Billy Porter to join New Year's Eve show from Times Square
Last New Year's Eve, Billy Porter was working in New Orleans. This year he'll still be working — but in New York City. The “Pose” star will join Ryan Seacrest and Lucy Hale on ABC in Times Square on Dec. 31 for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020.” The broadcast is closed to the public due to the pandemic. “2020 has been a trying year for the world and I’m thrilled to have Billy and Lucy join me in ushering in a new year with fresh beginnings,” said Seacrest in a statement. As with last year, Ciara will once again oversee the Los Angeles festivities.
Media companies begin canceling annual ad presentations as coronavirus spreads in New York
AMC Networks is the latest media company to change its plans for its spring upfront event as companies opt to postpone, move events online or cancel altogether amid growing concerns around the spread of coronavirus. Media companies host upfront presentations each spring to discuss programming and ad offerings to advertisers, often hosting flashy, star-studded events and after parties. "The health, safety and well-being of our clients, colleagues and our industry is our top priority," A+E Networks' Group President Paul Buccieri said in a statment. "A+E Networks is leaning-in to our culture of flexibility - one of the business mandates to operate in today's world, and certainly a necessity underscored in our current environment." Last week, Fox News said it was canceling its upfront, originally scheduled for March 24, Ad Age reported.cnbc.com