KAS Hosts NY Part Of ‘Hope For Haiti’ Telethon
The New York segment of the MTV Networks-sponsored “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” telethon, which aired globally on all major networks last Friday, January 22, was broadcast from a donated stage at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Long Island City. Kaufman Astoria Studios President Hal G. Rosenbluth felt it was important to help bring this benefit to a global audience and quickly accommodated the producers with a stage for the New York production. Kaufman Astoria Studios also donated the power for the production, according to a spokesperson.
In New York, the telethon was hosted by Wyclef Jean with performances by Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Madonna and Sting. George Clooney and Anderson Cooper also hosted “Hope for Haiti Now” from Los Angeles and Haiti with additional live performances by Jay-Z, Rihanna, Bono, Coldplay and The Edge. All donations directly benefited Haiti through the following organizations, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF, Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and United Nations World Food Program.
The telethon has raised more than $57 million to date a new record for money donated by the general public during a disaster relief telethon. The $57 million does not include donations by corporations, large private donors and iTunes sales figures, all of which are still being calculated. The single "Hope for Haiti Now" is currently the top-selling iTunes album in 18 countries.
Since its rebirth in 1980, Kaufman Astoria Studios (KAS) has established itself as one of the largest and most sophisticated film and television production centers on the East Coast. As a full-service, turnkey facility, KAS is equipped to handle every conceivable size, style and type of production whether it be for film, video, commercials, music, sound, or studio photography. The feature film “Wall Street 2”, directed by Oliver Stone, a Bon Jovi video and Onion News are currently in production at KAS. KAS is also home to the cable television dramedy “Nurse Jackie” and the long-running children’s program “Sesame Street”.