Crystalline chandeliers added drama to the museum space. Rashida, Prince’s traveling DJ, spun dance tunes. Ladies’ Night It’s hardly surprising that BlackBerry is marketing its new shimmery pink PDA to female consumers—and the L.A. launch party targeted that group, while some guys snuck in for a peek. BLACKBERRY’S NEW PINK PEARL is most recognizably different from past PDA models for its pearlescent, girly hue. So naturally, the L.A. launch party on January 31 was dominated by the Chalkboards color pink. The guests, a celebrity-driven female crowd tagged as “sophisticated ladies” on their encouraged invitations, were asked to show up with a “best girlfriend” in tow. Still, a signiﬁcant number of guests to write men—including Jeremy Piven and Nick Cannon—made it down (or past) the pink carpet, which messages. was ﬂanked by oversize pink lamps. The party took over the Architecture and Design Museum, directly across from the new Broad museum on Lacma’s campus, which would launch with a much-anticipated gala of its own the following week. Working with Shelly Sofer, director of public relations for BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, Harrison & Shriftman trans- BlackBerry’s Pink Pearl Launch formed the relatively raw party space into a candy-colored room, Catering Kathleen Sacchi: PHOTOS: SKY CASSIDY/RED DAWN MEDIA FOR BIZBASH with confections in glass jars decorating a giant white shelving unit The Fine Art of Catering at the entryway to punctuate the sweet theme. Bartenders mixed DJ Rashida pink cocktails using a Tab energy-drink-like mixer—appropriately Flowers Silver Birches Furniture Eventmakers called Go Girl—and servers clad in pink Converse sneakers and Invitations Alpine Creative skinny ties passed hors d’oeuvres and desserts tinged with pink, Group Inc. including California rolls made with pink rice, and rose-ﬂavored Lighting JFox Event Lighting Production, Design, PR macaroons. Harrison & Shriftman Modelesque singer Alice Smith sang a short, soulful set with Rentals Town & Country a retro sensibility, and Prince’s DJ Rashida spun modern dance Event Rentals Sound Rhythm & Sound Inc. music from her booth. Prince himself even made a brief and low- Valet Crystal Valet Parking Pink hues tinged desserts and key appearance in the crowd, during which all photographers were Services hors d’oeuvres like California rolls. Venue A+D Museum ushered outside. —Alesandra Dubin bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 57 Chef Guillaume Burlion provided a buffet of salads, paella, and dessert. A scant 84 guests gathered for Paper’s luncheon in celebration of The spare decor included white Lindsay Lohan and Jeremy Scott. linens and bright ﬂowers. Hold the Liquor Paper magazine’s multifunction lunch for Jeremy Scott and post-rehab Lindsay Lohan was an alcohol-free kickoff to Fashion Week, as well as a showcase for its host venue’s major upgrades. PAPER MAGAZINE’S Diesel-sponsored lunch for Lindsay Lohan and French-fusion kitchen of the hotel’s Paris-trained chef, Guillaume Burlion. Jeremy Scott to celebrate the March fashion issue was a perfect storm of Indeed, the Sunset Marquis’s spiffy new design was all the decor the party hipster marketing. For the troubled young diva, the event helped craft her needed, save for the infusion of peonies, poppies, and roses in springy new sober-but-still-edgy image: The media fussed over her barely dressed shades of coral and yellow. cover photo by designer Scott, but the lunch was alcohol-free, reportedly Capping a 20-year project that was delayed by the terrorist attacks of because of Lohan’s newfound sobriety, although handlers wouldn’t con- September 11, 2001, and unexpected construction problems, the Sunset ﬁrm that. The March 4 lunch also unofﬁcially kicked off L.A.’s Mercedes- Marquis unveiled 40 new villas in a parklike setting—surprisingly tranquil Benz Fashion Week, which ran March 9 through 13. And it was the ﬁrst given its proximity to busy Sunset Boulevard. The new villas join the dozen headline-making event at the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas as the venue already there, which got upgrades, as did the hotel’s existing 102 suites. The ﬁnished a $20 million renovation. venue is clearly courting bicoastal media magnates with its new, $7,000-a- What do all of those purposes have in common? All roads lead night presidential suite, which features a private screening room as well as to bicoastal überpublicist Kelly Cutrone of People’s Revolution, who a dining area for 10, an executive ofﬁce, two bedrooms, and three ﬁreplaces. planned the event with Paper editor-publishers Kim Hastreiter and David Designer Oliva Villaluz, whose clients also include Raleigh Studios, created Hershkovits. All the players are clients of Cutrone’s (even L.A.’s listless the contemporary look in a boutique-hotel-friendly earth-tone palette. PHOTOS: PIPER FERGUSON FOR PAPER MAGAZINE Fashion Week, which hired her as a consultant to help whip it into shape), Also new is the balmy indoor-outdoor restaurant where the party took except for Lohan—who’s repped by Cutrone’s former intern and business place. The sides of the patio drop down to partner Jason Weinberg. form a blue-tiled fountain, which empties Paper Magazine’s Pre- “This was a really great way to get the ball rolling,” Cutrone said. “This into a