Ghetto Film School and 21st Century Fox Partner to Launch New Initiative in Los Angeles Based on GFS’ Award-Winning

  Ghetto Film School and 21st Century Fox Partner to Launch New Initiative in
  Los Angeles Based on GFS’ Award-Winning Educational Model

 GFS LA Welcomes First Students in June in L.A.’s MacArthur Park Neighborhood

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LOS ANGELES & NEW YORK -- May 14, 2014

Ghetto Film School (GFS), the independent film organization dedicated to the
development and celebration of the next generation of great American
storytellers, and 21st Century Fox, the world’s premier portfolio of film and
television properties, today announced plans to launch an expansion of the GFS
operation to Los Angeles. GFS LA, which will open its doors in June, will be
based on the rigorous creative education model utilized at the South Bronx
non-profit since 2000.

21st Century Fox, a longtime partner of GFS, will provide both financial and
in-kind support for GFS LA, including integration with the school’s curriculum
through the sharing of content and the involvement of senior executives as
mentors and guest lecturers.

“Expanding to Los Angeles makes perfect sense given the city is a real driver
of art and culture and we’re confident that this kind of high-quality
opportunity will open many doors for the city’s diverse, young storytellers,”
said GFS founder Joe Hall. “21st Century Fox recognized not only the need to
expand the curriculum to the west coast but also the incredible opportunity it
presents for the city’s youth. I’m so grateful for their support.”

"For more than a decade, GFS has proven that creativity and storytelling are
as essential to the social and educational development of young people as any
traditional curriculum," said James Murdoch, Co-COO of 21st Century Fox. "When
Joe Hall told me that he wanted to open GFS LA, it was a no-brainer -- we are
very happy to be able to help make it a reality. Supporting storytellers is
what we do, and aspire to do, every day in our company -- so to be able to
support new storytellers at the Ghetto Film School just feels right."

"The Ghetto Film School has been an amazing resource in New York for over 13
years, not only as an educational gem for low-income neighborhoods, but also
as a crucible for new filmmaking talents that can be remarkable," says Academy
Award-nominated writer/director David O. Russell, a longtime GFS board member
and champion for the organization. "It's about helping young people tell their
stories on their terms. It's very exciting to bring this to LA, where my
friends and many others working in cinema can be even more involved with GFS."

GFS LA programming will be free of charge, and during the first phase
implementation 75 diverse, teenage storytellers from the local area will
complete a 30-month college-level, pre-professional immersion in cinematic
storytelling and production training based on the Fellows Program model
developed over the last 14 years in NYC.

GFS LA will be located in Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park neighborhood and will
utilize facilities made available through a unique partnership with Heart of
Los Angeles (HOLA), an acclaimednon-profit organization that empowers
thousands oflocal youth to develop their potential, pursue their education
and strengthen their communities through exceptional programs in academics,
arts and athletics.

About Ghetto Film School

The Ghetto Film School is an award-winning, independent film organization with
a mission to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great
American storytellers. With operations in the South Bronx (NYC) and MacArthur
Park (Los Angeles), the non-profit annually supports 650 diverse teen and
young adult artists through high quality, pre-professional programs focused on
the intersection of art, business and education. GFS initiated and led a
partnership with the NYC Department of Education to open The Cinema School in
2009 as the nation’s first film high school, which has a 100% college
acceptance rate. Digital Bodega is an alumni-run, full-service production
company providing creative solutions for brands such as Nike, General Mills,
Atlantic Records, and Sony Pictures while generating income for free-of-charge
GFS programming. Student work has been produced and screened around the world,
and 400,000+ global registered users access GFS curriculum and training via an
online MasterClass series. For more information on Ghetto Film School, please
visit www.ghettofilm.org.

About 21st Century Fox

21st Century Fox is the world's premier portfolio of cable, broadcast, film,
pay TV and satellite assets spanning six continents across the globe. Reaching
nearly 1.5 billion subscribers in more than 100 local languages every day,
21st Century Fox is home to a global portfolio of cable and broadcasting
networks and properties, including FOX, FX, FXX, FXM, FS1, Fox News Channel,
Fox Business Network, Fox Sports, Fox Sports Network, National Geographic
Channels, MundoFox, STAR, 28 local television stations in the U.S. and more
than 300 channels that comprise Fox International Channels; film studio
Twentieth Century Fox Film; and television production studios Twentieth
Century Fox Television and Shine Group. The Company also provides premium
content to millions of subscribers through its pay-television services in
Europe and Asia, including Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia and its equity
interests in BSkyB and Tata Sky. For more information about 21st Century Fox,
please visit www.21CF.com.

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21st Century Fox
Dan Berger, (310) 369-1274
dberger@21cf.com
 
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