UPDATE (9/28/12): Head over to GlobalFest.MTV.com to watch the festivities, beginning on Saturday, September 29 at 4:30 p.m. ET!
VH1 is excited to announce that we’ll be livestreaming the Global Citizen Festival, a benefit concert to support the Global Poverty Project, right here on VH1.com on Saturday, September 29 from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. ET. The festival, which will be held in New York City’s Central Park and feature performances from the likes of Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses and VH1 You Oughta Know artist K’Naan. Our friends over at Palladia will also be broadcasting the concert in its entirety in glorious HD. We’ll have more details on this exciting project coming soon, but for now, here’s a press release about the event that just crossed the wires.
GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL IN CENTRAL PARK ON SEPTEMBER 29TH TO MAKE HISTORY AS THE LARGEST SYNDICATED MUSIC CHARITY WEBCAST AND BROADCAST
Performances By Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K’Naan; Hosted by Katie Couric, Jeffrey Sachs, Jack Dorsey, Olivia Wilde, Minka Kelly, Sophia Bush, Selena Gomez, Katharine McPhee
Historic Event & Ongoing Online Campaign Aims to End Extreme Poverty
New York City, NY, September 20, 2012 – The Global Poverty Project is proud to announce that their upcoming Global Citizen Festival, produced by AEG Network LIVE and delivered by AEG Digital Media, will be live streamed and broadcast by an impressive list of media partners. The simultaneous distribution of this historic event allows the world to “attend” the festival, which will bring together leading non-profit organizations, musicians and notables in Central Park on September 29, 2012 as part of a mass movement to end extreme poverty.
Leading broadcast sponsor Australian technology company, Vividas, along with premier online distribution partners include VEVO, YouTube, AOL/ Huffington Post, Yahoo!, VH1.com, and NYTimes.com all plan to stream the event live. In addition, television partners AXS TV Palladia, Globo Brazil, and Fuse, will carry the live program. This first-of-its-kind collaboration between online and broadcast outlets worldwide will include the full performances and remarks from the day’s luminary line-up.
Bunim/Murray Productions will also help co–produce online creative social media and fan interaction features and interstitials to give fans everywhere a constant stream of live content via AEG Digital Media’s Live Experience Platform, consisting of the Tremolo Video Player, The MC and The Hawk.
“The Global Poverty Project is proud to have such partners to help carry the message of the Global Citizen Festival around the world,” said Hugh Evans, CEO and Co-Founder of GPP. “This is a chance to take action towards ending extreme poverty in our generation.”
“I’ve always been fascinated by the way art and music can bring people together,” says Ryan Gall co-founder
and Executive Producer of the Global Citizen Festival. “This event is a way to take that collective energy to create positive social change.”
“AEG Network LIVE is honored to be producing a live event that has such massive distribution on a global level for a good cause such as the Global Poverty Project,” said John Rubey, Executive Producer of the broadcast and President, AEG Network LIVE. “We are proud to have such an extensive collection of talent on board and are
grateful to all our production and distribution partners in helping us make this happen.”
As previously announced, The Global Citizen Festival will include performances by Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K’naan, talent arranged by AEG LIVE Goldenvoice. The event’s Host Committee includes Katie Couric, Jeffrey Sachs, Jack Dorsey, Selena Gomez for U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Minka Kelly for The World Food Program USA, Sophia Bush for Pencils of Promise, Olivia Wilde for Half the Sky Movement, Katharine McPhee for Malaria No More, and Erin Heatherton. The event will celebrate achievements and create awareness around the UN General Assembly in New York when world leaders will convene to debate the
Millennium Development Goals and make commitments to end extreme poverty.
The broadcast will air live on at Saturday, September 29, 2012 starting at 4:00PM EDT and again 12:00AM and 8:00AM EDT globally for the worldwide audience to view in their respected time zone. The event broadcast is generously supported by Vividas and Max Sound (MAXD).
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