On December 1, 21st Century Fox announced that it has joined the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, a new initiative from the Obama Administration in which a total of 154 companies from across the American economy have committed to demonstrate their support for action on climate change and to voice support for a strong outcome to the COP21 Paris climate negotiations. The company has committed to reduce its carbon emissions, invest in renewable energy, and disclose its annual energy use. Its full pledge is below:
21st Century Fox is committed to minimizing our environmental impacts, growing sustainably, and inspiring others to take action. Since 2006, we have carefully measured and managed our impacts through our company-wide sustainability program and continue to drive industry-leading sustainability practices in film and television production. We work to raise awareness among audiences through pioneering content like Cosmos, Avatar, Breakthrough, Rio, and National Geographic. In the next 5 years, we pledge to:
- Reduce carbon emissions by 25% compared to 2013, normalized by revenue.
- Reduce carbon emissions from Fox feature film productions by 15% per shoot day.
- Achieve zero waste to landfill at Fox Studios in Los Angeles.
- Implement a sustainable lumber use policy for all Fox feature film and scripted television production.
- Disclose our energy use and greenhouse gas emissions annually. We have reported this data through CDP since 2006, and we have been recognized on the S&P500 Disclosure Leadership Index for seven consecutive years for the thoroughness and transparency of our reporting.
- Continue to invest in clean and renewable sources of energy. Since 2010, we have invested more than $30M in on-site renewable energy and installed 5.5MW of new solar power.
- Continue to improve the efficiency of our studio operations, including through programs like the U.S. Department of Energy's Commercial Buildings Partnership, which has helped us reduce our carbon footprint by over 1000 tons and save 2.6 million kWh per year in energy use.
Learn more about 21st Century Fox's sustainability efforts.
For more information on the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, visit WhiteHouse.gov/ClimatePledge.
FOX was well-represented at the 47th NAACP Image Awards on February 5, which celebrated the year in "outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors," according to the NAACP's website. The blockbuster drama Empire, which was recently renewed for a third season, won five Image awards:
- Outstanding Drama Series
- Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Terrence Howard
- Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson
- Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration: "Conqueror" - "Empire" cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett (Columbia Records)
- Outstanding Song - Contemporary: "You're So Beautiful" - "Empire" cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz (Columbia Records)
In addition to his awards for Empire's music, Smollett was one of eight recipients of the 2016 NAACP Chairman's Award, which honors individuals and organizations for "using their distinct platforms to be agents of change."
"The recipients' paths are diverse. Their missions and goals are varied, but what unites them, what binds them together, what has earned them our respect is their courage," said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the National Board of Directors for the NAACP. "They're activists and agents of change who are symbols of our fight against oppression."
"Black lives matter and brown lives matter and LGBT lives matter," Smollett said. "The issues of the black community are the issues of humanity."
Several other series from across 21st Century Fox were nominated, as well, including acting nominations for FOX's Rosewood, Sleepy Hollow, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as well as FX's Archer and American Horror Story: Hotel. In the film categories, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon was nominated for directing Fox Searchlight's Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Chiwetel Ejiofor was nominated for his performance in Twentieth Century Fox's The Martian.
For more information, including the full list of winners and nominees, visit NAACPImageAwards.net.
On February 3, Fox announced the 10 screenwriters and writing teams selected for the fifth annual Fox Writers Intensive (FWI), a competitive fellowship at the Fox Studios Lot in Los Angeles designed to nurture experienced writers with diverse voices, backgrounds, and life experiences. The finalists were chosen from more than 500 nominations and submissions, the largest applicant pool in the program's history, and this year, they will team with the Young Storytellers to mentor elementary school students interested in writing. At the conclusion of the program, each of the finalists is considered for staffing on Fox television, feature film, and digital entertainment productions.
"The growth of the Fox Writers Intensive over the past four years was a distinct goal, but even more gratifying is how the Fox businesses and shows have recognized and engaged in FWI as the creative resource it was designed to be," said Nicole Bernard, Executive Vice President, Fox Audience Strategy, which oversees the program. "Our commitment to authentically engaging broader and diverse talent is stronger than ever."
