Dodgers. Lindsay Amstutz, Vice President of Marketing for FOX Sports, was honored at last year's ceremony.
"Our annual gala is not only a chance for us to honor these industry leaders who have excelled at fulfilling their professional goals and influencing others in the industry," said Shelley Taniguchi, WISE Los Angeles President. "But also to bring together professionals that share the goals and mission of WISE of enhancing the success and growth of women in the sports and events industry."
For more information on the Women of Inspiration Awards, including bios on this year's honorees, visit WISELosAngeles.com.
The Ghetto Film School is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and inspiring the next generation of storytellers, and 21st Century Fox played a key role in launching the GFS in Los Angeles earlier this year. GFS LA recently released this promo video providing an overview of the school and its many exciting projects.