Thursday, January 21, 2010
When George does something... he does it BIG!
I think this might be the largest telethon event I've ever heard of. Although the one for Katrina was pretty large. Anyway, MTV with the help of George Clooney or should I say George Clooney with the help of MTV has organized "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" telethon, airing Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT. And, it is going to be HUGE.
Talk about star power... this is going to be a ridiculously star studded event.
ALREADY BOOKED; Bono, Wyclef, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z, Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Madonna, Bill Clinton, Rihanna, Haitian artist Emeline Michel, The Edge, Mary J. Blige, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Coldplay. That was the music... if you want to talk Hollywood then you would include; Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, and Samuel L. Jackson. Is that everyone? Of course not, my blog isn't big enough to name everyone unfortunately but I'm sure by now you get the picture. I am a little ticked off though cause I didn't see anyone from the "Jersey Shore" listed???? I mean come on? Seriously? No Snooki?
This will be a star-studded two-hour telethon airing Friday that will feature musical performances from Los Angeles, New York City and London, plus live reporting from CNN's Anderson Cooper in Haiti. Expected highlights from the telecast include U2's Bono and The Edge joining Jay-Z and Rihanna in London for a one-of-a-kind performance.
Music performances from "Hope for Haiti Now" will be available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store. Beginning on Friday, iTunes customers will be able to exclusively pre-order both the Hope for Haiti Now full performance album ($7.99) and the full two-hour video telecast ($1.99). Pre-orders will be delivered in the days following the telethon. Individual audio performances will also be available for purchase and download for 99 cents each in the days following the telethon. Apple, the record labels and the artists will donate their share of the proceeds to Haiti relief funds managed by "Hope for Haiti Now" charities.
Wanna know where to tune in? How about where not to tune in?
"Hope for Haiti Now" will air across ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, E! Entertainment, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, CENTRIC, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, EPIX, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health, Planet Green, CNN en Español, HBO Latino, and Canadian networks including CBC Television, CTV, Global Television, and MuchMusic. The event will be live streamed online globally across sites including YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com, and Rhapsody and on mobile via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and FloTV. "Hope for Haiti Now" will also air internationally on BET International, CNN International, National Geographic, and MTV Networks International, which is available in 640 million homes worldwide. "Hope for Haiti Now" will be available non-exclusively to all terrestrial radio stations around the globe and SIRIUS XM Radio as a one time only radio broadcast via the MTV Radio Network and Westwood One.
"Hope for Haiti Now" will begin accepting donations at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT on Friday via the following methods:
» Online: www.hopeforhaitinow.org
» Phone: 877-99-HAITI
» Text: Text "GIVE" to 50555
» Mail: Hope For Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 1201 West 5th Street, Suite T-700, Los Angeles, CA 90017
"Hope for Haiti Now" is produced by Joel Gallen and Tenth Planet Productions, in collaboration with Viacom's MTV Networks and George Clooney.
Links from which I pulled all of this information are below.