Industry News: BizBash Kicks Off a 'Conversations from the Inside' Virtual Discussion Series Surrounding COVID-19, Random House Launches a New Virtual Event Series, and More

NATIONAL: The newly formed Live Events Coalition is calling on Congress to establish a special task force to help rescue the event and entertainment industries. Learn more at

Random House has launched a new virtual event series, hosted on the publishing company's Instagram page. Each week, authors will share information from their books, plus tips on forming new habits, cooking inspiration, book clubs, and more. 

DENVER: Pomegranate Hospitality turned Safta restaurant into a relief center, in partnership with chef Edward Lee and Lee Initiative, for restaurant workers who have been laid off or had a significant reduction in hours and/or pay. With help from Maker's Mark, Safta is now offering food and supplies to its industry colleagues in need. To-go dinners will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

NEW YORK: On Thursday, March 26, BizBash chairman and founder David Adler and West Coast editor Claire Hoffman will co-host a virtual discussion, dubbed "Conversations from the Inside: Ideas, Insights, and Resources for New York Amid COVID-19." Adler and Hoffman will chat with industry leaders—including Jessica Rothstein Berman of Manhattan Center, Liron David of Eventique, and Simon Miller of Brand Activation Services—about the impact of coronavirus in the New York market, new strategies moving forward, and more. Register here

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GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT: Rather than canceling, nonprofit organization Greenwich International Film Festival is taking its annual film event completely virtual from May 1 to 3. 

ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA: Teambuilding experience company Wildly Different has launched new virtual teambuilding exercises meant to address travel bans and quarantine policies. New activities include the Getting To Know You Game, a Connections Game Show, and more.

With contributions from Ashton Pike and Wellsley Kesel in Atlanta; Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles; and Beth Kormanik and Michele Laufik in New York.

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