Jeffrey Katzenberg and the Motion Picture and Television Fund turned to Richard and Demi Weitz’s Quarantunes Zoom live performance fundraising franchise to avoid wasting this yr’s version of the Evening Before fundraiser tied to the annual Primetime Emmy Awards fete.
“Succession’s” Jeremy Strong, George Clooney, “Schitt’s Creek’s” Dan Levy, “Pose’s” Billy Porter, Octavia Spencer, Sherry Lansing, Josh Groban and Deborah Cox have been among the many friends on the presentation which blended fundraising pitches and musical performances. Robin Thicke sang an a cappella number of theme songs penned by his dad and mom, Gloria Loring and Alan Thicke, together with indelible tunes from NBC’s “Diff’lease Strokes” and “The Facts of Life.”
Bryan Adams delivered a heartfelt rendition of “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman” on acoustic guitar. Billy Porter unabashedly “acquired political” and delivered a gospel-flavored cowl of the Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.”
Porter urged the gang to concentrate to the political realities of the second. In a short interview phase with Spencer, Porter stated the lockdown situations imposed by the pandemic have given him new perspective.
“We have to lean into the facility of this second and the awakening and the way particular and transformative it may be for these of us who have to placed on our oxygen masks for it so we will be of some service for what’s to come back,” Porter stated.
Porter closed with an impromptu a cappella efficiency of the hovering “Love Is on the Way” from 1996’s “First Wives Club.”
The Evening Before gathering sometimes attracts lots of of trade insiders and Emmy nominees to Century City for one of many trade’s glitziest charity fetes. The Quarantunes collection was began in April by WME accomplice Weitz and his 17-year-old daughter Demi in April as a personal digital social gathering for trade buddies. It quickly expanded into an ongoing fundraiser for COVID-19 aid applications. On Saturday, Demi disclosed that the efforts have now topped $10 million in donations from particular person and company supporters.
Quarantunes has drawn a starry record of performers and high-powered supporters from the beginning. As such, the partnership between Evening Before and Quarantunes was a pure match. Evening Before, now in its 14th yr, was launched by Katzenberg as a small-screen counterpart to his Night Before fundraiser held yearly Academy Awards weekend.
The Evening Before version of Quarantunes opened with DJ Cassidy spinning a mixture of basic TV theme songs, beginning with “The Love Boat” (albeit an extended minimize of the Jack Jones recording used for the ABC collection) and ending with “Thank You for Being a Friend” from NBC’s “The Golden Girls.”
The Weitzes served as emcees for the night time from the kitchen of their Beverly Hills house. Weitz joked that Katzenberg, who’s head of the fledging short-form streaming platform Quibi, had pushed him to make the entire even beneath 10 minutes, the size of most Quibi episodes. The crowd swelled to greater than 500 contributors after the primary hour of the show that was scheduled to run greater than three hours.
Clooney, a longtime MPTF supporter, addressed the group to report that MPTF amenities have gone 23 weeks with no resident testing optimistic for coronavirus, a streak he described as “a really huge deal.” The trade establishment that gives well being care and housing for aged trade employees. Evening Before collected $840,000 earlier than the decision started. Katzenberg and his spouse, Marilyn Katzenberg, vowed to match donations with the purpose of elevating $1.5 million.
Super-producers Greg Berlanti donated $30,000. J.J. Abrams and his spouse and Bad Robot accomplice Katie McGrath donated $40,000. Former Paramount Pictures chief Sherry Lansing donated $20,000. Yvette Nicole Brown was additionally among the many co-hosts.
“Thousands of trade employees are getting some aid from us due to this catastrophe with COVID. While we’re trying again at our buddies and retirees we’re additionally within the means of at all times trying ahead,” Clooney stated.