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21CF supports education for Syrian refugee children with $125,000 donation to Malala Fund

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21st Century Fox has announced a contribution of more than $125,000 to Malala Fund, an organization advocating for secondary girls' education around the world. The gift consists of funds raised through a company-wide employee matching program, as well as a social media campaign led by 21CF and the National Geographic Channel, and will help provide education for Syrian refugee children. The donation is the culmination of the company's year-long global campaign to support "He Named Me Malala," Fox Searchlight and National Geographic Channel's documentary about 18-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai, and raise awareness of the more than 60 million young women who are out of school around the globe.

"Malala's incredible journey is both heartbreaking and inspiring," said Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley, co-presidents of Fox Searchlight. "Her bravery in the face of adversity brought us to tears. The chance to bring her story to a global audience [is] an honor for all of us here at Searchlight."

21CF launched the employee matching program shortly after the theatrical release of "He Named Me Malala" in October 2015, and by the end of the year, the initiative generated nearly $70,000. In February, ahead of National Geographic Channel's global commercial-free broadcast premiere of the film, 21CF and Nat Geo hosted a social media campaign to raise additional funds. 21CF donated $1 for every tweet with the hashtag #withMalala and every Facebook user who changed his/her profile picture to a special campaign video.

"This incredible and critically acclaimed film left movie audiences applauding this young woman's journey and left them wanting to make a difference," said Courteney Monroe, CEO, National Geographic Global Networks. "We are extremely proud and honored to have dedicated National Geographic's collective resources to bring awareness of Malala's advocacy for girls' education to our global audience."

Malala Fund will use these gifts to support the educational needs of Syrian refugee girls currently living in Lebanon and Jordan. According to a report from the UN High Commission on Refugees, more than 1.1 million Syrian children are refugees, and over 75% of them are under the age of 12. More than half of all school-age Syrian children in Jordan and Lebanon are not in school. Those who are face overcrowding, inadequate funding, and discrimination. Malala Fund is working to provide quality education for these children.

"This is a heartbreaking tragedy--the world's worst refugee crisis in decades," Malala said when she opened the Malala Yousafzai All-Girls School in Lebanon in July 2015. "[The girls'] courage and dedication to continue their schooling in difficult conditions inspires people around the world, and it is our duty to stand by them."

Learn more about Malala Fund, and view National Geographic photographer Karen Kasmauski's photos documenting girls in refugee camps supported by the Malala Fund in Jordan, Lebanon, and Kenya. "He Named Me Malala" is now available on DVD and Digital Download.

Corporate, Fox Filmed Entertainment, Knowledge & Exploration, National Geographic Channel

National Geographic's Ford Cochran leads 21CF on an Earth Day tour of America's National Parks

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As part of 21st Century Fox's Earth Day celebrations, Fox colleagues in LA were treated to a special presentation by Ford Cochran, renowned geologist, journalist, educator and director of programming at National Geographic Expeditions. Cochran, who has dedicated his career to the exploration and protection of parks, took attendees on a visual journey through some of the United States' most iconic national parks, accompanied by the stunning photography for which National Geographic is known. National Geographic is currently running its Power of Parks campaign, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

"In this park service centennial year we owe it to ourselves to discover or rediscover these natural wonders," said Cochran. "The parks are sanctuaries for wildlife but they are also sanctuaries for the human spirit. They are exciting, inspiring and beautiful. They connect to the natural world and remind us of our place in it."

The centerpiece of Cochran's presentation was a striking photo expedition through America's National Parks, from the Florida Everglades to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Drawing on his years of experience working with Nat Geo field teams in parks and marine sanctuaries, Cochran also detailed the extensive conservation efforts currently active at many of the parks, including how employees themselves could get involved.

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"The national parks have been called America's best idea, and throughout our history National Geographic has celebrated the parks and supported their creation and expansion," said Cochran. "More than a century ago Gilbert H. Grosvenor, the first full time editor of National Geographic Magazine, joined a camping trip hosted by Stephen Mather, who would become the first director of the U.S. National Park Service. Grosvenor devoted the entire April 1916 National Geographic magazine issue to a celebration of the parks and here we are today devoting an entire issue to Yellowstone, the world's first national park and demonstrating that National Geographic's commitment to the national parks has never lapsed."

