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21st Century Fox businesses took home a collective 11 trophies from the 48th NAACP Image Awards on February 11, scoring wins for acting and directing on film and television projects such as Empire, Atlanta, The People v. O.J. Simpson, This Is Us, and Hidden Figures. The ceremony, which celebrates the accomplishments of people of color across the media landscape, was broadcast live on TV One and was hosted by Anthony Anderson.

A complete list of 21CF businesses wins is as follows:

  • Outstanding Motion Picture – Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox)
  • Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture – Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures
  • Outstanding Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
  • Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series – John Singleton, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  • Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special – Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  • Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series – Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (20th Century Fox Television)
  • Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series – Taraji P. Henson, Empire (FOX)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Jussie Smollett, Empire
  • Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series – Donald Glover, Atlanta (FX)
  • Outstanding Song (Traditional) – Kim Burrell and Pharrell Williams, “I See a Victory,” Hidden Figures soundtrack
  • Outstanding Literary Work (Nonfiction) – Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures

“There are roles you accept that scare you. And this one did because I failed math,” Henson said during her acceptance speech for her role as Katherine G. Johnson in Hidden Figures. “I made it my mission to do this film. This film was very important. It was bigger than me.”

Both Hidden Figures and The People v. O.J. Simpson were the focus of recent social impact campaigns. Hidden Figures has become a rallying cry for diversity in STEM, screening at the White House in December and serving as the basis for the Search for Hidden Figures scholarship contest last fall. 21CF also partnered with the LA Promise Fund to screen the film for nearly 10,000 young women in LA middle and high schools. Last year, the company took The People v. O.J. Simpson on a screening tour of HBCU campuses around the country.

21CF received 34 total nominations, including nods for FOX’s Lethal Weapon and Pitch, National Geographic’s StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, 20th Century Fox Television’s Fresh Off the Boat and The Carmichael Show, and Fox Searchlight’s The Birth of a Nation.

"The Image Awards is the premier showcase for art and advocacy reflecting the depth and diversity of the African-American experience," said Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO, NAACP. "It is an American prism through which we see a breadth of culture and color reflected in film, television, music, and literature in ways that reveal our shared humanity. At a moment when America is so divided, the Image Awards represents an hour that brings us together.”

Learn more about this year’s NAACP Awards, and view the full list of winners.


Katie Couric, Gender Revolution

In support of the television premiere of Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, National Geographic and Picture Motion are partnering to launch a free screening series across the U.S. The Gender Revolution Tour invites all universities, high schools, and nonprofits to request a free DVD of the film, along with a comprehensive discussion guide full of resources, to continue the conversation on understanding gender and identity in 2017.

“From the very start, it was my hope that as many people as possible would be given the opportunity to see this film,” said Couric. “I am thrilled that along with National Geographic and Picture Motion, we are going to be able to share Gender Revolution and our accompanying discussion guide with groups all over the country.”

The documentary follows Couric as she travels coast to coast meeting people at the forefront of what National Geographic is calling the “gender revolution.” Through dozens of interviews, Couric covers a range of topics, from intersex biology to gender pronouns to societal conflict surrounding the issues. The tour aims to expand on these conversations taking place around the world by providing nuanced, well-researched information on the evolution of gender identity.

“National Geographic is about exploration and discovery. Through the Gender Revolution Tour, we want to encourage constructive conversations that will allow people to connect with each other over material that is science based, investigative and in some cases, deeply personal,” said Chris Albert, executive vice president, global communications for National Geographic. “We believe this is a timely and groundbreaking documentary, and are thrilled to make it available for free to any organization interested in expanding its knowledge on the gender discussion.”

The two-hour special premieres on National Geographic on Monday, February 6 at 9pm Eastern. Produced by Katie Couric Media with National Geographic Studios and World of Wonder Productions, Gender Revolution will also air on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages. 

Watch the trailer now and click here to request a free screening today.


Gavin Grimm talks to Couric about his story and having his case heard by the Supreme Court

The two-hour National Geographic special, Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, celebrated its world premiere at the New York Times Center on Thursday, February 2. The documentary accompanies National Geographic’s January issue, which dives into the world’s rapidly changing beliefs about gender in 2017.

Gender Revolution approaches the conversation of gender through lenses of social relations, brain chemistry, cultural norms and personal experience. Couric’s interest in gender identity arose three years ago, when her daughter came home from college and mentioned that new classes began with each student sharing their name and preferred gender pronoun. “I thought there was so much important information behind the headlines, the tweets, the articles—and I wanted to take a step back to see if it all indicated a shift in our thinking and really roll up my sleeves to connect the dots,” said Couric at Thursday’s premiere.

Gavin Grimm is a high school senior and transgender male whose story is one of the many featured in the film. Two years ago, Gavin’s school ruled that he wouldn’t be allowed to use the boys’ bathroom despite identifying as a boy—the case made its way up to national debate and will now be heard by the Supreme Court in the spring. “I’m excited for the humanization that this documentary will bring to the trans community, because for a lot of people, it’s still just an abstract concept…There’s not a lot of representation of trans people in television or other forms of media…so I’m hoping it will bring a clear look at who trans people are,” says Gavin.

The film premiere was followed by a panel of notable experts, doctors, and activists, including Hari Nef, the first openly transgender woman to sign a global modeling contract, and Georgiann Davis, professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, both of whom were featured in the documentary. The panel was moderated by Susan Goldberg, editor-in-chief of National Geographic.

