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Sustainability on the Post

As part of Twentieth Century Fox’s commitment to environmental sustainability in its film productions, the studio recently led efforts to green the set of The Post, Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-nominated drama starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks about The Washington Post’s role in publishing the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The filming process lasted 52 days and took the cast and crew across dozens of locations in New York and Washington, D.C., with each new site presenting its own unique sustainability challenges. However, the combined efforts of the cast and crew allowed the movie to save 32.5 metric tons of carbon emissions, divert 80% of its waste from landfill, and donate more than 2,600 meals to those in need.

The studio’s standard practice is to encourage sustainability on the set of every new film in its production slate, mandating the use of lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, establishing infrastructure for recycling and composting set materials, and helping crews find access to renewable energy sources. On The Post, Fox hired Emellie O’Brien of Earth Angel to help expand these efforts and supervise daily progress. She worked with every department to set goals and track data, as well as develop new strategies to recycle specialty items such as film stock and camera batteries. She also led the Green Crew Member of the Week program, recognizing those who went above and beyond in their sustainability efforts.

The crew on The Post also devoted its time and energy toward benefiting the communities where they worked. They partnered with the nonprofit Rock & Wrap It Up to donate 3,130 pounds of leftover food to New York area homeless shelters and food banks, amounting to 2,607 meals. The production office also donated more than 8,100 pounds of clothing, furniture, and other household objects to more than a dozen other charities.

The environmental initiative drew on best practices from the Green Production Guide, with Fox developed in collaboration with the Producers Guild of America and other major movie studios, and built on the long history of sustainable production at 21st Century Fox.The company regularly works with production crews across its film and television projects to integrate environmental responsibility into their daily operations, including during the recent eleventh season of The X-Files.

Lean more about environmental sustainability on The Post by reading our in-depth case study. The Post is available for digital download and on Blu-ray and DVD. Watch the trailer below:

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.

Xploration Station STEM TV

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the nominees for the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards and included eight nominations for Xploration Station, the three-hour block of STEM-related programming for kids and teens that airs on Fox TV Stations. Xploration Station consists of six half-hour shows exploring a wide range of scientific subjects, including space exploration, earth science, and more. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sunday, April 29.

The full list of nominations for the Xploration Station block is as follows:

  • Outstanding Education or Informational SeriesXploration DIY Sci
  • Outstanding Education or Informational SeriesXploration Outer Space
  • Outstanding Travel and Adventure ProgramXploration Awesome Planet
  • Outstanding Special Class SeriesXploration Earth 2050
  • Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle/Travel/Children’s or Educational and Informational Program – Steve Spangler, Xploration DIY Sci
  • Outstanding Writing Special ClassXploration Earth 2050
  • Outstanding Writing Special ClassXploration Outer Space
  • Outstanding Sound EditingWeird But True!

Xploration Station continues to gain momentum year after year, and it’s really exciting to see that growth recognized both by the Academy and our viewers,” said Steve Rotfeld, president of Steve Rotfeld Productions, which produces all six shows. “We believe there is an audience for smart, feel-good television that can be enjoyed by the whole family, and we’re happy to deliver just that. On behalf of everyone here at SRP, I’d like to thank all the talented folks who work on these shows, and our stations and partners for making this all possible.”

The six series making up the Xploration Station block include Xploration Awesome Planethosted by Philippe Coustea, Harvard scholar Emily Calandrelli’s Xploration Outer Spaceartist and futurist Chuck Pell’s Xploration Earth 2050Youtube 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 National Geographic Kids.

The Xploration Station block airs in more than 100 million homes nationwide and is available to stream on Hulu, Amazon Prime, Yahoo View, and Roku. The series have garnered 20 total Daytime Emmy nominations since their launch in 2015.

Learn more about Xploration Station, and find out how when it airs in your area.

Chasing Genius, Nat Geo

21st Century Fox’s National Geographic and Sprint have announced neurological physical therapist Asha Gummadi as the winner of the “CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation” challenge. Asha, who is based in Philadelphia, will receive $25,000 to pursue her vision of helping doctors to provide virtual physical therapy in developing countries. This is National Geographic’s second CHASING GENIUS digital initiative, which aims to bring together a community of active, aspirational, socially conscious consumers who want to make a positive difference in the world.

The winning project is based on the development of a tele-rehabilitation platform called Therex Portal, which Asha hopes will help doctors prescribe virtual physical therapy to patients in developing countries where rehab centers and treatment aren’t readily available. The app demonstrates each exercise movement through detailed animations and delivers instructions in multiple languages.

Asha was inspired to create the smartphone app after she couldn’t effectively recommend exercises to her mother because of a language barrier, and after her grandfather’s experience living in a village where he couldn’t access rehab services after an amputation. "It is a great honor to be selected as the winner," she said. "I would like to thank every person who voted for me." Asha plans to use the prize money to further develop the app by adding multiple languages and voiceover instructions for exercises.

Since launching last spring, CHASING GENIUS has brought together a community of 35,000 members. This year’s challenge resonated across social, digital and broadcast media, generating more than 100 million impressions, 7 million content views and 229,000 social conversations.

Last year, four winners were selected for the inaugural CHASING GENIUS challenge.

To learn more about the CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation challenge, including the submission process and the council members who determined the 10 finalists, read National Geographic’s press release announcing Asha as this year’s winnerWatch Asha’s video submission on the CHASING GENIUS website.

CHASING GENIUS is inspired by National Geographic’s Emmy-nominated series “Genius.” The second season, focusing on the life of Pablo Picasso, premieres April 24.

One Strange Rock Science Education

On the eve of the premiere of One Strange Rock, the thrilling 10-part documentary series exploring the conditions that create life on Earth, 21st Century Fox’s National Geographic has launched a suite of educational tools designed to bring to life some of the series’ key scientific lessons. The resources are available completely free for educators and include activities for students of all ages, including interactive online games and maps, photography, videos, slideshows, worksheets, articles, and a curriculum guide developed in collaboration with the nonprofit Journeys in Film. One Strange Rock premieres on Monday, March 26, at 10/9c on National Geographic.

One Strange Rock was filmed in 45 countries on six continents and from space, and features insights from some of the world’s most accomplished astronauts. The series is hosted by Will Smith and presented by visionary director Darren Aronofsky, who spoke about the series’ potential as an educational tool at a Television Critics Association panel in January: “What was exciting about this was taking astronomy, anthropology, biology, chemistry, and physics, and trying to sort of blend them together to talk about this home that we’re all living on.”

The educational materials reflect this broad engagement with many different scientific fields, including articles on climate change, videos on plate tectonics, and an elementary school guide to extreme weather. The curriculum guide for middle and high school students works hand-in-hand with the series to spark discussions about the solar system, microscopic organisms, the history of the space program, and more. Journeys in Film previously partnered with 21CF for curriculum guides tied to Hidden Figures, Mars, and He Named Me Malala.

Explore more educational activities for One Strange Rock, and watch the trailer for the series below: