The star-filled concert will be widely shown on TV and streamed online — but this should provide an opportunity for fans who don’t have a ticket to the Madison Square Garden event to enjoy a communal experience with immersive video and sound. National CineMedia will provide a feed of the 12-12-12 benefit over its Digital Broadcast Network to more than 200 Cinemark, Century and Tinseltown theaters. They’ll show it live beginning at 7:30 ET, and charge about the same price the venue would for a child’s movie ticket with all proceeds going to victims of Hurricane Sandy. The concert will feature Alicia Keys, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Kanye West, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Paul McCartney. Other chains including Clearview and National Amusements also will show the concert in some theaters, but Cinemark appears to be committing the most venues.
Hollywood wasn’t the only big winner at the Thanksgiving holiday box office. Still smarting from the $8.5M dent Hurricane Sandy put in their coffers, Broadway shows reaped big receipts and broke records during all of Thanksgiving week. According to figures from The Broadway League, 31 shows scored $27.02M for the seven-day period ending November 25, compared to $20.88M for 33 shows the week before. Although that will help with some of the post-Sandy recovery, it wasn’t enough to beat last year’s Thanksgiving week of $28,086,475, the Associated Press reported. The long-running Wicked had the best eight-show week in Broadway history with $2.29M in box office.
EXCLUSIVE: The entertainment industry continues to come together for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Jon Hamm will serve as Master of Ceremonies at We Hate Hurricanes, a night of comedy to benefit Sandy victims, on Monday, December 10th at Club Nokia at L.A. Live. Hamm will be joined by Aziz Ansari, Will Ferrell and Sarah Silverman with additional yet-to-be-announced performers. Music will be provided by Beck. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit disaster relief organization AmeriCares. Benefit posters also will be available for sale and donations will be accepted at the event. Pre-sale tickets will be available Friday, November 30 at 10:00 AM PT. Tickets (details here) for the general public go on sale Saturday, December 1 at 10:00 AM PT via Ticketmaster. The LA benefit comes two days before 12.12.12 — a Hurricane Sandy benefit concert that will be held at New York’s Madison Square Garden. That event, featuring Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West, Billy Joel and The Who was organized by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, The Madison Square Garden Company and The Weinstein Company. HBO, AMC, Showtime and Sundance Channel are among the networks that will televise the show, Variety reports.
After The Plane Crash and Terror At Sea: The Sinking Of The Concorida, the UK’s Dragonfly Film and Television will turn its forensic spotlight on another disaster with Sandy: Anatomy Of A Superstorm. The fast-turnaround documentary commission comes from BBC Two with an air date of November 18 in the UK. Using science-based analysis, the program will attempt to decipher how Hurricane Sandy happened while examining the consequences on the infrastructure of New York City. Dragonfly is part of Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group. Exec producers on the project are Dragonfly’s recently appointed managing director Simon Dickson and Tamara Abood. Something of a specialist in the arena, the BBC commissioned a quick-turnaround doc on another
It’s a tough period for the Long Island-based cable company, not helped by a Q3 earnings report this morning that disappointed analysts and sent shares down more than 5%. Execs can’t estimate how much Hurricane Sandy might end up costing, although the company says the number could be “significant.” CEO James Dolan says that “there clearly will be some” homes lost, especially on Long Island’s shore lines. Customers who call Cablevision will be able to receive a rebate based on how long service has been out. But execs shied from providing specifics about the potential losses — as well as other timely subjects including one it raised today: Cablevision says it might sell its systems in Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado.
The official opening of the Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross has been pushed from November 11 to December 8, following canceled rehearsals as a result of Hurricane Sandy, Playbill reports. The review release date for the Al Pacino-starring production of David Mamet’s Pulitzer-winning play is December 10, although the show has been in previews since October 19. Bloomberg notes that in the week ending October 28, Glengarry was “by far Broadway’s top-selling play,” grossing $1.1M. Lead producer Jeffrey Richards told Bloomberg rehearsals were “truncated” when some of the actors couldn’t make it to the theater in the wake of the superstorm. He also said the show isn’t ready to be “frozen” (the point at which no more changes will be made). Producers are extending the limited run through January 20 and have added additional performances. Bloomberg recently reported that Al Pacino is receiving a minimum of $125,000 a week and also is entitled to 5% of profits for the run of the drama.
PREVIOUS: The total raised as of 11:30 PM ET from today’s Day Of Giving is $15,663,327. The final tally will be announced tomorrow morning. Disney/ABC Television Group announced late last week that it had designated Monday, November 5 as a “Day of Giving” across all ABC programs including News, Daytime, Primetime and Late Night, encouraging viewers to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Good Morning America, LIVE With Kelly And Michael, The View, The Chew, Katie, Dancing With The Stars, World News With Diane Sawyer, ABC Owned Stations & Local ABC Affiliates, Nightline and Jimmy Kimmel Live all participated. ABC Family, SOAPnet, Radio Disney, General Hospital, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and the Disney Stores also joined the effort.
Los Angeles and New York (November 5, 2012)- The Screen Actors Guild Foundation (SAG Foundation) today announced that it has partnered with the Screen Actors Guild Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (SAG MPPWF) to create a Superstorm Sandy Emergency Assistance Fund specifically to provide financial support grants to active SAG-AFTRA members affected by the recent hurricane.
The SAG Foundation has provided initial funding through a $100,000 contribution that is being matched by an identical $100,000 from the SAG MPPWF for a total available assistance pool of $200,000. The Actors Fund is partnering with the SAG Foundation and SAG MPPWF in this much-needed effort and will provide the social services and coordinate the grant reviews and approvals. Checks will be made available for in-person pick-up at SAG-AFTRA’s New York local office within days.
The one hour show, called Restore the Shore, will include cast members from MTV’s Jersey Shore as well as guests who’ll be announced later, and will air live on November 15 at 11:00 PM ET, with a tape delay for the west coast. The cable channel will use the funds to rebuild Seaside Heights’ boardwalk and support local businesses and residents. MTV plans to offer online and mobile tools that will make it relatively easy for viewers to donate during the show as well as afterward. The channel says it will announce other details soon. MTV will team with non-profit group Architecture for Humanity which helped to rebuild Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and Biloxi and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
UPDATE Hurricane Sandy: More Power Restored But Not Heat As Temperatures Drop, Movie Theaters Reopen, NBC Airs Telethon, NYC To Issue Limited Film Permits
20TH UPDATE, 2:50 PM: Refresh for latest… About 1.9 million homes and businesses remained without power today, down from 8.5 million across the East immediately after the storm. More than half of those still without power are in New Jersey. About 84% of New York City’s subway system should be restored by Monday morning. Electricity is back on for most if not all of Manhattan, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, and power has been restored to much of the rest of New York City. Resumption of electric service means that most movie theaters have reopened up and down the East Coast and studios tell Deadline that business is booming.
Meanwhile, as temperatures fall toward freezing NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today that 30,000 to 40,000 people in the city alone would need housing. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said federal agencies are looking for apartments and hotel rooms for people displaced by Sandy. Some people have been reluctant to leave their homes because of scattered looting. “People are in homes that are uninhabitable,” Cuomo said today. “People don’t like to leave their home, but the reality is going to be in the temperature.” About 5.8 million homes in the East rely on heating oil, and distribution has nearly collapsed in some of the hardest hit areas. New York area distributors have already been forced to ration supplies. Officials also fretted that displaced residents would not be able to vote in Tuesday’s Presidential election. Scores of voting centers were rendered useless by the record surge of seawater in New York and New Jersey.
On Friday night, NBC’s commercial-free live one-hour benefit telethon Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together included Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Christina Aguilera and Mary J. Blige in a blend of music, storm footage and calls for donations from Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny DeVito and others. (You can watch it here) Matt Lauer hosted the show that was carried across several NBC networks including USA, MSNBC, E! and by HBO, Discovery’s Fit & Health and Velocity networks and The Weather Channel as well. Jimmy Fallon gamely led an all-star performance of the Drifters’ “Under the Boardwalk” that featured Joel, Springsteen and Steven Tyler who also delivered an emotional “Dream On”. Sting performed an equally passionate acoustic version of The Police hit “Message In a Bottle” and its promise to “send an SOS to the world.” Springsteen and the E Street Band closed the show with “Land Of Hope and Dreams”. Ironically, millions of people for whom the benefit was organized couldn’t watch because they still had no electricity. Separately, ABC has planned Monday, November 5 as Day of Giving across its network and syndicated programming to encourage viewers to help those impacted by the storm.
As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie imposed gasoline rationing, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said 8 million gallons had been unloaded from commercial tankers and another 28 million gallons would go into distribution terminals over the weekend. He also said the Defense Department was sending 12 million gallons of fuel to be pumped from five mobile stations. The gas initially was to be free and limited to 10 gallons per recipient. But after citizens swarmed the mobile units, the gas was cut off and reserved mainly for emergency workers. Officials pointed out that the extra 28 million gallons en route to New York should ease any continuing shortages.
This was without doubt the best laugh-out-loud SNL sketch of the fall season so far – NYC’s mayor and New Jersey’s governor address their constituents:
Listen to the latest episode of Deadline Big Media with David Lieberman podcast here. This week, Deadline Executive Editor Lieberman and host David Bloom discuss the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on New York’s entertainment companies; whether big media stocks will take advantage of low expectations for Q3 earnings to “kitchen sink” lots of expenses into their reports; Disney’s stunning purchase of LucasFilm and what Disney will have to do to make its money back; and the latest Netflix stumble, followed by Carl Icahn’s announcement that he has rights to a significant stake in the online streaming company.