koi pond topped by a bridge. The Fashion Week Luncheon was the perfect way to get everybody out of Paris and into L.A. early [for expansion also includes the new Bar 1200 for Lindsay Lohan and Fashion Week] and start to set the tone for the festivities.” (the rechristened Whiskey Bar), a new spa, Jeremy Scott Eighty-four guests, including media types and up-and-comers cel- and a recording studio. The hotel’s 17-year PR People’s Revolution ebrated in Paper’s pages, gathered for a seemingly endless buffet of salads, general manager, Rod Gruendyke, oversaw Venue, Catering Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas paella, cold salmon, and desserts, served in the patio restaurant by the the expansion. —Irene Lacher 58 bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 YOUR NEXT GREAT IDEA STARTS HERE Los Angeles Convention Center 06 05 08 Shutters on the Beach set the scene for IFC’s after-party. The DJ booth was scribble-free as the party started. Sticky notes covered a bar. Independent Thought IFC’s after-party following the Independent Spirit awards encouraged guests to express themselves using sticky notes and Sharpie pens at the logo-packed beachside bash. FILM INDEPENDENT HAS BEEN honoring indie movie greats with its acting with the decor,” said Eways, who returned for her third year as project annual Spirit award ceremony for 23 years, and certainly, no cable chan- manager. “At a lot of other parties, guests aren’t willing to go the extra step.” nel has a more obvious tie to the nonproﬁt’s independent spirit than the Organizers spent two days creating collages for wall displays and Independent Film Channel. IFC began broadcasting the afternoon event fronts for the bars and DJ booth. They layered poster images for IFC series 12 years ago, and for a decade it’s kept the party going by throwing an after- and documentaries with press clippings and blank sticky notes branded bash: the IFC “Party Celebrating the Spirit of Independent Film.” with the channel’s logo. More blank sticky notes were placed on cocktail The IFC after-party offers young ﬁlm-industry folk an opportunity to tables, along with cocktail glasses full of black Sharpies. By the time the indulge in their favorite form of recreation: networking. The award ceremony party ended, around 8 p.m., guests had doodled and scribbled their way takes place over lunch in a Santa Monica tent within spitting distance of the across the installation. Some did their own branding, writing their blog Paciﬁc Ocean, and for most of that time, guests are seated. When the tent addresses, and others commented on the day’s proceedings with snippets folds up (ﬁguratively, that is) around 4 p.m., about 1,000 guests—nominees, like “I love Rainn Wilson.” (Wilson served as host of the proceedings.) winners, and friends and advertisers of IFC—convene at the nearby Shutters “The IFC brand is fun, edgy, and intel- on the Beach hotel, where the channel hosts its lively branding op. ligent,” Burack said. “While our party cel- IFC’s Independent Spirit At the February 23 bash, which stretched across the hotel’s entire ebrates the Spirit awards and independent Awards After-Party downstairs function area (consisting of two ballrooms and a lobby), the ﬁlm, this year we also wanted to highlight PHOTOS: JAMIE MCCARTHY/WIREIMAGE Catering Catch IFC logo was ubiquitous in the party’s design—on wall displays, on the our original programming and original Design, Production David Stark sticky notes that were elements of the displays, even on little ﬂags attached documentaries, and this was reﬂected in Design and Production DJ Samantha Ronson to toothpicks in the mini burgers and silk-screened on the chocolates. the decor. We used the artwork from our Lighting Entertainment Lighting Branding wasn’t the only concern of the party designers. Lauren Burack, programming to serve as the backdrop of Services (ELS) IFC’s vice president of promotions and events, and Niki Eways, who pro- the party and added in the interactive ele- PR MPRM Public Relations Rentals Classic Party Rentals, duced the event for David Stark Design and Production, collaborated on ment so that our guests were able to express Greenroom interactive decor this year after guests made off with inﬂatable sea creatures themselves and be active participants.” Venue, Catering, Parking Shutters on the Beach from last year’s design. “That planted the seed that it’s a crowd open to inter- —Irene Lacher 60 bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 Following the concert, guests stepped into the hotel’s Gold Room for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and live and silent auctions. Auction items on view included trip details on posters and designer dresses on mannequins. Amber lighting bathed the walls and stage in the Crystal Ballroom, which was used for the live concert as well as dinner. A Knight’s Tale In keeping with the group’s Spanish-tinged musical performance on gala night, the L.A. Chamber Orchestra’s annual beneﬁt took its inspiration from the pages of Cervantes’s Don Quixote. WHILE JOYCE FIENBERG, chair of the Los Angeles Chamber Room before a troupe member with a booming bass voice informed guests Orchestra’s annual concert gala, admits that the event’s “basic elements that their presence was requested in the Crystal Ballroom for the evening’s