Hollywood is flocking to agent Richard Weitz’s private pandemic virtual Zoom parties. Everyone is talking about the quarantine Zoom concerts featuring the biggest names in the industry from John Mayer to Josh Groban to John Legend. Hosted by WME partner Richard Weitz, 51 years old, and his 17 years old daughter Demi from their kitchen table the weekly “Quarantunes” Zoom party is notable for its big names and big-dollar fundraising. Even Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti participated in the “Quarantunes” Zoom party! According to the Los Angeles Times, Mayor Garcetti introduced a session in April. Guests like Tina Fey have dropped by while even teen TikTok sensations like Addison Rae drop by the party. Guy Fieri even made an appearance! The event has become a fundraising machine for local and national coronavirus-related charities. According to Variety, “Demi Weitz told the crowd that the total amount raised through eight Zoom concert calls to date had topped $1.25 million, before Saturday’s additional $450,000.”
It all started when Weitz booked a Zoom party to celebrate his daughter Demi’s birthday. The series then turned into a modest effort to raise $1,000 through a Go Fund Me account to assist front-line workers. But it kept growing. It quickly turned into one of the must-see quarantine digital events of our modern times. They are invite-only straight from Weitz’ music industry contact list. Each event was dedicated to a COVID-19 charity like the Saban Clinic and Cedars-Sinai’s coronavirus-fighting units. Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon joined the Quarantunes Zoom call to announced his donation of $100,000 to the Team Rubicon emergency response organization. “There’s not enough that we can do at this time of crisis,” Solomon said.
Richard Weitz is now trying to figure out how these parties can continue to draw influential viewers. Weitz said, “The hard part is to maintain the excitement. This was meant to entertain family and friends. I don’t know where it’ll take us, but I know that there will be no ballroom galas for anybody in the summer and fall. So I think what we started will become the norm.”