Amnesty International celebrated its 50th anniversary by bringing the legendary comedy gala to the United States for the first time ever, live at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Control Room produced the 3 hour live show that featured all new material from the best of British and American comedy and world class musical talent to celebrate the theme: Freedom of Expression. Over 40 of the world’s most popular entertainers were on stage including Jon Stewart, Russell Brand, Sarah Silverman, Eddie Izzard, Ben Stiller, Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig, Seth Meyers with special musical performances by Coldplay and Mumford & Sons. The event was broadcast in the US live on EPIX’s TV and web platforms, in the UK on Channel 4 and was later released as a DVD box set.
Live from the iconic Hollywood Bowl, an all-star group of the most influential and socially responsible artists in music, film, and television came together for a special concert to celebrate the work and impact of President Clinton and his foundation since he completed his second term in the White House 10 years ago. ‘A Decade of Difference’ , produced by Control Room and broadcast live on Yahoo!, featured live performances by Juanes, Kenny Chesney, K’naan, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Usher and a rare acoustic performance by Bono & The Edge. The event included a special address by President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, celebrity appearances and a collection of award nominated original short films.
Control Room, executive producer of all Live Earth events, served as producers of the global entertainment and television production for the Dow Live Earth Run for Water: the largest worldwide water initiative on record to help combat the global water crisis. The Dow Live Earth Run for Water took place on April 18, 2010 over the course of 24 hours, in more than 40 cities around the world and consisted of a series of 6 km run/walks (the average distance many women and children walk every day to secure water), featuring concerts and water education activities aimed at igniting a tipping point to help solve the water crisis.
Kicking off the World Cup opening on 10 June, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. (GMT +2), at the newly-renovated Orlando Stadium in Soweto township, this historic three-hour live concert event showcased the music, sport and visual pageantry of South Africa. The event featured musical performances by Alicia Keys, Amadou & Mariam, Angelique Kidjo, Black Eyed Peas, BLK JKS, John Legend, Juanes, Shakira, The Parlotones, Tinariwen, Vieux Farka Touré, and Vusi Mahlasela, along with special appearances by world renowned footballers and celebrities, and legendary South African leaders. The event was broadcast into 1 billion homes in over 165 countries and was hailed as “the greatest entertainment event to date on the African continent”. All net proceeds benefited 1GOAL and “20 Centres for 2010”, the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
In partnership with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, 2007, Control Room produced the largest entertainment event in history, Live Earth: the Concerts for a Climate in Crisis.. On July 7, 2007, the 7-continent, 24 hour music extravaganza raised awareness for the Climate Crisis with a message of solutions and personal responsibility. Featuring 150 of the world’s leading artists, 60 short films and PSA’s, a best selling book, and produced with the highest quality technology, Control Room constructed the most comprehensive media architecture ever, including more than 100 television networks, 100 radio networks world-wide, online through MSN’s 42-global networks in 21 languages and through wireless networks, to deliver the concerts to audiences around the world.
Produced by Kevin Wall and team, on July 2, 2005 Live 8 held 10 simultaneous concerts around the world with 150 bands and 2 million spectators. Through the worldwide broadcast on AOL, the Emmy award winning event broke records as the world’s largest interactive experience, reaching an estimated 3 billion viewers. The event united everyone for one purpose: to urge the G8 to alleviate world debt and make poverty history. The message was received; over $50 billion in aid was committed and debt cancelled in over 38 countries.