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Sustainability

Ten years ago today, our company made a bold commitment to minimize our environmental impacts, grow sustainably, and inspire others to take action, with the launch of the Global Energy Initiative.

Thanks to the dedication, creativity and passion of colleagues from around the world, we have delivered on that commitment, and improved our business and our communities in the process. Our efforts have reduced our operating costs by hundreds of millions of dollars, built important relationships with partners and audiences, earned recognition for our leadership, and established best practices for the entire entertainment industry.

Over the past decade, we have invested in renewable energy and energy efficiency, including the recently completed expansion of solar power systems at our studio lot in LA, and built new offices on three continents—in Mumbai, Los Angeles, and Rio de Janeiro—that have achieved LEED certification, recognizing their green design. In 2010, 21CF became the first global media company to reach a carbon neutral target; since then we’ve developed new targets to drive continued improvement and have made significant progress toward those goals.


We have helped lead our industry in environmentally responsible film and television production, most recently with efforts on FX’s Legion, FOX’s The X-Files, and Super Bowl LI, and set new environmental standards for the way we create and deliver our content. On screen, compelling storytelling continues to be our most powerful tool in engaging audiences on environmental issues, with programming such as Avatar, The Simpsons, and Before the Flood entertaining our global viewers while encouraging them to think critically about their own impacts on their communities and the world.

Our expanded partnership with National Geographic also speaks to this commitment, with captivating stories that take us to the far reaches of our planet and inspire us to better protect it. National Geographic’s cutting-edge research and exploration help find solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges and give our readers and viewers a front-row seat to the action.

As we mark this milestone and enter the second decade of our sustainability efforts, which continue as part of 21CF Social Impact, we thank our colleagues from every part of the organization who have helped bring us this far.


Peabody Award for Atlanta on FX

Brian Tyree Henry and Zazie Beetz accept the Peabody for Atlanta.

Photo: Lovekin/Variety/Rex/Shutterstock

Two of FX Networks’ most acclaimed comedy series, Atlanta and Better Things, were honored on May 20 at the 76th Annual Peabody Awards ceremony, a celebration of excellence in storytelling across the media industry, including investigative journalism, documentary filmmaking, entertainment television, and radio/podcasts. Better Things creator and star Pamela Adlon, as well as Atlanta cast members Brian Tyree Henry and Zazie Beetz, were on hand to accept the awards.

Atlanta stars Donald Glover as Earnest “Earn” Marks, a music manager in the Atlanta rap scene struggling to help his cousin, who performs as Paper Boi, maintain his hip hop career. Glover created the show and often serves as writer and director. The second season is scheduled to air in 2018.

“The show is a genre-bending innovation, a skillful commentary on issues ranging from police brutality and mental health to celebrity and black culture,” the Peabody organization said of Atlanta. “With its seamless blend of vibrant character study and rich sociopolitical commentary in a detailed and textured exploration of a Southern city… Atlanta is able to mine the surreal as the every day for both depth and humor.”

Better Things also on FX last fall, stars Adlon as Sam Fox, a single mother raising three daughters in Los Angeles. The Peabody Awards praised the series for “constantly [cutting] new ground in the otherwise well-worn genre of family sitcom” and for its “at-times raw examination of the vicissitudes of working motherhood, crackling with feminist verve and energy.” Adlon, who created Better Things along with fellow FX showrunner Louis CK, directed each of the series’ ten episodes.

“Everything is flowing through me—one vision, one eye, one voice. It’s super handmade that way,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I feel like with my show I was making stories that mattered but that we were under the radar a little bit, so this [award] means a huge amount to me.”

The Peabody Awards have honored the culture’s most compelling stories and their impact on society since their founding in 1940. The University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication administer the awards, which recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and TV stations, networks, webcasters, podcasters, producing organizations and individuals. 

Learn more about the Peabody Awards, including the full list of this year’s winners.


Women@Fox Launch Event

On Friday, May 19, 21st Century Fox launched “Women@Fox,” a group focused on fostering female leadership and initiatives that fuel the professional development of women across 21CF. Women@Fox began on the Fox lot in Los Angeles, with developing plans to roll out diversity and inclusion efforts across the entire company, beginning in North America.

An estimated 1,000 people, including 21CF Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch, attended the event, which featured participation from across the company, including Twentieth Century Fox Film Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider and Twentieth Century Fox Television Chairman and CEO Dana Walden, who participated in a panel moderated by FX Networks and FX Productions Development EVP, Gina Balian.

When asked for a piece of advice they would offer to women, Stacey said, “Whatever position you might be in…go a little bit further. Consider what the bigger mandate of your business is and try to see how you can really contribute to that mandate.”

In addition, the event featured remarks from Twentieth Century Fox Television CIO, Alex Grimwade; Fox Diversity and Inclusion SVP, MyKhanh Shelton; and Twentieth Century Fox EVP of Tech and Creative Strategy, Cristina Mancini.

MyKhanh told the crowd, “Diversity is really great for business…teams with different perspectives, backgrounds, and frameworks to see the world are better positioned to identify and solve the most complex problems of our day. And at Fox, we tell the stories of our time.  [We need those stories to be told by a] wide range of voices and perspectives.”

Women@Fox is an expansion of the employee resources available to all levels within 21CF, from those just entering the industry and beginning their careers, to women rising through the ranks, to senior executives looking to transform their teams while mentoring the next generation. Check out photos and a video from the event below.