pretty much remain the same” every year, she credits the evening’s tradi- musical performance. There, guests found a sea of seats adorned with tion of attracting prominent guest artists with keeping it fresh and exciting. orange slipcovers and sashes and a stage uplit in amber hues. “Our very ﬁrst event, we had [violinist] Hilary Hahn,” says Fienberg, who The same actor went on to herald the different phases of the night with has overseen the beneﬁt for the past ﬁve years. “We’ve had incredible guest his distinctive voice, calling for guests to step into the Gold Room for an artists because our music director [Jeffrey Kahane] is so wonderful and so hour-and-a-half silent and live auction; warning them when they had only positioned in the world of classical music.” a few minutes left to bid on items; and, ﬁnally, ushering them back to the At this year’s fund-raiser on January 26, classical guitarist Christopher ballroom, which had been transformed dur- Parkening joined Kahane and members of the orchestra in perform- ing the auctions for dinner and dancing. Los Angeles Chamber ing a selection of Spanish-ﬂavored music—a ﬁtting selection given that Orange linens complemented the slip- Orchestra’s “Night of the consul general of Spain, Inocencio Arias, and his wife, Ludmila covered chairs, which were reused for the Knights” Beneﬁt Winogradow, co-sponsored the event. Selections included traditional dinner, and clusters of ginger and soft pink Design, Production Smash Spanish Granadinas, Rodrigo’s “Canconeta,” movements from Warlock’s roses sat on tables and decorated towering Event Entertainment Mora’s Modern “Capriol” suite, and Telemann’s “Don Quixote” suite. tabletop candelabras. “We spent a lot of Rhythmists Fienberg collaborated with Smash Event’s Gerry Huffman to produce time ﬁnding a candelabra that was appropri- Flowers Patterson’s Topiaries, PHOTOS: COURTESY OF LEE SALEM the beneﬁt’s “Night of Knights” theme, which drew its inspiration from ate, because we wanted it to have this very Pots, and Teas Lighting Shine Lighting the musical program, channeling the world of Don Quixote and 16th- medieval, wrought-iron-y, kind of Spanish Linens BBJ Linen century Spain. ironworks feel,” Huffman said. Guests PR Rogers & Cowan Sound Complete Production Upon entering the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, guests met a troupe of apparently appreciated the arrangements, Rents actors dressed in 16th-century garb, some outﬁtted to resemble principal clearing every single table of the smaller Trees Boulevard Greenhouses characters from Cervantes’s novel, including Dulcinea, Sancho Panza, the bunches and even stripping candelabras of Venue, Rentals Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles Don himself, and his horse. Guests sipped sangria in the hotel’s Tiffany ﬂoral accents. —Rosalba Curiel bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 61 Snow fell on the models during their ﬁnal walk at the Monarchy show. Smashbox artists offered makeup touch-ups in the lobby, at a brightly colored booth in shades of purple. A clear tent covered the check-in area, which also housed a short step-and-repeat wall. Wendy Creed designed Mercedes-Benz’s Star Lounge to include crystal chandeliers and Ultrasuede sofas. L.A. Story While critics pointed out its ﬂaws, L.A. Fashion Week did offer some eye-catching, earth-minded ideas. IMG’S MERCEDES-BENZ Fashion Week in Los Angeles is not known New Jersey-based supervisor for brand and lifestyle events, Natascha Wolber. for the high-fashion drama that other cities like New York and Paris supply, “Our theme is reﬂections, so this lounge is all about reﬂective surfaces, bold PHOTOS: COURTESY OF SILVIA MAUTNER (STAR LOUNGE), BIZBASH (ALL OTHERS) and it’s gotten some unfavorable press for its relatively lackluster appeal and oversize looks, and [Creed] really brought that to life.” and reliance on skin exposure and B-list (or worse) celebrity. Nevertheless, As to L.A. Fashion Week’s diminutive nature relative to New York (whose the local happenings, which ran March 9 through 13 at Smashbox Studios fashion week Mercedes-Benz also sponsors, along with Miami’s), Wolber in Culver City, did include some attention-getting entertainment, decor, said, “We realize that we are working with really different environments, and and gifts in an environment packed with earth-minded ideas. we respect L.A.’s individual appeal. New York has this seriousness to it; here For its production, IMG focused on eco-friendly objectives along the I would call it a little bit more playful and casual. It’s a wonderful contrast.” themes of reduce, reuse, and recycle. A fuel-efﬁcient locomotive transported As for the fashion shows themselves, the Green Initiative Humanitarian production materials to Culver City, the production team built the tents show presented by the Gallery L.A. featured eco-friendly looks from a variety at Smashbox using materials and staging structures that will be reused of designers on a bamboo-lined runway. Guests scooped up gift bags from for future events, and organizers donated the vinyl signage to the William Maine-based sponsor Sea Bags, which makes totes from recycled sails. Good Company, which will turn it into accessories to beneﬁt Goodwill. Picking up the “Streets of Scandinavia” theme of its collection, Sponsor