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Fox Pitch Youth Sports Baseball Equipment Donation

20th Century Fox Television has donated $25,000 worth of sports equipment to Sylmar Independent Baseball League, Inc. (SIBL), a nonprofit youth baseball and softball league serving communities in Los Angeles. The donation consists of gear used during the production of FOX’s drama series Pitch, which chronicled the fictional story of the first female player in the major leagues. 21st Century Fox worked with the series for nearly a year to create campaigns and forge partnerships that promote the achievements of female athletes and expand access to sports for women and girls across the country.

Located in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, SIBL has served Sylmar and its surrounding communities for more than 60 years, providing sports programming for children 16 and under. This past season alone, the organization taught more than 450 young athletes the fundamentals of baseball and softball, as well as the values of sportsmanship and teamwork, and multiple teams won division titles across the state. Newly elected LA City Councilmember Monica Rodriguez connected Fox with SIBL, which is located in her district.

The donation marks the end of nearly a year’s worth of social impact efforts surrounding Pitch, reflecting the role that inspirational stories play in providing the motivation and encouragement necessary for young athletes to succeed. In September 2016, 21CF announced it would expand the company’s existing support of the Women’s Sports Foundation. The company partnered with WSF’s Sports 4 Life program, which awards grants to schools, parks and recreation departments, nonprofits, or amateur sports leagues that encourage the participation and retention of African-American and Hispanic girls ages 11-18 in developmental programs.

FOX Sports has supported the Women's Sports Foundation since 2014, partnering with other sports networks to contribute a collective $2 million to the foundation's work. FOX also supports WSF's Annual Salute to Women in Sports, a gala recognizing the world's top female athletes.

In addition, FOX partnered with LeanIn.Org for a digital campaign featuring the cast and crew of Pitch in conversation about the struggles they’ve faced and the strides they’ve made as women in male-dominated fields. The video series featured series stars Kylie Bunbury and Ali Larter, as well as executive producer Helen Bartlett, all speaking about the value of positive representation of women on screen.

"Growing up, watching certain things [on television] made an impact on me and my life, so I think representation of women is important on TV; it's vital," Bunbury said before talking about the support she always found from her mother: "She always reassured me that I'm capable of anything and that I'm enough. That's the message of this show, and it's not just for women; it's for everyone: you are capable. You are enough."

Learn more about 21CF’s commitment to Sports & Well-being.


Leonardo DiCaprio "Before the Flood"

21st Century Fox businesses have received a total of four nominations from the Environmental Media Association, whose awards honor film and television productions that increase public awareness of environmental issues and inspire personal action to correct them.

21CF’s National Geographic earned two nominations in the Documentary Film category for From the Ashes and Before the Flood. From the Ashes, produced with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, takes on compelling stories to explore the reality of coal’s role in climate change, as well as human health and the economy, while offering solutions that could help revive struggling mining towns and protect the environment. Before the Flood follows Leonardo DiCaprio across five continents as he explores the effect of climate change on local communities around the world, as well as the political and social forces standing in the way of possible solutions.

Nat Geo focused on getting the film’s important message seen as widely as possible. In addition to broadcasting the documentary in 171 countries and holding screening events at the White House with President Obama and at the UN with Secretary John Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, Nat Geo made Before the Flood freely available across a record-breaking number of linear, digital, and social platforms. Nat Geo also hosted free screenings that doubled as voter registration drives across 50 college campuses in the months leading up to the US presidential election. With more than 60 million viewers worldwide, Before the Flood is the most watched Nat Geo film ever, and one of the most watched documentaries in history.

Nat Geo also won a third nomination in the Reality Television category for Years of Living Dangerously’s “Collapse of the Oceans.” The documentary TV series features respected journalists and celebrities who travel around the world interviewing people affected by, and offering solutions to, the impacts of climate change. At the premiere of the second season of the series, held at the American Museum of Natural History for more than 800 guests, National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe remarked, "Truly great storytelling connects with audiences profoundly. This is especially true when it explores themes that transcend our differences and reflect universal values, like the human connection to the planet. And on the important topic of climate change, National Geographic, given its reach and reputation, is in the unique and enviable position to tell stories with real potential to make a difference in the world.”

FOX’s The Simpsons also received a nomination in the TV Comedy category. The animated series, which will soon start its record-breaking 29th season, has won eight previous EMA awards including last year for its episode “Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdle.” A prize this year would mark the third consecutive win for the show.

"This year's remarkable slate of nominees is a testament to the continued dedication and commitment that the entertainment community has on the environmental issues we are facing," said EMA President and CEO Debbie Levin. "The EMA Awards will not only further amplify the voices and messages of each of these programs and films, but also inspire a new generation of activists in the film, television and new media community to produce environmental content; it is through these channels where storytelling has the power to educate and ignite change."

Over 70 Fox film and television projects have also received an EMA Green Seal, which recognizes progress and leadership in sustainable production.

The 2017 annual Environmental Media Association Awards Ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on September 23, and will be hosted by Jaden Smith, an EMA member.