(Anacani Munoz/Fox)


Salem WGN Fox TV Studios Set

The Salem Set. Photo by Casey Rackham for Screener

Fox 21 Television Studios and the production crew on the horror thriller series Salem recently donated more than $200,000 worth of set materials to the city of Shreveport, Louisiana, where the series has filmed each of its three seasons. The donation will go toward the city’s efforts to repurpose an abandoned community center into an environmentally sustainable aquarium. The new building is set to become the first in the state’s history to achieve LEED Platinum certification and will receive $166,000 worth of lumber used to construct Salem’s sets, as well as individual set pieces such as water wells, foam trees, and foam rocks that can be used in the aquarium’s exhibits.

“Normally, 90% of [these sets] would go straight into a dumpster, so the workers who made all this beautiful stuff are ecstatic that it’s going to be repurposed for a change,” said Jim Hays of LA House of Props, who received the donation and is working with his team to build shipwreck and submarine installations in the new aquarium. “We’ve got these big curved structural pieces that look like the inside of a hull of a ship… It’s just amazing.”

The Shreveport Aquarium is slated to open in late summer and will be one of the state’s most environmentally sustainable buildings. The structure will draw on renewable energy, utilize high-efficiency equipment, and feature a state-of-the-art system to recycle the water used in the exhibits, which will contain more than 3,000 animals representing more than 270 different species. Salem’s donation consists of materials from all three seasons of the show and will enhance the aquarium’s mission to promote ocean education and conservation.

Rendering of new Shreveport Aquarium Rendering of the new Shreveport Aquarium by Kevin Bryan Architect

21st Century Fox’s film and television studios regularly donate leftover set materials to not only reduce the amount of waste the productions send to landfill but also support the communities where the projects film. When Glee wrapped after six seasons, Twentieth Century Fox Television donated thousands of pounds of rigging gear to Los Angeles schools and gave the show’s entire auditorium set to local theater and arts organizations. Fox’s studios donated more than 78 tons of set materials in 2015 alone.

The company has also consistently given back to communities across Louisiana in particular, due to the large number of films and TV series that have filmed there, including FX’s American Horror Story, FOX’s Scream Queens, 20th Century Fox’s Logan, and more. In August 2016, following a period of heavy rain in the area, 21CF donated $100,000 to the Louisiana Association of United Way’s flood relief efforts and enlisted the Scream Queens cast to record a PSA calling on viewers to help. The state continues to be an important production hub for the entertainment industry.

Learn more about the Shreveport Aquarium, and watch the video below for a behind the scenes look at how the Salem set will live on:


National Geographic Mission Blue Water Scarcity

Photo by Pete McBride for National Geographic

As millions of Indian citizens continue to struggle with poor access to clean drinking water, 21st Century Fox’s National Geographic has teamed with Water Aid India and top talent from Bollywood to launch Mission Blue, a new initiative to raise awareness of water scarcity and drive conservation. The company will air documentaries and television specials about the crisis across its channels in India, and the campaign’s website will provide digital tools allowing viewers to calculate their own water footprints and provide ways to save water in their daily lives. National Geographic’s Swati Mohan announced the initiative in Mumbai in honor of Earth Day.

“National Geographic has always been a brand that has stood for driving purposeful change, something we have been doing for over a century now,” said Mohan, Business Head at National Geographic and Fox Networks Group, India. “Today, the water crisis around the world calls for much attention. In India alone, 76 million people lack access to safe water, a problem that is only going to get worse if no immediate action is taken. We are hopeful that this initiative will help enlighten people on what can be achieved by collective action.”

To help tell the story of how water scarcity impacts daily life people in India, National Geographic India will air four short films from award-winning Bollywood directors Imtiaz Ali, Hansal Mehta, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, and Madhur Bhandarkar, all of whom have made their films available on the campaign’s website. The channel will also air Parched, the three-part documentary series from Academy Award winner Alex Gibney that explores the environmental and political causes of water scarcity around the world. The series initially premiered in the US in March.

“I am proud to be associated with an inconic brand that has the legacy of working for the cause of preserving the planet,” said Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar, who serves as the public face of the campaign. “National Geographic Mission Blue is a very special initiative that is very close to my heart. It has the power to enlighten, inspire and empower people who are unaware of what they can do towards the cause of water scarcity and drive real change. I hope people will realise the responsibility of conserving water for their own future is in their own hands.”

National Geographic has also partnered with Water Aid India for MissionBlueMySchool, an effort to provide clean drinking water to a school in southwest Delhi that serves more than 2,500 children. Currently, the school relies on tanker trunks to bring an often-insufficient water supply to its students. MissionBlueMySchool aims to install a piped supply system for the school, as well as filters, coolers, and a rainwater harvesting system.

In the last five years alone, the National Geographic Society has funded more than 50 grants relating to water conservation, both in the United States and around the world. In the words of National Geographic Society President and CEO Gary Knell, “While National Geographic’s legendary storytelling and iconic images have helped raise awareness of critical water issues, the fact is we go far beyond creating content. We help people stop and think about what’s going on in the world today, but also — more importantly — what could happen to make it better.”

Learn more about National Geographic Mission Blue, including how small acts of conservation every day can help secure a safe, clean water supply for future generations.