Mercedes-Benz entertained guests in the Star Lounge at Smash- Monarchy’s fashion show featured a runway covered in a decal that looked box, with production and design by Wendy Creed. Smashbox cofounder like a cobblestone street, complete with “Monarchy Collection”-emblazoned Davis Factor’s photos hung in the space, which featured mirrored coffee manhole covers. When the models took their ﬁnal walks, snow fell on the tables, Ultrasuede sofas, crystal chandeliers, and abundant white hydrangeas. catwalk in a production feat rare among L.A. fashion shows. “We try to change the lounge every year in every city,” said Mercedes-Benz’s —Alesandra Dubin 62 bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Selected from www.MasterplannerOnline.com––the only source for thousands of exclusive fund-raisers, openings, and major events planned for the upcoming year. Club. Tarzana. 323.857.0080 Kodak Theatre. Hollywood. 323.856.7768 MAY 2008 17 Venice Family Clinic JUNE 2008 14 Greater Los Angeles Zoo Venice Art Walk and Auction. 11:00am. 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Honoring Warren Beatty. Hotel. Beverly Hills. 310.201.5033 View the entire advance calendar—updated daily and custom searchable www.MasterplannerOnline.com Sports Illustrated presented the issue’s models (albeit with more clothes on) during the event. Up on the Roof Inspired by 7 World Trade Center’s skyline views, Sports Illustrated built an urban rooftop setting for its annual swimsuit issue party. CELEBRATING SWIMSUITS in the middle of February may work well In fact, the event’s true theme was ogling the models themselves. Lines for Sports Illustrated, but it presented some thematic challenges for the of middle-aged men formed at a green screen where the swimsuit models February 12 launch party for the magazine’s iconic swimsuit issue. “We posed for mock SI covers, mementos that attendees could take home. didn’t want to do the obvious thing and make it tropical,” said Ashley Morris, Some models mingled in the main party space, though most were in the production coordinator for MKG Productions, which produced the party V.I.P. room—a section blocked off by N.Y.P.D.-style barricades—alongside under the direction of Sports Illustrated executive director of event marketing sports stars Andy Roddick and Jeff Gordon. Throughout the event, screens and athlete relations Christine Rosa and events marketing manager Kristen around the venue played video footage from the shoots, interspersed with Leoce. So instead the team embraced its New York locale on the 52nd ﬂoor logos of the issue’s sponsors, Budweiser and Dodge. of 7 World Trade Center, echoing the skyscraper space’s “We wanted the girls to feel accessible, so guests feel that they’re part FROM NEW YORK 360-degree views (somewhat marred by the night’s of our swimsuit franchise rather than that Sports Illustrated’s snowstorm) and creating a rooftop feel for the event. they’re just looking at the issue,” Leoce said. “Club SI” Swimsuit Issue Beneath the exposed pipes and air ducts in the raw space were faux- The presentation of the models began Launch Party brick structures and smoking silver chimneys, which mimicked the typical around 9.30 p.m., with a video starring Will Audiovisual Production, industrial structures found on New York City rooftops. The props conve- Ferrell and Heidi Klum, who have a spread Lighting PRG—Production niently doubled as a place to rest drinks, while low black couches provided of their own in the magazine. The stage Resource Group PHOTOS: JOE FORNABAIO FOR BIZBASH seating. Due to the size and weight of the stage and other large props, continued the urban-rooftop motif with Catering Taste Caterers DJ Sky Nellor set-up was a multiday operation, so SI rented out the space for ﬁve days, a faux-brick wall as the backdrop; models PR BNC (Bragman Nyman allowing MKG to move in the biggest props on a Saturday, when the ofﬁce emerged from behind backlit screens Cafarelli)—New York Production MKG Productions tower was less busy. built into the wall. Introduced by a sports Rentals PTG Event Services According to MKG, the decor concept was also meant to simulate the announcer, the women appeared—grouped Scenic Production Cigar Box sensation of being on top of the world—a literal take on the way the 750 by the location of their shoot and wearing Studios Inc. Technical Production Production guests (mostly male staffers from the magazine and advertisers) were sup- dresses, not bikinis—to cheers and camera Glue L.L.C. posed to feel being surrounded by such attractive women. ﬂashes from the crowd. —Meryl Rothstein Venue 7 World Trade Center 64 bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 Reminiscent of neon rooftop signs, the magazine’s logo ﬁlled one side of the room. Models mingled among Taking advantage of Dodge’s sponsorship, Sports Illustrated created a custom the mostly male audience. booth for DJ Sky Nellor using real Dodge parts, including functioning headlights. Plastered with images of Smoking metal pipes the magazine, one wall supported the rooftop theme, mimicked city scaffolding. doubling as cocktail tables. An Xbox station for a Dodge racing game added a less model- oriented activity to the event. bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 65 The lower-level raw space at A magician was one of the Halcyon