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Gillian Anderson as FBI Special Agent Scully

One of the longest-running science fiction series in network TV history, FOX’s The X-Files follows FBI special agents Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases set aside by the government. A medical doctor and realist, Agent Scully is the foil to Agent Mulder’s conspiracy theorist character, and served as an early example of a strong female TV protagonist who inspired a generation of women to pursue careers in the sciences and law enforcement.

After learning about the previously-anecdotal “Scully Effect”— which observed the influx of women pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as Agent Scully became a household TV name —21st Century Fox partnered with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media to better understand and quantify the impacts that character had on viewers. The Institute is the first and only research-based organization working within media and entertainment to educate and influence content creators, marketers, and audiences on the urgent need to eradicate bias, gender imbalance, and harmful stereotypes while creating positive role models and strong female characters across the industry.

In celebration of March’s Women’s History Month, 21CF and the Geena Davis Institute carried out a research survey of women across the US, which found a correlation between women who were familiar with, or fans of, The X-Files and its influence on their career paths. This was the first such study to find evidence backed by data rather than anecdote:

  • Nearly two-thirds of women in the study who work in STEM say Agent Scully served as a role model and increased their belief in the importance of STEM
  • Women who regularly watched The X-Files are 50% more likely to work in STEM than less frequent/non-watchers
  • Women who watched The X-Files are 42% more likely to agree with the statement “I would encourage my daughter/granddaughter to enter a STEM field” than non-watchers.

The study has sparked prolific discussion on social media, with fans of Scully and the show using the hashtag #ScullyEffect to share how the representation of a respected independent woman in STEM influenced their career paths and lives—in the words of the Geena Davis Institute, “if she can see it, she can be it.” Read the full report here.

#ScullyEffect

Check out the video below and click here to learn more, and share your own story with the hashtag #ScullyEffect across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram today!

Season 11 of The X-Files is currently airing on FOX on Wednesdays at 8/7c. Seasons 1-10 are available in a variety of home entertainment formats.


Shot in the Dark, FOX Sports Films

To mark the launch of the new documentary Shot in the Dark from FOX Sports Films, FOX Sports has partnered with nonprofit Good Sports to provide much-needed athletic opportunities to Chicago youth. The initiative allows supporters to personally select sports equipment to be donated through Good Sports to various youth programs in the city, and all donations made directly through the “Shot in the Dark” page will be matched by FOX Sports parent company, 21st Century Fox, dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000.

Shot in the Dark, executive produced by Dwyane Wade and Chance the Rapper for the FOX Sports’ MAGNIFY documentary series, follows Chicago’s Orr Academy high school boys’ basketball team and their inspirational coach as they reach for greatness while facing systemic inequities that threaten to claim their future. Through on and off-court challenges – from championship and college ambitions to violence and incarceration – they assess the daily voices and influences of teammates, friends and family on their next steps as young men. 

Additionally, FOX Sports, Good Sports, and Picture Motion have partnered to screen Shot in the Dark in nearly 60 schools across the country. At screening events in LA and Detroit, Good Sports presented local schools with $20,000 each in donated sports equipment. Educators and community leaders have used the screenings to reflect on the role that school, coaches, and sports play in young athletes' lives. The tour has also provided an opportunity for students to discuss how gun violence has affected their own communities—at a time when student experiences with gun violence is at the forefront of national conversation, expanding the reach of this film’s audience has never been more timely.

“In connection to these powerful sports and community narratives, we’re committed to meaningfully working, within our FOX Sports Supports organization and alongside others, to help neighborhoods and schools capitalize on the awareness that ‘Magnify’ brings to the stories,” said Charlie Dixon, EVP Content at FOX Sports.

FOX Sports Supports, a philanthropic initiative of FOX Sports dedicated to serving the nonprofit community, has contributed millions of dollars to partner organizations through the production of public service announcements, broadcast and cable air time, special event activations, verbal and special messages during FOX Sports programming and in-kind support, including monetary and gift donations

Following its original February 24 airdate, Shot in the Dark is available via the FOX NOW app and video-on-demand. Re-airs are also scheduled on FS1 and various FOX Regional sports networks.


ACS: Gianni Versace Set Donations

Twentieth Century Fox Television and the production crew of FX Networks’ American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace have made donations of nearly $15,000 worth of furniture, artwork, lights and more materials used on set to the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. The organization helps provide home improvement materials to families in need, and TCFTV provided an entire warehouse worth of items at entirely no cost. 21st Century Fox’s film and television productions regularly find new homes for leftover set materials in order to both reduce waste and support the communities where these projects work and film.

“After American Crime Story: Versace wrapped this season, our team had to find a home for many of the gently-used set pieces,” said Lisa Day, who oversees environmental sustainability efforts across Twentieth Century Fox. “Fox is dedicated to keeping as many reusable items out of the landfill as possible, so we decided to donate much of it to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles ReStores. It’s reassuring to know these set pieces will be given a second life and support a great cause.”

