Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Viacom’s Sumner Redstone Gave $850K to Group Putting on Central Park Concert


Exclusive: First we had the story of Sumner Redstone‘s gal pal giving over $1 million to Global Poverty Project, the group putting on tomorrow’s all-star show in Central Park. Then GPP put the Sumner Redstone Foundation on their materials as a sponsor of the show. Now I’ve learned that Redstone’s Foundation donated $850,000 in 2012 to the group. The donation can be found in the Sumner Redstone Foundation’s latest tax filing.

For all that money I hope Redstone and Malia Anderlin, his lady friend, get some good VIP Seats to see and hear Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and John Legend.

Luckily, the map for the Global Citizen concert in Central Park on Saturday shows exactly where the VIP section will be.

It’s hard to know what is motivating Redstone. Peace? Prosperity? Global Poverty Project and Global Citizen are advocacy groups. They do not donate money to poor people. They just get the word out that poor and hungry people exist, and that we should all do something about it. In 2011, they spent about a million on advertising, and another $600,000 on salaries and travel.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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