House featured a long many entertainers completing bar and large white banquettes. the evening’s circus theme. Triple Play To mark its list of leaders under 40, Washington Life put forth a trifold evening of mystery and carnival behavior. THE ONLY INFORMATION invitees received prior to the January 31 Cuisine Caterers. For a more substantial meal, chefs in a room outside the event for Washington Life’s “The Young and the Guest List” issue—pro- ballroom created made-to-order stir-fry, served in Chinese takeout boxes ﬁling notables such as gymnast Dominique Dawes, Fox 5 anchor Will with chopsticks. Thomas, and Mayor Adrian Fenty and his wife, Michelle—was to arrive at At 9 p.m., guests headed for the buses, some still toting their takeout the St. Regis hotel at 8 p.m. sharp. The rest was a mystery. To keep party boxes. As the bus traveled though Georgetown, partygoers tried to guess crashers out, and to create a bit of drama, the magazine’s planners kept where it would stop: Café Milano? Morton’s? All wrong. At the Halcyon the location a secret, transporting guests by bus to the real party spot (the House, a private two-level mansion overlooking the Potomac, a jester Halcyon House), and then to a late-night after-party at the new Josephine greeted everyone as they entered. Lounge on Vermont Avenue. Inside, French burlesque mannequins decorated the historic rooms, and Keeping the event details under wraps was no problem, according to ﬁshnet stockings covered vases. Guests could choose from a variety of sig- Washington Life editorial director Katie Tarbox. With all the hype from last nature cocktails, including the aptly named Washington Life’s “The year’s party, she wanted to make sure the evening lived up to expectations “Young & Fab”—coconut rum mixed with Young and the Guest List” for the guest list of “350 future leaders in Washington under 40.” She Grand Marnier and pineapple and cranberry Catering Design Cuisine added, “This crowd travels to New York, L.A., and juices. The lavish array of food continued FROM WASHINGTON they see hot things. They want to be at a hot party. with sushi, mini burgers, and goat-cheese Caterers Design, Production Events by To think of a concept that’s new and fresh, it’s a lot of pressure.” quesadillas from Design Cuisine. André Wells DJ, Halcyon House Sixth Sense The logistics of having three parties in one night (and making sure The lower-level sculpture studio, down DJ, St. Regis Hotel Adrian Loving no one missed the bus) did complicate things. “It’s like a ballet,” said the a long ﬂight of wooden stairs, with ﬂoor-to- Entertainment Big Ray and the evening’s planner, André Wells, who created a French circus theme for the ceiling windows and concrete ﬂoors, was the Kool Kats, Cast of Thousands Entertainment Company, night after six months of planning. “You have to be so organized,” he said, real stunner. Wells outﬁtted the raw space David London holding up his four-page schedule. with a long bar and two large pillared white Flowers, Halcyon House Janet Flowers Wedding and After receiving their wristbands at the St. Regis, guests entered the banquettes with matching seats, while a live PHOTOS: COURTESY OF JONAH KOCH Event Designs hotel’s ornate Astor Ballroom to ﬁnd tables topped with shiny red-striped band played oldies. At the end of the night, Flowers, St. Regis Hotel Ultra cloths and more than $5,000 worth of ﬂowers from Ultra Violet Flowers, some unweary revelers boarded the bus Violet Flowers Lighting Frost Lighting including French yellow lilies and Holland tulips. Outﬁtted with ﬂickering again for Josephine Lounge, and all carried Rentals D.C. 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Sign up today: www.bizbash.com/masterplanner/65 800.961.8217 N E W YO R K | LO S A N G E L E S | W A S H I N G TO N D C | TO RO N TO ( C O M I N G S O O N ) | C H I C AG O ( C O M I N G S O O N ) Super Bowl Shufﬂe Household names (Playboy, Audi, and Victoria’s Secret among them) descended upon sunny Scottsdale to host a ﬂurry of big-budget events before the February 3 game. Here’s how they lured guests and media coverage. By Courtney Thompson, with additional reporting by Dawson Fearnow and Nora Trulsson PHOTOS: COURTESY OF ALEXANDRA WYMAN AND THEO WARGO/WIREIMAGE Girls, Girls, Girls at Maxim Maxim’s Super Bowl bash at Rande Gerber’s new Stone Rose lounge in the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess fulﬁlled expectations, with hundreds of pretty young things donning teensy weensy dresses. In and around Stone Rose, the party’s massive footprint was mostly outdoors, spilling into the hotel’s main plaza and pool area (and while heaters helped, the evening’s 40-degree temperature was pervasive). Production for the event was extensive—a temporary staircase was built to facilitate trafﬁc ﬂow, as was a 45- by 45-foot dance ﬂoor over the pool area and a 600-foot custom stage. DJ AM opened for surprise guests T-Pain and Akon. bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 69 Super Bowl Shufﬂe Playboy Goes Off the Beaten Path In a move similar to its last two bashes, longtime Super Bowl weekend party host Playboy headed outside of town to host its 2,000-plus guests this year. Held at the recently relocated Rawhide venue in Chandler, some 25 miles from downtown Scottsdale, the resort-themed event, dubbed Playboy’s Desert