ReStores are nonprofit home improvement centers operated by Habitat LA that sell new and lightly used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials, and more at a fraction of the standard retail price. Fox donation included scores of items, including living room furniture, outdoor patio furniture, desks, dining room tables, kitchen appliances, curtains, glassware, bookcases, coffee tables, bedroom furniture, chandeliers, floor lamps, wall lamps, mirrors, TV mounts, barstools, and more, with many items featuring designs that mimic Gianni Versace’s trademark style.

TCFTV donated additional set materials to The Actors Gang, a 35 year-old theater company based in Los Angeles.

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles ReStores and check out the slideshow below of some of the donated items:


Fox GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

Eleven film and television projects from 21st Century Fox businesses received nominations for the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The awards honor media and entertainment for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community (LGBTQ), as well as the issues that affect their lives. The winners will be announced at two ceremonies: one in Los Angeles on April 12 and another in New York on May 5.

The full list of nominations for 21CF businesses are:

  • Outstanding Film – Wide Release: Battle of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight)
  • Outstanding Film – Wide Release: The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight)
  • Outstanding Comedy Series: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
  • Outstanding Comedy Series: Modern Family (Twentieth Century Fox Television)
  • Outstanding Comedy Series: One Mississippi (FX Productions)
  • Outstanding Drama Series: Star (FOX)
  • Outstanding Drama Series: This Is Us (Twentieth Century Fox Television)
  • Outstanding Individual Episode: “Chapter 8,” Legion (FX)
  • Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series: American Horror Story: Cult (FX)
  • Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series: Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
  • Outstanding Documentary: Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (National Geographic)

"What people see in the media has a powerful impact on how they treat others and the GLAAD Media Awards raise the bar for media to tell LGBTQ stories that accelerate acceptance," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "This year's nominees showcase stories that span races, genres, ages, and geographies, challenge misconceptions, and broaden understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ people across the globe."

In addition to a strong showing among 21CF’s new films and television series, this year’s awards also include the ninth consecutive nomination for Modern Family, which won the Outstanding Comedy Series category both in 2011 and 2012. FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine also received its fifth consecutive nomination this year.

Learn more about the GLAAD Media Awards, including facts and figures about this year’s nominees.


The southern African cheetah

On December 10, Nat Geo WILD kicked off its eighth annual Big Cat Week with a week-long programming lineup of stunning and touching specials documenting the lives and plights of big cats around the world. Big Cat Week is an extension of the Big Cats Initiative (BCI), a long-term commitment from National Geographic Society to protect and tell the stories of the planet’s fiercest felines—lions, tigers, jaguars, panthers, leopards and more.

On December 11, researchers with the BCI also released a new study in the open access, peer-reviewed scientific journal, PeerJ, chronicling updated numbers of the cheetah population in southern Africa. The team of 17 conservationists estimate that there are approximately 3,500 adult cheetahs in the region, with a buffer area potentially supporting an optimistic couple of thousand more. In 1975, the same area counted 15,000 cheetahs. The group has come together to demand that the International Union for Conservation of Nature list the cheetah as endangered. "This collaborative, multiyear effort sounds the alarm about the state of cheetah populations in southern Africa, shining a light on the imperative need to protect these majestic predators," said Gary E. Knell, President and CEO, National Geographic Society. "The National Geographic Society is proud to support such a comprehensive assessment and similar efforts aimed at safeguarding our most precious species, their habitats and the planet we call home."

In addition to cheetahs disappearing from over 75% of their historic range, the African lion population has declined 90% in the last 75 years, and fewer than 4,000 tigers remain in the wild. Big cats worldwide are under threat, with local extinctions imminent due to habitat loss, poaching, and conflicts with rural farmers. National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative, founded in 2009 with Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, supports scientists and conservationists working to save and protect big cats in the wild. By partnering with some of the world’s leading big cat experts and researchers, the initiative funds on-the-ground research to understand these species better, and innovative community conservation projects to help both animals and the people around them thrive.

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To date, the BCI has supported over 100 unique projects to protect seven iconic big cat species across 27 countries. Enabled by BCI funding, Nat Geo researchers and conservationists have built over 1,600  livestock enclosures to keep livestock, cats, and people from harm; the BCI has saved an estimated 2,600 big cats from death since 2010. Through special campaigns such as Big Cat Week and conservation in the classroom, National Geographic Society and BCI can continue their protection efforts with regular assessment, on-the-ground safeguarding, community education, and global public-awareness movements.

Big Cat Week includes the premiere of exciting new programs featuring world-renowned storytellers. Follow along as Nat Geo photographers Steve Winter and Bertie Gregory track and collect footage of the rarely seen Brazilian jaguars in ‘Jaguar vs. Croc’, famed wildlife filmmaker Bob Poole tells the intimate story of a cheetah mother and her cubs in ‘Man Among Cheetah’, and the secrets of a legendary tigress that famously reigned over western India are revealed in ‘The World’s Most Famous Tiger’. Big Cat Week takes place globally in 140 countries and 37 languages. For more information, on the Big Cats Initiative and how you can get involved, visit causeanuproar.org.