Nearly 500 of 21st Century Fox’s colleagues in Texas are affected by the unprecedented rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, including those based in Fox Networks Group’s critical network operations center in The Woodlands and the local Fox Television Stations. As an initial step in its response to the flooding and devastation in that area, the company is donating $500,000 to United Way of Greater Houston’s relief fund.

The relief fund will help meet storm-related needs and recovery in its local community, with a priority given to safety, shelter and basic needs like food. Once the community is stabilized, United Way will focus on long-term recovery efforts.

21CF colleagues and their families were able to find shelter on-site at Fox’s disaster-ready facilities in the affected areas, with live events and news coverage kept on the air since Hurricane Harvey made landfall. Affected colleagues will be eligible for financial assistance grants from the company to help meet their relief and rebuilding needs.

“Our contributions will make a significant, lasting impact in communities that have been forever changed by this disaster,” said 21CF EVP and Chief Communications Officer Julie Henderson, and 21CF EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer Thomas Gaissmaier in an internal memo to 21CF colleagues. 21CF will also match colleague donations to the United Way relief fund.

“It’s been really gratifying that I’ve gotten so many emails from all over the country continuing to ask how our employees in the FOX Sports family are doing down in The Woodlands,” said Eric Shanks, President, COO and Executive Producer of FOX Sports, during a Town Hall in New York on Wednesday. He shared that the FOX Sports facility in the area withstood the hurricane and flooding, staying on air to produce 80 games over the last few days and giving colleagues and their family members a safe place to live. FOX Sports is also encouraging its on-air and online viewers to donate to relief efforts.

At least 31 people are confirmed to have died as a result of the severe rainfall and flooding in the affected areas in Texas, and nearly 50,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. Estimates for the total damage run as high as $190 billion.

“We have received donations of all sizes from individuals and companies and we thank everyone who has answered this urgent call for help in our community – every gift counts,” said Anna M. Babin, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston.

To donate, go to United Way of Greater Houston’s website or text “UWFLOOD” to 41444.

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)

CHICAGO'S "CLEAN-UP DAY" - stations WFLD/WPWR have designated Friday, April 29 as "station clean-up day", which will include dumpsters for old and broken equipment & clutter along with recycling bins for tapes & paper. Also, to honor the GREEN theme of Earth Month - Chicago GreenBag.jpgand to help the environment by reducing the amount of plastic bags that eventually end up in landfills - participants will receive a handy reusable canvas bag.

At Fox Chicago, a facility remodel is being reviewed with the environment in mind. Contractors are being encouraged to recycle as much construction waste as possible and heating and cooling will go through a centralized thermal facility that will dramatically reduce overall energy needs. Additionally new lighting fixtures will be installed that will further reduce energy consumption once the new control rooms and studio are on line.