Xploration Station, FOX

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has recognized four of the six series composing Xploration Station, the three-hour block of STEM programming for kids and teens airing weekend mornings on Fox TV Stations, with a total of seven nominations for the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. DIY Sci, Xploration Awesome Planet, Xploration Outer Space, and Weird But True were all nominated across a range of categories, including Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series for DIY Sci. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday, April 30, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California.

“The response we’ve seen from Xploration Station has been absolutely tremendous,” said Steve Rotfeld, president of Steve Rotfeld Productions, which produces all six Xploration Station series. “We are proud to be putting smart, feel-good television on air that kids and families can enjoy. On behalf of everyone here at SRP, I’d like to thank all the talented people who work on these series, and our stations and partners for making this possible.”

The full list of nominations is as follows:

  • Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series: DIY Sci
  • Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program: Xploration Awesome Planet
  • Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle/Travel/Children’s or Family Viewing Program: Emily Calandrelli, Xploration Outer Space
  • Outstanding Writing in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program: Weird But True
  • Outstanding Single Camera Editing: Weird But True
  • Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing: DIY Sci
  • Outstanding Sound Editing – Live Action: DIY Sci

Since its premiere in 2014, Xploration Station has consistently received nominations at the Daytime Emmys. The block garnered five nominations in its first two years on the air, including Xploration Awesome Planet host Phillippe Cousteau, grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, for Outstanding Lifestyle/Travel/Children's Series Host in 2015.

The six series making up the Xploration Station block include Cousteau’s Xploration Awesome Planet, Harvard scholar Emily Calandrelli’s Xploration Outer Space, artist and futurist Chuck Pell’s Xploration Earth 2050, Youtube star Steve Spangler’s DIY Sci, marine biologist Danni Washington’s Nature Knows Best, and Weird but True, hosted by Charlie and Kirby Engleman, produced in partnership with Nat Geo Kids.

Fox TV Stations recently extended Xploration Station’s run through 2020. The entire block airs in more than 100 million homes nationwide on Saturday mornings and is available to stream on Hulu, Amazon Prime, Yahoo View, and Roku.

Learn more about Xploration Station, including where it airs in your city. 

Short Awards: Hidden Figures, 21st Century Fox Social Impact

21st Century Fox’s social media campaigns supporting young women in STEM and girls’ access to education were named as finalists for the 9th annual Shorty Awards, which are sponsored by AdWeek and celebrate the best in digital and content marketing on social media.

21CF and PepsiCo’s “Search for Hidden Figures” was named a finalist in the categories of “Best Content and Promotion” and “Best Multicultural Community Engagement”. Inspired by the film Hidden Figures, 21CF and PepsiCo partnered with Pharrell Williams’ organization, i am OTHER, and the New York Academy of Sciences to find the next generation of women who will lead the way in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The campaign invited women and girls to share their stories of work and potential in STEM fields for the opportunity to win scholarships and other awards totaling over $200,000. The integrated, multi-platform campaign highlighted the importance of diversity in the workplace and the critical need to empower women who want to pursue careers in STEM.

21CF and National Geographic’s Stand with Malala campaign was also named a Shorty Award finalist in the “Best Influencer and Celebrity Facebook Campaign” category for its visual depiction of the world’s loss that occurs when girls are excluded from the classroom. As part of 21CF’s yearlong efforts to support girls’ education, the campaign was created in support of the broadcast premiere of the documentary film He Named Me Malala, which shares the story of Pakistani activist and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai and her global fight to ensure girls’ access to education. The campaign asked viewers to tweet using the hashtag #withMalala or change their Facebook profile to a special campaign video. The video transformed profile pictures into yearbook photos and then dissolved female users' profile pictures from the page, representing the 60 million girls who are out of school worldwide. For every post or share, 21CF gave $1 to the Malala Fund, in total donating $50,000.

Recognizing that social media has the influence to create global movements and new stars, the Shorty Awards spot industry-wide trends and honor both individual influencers and brands for their work and messaging on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine and more. By constantly evolving along with the medium it celebrates, the Shorty Awards engage an online audience of millions and culminate in a blockbuster ceremony in New York City—winners are chosen through a combination of votes from the public and scores given by the Real Time Academy.

Learn more about the 2017 Shorty Awards and the full list of finalists here. Winners will be announced in New York City on April 23.

Katie Couric, Courteney Monroe at the Cynopsis Media Social Good Awards, New York City

On Thursday, March 2, Cynopsis Media honored National Geographic with its inaugural Impact Award in the Network category at their third annual Social Good Awards in New York City. The Social Good Awards recognize brands, campaigns, and individuals for outstanding work in areas ranging from environmental initiatives to voter registration to combatting addiction.

