Partners

Eric Price, Joe Hall, Christian Slater, Courteney Monroe, Evan Shapiro, and Katherine Oliver

(l-r) Eric Price, Joe Hall, Christian Slater, Courteney Monroe, Evan Shapiro, and Katherine Oliver

High school students from long-time 21st Century Fox nonprofit partner, Ghetto Film School, had the unique opportunity to hear their short film scripts read by Hollywood talent and receive feedback from top industry executives last week at the school’s annual Table Read event in New York. Sponsored by 21CF and co-hosted by National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe, the table read served as both a celebration and fundraiser for Ghetto Film School, which teaches filmmaking to teenagers from underserved communities in NY and LA, and creates a unique pipeline for original and underrepresented voices in Hollywood.

GFS students had two scripts read by talent, including actors Christian Slater and John Leguizamo, and each reading was followed by a discussion moderated by NYU Tisch Film School’s Dr. Sheril Antonio, with additional feedback given by producer Robert Carlock. After revisions, students will film one of the scripts at the Frick Collection in New York City and will travel to Israel this summer to film the other. 

After supporting GFS in the Bronx for many years, 21CF helped open GFS LA as Founding Partner in 2014, and covers 100% of core operating costs so that all other donations go directly to programming for students and young artists. Students receive a rigorous college-level training in the artistic and technical aspects of storytelling, with hands-on experience in writing scripts, pitching story ideas, shooting on location, and editing a finished piece—all completely free of charge. 21CF also provides students with open access to content, resources, and learning opportunities with talent, executives, and filmmakers across the company, giving students a unique opportunity to learn from and contribute to the film and tv industry.

GFS NY students with actor Christian Slater
GFS NY students with actor Christian Slater

Learn more about Ghetto Film School and visit impact.21cf.com for more information about 21CF Social Impact.


Ghetto Film School, 21st Century Fox Social Impact

Ghetto Film School, an award-winning nonprofit and 21st Century Fox partner, is currently recruiting for its 2017-19 Fellows Program. The Fellows Program is an immersive narrative filmmaking program for high schoolers based in NYC or LA, and free of charge for all students. 

Ghetto Film School (GFS) provides high school students with a substantive and rigorous filmmaking program to develop the next generation of great American storytellers. GFS graduates go on to enroll at prestigious universities and enter the creative industry with impressive professional experience. GFS New York was created in 2000 by Joe Hall, and after years of tremendous growth with interest from the Hollywood community, 21CF helped launched GFS Los Angeles in 2014. 

“What Joe and his team have built in the Bronx has delivered real results from an incredible focus and a feel for storytelling," said James Murdoch, 21CF CEO. “They’ve discovered talented kids and have made a difference in their lives."

The Fellows Program is a 30-month pre-professional program for young storytellers ages 14-18. Students receive 1,000 hours of hands-on training in screenwriting, camera operation, editing, and sound mixing from leading filmmakers and industry experts on live sets and in studios. They develop short films, commercials, and other creative content, and have the chance to shoot abroad in locations like London and Tokyo and screen their films at venues such as the Lincoln Center. Throughout the program, students also undergo college application advising and test prep support, as well as connections to paid internships at top media and creative companies.

Simone Walker, a 15-year-old high school student from LA who participated in the 2013-15 Fellows program, said, "I see myself going into the film industry as a producer or an assistant director, but education comes first... Being 15, college is something I've spent a lot of time thinking about but not having a good idea of what I had to do or how it worked. The program really helped me to understand what college is and what I've got to do to succeed in it.”

Interested students in NYC or LA should visit https://www.ghettofilm.org/ for details; applications must be submitted by March 15, 2017 for consideration.

21CF GFS 2016 Final from 21CF Impact on Vimeo.


Pitch, FOX

On February 1, 21st Century Fox joins partner Women’s Sports Foundation and supporters around the United States in celebrating the 31st annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day.