Fox Writers Lab Finalists

Photo by Saman Assefi Photography

Fox Inclusion recently announced writer Keely MacDonald has received a script development deal from Fox Broadcasting Company after being named this year’s Fox Writers Lab Fellow. She joined Fox as a research intern on Sleepy Hollow in 2012, and eventually earned the opportunity to write the episode “Insatiable” in season 4.

MacDonald was chosen from a group of 13 experienced finalists  at the Fox Writers Lab, a 14-week program hosted by Fox Inclusion that gives its finalists direct access to Fox writers, directors, and executives to further their screenwriting skills on the Fox Lot in Los Angeles. The Writers Lab is one of several programs at 21st Century Fox created to empower new storytellers and strengthen the pipeline of diverse talent in the industry. At the conclusion of the program, now in its sixth consecutive year, one fellow is named as the Fox Writers Lab fellow and awarded a purchase and development deal on their original script, or a first-look deal with 21CF-affiliated entities.

This year’s Writers Lab cohort participated in “Pitchfest”, where they presented their own unique ideas to network and studio executives. The content consisted of either an original comedy or drama pilot script completed under the leadership of producer Sheila Hanahan-Taylor of Practical Pictures and Kelly Kulchak, head of Current Programming at DreamWorks Animation.

The 2017 Fox Writers Lab Finalists, along with MacDonald, included: Arielle Diaz, Brad Marques, Elizabeth Oyebode, Erick Castrillon, Esteban Arango, Jennifer Graham Imada, Lauren Tyler, Mellori Velasquez, Nicky Young, Pilar Valdes, Tania Lotia and Yasemin Yilmaz. These experienced writers were chosen from nominations submitted by arts organizations, showrunners and talent representation from across the country, and will be promoted throughout the Fox creative family for staffing on current and future film and TV productions.

“Fox Writers Lab has become an increasingly crucial component of our staffing process. There are so many talented writers, with so many different points of view. Those diverse viewpoints help make our programming smarter, stronger and, ultimately, more reflective of Fox’s viewership,” said Terence Carter, EVP of Drama Programming, Development and Event Series at Fox.

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Sustainability Depaul Fox Sports University

Photo by Jamie Moncrief for DePaul University

Public Relations students at DePaul University in Chicago met with senior executives from 21st Century Fox, FOX Sports, and Major League Baseball on June 5 to pitch new project ideas and marketing campaigns for the companies’ joint environmental sustainability efforts. The presentation was the result of a semester-long partnership between DePaul and the FOX Sports University program, which allows college students the chance to work directly with sports industry professionals on a real-world problem facing their business. DePaul students were charged with creating new public messaging strategies that raise awareness of FOX Sports and MLB’s sustainability initiatives throughout the baseball season.

“We would love to thank FOX Sports, 21st Century Fox, and MLB for giving us such a rich assignment,” said Don Ingle, whose PR class at DePaul took part in FOX Sports University this spring. “Our students take so much pride in [this program], and it would not be possible without FOX Sports University specifically going to Major League Baseball and getting them to agree that this was the right time and that we were the right school to be doing this kind of campaign... I’ve never seen any class have this much professional involvement from beginning to end.”

Ingle’s class of 24 students worked for ten weeks to create the marketing campaigns, drawing on the MLB’s nearly decade-long history of environmental sustainability, which includes projects on LED lighting, recycling, water conservation, and more. The students worked in four teams of six to immerse themselves in MLB sustainability and pitched projects and campaigns such as expanded bike sharing opportunities at the All-Star Game and a baseball giveaway with the slogan “Strike Out Your Footprint” stamped on each ball. The teams also created public service announcements about sustainability designed to air during key points in the season, such as the playoffs and the World Series, which is broadcast on FOX Sports.

“The sustainability effort is important because [sports] is a platform that reaches so many people,” said junior Melissa Bellew. “Almost everyone is interested in at least one professional sport, and if they see the players or their favorite team practicing sustainability, fans will be more likely to [do so, as well].”

FOX Sports and MLB executives worked directly with the students throughout the semester to offer professional guidance. They briefed the students on the project at the beginning of the term, checked in via conference call mid-way through, and returned to Chicago on June 5 to hear the students’ pitches in person. This model is typical of FOX Sports University partnerships, which seek to give students as much hands-on experience in the sports industry as possible.

"I've learned more about myself and my strengths in relation to a team than in any other class," said Caroline Fronczak, a senior public relations and advertising student. "I know this experience will be something I take with me as I pursue a career in the sports industry."

FOX Sports University is now in its ninth year and works with nearly 40 universities across the U.S., devising individual projects and convening unique business partners for each participating school. The program allows students to apply the skills they learn in the classroom to real-world business challenges and provides FOX Sports with fresh insights from the industry’s next generation of leaders. To date, more than 5,000 students have participated in FOX Sports University, nearly 100 of whom have gone on to work for FOX Sports, either through internships or full-time employment. Even more students have been referred to FOX Sports partners for employment opportunities as they approach graduation.

