September/October 2018: Hispanic Heritage Month

Global Feature

All 21CF Global Colleagues Invited to Join the Conversation.

Five days of thought-provoking speakers, panels, workshops and screenings with innovators, educators, authors and artists… all focused on the theme of inclusion.

Greater diversity and inclusion remains among the most important aspects to the success of business and employee experience. During Inclusion Week, taking place October 15-19, the company will take time to celebrate and amplify its inclusion efforts; focus attention on the knowledge and skills needed for inclusive leadership; and help deepen connections and broaden networks.

Inclusion Week 2018 is a wide-scale engagement for colleagues across all 21CF businesses, designed to help every person in every role become more inclusive, future-ready and successful leaders. Beginning October 15, innovators, thought leaders, authors and executives will share inclusion strategies to create meaningful, measurable change. 

Events will focus on three topics of universal relevance that can be customized for local culture: 

The Power of Inclusion:  How diversity and inclusion create better groups, companies, schools and societies. 

– Inclusion Across Generations:  Understanding the ways different generations view diversity and inclusion. Working across five generations in the workplace. 

– Authenticity and Intersectionality: A modern approach to identity, recognizing everyone has multiple dimensions such as race, class, gender, ability, education, etc.  

All 21CF colleagues will be able to actively participate in the week’s events, which will include keynote speakers, executive panels, watch parties, screenings and more. Daily content will be available live and on demand via Zoom, as well as speaker videos.

For more information or to RSVP for Inclusion Week events, visit here.

Business & Colleagues

HOLA – it’s Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S.! Colleague Network & Resource Group HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Advancement) is celebrating with fellow colleagues from September 15-October 15 by hosting executive panels, special screenings, community events and networking events – all which support HOLA’s mission to develop Hispanic leaders, enrich 21CF’s diverse culture and drive positive impact.

The culmination of HOLA’s month long activities will feature two premiere executive panels on October 16:

  • LatinX 21CF Leadership Panel” with Marcela Martin, National Geographic Partners EVP; Carlos Sanchez, FOX Deportes EVP and General Manager; and Gina Silva, KTTV-FOX 11 Los Angeles reporter; 
  • “Leveraging the Hispanic Market – Case Study: 2018 World Cup” with Fernando Fiore, FOX Sports World Cup 2018 Host; Mariano Trujillo, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports soccer analyst and former Mexico pro soccer player; and Rodolfo Landeros, FOX Deportes en Vivo anchor.

Both panels, which will be taking place during Inclusion Week, will be accessible to all global colleagues remotely via Zoom, either live or on-demand. To find out more, RSVP to see the panels live in L.A. or to register for Zoom options, please visit Inclusion Week site.

Hispanic Heritage Month, which began in 1968 as a heritage week and was enacted into law in August 1988, is celebrated among people of Hispanic or Latino origin in U.S.; yet it is also significant in other countries. For example, September 15 marks the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; while Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18.




  • Hispanic population is at 57.5 million, making it the nation’s largest minority group (constitutes almost 18% of U.S. total population)
  • 1.2 million U.S. veterans are of Hispanic or Latino descent
  • Latinos formed 86% of all new business startups from 2007-2012
  • Hispanics over-indexed on mobile and social media usage – 16% higher than the national average
  • Latino projected purchasing power by 2020: $1.7 trillion

Check out more Latinos in America “Fast Facts

Sources: U.S. Census 2017/Hispanic-heritage and Latino Donors Collaborative Organization






Women@21CF UK continue their Lunch & Learn initiative. Earlier this summer, the group hosted a workshop called “Human Beings, Not Human Doings”. The two-day conference, which took place in the FNG office in Hammersmith one day and in the TCF headquarters in Soho Square on the second day, attracted close to 100 participants. The meetings explored uncertainty, vulnerability and the power of reflection. Through a series of exercises, discussions and practical tips, professional coaches Leanne Dalah and Maisy Maddox with experience in education and management consultancy, helped attendeesplan for their workload. As they explained, in order to achieve this, it is of foremost importance to stop (yes, stop) and reflect on our accomplishments and learnings. They also recommended to fight the constant distraction brought by technology; and provided tips for decreasing stress and increasing productivity at work. Women@21CF UK, led by an all-women group of volunteers, drives to foster a more inclusive workplace where all feel welcome and can thrive.



Diverse Voices & Stories

As part of its ongoing efforts to bring new and diverse voices into the entertainment industry, 21st Century Fox has partnered with the American Film Institute (AFI) on two new programs designed to increase the number of women cinematographers working in Hollywood.

This partnership builds on 21CF’s previous work with AFI to expand opportunities for women in the entertainment industry. The first of this two-part series, AFI Cinematography Introductory Intensive for Women (CIIW), brought 19 emerging female filmmakers to the AFI campus in August for a four-day course exploring the fundamentals of visual storytelling. Meet the 2018 CIIW participants and learn about their backgrounds and interest in pursuing a career in cinematography. The second program, the Fox DP Lab, will welcome more established female cinematographers to the Fox Lot in Los Angeles this fall to help advance their careers to the next level.

Of the more than 700 applicants for CIIW, the 19 women selected participated in workshops, discussions and screenings of the work of pioneering female cinematographers, all with the goal of encouraging them to continue down the path to becoming Directors of Photography. Both AFI faculty and veteran cinematographers still active in the industry taught sessions during the four-day course. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) also supported CIIW through their ASC Vision Committee, which is dedicated to the advancement of underrepresented cinematographers and their crews, regardless of race, gender or age.

The Fox DP Lab will focus on championing the careers of female cinematographers who have already gotten their start in the business. The program will be open to recent graduates of the AFI Conservatory, one of the most prestigious filmmaking MFA programs in the world. Those selected graduates will have the opportunity to meet with Fox executives responsible for recommending and approving cinematographers for film and TV projects, receive career guidance from cinematographers who have worked on Fox properties and have an insider’s experience seeing Fox studio films and TV series being shot.

This is among several 21CF initiatives to support and develop the next generation of storytellers, including the opportunity to showcase those voices from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film and television industry.





The 2018 Fox Directors Lab, a highly-selective program for diverse directors looking to transition to episodic television, recently wrapped its 4-week educational program on the Fox Lot. The 8 FDL directors met executives from Fox Broadcasting Company, Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Networks, Fox 21, and Searchlight Television, and participated in exclusive guest speaker sessions with producing directors Jason Ensler (THE PASSAGE), Erin O’Malley (FRESH OFF THE BOAT), Dan Attias (SNOWFALL), Sanaa Hamri (EMPIRE), and Lesli Linka Glatter (HOMELAND). The directors also met agents and managers and were paired with a Fox executive mentor and a career coach. What’s next for these talented directors?  Shadowing on FOX television shows!  Stay tuned to more on their shadowing assignments in future Global Inclusion Newsletters.


The Fox Directors Lab, overseen by 21CF Global Inclusion, is a highly selective initiative designed to nurture experienced television directors who have diverse voices, backgrounds, and life experiences. The goal of the program is to create a strong pipeline of well-rounded talent for potential staffing on Fox television shows.