Oasis and Resort, was production-heavy, with a two-day build-out. Inside the cavernous 52,000-square-foot tent, a gift shop vignette offered vintage-style (but real) postcards that paid homage to Playboy and event sponsors. Dozens of bunnies ﬂoated through the party, sporting the iconic uniform and posing with guests for pictures. Ice Tricks at Vice Vice the Party returned for its second year, taking over the French Quarter-themed Venue of Scottsdale. The event channeled a Hollywood Western look, accented by a live performance from LL Cool J. The Coors Light-sponsored ESPN’s Packed Party party featured a female model completely encased in ice ESPN the Magazine returned to the Super Bowl with its Next Big Weekend party, setting (a trick whipped up by the people who previously froze up shop at the 21-acre Scottsdale Performing Arts Center. Things kicked off on Friday David Blaine). night, with Ludacris performing for some 800 V.I.P.s, while the next day, the event turned family-friendly as the entire outdoor site hosted a sports-themed fair that was open to the public. Interactive displays abounded—kids could test their mettle against 100 mph fastballs, attempt to score hockey goals, or get temporary tattoos. ON BIZBASH.COM More photos and details from these and other Super Bowl events 70 bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 Fox Channels Palm Springs The Fox network held its invite-only (and sponsor-free) party inside a 24,000-square-foot tent in downtown Scottsdale. The event donned a Rat Pack-era Palm Springs theme, with a casino and a lineup of diverse entertainment and performances (think aerialists, dancers, and the Cold Schott & the Hurricane Horns band). The bilevel tent’s interior included themed vignettes like the Bubble Lounge. One crowd-pleaser: Audi’s Home in the Hills the Snake Babe, who entertained with an albino python. Audi took over a private estate in Paradise Valley’s upscale hills, offering celebrities and V.I.P.s a place to lounge. The PHOTOS: STEPHANIE FAY FOR BIZBASH (PLAYBOY), COURTESY OF SARA JAYE WEISS (ESPN), COURTESY OF VICE THE PARTY, BIZBASH (AUDI, Audi Forum mixed lots of mini-parties with cosponsors like VICTORIA’S SECRET), COURTESY OF ANGEL CITY DESIGNS (FOX), COURTESY OF STELLA PHOTOGRAPHY/ELEVATION PHOTOS (DIRECTV) Marquis Jets and Sony. The traditional Arizona home went through a massive build-out, including the placement of a 2008 Audi R8 atop a plexiglass truss in the pool. A major facet to the Forum was a satellite location of Hyde Lounge. Guests could access the 3,200-square-foot soundproof tent via a path accented by illuminated glow balls. A Beach Bowl for DirecTV DirecTV’s second annual Celebrity Beach Bowl was simple in its strategy: to pair retired and current pro football players with eye candy like Girls Next Door star Kendra Wilkinson and Gossip Girl star (and current It girl) Blake Lively. The Spike- and Samsung-sponsored event combined a pregame concert by Josh Kelley with a 60-minute game and a postgame concert by Fall Out Boy. Ticket holders sat in bleachers that ﬂanked the sand ﬁeld, and a 50- by 40-foot stage anchored the event’s footprint. Victoria’s Secret’s Swag Suite Super Bowl newbie Victoria’s Secret hosted a two-day V.I.P. salon at the exclusive Sanctuary resort in Paradise Valley. Decorated like a V.S. boutique, the suite featured its Very Sexy lingerie and makeup. Press and celebrities could get their hair and makeup done, and a multitude of sizes meant everyone got custom-ﬁt goodie bags. On Saturday night, the V.S. angels went head to head with the Playboy bunnies, hosting a 600-guest party at Scottsdale’s brand-new Taste Ultra Lounge. bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 71 VIDEO MAK ES THE MARK ETING STAR e explosive gr owth of o nline video off ers a ore buzz Th of opport unity to get m virtual world s stories. ere are ﬁve succes from events. H iegel By Brendan Sp rom text messaging to Facebook to blogs, new technologies offer a F seemingly endless choice of platforms for connecting with an audi- ence and spreading news about events. And of all these media, online video has perhaps the most potential to spread an idea or message around the world. “Videos provide an opportunity to engage the user in a way that text and images MAHA VIDEO) don’t,” says David Meerman Scott, author of The New Rules of Marketing and PR. “For events, that’s a fantastic opportunity.” The ease, speed, and accessibility of YouTube and other video-sharing applica- GLORIOUSL (YA tions can help a video go viral in a matter of minutes, whether it’s broadcast from a bedroom in Wisconsin or an airplane over the Paciﬁc. “Video is not new to the Internet, but it is growing rapidly for two reasons,” says ), COURTESY OF Thomas Harpointer, C.E.O. of AIS Media, an Internet marketing ﬁrm. “One is the growing popularity and availability of bandwidth. And the second is video sharing.” YouTube, by far the most popular video-sharing site, now claims 55 million unique ANSON VIDEO users per month. Whatever the content—streaming live video of conferences, highlight clips from trade shows, marketing stunts that result in user-generated viral videos—the M (BR medium presents an array of opportunities for promoting events and widening Y OF TODDEIT their impact and audience. Event marketers are asking, “How do we