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(London, England) – J.K. Rowling and her Wizarding World partners have announced three new initiatives under the banner Harry Potter At Home, to help children, parents, carers and teachers confined at home during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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The first initiative – a new digital hub packed with information and activities for children, parents and carers – will be hosted on WizardingWorld.com. Then throughout the month of April, partnerships with Audible and OverDrive will allow families to access free audiobooks and eBooks of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” Meanwhile, the print publishers of Harry Potter, Bloomsbury and Scholastic, are also supporting the effort. Full details of all the Harry Potter At Home initiatives are published today on www.harrypotterathome.com.
J.K. Rowling said:
“The teachers, parents and carers working to keep children’s lives as normal and happy as possible while we’re all on lockdown deserve a bit of magic. I hope these initiatives will give children and even adults a happy distraction during their enforced stay-at-home time.”
Neil Blair, founder of J.K. Rowling’s agency, The Blair Partnership, said:
“The Harry Potter books have always been a refuge, comfort and escape for readers, and right now, we need reading for pleasure more than ever. Many households will already have a Harry Potter book at home, but I’m delighted that we can now provide free online access to the audio and eBook of the first book in the series, through Audible and libraries, for all to enjoy, as well as a fantastic new digital hub for families with younger children to help them through these difficult times.”
The Harry Potter At Home hub will be an online space for younger children to discover the magic of Harry Potter – either on their own, or reading and listening together with parents, carers and loved ones. Wizarding Wednesdays on the hub and on social media will, each week, provide a wealth of creative and craft activities, quizzes and fun things to do for parents and carers, and a regular email newsletter will bring fresh ideas into their inboxes each Friday. The hub is live at www.harrypotterathome.com.
Supporting the Harry Potter At Home effort is Audible, the world’s largest producer and provider of original spoken-word entertainment and audiobooks. Audible is making the audiobook of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” free as part of its newly-launched Audible Stories collection, allowing children everywhere to stream it instantly for free in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese. Listeners will be able to access the audiobook on their desktop, laptop, phone or tablet, without joining or logging into Audible. The English language version will be performed by Stephen Fry, in both the UK and, for the first time, in North America. Meanwhile, if families are already Audible members, they can also listen, for free, to the newly released audiobook of J.K. Rowling’s “The Tales of Beedle the Bard,” narrated by stars of the Wizarding World from Noma Dumezweni to Jude Law.
Thanks to a Harry Potter At Home collaboration with digital library supplier OverDrive, library members worldwide are also able to borrow the first book in the series free of charge during the month of April. Patrons of OverDrive’s network of public and school libraries worldwide will have unlimited access to the eBook and audiobook in a selection of over 20 different languages, until 30th April.
The three new Harry Potter At Home initiatives announced today follow the announcement on March 20 that J.K. Rowling has granted a temporary Open Licence to allow teachers to record and post videos of themselves reading the Harry Potter books aloud to their classes on school networks. The Open Licence has already been taken up widely by teachers in the USA, UK and further afield, and is running until July 30 or the end of the school year, whichever is sooner.
Bloomsbury and Scholastic, print publishers of Harry Potter in the UK and USA, are also supporting Harry Potter At Home by offering a range of resources for children, parents and educators online both on www.harrypotterathome.com and on their own websites – links for these are in Notes to Editors below.
Further exciting initiatives for Harry Potter At Home are currently in development and will be announced in due course.

01 APRIL 2020 (TORONTO, ON) - Today, Troye Sivan releases the new single, “Take Yourself Home”, via Capitol Records/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company. Originally set for release later in the year, Troye considered the song in a new context as he headed home to Australia and a period of isolation.

“‘Take Yourself Home’ is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written,” says Troye Sivan. “The song is kind of a pep talk with yourself and the place you’re from. Grappling with your place in the world. I write these songs as a diary entry, then as life and places change and relationships change, songs can take on a new meaning entirely. Clearly that has happened for this song, with what is going on in the world right now.”

Realizing that many freelance artists have struggled to find work in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Troye put out a call for creatives to develop visual elements for the rollout of “Take Yourself Home”. In an Instagram post, he said, “FREELANCE ARTISTS (GRAPHIC DESIGNERS, ANIMATION ARTISTS) HMU I WANT TO WORK WITH YOU AND TAKE THE MONEY I WOULD BE SPENDING ON MUSIC VIDEOS AND GIVE IT TO YOU.”

Featured in such publications as PAPER, i.D., Buzzfeed, NME and Billboard, the response was overwhelming. The visuals for the pre-save page, lyric video and other elements were sourced from artists who responded to Troye’s solicitation.

Troye has also launched three t-shirts, designed by @jacktaylorlovatt and @Lanning and sourced via Instagram, with all proceeds to be donated to WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and Spotify’s COVID-19 Music Relief project.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is leading and coordinating the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic.

The Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project recommends verified organizations that offer financial relief to those in the music community. The project is currently partnering with MusiCares, PRS Foundation, Help Musicians, Support Act and Unison Benevolent Fund, and is adding more partners worldwide.

Troye co-wrote “Take Yourself Home” with frequent collaborator Leland (Selena Gomez, BTS, Charli XCX), Oscar Görres (The Weeknd, MARINA, Tove Lo) and Tayla Parx (Khalid, Ariana Grande). It was produced by Görres, who also helmed Troye’s Gold-certified hit “My My My!” from Bloom and “I’m so tired…,” his Platinum collaboration with Lauv. “Take Yourself Home” perfectly captures a mood of isolation and longing. The song builds from a lilting opening refrain with Troye’s trademark melancholy into expansive, rave-like choruses with a surprise deep-electro moment to close. 