Journalist Katie Couric presented the Impact Award to Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Global Networks, for the company’s commitment to programming that engages viewers in stories about the human condition and exploration of new frontiers, including documentaries Before the Flood and Gender Revolution, which is hosted by Couric and explores issues of gender identity. “I could not have found a better partner on this journey with me…. Under Courteney’s leadership, this truly iconic brand is reaching new heights. It’s broadened the definition of exploration to not only include geography but ideas and even our inner dimensions—the very things that make us human,” said Couric.

21st Century Fox businesses earned a total of ten nominations at the Cynopsis Social Good Awards. In addition to the Impact Award, 21CF and National Geographic’s social media campaign in support of the documentary He Named Me Malala was awarded Social Good Awards in both categories of “Facebook Campaign or Initiative” and “Partnership with a Celebrity/Athlete/Character.” The film tells the inspiring story of Pakistani education activist and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai’s fight for the educational rights of women and girls. The Stand with Malala social media campaign drew attention to the more than 60 million girls that are out of school around the world, and raised $50,000 for the Malala Fund to support education programs for Syrian refugee children.

National Geographic also won an award for best “Environmental Campaign or Initiative” for Before the Flood, a documentary from Academy Award-winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens investigating the global effects of climate change. In addition to airing the film in 171 countries around the world, National Geographic made it available for free across streaming and on-demand platforms to ensure as many people could see it as possible. More than 60 million people viewed Before the Flood, making it one of the most watched documentary films in history. National Geographic also ran a number of campaigns around the film to amplify its message, including a series of screenings at colleges and universities in partnership with Rock the Vote to encourage students to register to vote ahead of the presidential election.  “It’s not enough just to create this type of important and thought provoking content. As leaders in media we need to be equally committed to making sure it reaches the widest audience possible in order to effect change…. In a world in which media is scrutinized like never before, we have a responsibility to be bold, to take risks, to be radical in our thinking and relentless in our pursuit of stories that matter,” added Nat Geo’s Monroe.

Other 21st Century Fox nominations at the Social Good Awards represented the variety of social issues that 21CF businesses work on, ranging from FOX Sports Supports’ efforts to help military veterans transition to civilian life to National Geographic’s on-air campaigns to preserve America’s National Parks. The “Find Your Park, Love Your Park” campaign from National Geographic and Subaru of America is geared toward teaching fourth graders across the United States about the importance of U.S. national parks by driving viewers to a host of educational resources available at National Geographic’s website. In addition, “Partners in Preservation: National Parks”, created with American Express, 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.

“At National Geographic, we have a 130-year history of supporting and funding individuals committed to making a difference. Through the National Geographic Society, we invest in bold people with really transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, conservation and education,” concluded Monroe at the awards.

Get more information and check out a full list of the 2017 Cynopsis Media Social Good Award winners and nominees.

21st Century Fox and Give a Note award music education grants to 20 schools, announce 'Music Education Idol' winners

21st Century Fox and Give a Note Foundation honored the legacy of "American Idol" this summer by asking students, parents and the general public to nominate exceptional music educators as "Music Education Idols." This week, 21CF and Give a Note are highlighting the importance of music education in schools by awarding 20 "MusicEd Idols" $1,000 grants for each of their school's music programs.

Music teachers across the U.S. were honored with video testimonials about how they encouraged their students to discover their creative potential.

Music Ed Idols 2016 from 21CF Impact on Vimeo.

"We were so inspired by the students who submitted nominations and the music educators who motivate them every day to work hard and achieve their dreams," said Shira Oberlander, Executive Director of Social Impact for 21st Century Fox. "We are thrilled to support these teachers in their work to make a difference in students' lives."

This round of grants continues a five-year relationship between 21CF and Give a Note in support of music education.

Since 2011, 21st Century Fox businesses have donated more than $1 million to underfunded music programs in schools across the country as part of the company's commitment to support the next generation of artists and creators.

"We appreciate the continued support of 21st Century Fox to reach more students in more schools with the power of music," said Jane Mell Balek, Give a Note Chief Executive Officer. "This is a wonderful opportunity to shine a spotlight on great music programs, which benefit students in all U.S. schools. These stories cannot be told enough, and we encourage communities to support their local school's music programs and the teachers who make them possible."