extend the value of events to people who haven’t attended?” says Roxanne Darling, co-owner of BarefeetStudios.com, a Web development company. “With online video, there’s an OTOS: COURTES incredible untapped resource there.” While your event video might not be the next “Obama girl” or “Britney boy,” it does have the potential to reach thousands, even millions of eyeballs, at a fraction of the price of traditional media campaigns. PH 72 bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 THE PRODUCT PITCH While industry-speciﬁc events often have a very focused target audi- ence, there is always potential to expand that audience online, because THE STUNT any event that draws an in-person crowd likely has more interested parties who aren’t able to attend. For this reason, many trade shows are starting to embrace online video highlights—both professionally Virgin America, the Stateside branch of the British- produced and user-generated. In this way, product buzz that would owned airline, has made YouTube a central part previously have been limited to word-of-mouth excitement among a of several marketing efforts. While the company relatively small group of event attendees can now spread far beyond was working to convince the U.S. Department of the showroom ﬂoor. Transportation to approve its airline application, At the 2007 National Association of Music Merchants show, the brand launched a Yamaha’s new Motif XS electronic keyboard was a hit with attendees. series of widely viewed RICHARD BRANSON’S Several fans posted videos of Yamaha’s demonstration on YouTube, Web videos showing DAREDEVIL JUMP and the videos quickly attracted more than 150,000 views. (Yamaha off its new planes’ Views: More than 49,000 also posted trade-show highlights on its Web site, but YouTube offers sleek design and Why It’s Popular: It’s fun the potential for a video to spread much faster and further.) high-tech entertain- to watch a guy jump off a Don Morris, manager of Web services at Yamaha, says it’s hard ment features. When building. to determine which videos will take off online. “You never know what Virgin premiered an level they are going to happen at,” he says, “because it happens outside onboard safety video of our sphere of inﬂuence.” starring quirky cartoon characters, the company Of course, when the marketing is out of your hands, that can also slapped it on YouTube, and the safety announce- be a problem. Morris warns that this lack of control can be a double- ment—so often ignored by frequent travelers— edged sword: While you might get an unexpected has now been viewed by hundreds of thousands YAMAHA’S TRADE SHOW DEMO boost for a product, Internet buzz can also disturb online. And when the airline held a “Victoria’s the pace of your own marketing. Secret in-ﬂight supermodel pajama party,” there Views: More than 181,000 “NAMM is an industry trade show, and was, needless to say, signiﬁcant online interest. Why It’s Popular: Gives the ﬁrst it’s not open to the public,” Morris says. “Some Of all of Virgin’s diverse promotional events, look at a new product of these products won’t be sold for three to six the daredevil antics of C.E.O. Richard Branson months, so that can be a problem for us as well as ﬁt best with the YouTube aesthetic. When for our dealers, because people may see these videos about upcoming Branson rappelled off the Fantasy Tower at the products and decide to not buy products already out there.” Palms Casino to promote Virgin’s service from Las Vegas to San Francisco, the stunt, produced Yamaha’s keyboard unveiling (featuring Stevie Wonder), by Virgin America’s in-house marketing shop as recorded by a trade show attendee. in concert with A YouTube video of Richard Ogilvy PR, not only Branson’s jump off a drew hundreds of Las Vegas casino tower. live spectators, but several attendees also ﬁlmed home videos of the event, which were posted to YouTube and have drawn almost 50,000 views. Abby Lunardini, director of corporate communications at Virgin America, says traditional media strategy applies to Web video, but the vast online landscape means a Web video has to be that much more orig- inal to grab the attention of online users. “You need some news, something interest- ing and slightly different,” Lunardini says. “That applies to PR in general, not just online. It’s just a higher standard in that sphere, because [bloggers] are inundated with info, press releases, and events, and they are sophisticated. “Because [our] planes look so differ- ent and because we are doing some pretty ridiculous PR events, we tend to just get a lot of video blogs, trip reports, and natural buzz, and then it gets out there on YouTube pretty fast,” she adds. bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 73 THE FAN TIE-IN THE GOOFY POP-UP In a joint marketing promotion to publicize the A marketing event that got signiﬁcant buzz in both 2007 release of The Simpsons Movie, 20th Century the real and virtual worlds was Charmin’s 2006 Fox transformed 12 North American 7-Eleven stores and 2007 holiday promotion, in which the company into Kwik-E-Marts, inspired by the parody conve- installed free public bathrooms in New York’s Times nience store frequented by Homer Simpson in the Square. Accompanied by singers, dancers, and fun ﬁctional town of Springﬁeld. facts about ﬂushing, the quirky