George Clooney Spearheads Haiti Telethon

George Clooney has been recruiting Hollywood figures to participate in “Hope for Haiti,” a two-hour telethon set for next Friday and to be roadblocked across a dozen or more broadcast and cable networks.

Clooney will host the telethon, produced by MTV Networks, from Los Angeles, with Wyclef Jean in New York and Anderson Cooper broadcasting from Haiti. The telethon will be shown commercial free and will directly benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef’s Yele Haiti Foundation. Facebook and MySpace will be the social media partners, and will direct users to watch the telethon and to donor sites.

Jean is in his native Haiti and told MTV News, “This is apocoalypse. We spent the day picking up dead bodies, all day that’s what we did. There’s so much bodies in the streets that the morgues are filled up, the cemeteries are filled up.”

The networks showing the telethon: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, HBO, the CW, MTV, VH1 and CMT, as well as MTV Networks International, CNN International and the National Geographic Channel.

Producers are in the process of gathering a line up of musicians and entertainers to perform and deliver testimonials.

One of the easiest ways to donate: Text “HAITI” to ‘90999″ and $10 will go to the Red Cross, the amount charged to phone bills.

On her Thompson on Hollywood blog, Anne Thompson talks to MPAA’s Dan Glickman, who is calling on the industry to step up and he suggests a variety of ways.

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