Here is the list of the 20 "MusicEd Idols":

Teacher School City State
Rosa Rabinovich N. S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8 Sunny Isles Beach Florida
Lynette Carr-Hicks Uniondale High School Uniondale New York
Rich Guillen Arlington High School LaGrangeville New York
Daryl Yasay West Orange High School Winter Garden Florida
Kendra Martin Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School Boston Massachusetts
Brian Langdon Boyertown High School Boyertown Pennsylvania
Jennifer Jimenez South Miami Senior High School Miami Florida
Deb Schaaf Jane Addams Middle School Seattle Washington
Lori Lovell Maitland Middle School Maitland Florida
Colin O'Dwyer James Otis Elementary School Boston Massachusetts
Mitzi Lundy Elzie D. Patton Elementary School Mt. Juliet Tennessee
Christopher Hanson San Marcos High School San Marcos Texas
Bridget P. Speranza Munster High School Munster Indiana
Daniel E. Graf Eastport South Manor High School Manorville New York
Emmanuel Toledo Ninth Grade Academy, Lawrence HS Lawrence Massachusetts
Benjamin Davis East Aurora Middle School East Aurora New York
Jesse Espinosa Waltrip High School Houston Texas
Ryan Solero Tenth Grade Academy, Lawrence HS Lawrence Massachusetts
Lorrie Turner Irmo Middle School Irmo South Carolina
Greg Monsma Butler High School Louisville Kentucky

The grant checks will be presented at school-level celebrations this fall.

Four of the "MusicEd Idol" winners have been selected to attend the 2016 NAfME National In-Service Conference (Nov. 10-13) in Grapevine, Texas, as VIP guests. They will participate in a panel discussion on how to help students reach their full potential:

Lynette Carr-Hicks (Uniondale, New York) Lorrie Turner (Irmo, South Carolina) Christopher Hanson (San Marcos, Texas) Emmanuel Toledo (Lawrence, Massachusetts)

Individuals are encouraged to continue sharing their own stories on their personal social media channels such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #MusicEdIdol.

CEO James Murdoch

Tony Brown, executive director of community youth organization Heart of Los Angeles; Joe Hall, Ghetto Film School founder and president; and James Murdoch, 21st Century Fox CEO and GFS board member. (Photo by: Alex Berliner)

At Ghetto Film School's first annual Fall Benefit in Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 6, 21st Century Fox CEO and GFS board member James Murdoch was honored for his involvement in the nonprofit, which gives young, aspiring storytellers in historically underrepresented communities an immersive film education and hands-on industry experience. 21CF, founding sponsor of GFS's expansion to Los Angeles in 2014, is now funding all of GFS's core costs for the next three years and has been a longtime supporter of the program. Beyond financial backing, 21CF provides the students access to filmmakers, executives and talent from its many film and television companies.

"I'm tremendously humbled to be honored by Ghetto Film School tonight and am grateful to have been part of their expansion from New York to the heart of this industry in Los Angeles," James said during his remarks. "But the real honor belongs to the GFS staff and its students, and all of you here who are supporting the next generation of great American storytellers."

He went on to talk about the natural fit between 21CF and GFS because of their "shared belief in the power of stories and storytellers, and the vibrancy that diversity brings to the business of ideas."

The Fall Benefit was GFS's first gala in L.A. since opening its campus there in June 2014. GFS was founded in the South Bronx, New York, in 2000.

"GFS provides a unique pipeline for original and underrepresented voices," James said. "It is creating a new pathway into Hollywood that is so badly needed. And while we have a collective responsibility to open the gates, we have an even bigger opportunity to bring some of the world's brightest and most passionate new storytellers into the fold."

Tony Brown, executive director of community youth organization Heart of Los Angeles, was also honored at GFS's Fall Benefit.

The event was hosted at Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer's home in Santa Monica, California. Guests included Bradley Cooper, J.J. Abrams, David O. Russell, Brett Ratner, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Rachel Roy, Sterling K. Brown, Terry Crews and Hannah Simone.

To learn more about the partnership, watch our new video about GFS and 21CF below. It was filmed and directed by Digital Bodega, GFS's full-service boutique production company based in the South Bronx that employs GFS program graduates and sends 100 percent of its profits back to GFS.

About Ghetto Film School: GFS serves more than 1,000 talented and motivated individuals ages 14-35 annually, free of charge. It cultivates a largely untapped group of next generation creative thinkers through two tracks: a pre-professional, narrative filmmaking educational model; and an early career talent pipeline for opportunities in the creative and media sectors. The organization's national creative education model uses multimedia storytelling and production training to develop broad-based 21st century skills. Students are equipped for top universities and the modern workforce by studying this industrial, collaborative process through their Fellows Program, The Cinema School, Digital Bodega and The Roster.