The Fox Writers Intensive, a competitive career-development program for writers from diverse backgrounds, has named Cindy Fang as its 2015 Fellow. Fang is currently in discussions for a script development deal with FOX Broadcasting Company and 20th Century Fox Television.
"Authenticity is essential to successful storytelling. That process starts with hiring writers with diverse and authentic points of view, and that's exactly who we want to engage through the Fox Writers Intensive," said Nicole A. Bernard, Executive Vice President of Audience Strategy for 21st Century Fox.
Fang was selected from a group of 10 finalists, who spent the past four months on the Fox Studios Lot in Los Angeles honing their craft, attending workshops, and meeting with senior executives from across the Fox film and television businesses, including 20th Century Fox Film, FOX Broadcasting Company, and FX Networks. The finalists also worked with top writers and producers, including Virgil Williams of Criminal Minds and Ilene Chaiken of Empire.
"The FWI program has been invaluable to me as the showrunner of Empire," Chaiken said. "Fox cultivates these individuals into excellent storytellers, and I can't speak highly enough about the benefits."
All of the finalists are being promoted across the Fox creative community and submitted for potential staffing on current and future Fox entertainment productions. To date, six of the FWI finalists have been staffed on series for 2015-16, including Empire, The Frankenstein Code, Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life, Lucifer, and Rosewood.
Visit The Wrap for more information, including the full list of finalists.
At its annual National Leadership Meeting this weekend in Washington, D.C., the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced the recipients of the 21st Century Fox Give a Note Grants, which will support under-funded music programs at 16 schools across the United States.
21st Century Fox announced the program in March, partnering with NAfME and the Give a Note Foundation to commemorate the finale of the groundbreaking musical TV series Glee, which sparked renewed interest and participation in school arts programs over the course of its six-year run.
"At Fox, we are incredibly proud of our support for shows like American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Empire, and of course, Glee, which has inspired countless people to sing, dance, and get that creativity flowing," said local FOX5 anchor Lauren DeMarco, who spoke at the event on behalf of 21st Century Fox.
The company will work with the Give a Note Foundation to distribute the funds this fall, in advance of the new school year, to schools in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Houston, and Totem Falls, Washington.
"Over the course of time and educational reform and budget constraints, the school district just hasn't been able to provide the resources that it used to," said Scott Sheehan of NAfME. "These [grants] are going to have such an impact for these students and these teachers."
He Named Me Malala - Trailer (OFFICIAL)
It's here! Take a first look at He Named Me Malala a documentary about Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's life, story and personal journey as an education activist. Pledge to see the film only in theaters this October at http://bit.ly/1IlDIMgDirected by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for "Superman"), the film shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education worldwide.Posted by Malala Fund on Thursday, June 18, 2015
21st Century Fox businesses have signed on as key partners in the upcoming release of He Named Me Malala, director Davis Guggenheim's documentary on the life of international girls' education activist Malala Yousafzai. Fox Searchlight will distribute the film, opening in theaters October 2, and the National Geographic Channels will air it the following spring in 171 countries and 45 languages. A global campaign for the Malala Fund will accompany the film's release.
"This is a film that leaves you not only feeling incredibly inspired but truly wanting to make a difference," said National Geographic Channels CEO Courteney Monroe. "As leaders in bringing stories of global importance to the largest audience possible, it is more than just an honor to be part of this project, I feel it is our duty. That is why we are joining this project as true partners, from the global theatrical release through our eventual television broadcast, and dedicating our collective resources to bring Malala's important journey and advocacy for girls' education to millions of people worldwide."
The documentary follows Malala's life both before and after she was attacked on her school bus in October 2012 by Taliban gunmen objecting to her activism for the rights of women and girls. She suffered multiple gunshot wounds, only to make a miraculous recovery and return to public life as an international advocate for girls' education. In October 2014, she became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The film's launch will coincide with an international advocacy and fundraising campaign in partnership with the Malala Fund, which awards grants to nonprofits working around the world to empower adolescent girls through a quality secondary education.
He Named Me Malala is being released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, in association with Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Participant Media, with National Geographic Channel.
For more information on the film and how to get involved, visit Malala.org.
At the Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn on Tuesday, June 9, Fox Searchlight hosted an exclusive screening of its upcoming film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, as well as a Q&A with the director and cast, for students and alumni of the Ghetto Film School program in New York City. Ghetto Film School is a Bronx-based nonprofit that teachers filmmaking to young people from traditionally low-income neighborhoods.
"We pride ourselves on offering these students real-world access," said Derrick Cameron, the Artistic Director at GFS. "I have students telling me all the time that their interactions with filmmakers like this have inspired a particular scene or project."
For nearly a decade, Fox Searchlight has been a key partner in connecting the organization's students with prominent filmmakers. The studio has a long history of hosting similar screening events for GFS students. The Wrestler's Darren Aronofsky, I Origins' Mike Cahill, and Beasts of the Southern Wild's Behn Zeitlin are just a few of the directors who have participated in the past.
In keeping with this tradition, Me and Earl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, as well as cast members Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler, and Katherine C. Hughes hosted a master class-style Q&A following the screening. With no moderator, the students were allowed to interact with the creative team directly, and many took the opportunity to ask intricate questions about the production process.
"You're all filmmakers, so we can talk about this," Gomez-Rejon joked before describing the film's climactic sequence in great technical detail.
"You can design a scene and be prepared as you think you can be, but it doesn't always work," he advised the young filmmakers. "A lot of times, the movie will tell you what it wants."
For the students, the event provided an opportunity to learn directly from top practitioners of the craft. Jade Elliott, a recent graduate of GFS who attended Tuesday's screening, said the process of meeting these and other filmmakers "makes the magic of film doable."
"If anything, it motivates me more to get it done," Elliott said. "It makes my dreams and aspirations more attainable."
21st Century Fox is a proud sponsor of Ghetto Film School and in 2014 co-sponsored the launch of GFS Los Angeles. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl opens in select markets on Friday, June 12.
For the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon, colleagues at 21st Century Fox businesses in the UK came together to raise more than £100,000 for Cancer Research UK, one of the world's leading cancer research charities.
In the weeks leading up to the April 25 race, the team hosted fundraising initiatives such as quiz nights, bake sales, and even an Easter egg hunt to encourage donations to the cause. Cancer Research UK was the official charity of this year's London marathon, and the race overall raised £2.5 million for the organization.
The initiative built on the fundraising efforts of Fox Film UK, which also fielded a team in last year's race, raising more than £40,000 (US $66,000) for MediCinema, a charity that builds high-end screening rooms for patients in British hospitals. This year, 21st Century Fox expanded the call to include the rest of its UK businesses, including Fox International Channels, Twentieth Century Fox Television, and the corporate office.
21st Century Fox also supported the team with a donation of roughly £16,600 pounds ($25,000) to Cancer Research UK. The total money raised will fund the construction of the organization's new Francis Crick Institute, which will open in London later this year.
For more information and to donate to Cancer Research UK, visit 21st Century Fox's team page.