While social distancing at home in Australia, Troye continues to connect with fans. Last week, he performed on #HAPPYATHOME: Live!, TikTok’s global livestream series.

In his career to date, Troye has amassed more than 6.7 billion combined global streams. His sophomore album, Bloom (Capitol Records), was named as one of the best albums of 2018 by critics at Rolling Stone, USA Today, Billboard, OUT, NPR Music, The Guardian and numerous other publications. TIME said, “Troye Sivan is the perfect pop star.”

His numerous awards include a Billboard Music Awards trophy, three MTV Europe Music awards and two GLAAD Media wins. “Revelation” – his collaboration with Jónsi for the film Boy Erased, which Troye co-starred in – was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song – Motion Picture and shortlisted for an Oscar. “Louder Than Bombs,” a track Troye co-wrote, is featured on the new BTS album, Map of The Soul: 7, which debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., Korea, Australia and around the world last month.

Troye Sivan  - Photo Credit: Danielle DeGrasse Alston

(Burbank, CA) – Today DC launched DC Kids Camp, a fun new program to help parents engage kids at home. Parents can follow DC Kids social channels—Twitter and  Instagram—to download kid-friendly, superhero-themed activities and previews of past and upcoming DC middle grade graphic novels to enjoy at home. The DC Kids social channels will also feature entertaining videos from all-star authors and artists for parents and kids to watch together.

With DC Kids Camp, kids will learn how to draw their favorite DC Super Heroes, gain inspiration and skills to make their own comics, and unlock their creativity with fun, off-the-wall how-to videos like draw-alongs with Agnes Garbowska (“DC Super Hero Girls”), origami tutorials with Gene Luen Yang (“Superman Smashes the Klan”), make-your-own Green Lantern ring demonstrations with Minh Lê (“Green Lantern: Legacy”), and many more captivating activities!

Activity sheets, coloring pages, blank comic book pages, middle grade graphic novel previews, and additional downloadable content will be shared daily to parents across DC Kids social channels. Parents can also receive DC Kids Camp content directly in their inboxes on Mondays and Fridays by signing up for the DC Family newsletter.

Families can also tune in Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. PT to the @dccomicskids Twitter and @dckids Instagram channels to watch fun, interactive videos with DC authors and artists together. The first installment, “Make a Green Lantern Ring with Minh Lê,” debuts today, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. PT.

The first week’s author/artist video schedule includes:
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – “Make a Green Lantern Ring with Minh Lê”
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 – “Superman Origami with Gene Luen Yang”
  • Friday, March 27, 2020 – “Make Your Own Superhero with Dustin Hansen”
Additional books and DC author/artists to be featured via DC Kids Camp include:
  • Franco Aureliani, Art Baltazar (“Superman of Smallville”)
  • Meg Cabot (“Black Canary: Ignite”)
  • Matthew Cody (“Zatanna and the House of Secrets”)
  • Amanda Deibert (“DC Super Hero Girls)
  • Shea Fontana (“Batman: Overdrive)
  • Agnes Garbowska (“DC Super Hero Girls)
  • Dustin Hansen (“My Video Game Ate My Homework)
  • Shannon Hale, Dean Hale (“Diana: Princess of the Amazons)
  • Thomas Krajewski, Jennifer Muro, Gretel Lusky (“Primer)
  • Minh Lê (“Green Lantern: Legacy)
  • Demitria Lunetta, Kate Karyus Quinn (“Anti/Hero)
  • Michael Northrop (“Dear Justice League)
  • Ridley Pearson (“Super Sons Trilogy)
  • Kirk Scroggs (“The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid)
  • Brittney Williams (“Lois Lane and the Friendship Challenge)
  • Gene Luen Yang (“Superman Smashes the Klan”)

25 MARCH 2020 (TORONTO, ON) – iHeartMedia and FOX Entertainment announced today FOX PRESENTS THE IHEART LIVING ROOM CONCERT FOR AMERICA, a music event to provide entertainment relief and support for Americans to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the nation during this pandemic. Hosted by Elton John, the event will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and more, from their own homes, filmed with their personal cell phones, cameras and audio equipment, to ensure the health and safety of all involved. The concert will air in the iHeartRadio Music Awards’ original broadcast timeslot – Sunday, March 29, from 9:00-10:00 PM ET/6:00-7:00 PM PT on FOX – and on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide, as well as via the iHeartRadio app. The benefit special will be broadcast commercial-free.

In addition to featuring music, the hour-long concert will pay tribute to the front line health professionals, first responders and local heroes who are putting their lives in harm’s way to help their neighbors and fight the spread of the virus. It also will encourage viewers to support two of the many charitable organizations helping victims and first responders during the pandemic: Feeding America® and First Responders Children’s Foundation.

Additional details and performers to be announced soon. For more information, visit iHeart.com/LivingRoomConcert.

To extend the reach of the commercial-free special’s charitable component, FOX will offer the event across all of its linear and digital platforms.

Executive producers for FOX PRESENTS THE IHEART LIVING ROOM CONCERT FOR AMERICA are John Sykes and Tom Poleman, for iHeartMedia and Joel Gallen, For Tenth Planet Productions – who produced the multi-network telethons immediately following 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti Earthquake.

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