National Geographic magazine is devoting its May issue to Yellowstone, including an in-depth look at the founding of the park, highlights from the park's wildlife conservation efforts, and how tourism is affecting the park's ecosystems. In addition to a feature series in the magazine and a dedicated issue of the National Geographic Kids magazine, the organization's yearlong Power of Parks campaign includes parks programming on the National Geographic Channels, an Explore the Power of Parks web portal featuring the latest news, photos, travel guides, maps, and educational resources, and National Geographic Expeditions to national parks.

National Geographic has also published several new books on national parks this year, including an updated edition of the best-selling National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States and the accompanying National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide USA, which Cochran gave out to employees during his presentation.

Find out what you can do to help National Geographic protect our National Parks, and start planning your next park adventure with the help of Nat Geo's Parks Travel Guide.

National Geographic Partners is a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox.

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Event photos by Geoff Mau

Knowledge & Exploration, National Geographic Channel, Sustainability

In special Earth Day promo, Fox offers "Independence Day" for only $.99 to benefit Earth Day Network's conservation efforts

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In honor of Earth Day, and to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Fox's "Independence Day," Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has partnered with Earth Day Network and Google Play to offer fans a Digital HD download of the sci-fi classic for only $.99 between Friday, April 22, and Monday, April 25. Fox's proceeds will benefit Earth Day Network's Trees for the Earth initiative, which aims to plant 7.8 billion trees over the next five years. "Independence Day: Resurgence," the sequel to "Independence Day," will arrive in theaters June 24.

The partnership is the latest chapter in a longstanding relationship between Fox Home Entertainment and Earth Day Network, dating back to their 2010 collaboration on the Avatar Home Tree Initiative, which succeeded in its goal to plant 1 million trees across six continents within a year. This new wave of support from Fox Home Entertainment's sale of "Independence Day" on Google Play will allow Earth Day Network to continue its work around the world to protect the planet. The Trees for the Earth initiative will work with local tree-planting partners to ensure that the most impoverished communities receive new trees that will help them better feed their families and grow their local economy.

In addition, actor Jeff Goldblum, who stars in both the original "Independence Day" and the upcoming sequel, recorded a special Earth Day PSA in character as Earth Space Defense Director David Levinson, giving viewers practical tips on make their homes more environmentally friendly. View the PSA below.

Purchase "Independence Day" for $.99 at the Google Play store, and learn more about Earth Day Network's Trees for the Earth initiative.

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Fox Home Entertainment, Sustainability

21CF businesses celebrate Earth Day with photo contests, Nat Geo features, days of service, and more

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Since the launch of its corporate sustainability program in 2007, 21st Century Fox has consistently made Earth Day a focal point of its yearly calendar, regularly extending its celebration into a full month of activities engaging colleagues around the world. From the FOX network's annual "Green It. Mean It." PSA campaign, now in its ninth year, to a long tradition of spring volunteer events, 21CF's global colleagues embrace Earth Day as a time to take action in their own lives to better the environment, as well as inspire others to care about the planet. Here are some of the ways we're doing so this year.

Sharing our love of nature with the "Explore Your World" photo contest
21CF's third-annual Earth Month photo competition is encouraging global employees to combine photography skills and their love of the outdoors by sharing their best nature photos on social media using the hashtag #21CFExplore. This year is the most successful for the contest to date, with thousands of entries pouring in from all corners of the business, featuring employees and their families riding backs, hiking, rock climbing, planting gardens, visiting local and national parks, and more. Check out some of the photos we've received below:

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Encouraging our viewers to live greener
Throughout the month of April, FOX Broadcasting Company is continuing its commitment to "Green It. Mean It.," an initiative designed to raise both viewer and employee awareness of environmental issues. The on-air campaign includes tips from FOX talent about how viewers can live greener both at home and at work. Stars from Empire, Scream Queens, Last Man on Earth, Rosewood, Gotham, and more appear.

Volunteering in our communities
On Saturday, April 16, 21CF colleagues on both the East and West coasts spent the day giving back to the communities where they live and work. In Los Angeles, the FoxGives group organized a trip to Grand View Elementary School in Culver City, where nearly 100 Fox employees painted an environmentally-themed mural, planted a garden, and built planters, benches, and bird houses. The event was hosted in conjunction with LA Works, a nonprofit that creates hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

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On the East Coast, 21CF employees spent April 16 as part of the annual New York Cares Day, a city-wide volunteering initiative to clean up New York's parks and community spaces. Colleagues from the corporate office, Blue Sky Studios, Fox News Channel, FOX Sports, and Fox TV Stations spent the day painting, pulling weeds, and sprucing up the athletic spaces at East River Park. 21st Century Fox has supported New York Cares since 1999.

Reaching global audiences with National Geographic
National Geographic is spending Earth Day inspiring and empowering people around the world to make changes in their daily lives in support of a more sustainable planet. On television, Nat Geo WILD is dedicating its entire primetime block on Friday, April 22, to celebrating those working to protect our wildlife populations, featuring the premiere of "Mission Critical: Orangutan on the Edge." Online, in addition to special features and photo galleries, the company's Instagram brands will select their followers' best nature photos with the hashtag #NatGeoEarthDay and publish them on NationalGeographic.com.

Learn more about sustainability at 21CF, and check back soon as we announce the winners of the "Explore Your World" photo contest.

Blue Sky, Corporate, FOX News Channel / FOX Business Network, Fox Filmed Entertainment, Fox Networks Group (incl. FOX, Cable, Sports, etc.), Fox Television Stations, National Geographic Channel, Sustainability, Twentieth Century Fox Television

Every day is Earth Day at National Geographic; celebrate with #NatGeoEarthDay photo contest

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In honor of Earth Day, National Geographic is inspiring and empowering people around the world to make changes in their daily lives in support of a more sustainable planet. On television, Nat Geo WILD is dedicating its primetime slate on April 22 to shining a light on wildlife advocates, with new specials and some of the best documentaries from the channel's archive. Online, in addition to features and photo galleries on NationalGeographic.com, the company's Instagram brands will join forces for the first time ever to feature followers' nature photos through the #NatGeoEarthDay campaign.

Inspiring great photography

Beginning Wednesday, April 20, National Geographic is asking its combined 57.7 million Instagram followers to submit their best nature photos with the hashtag #NatGeoEarthDay. Photo editors at @NatGeo, @NatGeoTravel, @NatGeoAdventure, and @NatGeoYourShot will curate select photos into a feed to be published on NationalGeographic.com, offering international exposure to the winning photographers.

The campaign builds on National Geographic's long history of building a community for photographers of all skill levels to share their work. The organization's Your Shot platform collects submissions from all over the world with a mission to tell stories collaboratively through bold photography and expert curation. Nat Geo posts open assignments, and editors review the submissions, offering practical tips on how to capture the perfect shot.

Engaging audiences online

In addition to the Instagram contest, Nat Geo is engaging its digital audiences with features on Nat Geo News, such as the "10 Remarkable Trees" gallery, offering stunning photos of some of the world's most iconic trees. In addition, "46 Things for the 46th Earth Day" celebrates 46 environmental victories that have been achieved since the first Earth Day in 1970, including laws protecting endangered species, efforts to make cleaner drinking water, and international climate agreements.

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Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, National Geographic

Celebrating wildlife advocates

Nat Geo WILD will celebrate Earth Day by honoring those who inspire us to take care of our world and the animals who live in it, dedicating its entire primetime block on Friday, April 22 to documentaries about protecting wildlife populations. The evening will feature some of the best short films from this year's Wild to Inspire competition, as well as the world premiere of "Mission Critical: Orangutan on the Edge." The full schedule, which includes some of the channel's most iconic animal programming, is as follows:

  • 6:30/5:30c: Wild to Inspire *PREMIERE*
  • 7/6c: Cougars Undercover
  • 8/7c: Mission Critical: Leopards at the Door
  • 9/8c: Mission Critical: Orangutan on the Edge *PREMIERE*
  • 10/9c: War Elephants

"Nat Geo WILD is dedicated to animals and the people who love them, and Earth Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate those brave individuals who use their creative talents to inspire change," said Janet Han Vissering, senior vice president of development and production at Nat Geo WILD. "These specials tug at the heartstrings, inform and remind viewers of the importance of environmental protection for our planet."

Learn more about National Geographic, and visit Nat Geo on Instagram to take part in the #NatGeoEarthDay campaign.

Earth Month, Knowledge & Exploration, National Geographic Channel, Sustainability