Learn more about FOX Sports University, including a look back at some of the many projects completed during the 2016-2017 school year.


Fox Sports University

As final exams conclude, and college seniors across the country prepare to take their first steps into the real world, FOX Sports University wraps up its ninth year, covering more campuses and impacting more students than ever before. FOX Sports University is the largest, most comprehensive program of its kind, with the intent on bridging the gap between academia and the sports industry. Together with nearly 40 acclaimed University partners, the FOX Sports University program provides unique and enriching educational opportunities to students from coast-to-coast while uncovering fresh insights for our business. To date, over 5,000 students have participated in FOX Sports University.

As we graduate another class of eager young talent, FOX Sports University reflects on the past school year, and would like to thank FOX employees for their commitment to bringing their unique insights and experience into classrooms across the country. Here is a look back on some of the highlights of the last year:

FOX SPORTS UNIVERSITY SUPERSTARS TAKE SUPER BOWL LI

For the first time ever, FOX Sports University students were challenged with a digital project surrounding the crown jewel of the sports broadcast industry: the Super Bowl.

Journalism students at the University of Missouri, and Advertising students at the University of North Carolina were challenged by FOX Sports to develop creative ways for the network to engage fans through social and digital platforms surrounding Super Bowl LI on FOX. The winning student teams from each school were invited for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the FOX Sports team in Houston during Super Bowl LI Media Week. Students networked with FOX executives, toured NRG Stadium and Radio Row, watched live tapings of FS1 studio shows, and even saw some of their ideas come to life. Our winning teams left Houston impressed, inspired, and with an experience they will never forget.

 

FOX SPORTS UNIVERSITY JOINS FORCES WITH MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TO “GO GREEN”

Committed to sustainability, FOX Sports and MLB teamed up to inspire change in a new generation of young adults at DePaul University.

Public Relations students at DePaul University were challenged by 21CF Social Impact, FOX Sports, and MLB to develop creative marketing and PR messaging that FOX and MLB can utilize to raise awareness for joint sustainability efforts throughout the baseball season. While many MLB team partners have worked with the FOX Sports University program, this is the first time the league office has been involved in the classroom. The students truly stepped up to the plate with strong final presentations that utilized FOX and MLB assets during jewel events – Opening Day, All-Star Week, and the Post-Season!

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FOX SPORTS UNIVERSITY ALUM- A RECORD NUMBER ARE AMONG US

This Summer, 12 FOX Sports University alumni will join nine different FOX Sports departments as Summer Interns.

With its unique access to top-level student talent across the country, FOX Sports University continues to serve as a recruitment pipeline for many FOX business units. FOX Sports University’s network has led to the hiring of nearly 100 FOX Sports University students since the program’s inception in 2007. This summer, FOX Sports University students from University of North Carolina, Marquette, New York University, Syracuse, Michigan, Southern Methodist University, Villanova and Seton Hall accepted internship positions across the company. From PROcast to FOX Sports Ad Sales, Home Team Sports, FS1, PR and Marketing, the FOX Sports University Program continues to be an asset for our company.

  • LIGHTS, CAMERA, FOX SPORTS UNIVERSITY

FOX Sports On-Air Talent have the opportunity to give back by investing time and energy in the next generation of sports media.

This school year, many FOX Sports University partnerships were amplified by the integration of various FOX Sports Personalities.

  • IN THE CLASSROOM

While in Bloomington, FOX Sports’ Lead College Football Analyst Joel Klatt hosted “1 Minute Drills with Joel Klatt,” during which he provided coaching and advice to Indiana University on-camera hopefuls. FS1 On-Air Talent Nick Wright and Alan Cavanna both returned to their alma mater to speak to Syracuse students about their career paths during the inaugural year of the FOX Sports University partnership with the Orangemen.

  • IN THE STUDIO

During Fall 2016, Cal State Northridge students were challenged with an FS1-themed project. FS1 Studio Staff and On-Air Talent, including Nick Wright and Joy Taylor, welcomed the class to the Lot for a behind-the-scenes tour and a live-taping of The Herd.

  • ON THE FIELD

NFL on FOX On-Air Talent and Broadcast teams across the country hosted FOX Sports University students on-site to provide exclusive experiences, and a behind-the-scenes look into NFL GameDay in the booth, in the trucks, and on the sidelines. At the Big Ten Championship Game, Joel Klatt and FOX Sports’ Lead College Football Play-by-Play Announcer Gus Johnson welcomed students to the broadcast booth for a glimpse into their gameday preparation.

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A LOOK AHEAD: FOX SPORTS UNIVERSITY OWNS THE FALL SEMESTER

FOX Sports University adds Purdue and Illinois to its growing list of University Partners.

As FOX Sports prepares to “Own the Fall” during its inaugural season airing the best Big Ten football matchups, FOX Sports University celebrates partnerships with every university in the Big Ten conference beginning in the 2017 / 2018 school year. FOX Sports University looks forward to strengthening its relationships with each Big Ten University this coming Fall, and is proud to be a part of this exciting time in company history.