HBO’s Free-Streaming Bonanza Is Now Live in U.S. — Variety

HBO made good on its promise, throwing the doors open on a free, live-streaming buffet of some 500 hours of premium content Friday morning. The free #StayHomeBoxOffice programming — served up without any ads — includes every episode of nine HBO series: “The Sopranos,” “Veep,” “Succession,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Wire,” “Ballers,” “Barry,” “Silicon Valley”…

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Fox Predicts Return of Sports In 3Q, 4Q, Starts Madison Ave. Talks — Variety

All sports games have been canceled. Now Fox Corporation is trying to get a bevy of blue-chip sponsors to plan for their return. Executives at Fox Sports have in recent days held videoconferences with some of the advertising industry’s most influential executives in hopes of starting conversations about placing ad dollars in live sports broadcasts…

via Fox Predicts Return of Sports In 3Q, 4Q, Starts Madison Ave. Talks — Variety

Queen Elizabeth II to Make Special Coronavirus Broadcast to U.K. on Sunday — Variety

Queen Elizabeth II has recorded a special broadcast on the coronavirus outbreak that will be broadcast on Sunday. The broadcast comes amid a U.K. lockdown to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, which has so far claimed 3,605 lives in the country, including 684 deaths announced today. 13 more words

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Bill Withers, Writer and Singer of ‘Lean on Me’ and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ Dies at 81 — Variety

R&B singer-songwriter Bill Withers, whose belated career in music burned briefly but brightly in the early ‘70s via a string of highly personalized hits, died from heart complications on Monday in Los Angeles, his family told the Associated Press. 19 more words

via Bill Withers, Writer and Singer of ‘Lean on Me’ and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ Dies at 81 — Variety

Tribeca Film Festival to Move Some Programming Online After Coronavirus Postponement — Variety

The Tribeca Film Festival, which was born out of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was forced to postpone its glitzy screenings and panels this year as a result of New York state banning large public gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic. 16 more words

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Film Academy Donates $6 Million to Support Motion Picture Employees Affected by Coronavirus — Variety

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made a $6 million donation that will help support motion picture employees and their families facing severe financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 25 more words

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