Twentieth Century Fox Television

LGBTQ Storytelling at Fox

Three television projects from 21st Century Fox businesses took home top honors at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on May 5, including Twentieth Century Fox Television’s This Is Us, FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and National Geographic’s Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric. The awards recognize media and entertainment for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, as well as the issues that affect their lives.

"GLAAD is working to ensure the spirit of unity and intersectionality that was celebrated tonight extends throughout the year," GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said. "Tonight's award recipients are the front lines to ensuring that LGBTQ acceptance moves forward in a political and cultural climate that is working against us."

21CF garnered an additional eight nominations for films and television projects from across the business, including Battle of the Sexes and The Shape of Water from Fox Searchlight; American Horror Story: Cult, Feud: Bette and Joan, and Legion from FX; Star from FOX, One Mississippi from FX Productions, and Modern Family from TCFTV. This was the ninth consecutive nomination for Modern Family, as well as the fifth consecutive for Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

"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," Ellis said. "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."

Amiyah Scott, who plays the trans dancer Cotton on FOX’s drama series Star, co-presented a special award for Detroit Piston’s player and LGBTQ advocate Reggie Bullock. She spoke about her experience as a trans woman of color playing a character that defies stereotypes:

“Lee [Daniels, Star showrunner] is big on authenticity, so he does come to me sometimes and ask me my opinion because I am a trans woman of color,” she said. “Most trans roles are typical and he steps outside of that box and that's what I'm thankful for… Sometimes we are boxed in and our experiences as trans people are often shown as tragic and sad. But sometimes there is love and there is hope. It can be tragic for some, but that's not always the case. And I'm fighting to break that stereotype.”

Learn more about GLAAD and check out a full list of winners from this year’s awards.


Green Production on The X-Files

Nearly twenty-five years after The X-Files first premiered on FOX in 1993, the show returned for an eleventh season earlier this year, not only reuniting David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully but also building on the series’ long history of going green behind the scenes. Fans can now check out an exclusive video and case study detailing how the cast and crew conserved energy, reduced waste, and made a difference in the communities where they filmed. The initiatives came as part of 21st Century Fox’s broad commitment to minimizing its environmental impacts, growing sustainably, and inspiring others to take action.

The X-Files is at the forefront of sustainable production, something of which I’m very proud,” series creator Chris Carter said during his acceptance speech for the Industry Builder Award at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival. “Every choice we make is an energy choice, whether it’s using biofuels in our generators or simply turning off our vehicles if we stop to talk on the phone. This takes such a combined effort by so many people from the bottom to the top, and it can only be done through a spirit of cooperation, sharing and mindfulness.”

For Season 11, Fox brought on green production specialists from Green Spark Group to work directly with each department over the course of the four-month shoot in British Columbia, Canada, to identify ways to conserve energy and reduce waste.

As a result, The X-Files diverted 68% of its waste from landfill, avoided 19 metric tons of carbon emissions, and saved nearly $150,000 in the process. The production also introduced a new food donation program that distributed more than 2,500 meals to those in need in the Vancouver area, and has already encouraged other film and TV projects in the region to adopt similar programs.

These achievements build on a long history of pioneering green production practices at 21CF. The company regularly works with production crews across its film and television projects to ensure environmental responsibility is integrated into each department’s daily operations, including large-scale efforts on the Fox Studios Lot and the testing of new technologies such as the mobile power generators piloted during the production of FX’s Legion.

Learn more about environmental sustainability on The X-Files by reading our detailed case study and watching the exclusive video below:


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 Writers Lab 2018

21CF Global Inclusion has selected eight participants in the seventh annual Fox Writers Lab, a highly selective program for emerging TV writers with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. The writers will participate in a four-month intensive on the Fox Studio Lot in Los Angeles that focuses on developing original material, honing skills, and exploring the media and entertainment business. The program creates a strong pipeline of well-rounded talent for staffing on Fox television shows and contributes to increasing the diversity of viewpoints and ideas in the film and TV industry as a whole.

Over the course of the program, the writers will take part in a rigorous intensive on writing for television. They will receive guidance on their scripts through master classes, and will receive group career coaching and individual mentorship from creative executives at FOX Broadcasting Company, Fox 21, FX, and 20th Century Fox Television. Experienced writers, showrunners, and directors will serve as guest speakers.

