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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. 


Creators and cast of Shots Fired, New York screening

In advance of the upcoming TV premiere of Shots Fired on March 22, FOX has organized a screening series followed by conversations between the producers, cast, and various community leaders, activists, and members of law enforcement across the country. Shots Fired is a new 10-part series that takes an explosive look at the American criminal justice system through the prism of two racially charged shootings in a small North Carolina town.

Created by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood, the show begins with an African-American police deputy (played by Mack Wilds) shooting an unarmed white teenager. Before the police department and community has time to process through the aftermath, a Department of Justice-assigned prosecutor and investigator (played by Stephan James and Sanaa Lathan, respectively) unearth another tragic shooting in the town, of an unarmed black teen, followed by an onslaught of twists and turns that threaten to tear apart their case and the community.  The show also stars Academy Award-winners Helen Hunt as the North Carolina governor and Richard Dreyfuss as the wealthy owner of a private prison, as well as Stephen Moyer as Lieutenant Breeland and Jill Henessy and DeWanda Wise as the mothers of two slain teenagers. By skillfully navigating social unrest, media attention, and political debate, Shots Fired untangles and exposes the complexities of race relations in America today. 

Following a screening at New York City’s Paley Center for Media on Thursday, March 9, the cast and creators participated in a moderated discussion about racial tension in America and filming the show in the middle of ongoing violence and tragedy in the country. “Dealing with two different murders allowed us to really get into how victims of violence are treated differently based on race,” said Prince-Bythewood, who also talked about their aim to inspire empathy by creating a show where every character demonstrates layers of complex humanity, rather than being painted as a villain or hero. Dreyfuss added, “This is the most current thing you’ll ever see. This is as current as tomorrow’s news…hopefully this show will start the national conversation that’s so overdue, that we’re still not being honest about.”

The screening series is taking place in 10 cities across the U.S., and each of the screenings is followed by a moderated panel discussion with the cast, creators, and community leaders, including Tony Dixon, president of the DC chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and Kathy Chaney, managing editor of Ebony magazine in Chicago.  

“I want people to have fun watching it—it’s fun to watch, but it’s also horrible. I hope that people cry, I hope they get mad, and I hope they have discussions and debates and that ultimately, some empathy is created—that people step out of the comfort zone they’re used to thinking within,” concluded Lathan at the New York screening.

Watch the trailer for Shots Fired, which premieres on FOX on Wednesday, March 22 at 8pm ET.


A look at how our colleagues made a positive impact in communities across the U.S.

Last week, 21st Century Fox launched 21CF Impact Week, giving more than 1,000 of its colleagues opportunities to make a positive impact in the local communities where they live and work.

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Colleagues based in New York, Los Angeles and select cities across the U.S. stepped away from their desks and into their communities by volunteering at schools, parks and community centers. More than a dozen opportunities were available, including a Rocky Horror Picture Show-themed hike for charity, a movie night at a senior assisted living center, packing and donating meal kits, military and school supply care packages, a science scavenger hunt for kids at the American Museum of Natural History, and many more. Next year, 21CF plans to extend the pilot program to all colleagues nationally, and will begin to roll out internationally as well.

"We've got great, talented people, and the more they can apply themselves to making a difference in the community, the better of they'll be, the better off the business will be and the better off the community at large will be," said 21CF CEO James Murdoch.

"It was a really fulfilling experience," said a 21CF colleague. "I think it's important for all of us that are so fortunate in our lives to take the time to step back and appreciate that by helping others."

Catch up on 21CF Impact Week by checking out #21CFImpactWeek on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and by checking out the photos below:

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Xploration Outer Space won Best Educational Series and Best Social Media Campaign at the Cynopsis Kids

Xploration Outer Space, the space-themed educational series for kids and teens airing on Fox TV Stations nationwide, scored two major wins at the Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards on September 27. The half-hour series from Steve Rotfeld Productions was recognized by Cynopsis Media as the year's Best Educational Series/Special on STEM subjects, and its #StudentAstronaut contest earned the award for Best Social Media Campaign. Xploration Outer Space is part of Xploration Station, a three-hour block of STEM programming airing Saturday mornings on Fox TV Stations.

"Former NASA employee Emily Calandrelli takes kids on an out-of-this-world journey in this series seen in more than 100 million homes," Cynopsis Media wrote on their website. "Through stunts including a ride in the 'vomit comet' to experiments with space balloons and rockets, the show opens viewers' imaginations to the endless possibilities of outer space."

Cynopsis also recognized the series' #StudentAstronaut contest, a digital competition that ran this spring in which high school and college students vied for an all-expenses-paid trip to Sanford, Florida to train like an astronaut, experience zero gravity, and ultimately appear on an episode of the show. Applicants submitted short videos to the Xploration Station Facebook page explaining why they think space exploration is important. The winner was University of Maine student Samuel Borer, a double major in physics and mathematics.

"We believe that contests like this can inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science," said Steve Rotfeld, president of Steve Rotfeld Productions. "This is a unique opportunity to engage students in a real world experience that makes science fun and exciting."

Cynopsis also awarded Xploration Outer Space sister series Xploration Awesome Planet, hosted by Philippe Cousteau, and Xploration Earth 2050, the multiple Emmy-nominated series hosted by artist and futurist Chuck Pell, with honorable mentions in the Best Educational Series/Special - STEM and Best Educational Series/Special categories, respectively. Rotfeld himself received honorable mention in the Executives and Showrunners category.

These three series, along with three additional shows, are currently airing on Saturday mornings on Fox TV Stations across the country. Also comprising Xploration Station are Xploration DIY Sci, hosted by YouTube star Steve Spangler, Xploration Nature Knows Best, hosted by marine biologist Danni Washington, and Xploration Weird but True, hosted by Charlie and Kirby Engleman, produced in partnership with Nat Geo Kids.

Learn more about the Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards, including a full list of winners, and catch up with past episodes of all six Xploration Station series on Hulu.


21st Century Fox celebrated Earth Day this year with the "Explore Your World" photo contest, giving colleagues across the globe the chance to combine their photography skills and their love of the outdoors by sharing their best nature photos on social media with #21CFExplore. More than 3,000 entries poured in from across the business as employees unleashed their inner explorers and posted stunning portraits of the world around them. The competition was the centerpiece of 21CF's Earth Month campaign, which encouraged colleagues everywhere to explore and protect the planet.

View the four Grand Prize Winner photos below:

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TOP: Michael Horan, First Place; LEFT: Luis Pedro Cabarrus, Second Place; RIGHT: Nikita Shatrov, Third Place; BOTTOM: Roshan Panjwani, Honorable Mention

 

Winners will receive their choice of an Apple Watch, a GoPro, or a National Geographic-branded digital camera.

Throughout the month of April, 21CF provided opportunities for colleagues to get outdoors, get healthy, and give back to their communities. Employees based in New York and Los Angeles got the chance to volunteer at local parks and elementary schools, fundraise for the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo's Run for the Wild 5K, and hear from experts at National Geographic such as renowned geologist Ford Cochran and National Geographic Kids editor Rachel Buchholz. In addition, special on-air Earth Day programming at FOX and Nat Geo WILD reached viewers around the world with tips on how to make their homes more eco-friendly, as well as new documentaries on endangered species.

Check out some of our favorite "Explore Your World" photos from our colleagues around the world.

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