The 2016 FWI writers/teams and their respective representatives are as follows:
- Ahmadu Garba (Epicenter)
- Peter Chen (independent)
- Jamila Daniel (Circle of Confusion and Don Buchwald & Associates)
- Julia Fontana (Circle of Confusion)
- Leon Hendrix (independent)
- Ann Kim (independent)
- Jasmine Elist & Benjamin-Shalom Rodriguez (independent)
- Jamie Rosengard (CAA & Management 360)
- Ester Lou Weithers (independent)
- Jake Zebede (independent)
- Tricia Johnson (Kaplan-Stahler Agency)
- Jorge Rivera (Independent)
In an effort to help the more than one million young people in the United States who experience homelessness every year, the cast of FOX's hit musical special Grease: Live partnered with DoSomething.org for its annual Teens for Jeans campaign, encouraging youth to collect jeans for the homeless. FOX promoted the campaign across its social media platforms during the live broadcast on Sunday, January 31, and members of both the cast and the audience got involved, as well.
Teens for Jeans encourages young people to run jeans drives in their schools and communities, and to donate those jeans to local homeless shelters. A pair of jeans is one of the items most requested by young people entering shelters, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness. DoSomething.org, one of the largest global organizations for young people and social change, has run the campaign for the past eight years, and in that time, it has provided more than 5 million pairs of jeans to homeless youth.
In addition to national promotion, the Grease: Live cast hosted its own Rydell High jeans drive on set, with cast members Keke Palmer, Carly Rae Jepson, Jordan Fisher, and more all making donations. Audience members who attended the live broadcast were encouraged to bring their jeans to donate to the drive, as well.
For more information on Teens for Jeans, including how to participate, visit DoSomething.org, or text GREASE to 38383 to find nearby shelters looking for donations.
The LGBT advocacy organization GLAAD has announced the nominees for the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, honoring media projects for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. Empire, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Modern Family, all from 21st Century Fox businesses, were among the nominees. The GLAAD Media Awards will be held on April 2, 2016 in Los Angeles and May 14, 2016 in New York.
"For nearly three decades, the GLAAD Media Awards have propelled inclusion in media and driven LGBT acceptance forward," said GLAAD CEO & President Sarah Kate Ellis. "This year's nominees have raised the bar for creating thoughtful and diverse LGBT images and storylines, deepening audiences' understanding of LGBT people and accelerating acceptance across the world."
Empire received its first nomination in the Outstanding Drama Series category this year, while Modern Family, produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television, and FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine received their seventh and third nominations respectively for Outstanding Comedy Series. Fox has historically had a large presence at the GLAAD Media Awards, with Modern Family and Glee each winning twice before, and Glee receiving the Special Recognition Award at last year's ceremony for its legacy of activism in the LGBT community and for "consistently introducing groundbreaking LGBT characters and storylines."
GLAAD also commended the FOX network in its most recent Network Responsibility Report, which assesses the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBT representation on television. In the report, released September 2015, FOX became the first major broadcast network in history to receive an "Excellent" grade, the report's highest rating. The network also had the highest percentage of LGBT-inclusive original programming hours of all channels tracked, coming in at 45.4%. This is the highest percentage GLAAD has charted on a broadcast network since the NRI's inception.
For more information on the GLAAD Media Awards, including a full list of nominees, visit GLAAD.org.
From discovering a new human ancestor deep in a South African cave to protecting more than one million square miles of ocean through its Pristine Seas initiative, National Geographic made its mark on 2015 through science, exploration, and storytelling. In the video above, Nat Geo reflects on its many achievements over the past year, including new discoveries and expeditions across the globe.
National Geographic will continue to deliver on its commitment to science and exploration in 2016, beginning with its year-long Power of Parks initiative in honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service. The campaign will utilize all of the organization's media platforms to better explore and understand the world's national parks, including dedicated programming on the National Geographic Channels, a major series in National Geographic magazine, and an Explore the Power of Parks web portal featuring the latest magazine stories and photos, travel guides, maps, and educational resources.
21st Century Fox expanded its partnership with the National Geographic Society in 2015 to create National Geographic Partners, bringing together all of National Geographic's media assets, including magazines, book and map publishing, National Geographic Studios, and more. The deal increased the Society's endowment to more than $1 billion.
For more information on upcoming programs, visit NationalGeographic.com.