Founded in 1974 by tennis icon Billie Jean King, the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) works directly with local schools and leagues to help girls pursue their athletic passions. WSF has developed a comprehensive sports education curriculum, trains coaches and teachers, and helps rising female athletes with the costs of competition fees and travel. In 1987, WSF joined a coalition of organizations to celebrate the first National Girls & Women in Sports Day, and has been active in advocating for the progress of Title IX while expanding athletic opportunities for girls and women everywhere.

FOX Sports, a division of 21st Century Fox, 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. In September 2016, 21CF announced a new initiative to support the foundation’s ‘Sports 4 life’ program in honor of FOX’s new series, Pitch, which chronicles a fictional story of the first female major league baseball player. The partnership between 21CF and Sports 4 Life will help local communities break down barriers and encourage participation of African-American and Hispanic girls in youth sports programs.

FOX Sports also supports several initiatives throughout 2017, including Girls on the Run, a nonprofit committed to teaching young girls life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons that creatively integrate running.

YUWA Girls Football Team

STAR Sports, a 21st Century Fox division based in India, is also committed to expanding access to sports, and in 2014, organized a campaign to raise money for the YUWA young women’s soccer team. YUWA is a nonprofit working against female illiteracy, child marriage, and trafficking in the poorest parts of India—through education and extracurricular activities, the organization offers many girls and young women an alternative future of skills and empowerment. STAR Sports’ campaign for YUWA resulted in enough funds to cover the team’s entry fee and travel for the USA Cup, a goal these young women had been dreaming of ever since they got in the game.

Women's Sports Foundation from 21CF Impact on Vimeo.


FOX Stars Raise $25,000 for Environmental NGOs at Eco-Casino Party

For the tenth consecutive year, FOX Broadcasting celebrated the start of the new television season with the Fall Eco-Casino Party, presented by Ford and Xfinity. Several of FOX's biggest stars appeared at the event, which was held at the Bungalow Club in Santa Monica, California, on September 8. Over the course of the evening, FOX raised $25,000 to donate to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Heal the Bay, The Nature Conservancy, and the Environmental Media Association.

The party brought together stars from FOX's most successful returning series, such as New Girl, So You Think You Can Dance, and Family Guy, as well as newcomers from Mulaney, Gotham, and Red Band Society.

EcoCasino_Table.jpgAs in past years, FOX worked to minimize the event's carbon footprint by using bio-diesel-powered trucks to transport equipment, choosing LED lights over traditional incandescent bulbs, distributing invitations digitally, using casino chips made from recycled materials, purchasing local, organic, and sustainable food products, printing reusable signage, renting furniture and decor, composting all food and beverage waste, and recycling all cans, bottles, cardboard and paper used by staff and guests.

For more photos and video from the event, check out this recap from FOX 11 Los Angeles. FOX's Fall Season kicked off this week with the Sunday premiere of Utopia.


Life of Pi was one of the most inspiring films released in 2012, and thanks to Fox's partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, the film is continuing to have a positive impact.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment partnered with WWF, the leading organization in wildlife conservation and endangered species, to create the "Help Save Tigers" campaign around the release of Life of Pi on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. The promotion included on-air and print public service announcements, social media outreach, and joint PR efforts.

Fox sent PSAs to more than 1600 TV and cable outlets, and the Twitter presence for the campaign garnered more than 863,000 followers. In addition to its initial $50,000 donation, Fox donated twenty-five cents from every Blu-ray, DVD, or download bought from the release on March 12 until June 30, 2013, ultimately totaling $100,000.

"Stories like Life of Pi are inspired by nature and its magnificent wild species," said Ang Lee, Academy Award winning Director of the film, in a press release. "While film has the power to make us believe in the unbelievable and beautifully capture a tiger's graceful presence, in reality, the tiger's world is far from magical. Their true story is one of fighting for survival...

"Partnering with WWF allows us to align around a shared passion - ensuring wild tigers have a permanent home so we can all continue to appreciate these animals, not only on the big screen, but in the wild where they will hopefully remain for generations to come."

Check out the PSA above and visit WWF's website to learn more.