2ND UPDATE: Discovery’s Fit & Health and Velocity networks and The Weather Channel will join HBO and the networks of NBCUniversal in airing Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together tonight at 8 PM ET. The list of participating stars also has grown. Kevin Bacon, Mary J. Blige, Tina Fey and Whoopi Goldberg are among those who will join previously announced Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and others. NBC.com, Fandango, iVillage, weather.com, nbcnews.com and others plan to live stream the event. When the special concludes at 10 PM ET NBC will air a special Hurricane Sandy-themed edition of Dateline: Rescue And Recovery, anchored by Lester Holt. The latest release follows:
Disney/ABC Television Group’s “Day Of Giving” For Hurricane Victims Continues To Grow With ABC Family And Others
UPDATE: Disney/ABC Television Group announced today that ABC Family, SOAPnet, Radio Disney, General Hospital, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and the Disney Stores are joining the Day Of Giving.
November 1, 2012 . . . Following the announcement made today by Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company of a $2 Million donation for Hurricane Sandy relief and rebuilding efforts, the Disney/ABC Television Group today announced that it will designate Monday, November 5, 2012 as a “Day of Giving” across network and syndicated programming spanning News, Daytime, Primetime and Late Night, encouraging the tens of millions of viewers engaged throughout the day to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
In commenting on the wide-reaching response to the devastating storm, Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC Television Group, said, “The effects of Hurricane Sandy have impacted millions of people across the entire North East, including many of our co-workers, friends and families. This unprecedented devastation demanded an unprecedented response, so our team came up with the ‘Day of Giving.’ This coordinated effort between network and syndicated programming spanning News, Daytime, Primetime and Late Night will reach tens of millions of viewers with a specific call to action…to do what Americans do best, and pull together in support of those who are suffering. I’m incredibly proud of the team and all of our programs for this amazing response.”
UPDATED: More media giants are stepping up to aid in the recovery efforts following devastating Hurricane Sandy. Disney announced today it is committing $2 million to the American Red Cross and other organizations working on rebuilding efforts. Viacom also is making $1 million donation. The company says it will donate $500,000 to the Mayor’s Fund for NYC and $500,000 to local organizations for relief and rebuilding efforts in Connecticut, Long Island, New Jersey and Westchester County. Viacom also has set up a $1 million employee matching gift program with The American Red Cross. Disney also says it will match employee contributions dollar for dollar. Time Additionally, Time Warner Cable is donating $600,000 and is dispatching vehicles with mobile charging stations and free Wi-Fi access throughout New York City. TWC retail stores in Staten Island and Queens will allow anyone to recharge their devices. Yesterday, News Corp announced a $1 million donation, with $500,000 going to the Mayor’s Fund and the rest to support relief efforts in New Jersey.
Michael Moore took on Piers Morgan last night over the media’s coverage, specifically CNN, of Hurricane Sandy, saying there needed to be fewer reporters standing outside in drenching rain and wind and more news of what was actually going on. Morgan disagreed, saying the images showed how big and dangerous the storm was. Much of the discussion focused on a wind-blown Ali Velshi who reported in waist-high water from an Atlantic City intersection. Velshi later called in to defend himself and CNN, saying “This is not our first rodeo”. Check it out below.
The new number from risk modeling firm Eqecat is five times higher than its initial forecast, which I cited in a post on Tuesday about the potential losses from the superstorm. Insurance will cover as much as $20B of the economic losses, four times more than it envisioned before the storm hit land. Electric and utility losses were “significantly” higher than normal from “a more typical category 1 storm,” the company says. The damage to New York area subways and roadway tunnels also caught forecasters by surprise. Yesterday the firm said that Sandy struck the region of the country “with the highest population and GDP contribution.” But while the losses are high on an absolute basis, Equcat says they’re relatively low “as a portion of the underlying economy and asset base.”
Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report will broadcast live November 6 on both the East and West coasts. The fake news shows plan Election Night shows at 11 PM/8 PM PT and 11:30 PM/8:30 PM. Stewart’s Election Night 2012: This Ends Now will feature early results and analysis from Stewart and the show’s regular correspondents. Stephen Colbert’s Election 2012: A Nation Votes, Ohio Decides; The Re-Presidenting of America: Who Will Replace Obama? ’012! will include a guest appearance by columnist Andrew Sullivan. Both Stewart and Colbert returned to the air Wednesday after their shows shut down for two days due to Hurricane Sandy. This will the sixth election in a row, since 1992, that Comedy Central has had live coverage. This year’s shows will also broadcast on MTV’s Times Square jumbotron i n New York