Beyond helping the participants hone their craft and learn the business, the Fox Writers Lab also provides extensive resources for script development and job placement. All participants are eligible to receive priority staffing meetings for the established Fox Writers Lab Staff Writer position on Fox television shows. In addition, one writer will be named the 2018 Fox Writers Lab Fellow and will receive a development deal on his/her script. The Fellow will also receive one-on-one creative meetings with network and other Fox entertainment current and development executives.

In the seven years since its initial launch, the Fox Writers Lab has produced several notable alumni, including: Lena Waithe, Emmy-winning writer of Master of None and creator, executive producer and writer of The Chi; Ed Gonzalez, co-writer of feature film All Eyes on Me; Cindy Fang, staff writer on Rush Hour and Fresh Off the Boat; JaSheika James and JaNeika James, executive story editors on Empire; and Ester Lou Weithers, staff writer on Star and Pitch.

The Fox Writers Lab is one of many programs at 21CF that nurtures diverse voices and stories, both in front of and behind the camera. Last year, the company launched the inaugural Fox Filmmakers Lab, an initiative designed to help increase the number of female directors working in the entertainment industry. The Fox Television Directors Lab will announce its 2018 class of fellows later this year. 21CF Global Inclusion is focused on seeking and broadening diversity and inclusion efforts, talent, and perspectives throughout the organization.

Learn more about each of the eight participants in this year’s Fox Writers Lab by reading their bios below:

Anthony Florez is a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and was raised in Reno, Nevada. Inspired by the service of his father, uncles, and grandfathers, he became a third generation serviceman when he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2008. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant and departed the U.S. Navy in pursuit of his creative passions. Anthony most recently participated in the Writers Guild Foundation’s Veterans Writing Project.

Felicia Hilario is a Mexican American screenwriter with roots in East LA. She is a graduate of both UCLA’s Professional Screenwriting Program and most recently USC’s MFA in Screenwriting Program. During her time at USC she received the Mary Pickford Scholarship, the Lionsgate-Televisa Scholarship, and the Grillo-Marxuach Family Fellowship. She currently is a Writers’ PA on GREY'S ANATOMY.

Milton Liu is a founding partner of Kulture Machine and the Director of Programs at Visual Communications (LA Asian Pacific Film Festival).  Recently, Milton released the feature AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS (FilmBuff) as writer/producer and the webseries JOHN HUGHES RUINED MY LIFE (funded by Tribeca) as writer/director/producer. He also wrapped his short documentary I HATE BIG PHONY on Xfinity TV. Previously, Milton was an ABC/Disney Feature Writing Fellow.  Milton is a member of the WGA.

Jenny Deiker Restivo is the winner of the 2016 Launchpad Pilots Competition, and was listed on both the 2016 Young and Hungry List and the 2017 Bitch List. A graduate of the United World College of the Atlantic and the University of Iowa, she is a writer of primarily dark genre dramas and has worked in reality television for the last nine years.

Aiah Samba is an African American screenwriter based in Los Angeles.  He studied production and screenwriting at Brooks Institute and UCLA, and has worked as a freelance writer for years.  He is currently developing an original TV drama with Overbrook Entertainment and was recently awarded a grant from Break Media to produce an original sci-fi short, Whipping Boy.  He is represented by Stories International.

Elizabeth Stamp is a native of Wheeling, West Virginia, and a graduate of Brown University. She began her career as an editor at Elle Decor and Architectural Digest. She is a contributor to The Onion and her original pilot Maternal Instinct was recently named best comedy script at the New York Television Festival. She is currently developing a comedy podcast with Audible.

Jai Tiggett is a writer and producer with a background in independent film.  She has written and created content with Al Jazeera, Codeblack, Epiphany Films, Issa Rae Productions and others.  She is a film school graduate of Florida State University and UCLA, and she was a Cosby Screenwriting Fellow at USC.  Her writing on entertainment and pop culture has appeared in Shadow & Act, Indiewire, Ebony, Women & Hollywood and Cinematiq Magazine.

Tesia Walker is a writer born in the Bronx, but raised in New Rochelle, NY. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA Film Program, and the recent recipient of the Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition for best episodic one-hour teleplay. Prior to film school, she participated in the NBC Page Program, and worked as a television production assistant for both ABC and FX network shows.


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.