Marta Kauffman

Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman, actors Paul McCrane (ER) and Paul Scheer (The League), amongst others, will associate with The Union Solidarity Coalition for a dwell fundraising occasion subsequent month to profit TV and movie crew members financially affected by the present work stoppage.

Called “The Give Back-ular Spectacular,” the occasion will happen dwell on the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles on October 25, with simultaneous live-stream and digital donation alternatives accessible nationwide.

The two-hour occasion will characteristic musical acts, rise up comedians and celebrity-performed sketches. Details on the line-up might be introduced later.

The occasion is designed to boost consciousness in regards to the impact of the writers and actors strikes on “your complete group of artists, craftspeople, technicians, manufacturing assistants and help employees,” organizers stated. Money raised will cowl COBRA and healthcare premiums for members of IATSE, the Teamsters, LIUNA and different staff within the business who’re having issue making funds as a result of strikes.

Tickets to the occasion might be accessible quickly, though donations are currently being accepted. Producers embrace Kauffman, McCrane (who will even direct), Scheer, Robbie Rowe Tollin, Jesse Schiller, Tony Phelan, Tara Miele and Kate Wagener, in affiliation with The Union Solidarity Coalition, a corporation based by writers and administrators to help crews impacted by the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

In different strike-related fundraising information, The Entertainment Community Fund (previously The Actors Fund) introduced at present that the Stars In The House Labor Day Special offered on September 4 by SiriusXM’s Seth Rudetsky, husband and Broadway producer James Wesley, and Entertainment Community Fund Chair (and Nyad star) Annette Bening has raised greater than $55,000 and counting.

The $55,000 tally is made up of a $25,000 matching present donation by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in honor of Bening and $30,000 in donations obtained throughout the telethon. The $30,000 in donations will go towards an ongoing effort to fulfill a $50,000 matching donation by John Cryer and spouse Lisa Joyner.

Stars In The House, which airs new episodes on its YouTube channel and, was based by Rudetsky and Wesley in March 2020 to boost cash for the performing arts group impacted by Covid, and has raised greater than $1,253,780 since its starting.

Since May 1, The Entertainment Community Fund has raised over $7.6 million from greater than 9,500 donors to help movie and tv staff impacted by the strikes.

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