Gender Revolution is produced by Katie Couric Media with National Geographic Studios, premieres on National Geographic television on Monday, February 6 at 9pm Eastern, and will air around the world in 171 countries and 45 languages. In partnership with Picture Motion, National Geographic will also be hosting free screenings of Gender Revolution at high schools, colleges, and nonprofits around the country.

Watch the trailer now:  


Fox Sports Supports PSA photoshoot with National Association on Mental Illness nominated for Cynopsis Social Good Award

FOX Sports, National Geographic and the Fox Business Network have garnered a total of ten nominations for the third annual Cynopsis Social Good Awards, a ceremony celebrating the media industry’s leading social responsibility initiatives. The nominations represent the breadth of social issues on which 21st Century Fox businesses engage their audiences, from National Geographic’s on-air campaigns to preserve America’s National Parks to FOX Sports Supports’ efforts to help military veterans transition to civilian life. The winners will be announced at a breakfast in New York City on March 2.

The nominations for 21CF businesses include the following:

  • Awareness Campaign/Initiative – Environmental/Weather: National Geographic Channel for Before the Flood
  • Awareness Campaign/Initiative – Environmental/Weather: National Geographic Channel for National Geographic
  • Best Overall Marketing: National Geographic & American Express for “Partners in Preservation: National Parks”
  • Best Spot (Over 30 Seconds): FOX Sports for “Rebuild” MVP & FOX Sports Supports
  • Environmental Campaign or Initiative: National Geographic for Before the Flood
  • Environmental Campaign or Initiative: National Geographic & Subaru of America for “Find Your Park, Love Your Park”
  • Nonprofit/Corporate Partnership: National Geographic & DAVIDOFF Cool Water for “Love the Ocean”
  • Public Service Announcement: FOX Sports for “Stigma Free” from FOX Sports Supports and the National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Best Episode with a Social Good Theme: The Centsables (Fox Business Network) for “The Centsinnati 500”
  • Social Good Shining Stars: FOX Sports Supports

FOX Sports Supports won the “Social Good Shining Sports Star” category at last year’s ceremony, the top honor for overall charitable sports program. The initiative has contributed millions of dollars to more than 40 charities through on-air engagement such as PSAs, in-game reads and on-screen graphics across FOX’s sports properties. Its current partnerships with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and more were chosen by a vote of FOX Sports employees in December 2015.

“The partnership with FOX Sports is of tremendous value in the Stigma Free movement and amplifies NAMI’s efforts at helping build better lives and promote a thriving American community,” said Katrina Gay, NAMI’s National Director of Communications and Public Affairs.

The National Geographic campaigns nominated each utilize the breadth of the organization’s resources to reach diverse audiences. The “Find Your Park, Love Your Park” campaign from National Geographic and Subaru of America, for example, is geared toward teaching fourth graders across the United States about the importance of U.S. national parks by driving viewers toward a host of educational resources available at National Geographic’s website. In addition, “Partners in Preservation: National Parks” awarded $2 million in grants in 2016 to historic sites in need of preservation within national parks, as decided by popular vote on the campaign website.

“We love to give our readers an opportunity to engage with their passion for parks and ‘Partners in Preservation: National Parks’ is an ideal way to activate our very engaged community and empower them to participate,” said Susan Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic.

Learn more about the Cynopsis Social Good awards, and view the full list of this year’s nominees.


Pitch, FOX

On February 1, 21st Century Fox joins partner Women’s Sports Foundation and supporters around the United States in celebrating the 31st annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day.

Founded in 1974 by tennis icon Billie Jean King, the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) works directly with local schools and leagues to help girls pursue their athletic passions. WSF has developed a comprehensive sports education curriculum, trains coaches and teachers, and helps rising female athletes with the costs of competition fees and travel. In 1987, WSF joined a coalition of organizations to celebrate the first National Girls & Women in Sports Day, and has been active in advocating for the progress of Title IX while expanding athletic opportunities for girls and women everywhere.

FOX Sports, a division of 21st Century Fox, has supported the Women's Sports Foundation since 2014, partnering with other sports networks to contribute a collective $2 million to the foundation's work. In September 2016, 21CF announced a new initiative to support the foundation’s ‘Sports 4 life’ program in honor of FOX’s new series, Pitch, which chronicles a fictional story of the first female major league baseball player. The partnership between 21CF and Sports 4 Life will help local communities break down barriers and encourage participation of African-American and Hispanic girls in youth sports programs.

FOX Sports also supports several initiatives throughout 2017, including Girls on the Run, a nonprofit committed to teaching young girls life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons that creatively integrate running.

YUWA Girls Football Team

STAR Sports, a 21st Century Fox division based in India, is also committed to expanding access to sports, and in 2014, organized a campaign to raise money for the YUWA young women’s soccer team. YUWA is a nonprofit working against female illiteracy, child marriage, and trafficking in the poorest parts of India—through education and extracurricular activities, the organization offers many girls and young women an alternative future of skills and empowerment. STAR Sports’ campaign for YUWA resulted in enough funds to cover the team’s entry fee and travel for the USA Cup, a goal these young women had been dreaming of ever since they got in the game.

Women's Sports Foundation from 21CF Impact on Vimeo.