- HBO has decided to cancel its Emmy party and FYC events to donate the funds for LA's COVID-19 relief.
HBO announced Friday that it will shift funds spent on the annual Emmy afterparty and other For Your Consideration Events to donate to the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund. The AT&T owned network will cancel typical awards advertising and sumptuous post-ceremony events to contribute the sum of $1 million dollars to the relief fund as a response to the pandemic.
The relief fund aids against the disruptive impact of the novel coronavirus on families, small businesses, essential workers, healthcare equipment, and services for the homeless population of the city. The fund will supply home-delivered meals for isolated seniors, childcare support, and other community resources for Angelenos.
“On behalf of Bob Greenblatt and myself, we are proud to make this contribution from HBO instead of using it for our traditional Emmy party and FYC events,” Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming, stated. “I am tremendously proud of all of our shows in Emmy contention this year, and I am hopeful they will receive the recognition I believe is richly deserved for all of our talented collaborators, in front of and behind the camera. We look forward to being able to get back to the work we love.”
Amidst the global pandemic and the current circumstances facing the entertainment industry, the Television Academy has adjusted the Emmy Awards schedule by canceling its FYC events and shifting the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony to September 20 on ABC.
For more information on the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, please visit mayorsfundla.org/covid19/