event, produced by Because of the tie-in to The Simpsons, a long- Charmin along with experiential marketing ﬁrm running show with a fervent fan base, the market- Gigunda Group and public relations ﬁrm Manning, ing event had particular resonance online. Fan Selvage & Lee, brought in 400,000 visitors each year. forums and blogs were abuzz with news about In a pleasant surprise for Charmin, several dozen of where the makeshift those people were so tickled with the happening that Kwik-E-Marts would THE SIMPSONS KWIK-E-MARTS they recorded it with handheld cameras and posted be. When the stores the videos to YouTube—sharing Charmin’s event with Views: More than 300,000 debuted in towns thousands more viewers. from Bladensburg, Why It’s Popular: Latches onto an “The event was all about providing an opportunity Maryland, to Bur- already mega-popular brand for the consumer to engage in the brand in a different bank, California, and more unusual, innovative way,” says Dewayne excited fans at each location walked through Guy, external relations manager at Charmin. “We with handheld cameras and posted their videos put a lot of effort into making sure it was interactive, online. As a result, a marketing promotion that and that lends itself to the visual media. Online video might have attracted only curious passersby is not something we actively pushed—it happened instead reached a worldwide audience of tens organically based on the consumer reactions.” of thousands. Because Charmin’s event was inventive, one-of-a- “It was really mystifying and exciting to see kind, and a little bizarre, consumers not only wanted that we created an event that was so popular to check it out, but were also compelled to share the we didn’t need advertising,” says Sterling experience with others. Whether they were amused, Hayman, group account director at Tracy annoyed, or just confused, they were engaged enough Locke Advertising, the lead ﬁrm among the to ﬁlm a video, upload it, and share it with friends and PHOTOS: COURTESY OF JOSHLEWIS (SIMPSONS VIDEO), COURTESY OF WTC3353 (CHARMIN VIDEO), COURTESY OF IMG FASHION (FASHION WEEK VIDEO) ad and marketing ﬁrms that make up the strangers. studio’s virtual in-house agency, FreshWorks. Darling says creating an online video that people “We were only able to do 12 states, but the want to share is “all about the energy; it isn’t about consumer-generated interest brought the the technology or the crafts- event to many more people online.” CHARMIN’S FREE PUBLIC manship. It’s about, Does The stunt was BATHROOMS that video in some way touch A fan’s walkthrough popular on the Internet someone, so that they will of a 7-Eleven Views: More than 18,000 because it was more want to tell people about it, made over for Why It’s Popular: The over- The Simpsons Movie. than a typical market- and then those people will the-top novelty effect ing promotion; it was a want to tell people about it?” happening that people wanted to see and be a part of—whether it was in their hometown or somebody else’s. “It was successful in A consumer’s video of Charmin’s Times Square stunt. video because we created an environment in-store that lived up to what would happen if you stepped into a cartoon,” Hayman says. “It wasn’t something you could just describe or show with a picture.” The event didn’t really focus on 7-Eleven or promote any of its products, but by putting a unique spin on some- thing many people already love, the chain grabbed the attention of thousands. “The mistake that most people make with online videos is that they start with the old rules of marketing—that you have to talk about your service,” says author David Meerman Scott. “But what tends to work online is focusing on the user. An online video needs to appeal to them.” 74 bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 THE PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION How to Go Viral Not every successful online video is made by event 1. MAKE IT SNAPPY A video is not likely to get noticed attendees with handheld cameras. Marketers who if it’s more than a few minutes long. “It needs to grab realize the potential of Web video for enhancing an you right away, because people are more likely to share event experience are also producing professional, it if they watch it all the way through to the end,” says high-quality videos to complement their events. author David Meerman Scott. If you have too much ma- In 2007, IMG Fashion launched a YouTube terial, the best bet is a series. “Instead of posting a 10- channel to display videos from Fashion Week minute video, post ﬁve two-minute videos,” Scott says. events throughout the world. Each video is a one- 2. QUALITY IS NOT ALWAYS KING Spend ﬁve minutes to four-minute clip focused on a speciﬁc runway browsing YouTube and you’ll see that authenticity show, collection, or after-party, featuring interviews trumps professionalism, and unpolished, uncut videos with designers and celebrity attendees. Produced are more popular than slick, corporate-produced adver- and edited by IMG and Smashbox Studios, the vid- tisements. “We’re at an unusual time in history in that people trust the rough-around-the edges take more eos capture both the glamour of the runway shows than the polished, professional effort,” says Roxanne and the frenetic energy behind the scenes. Darling of BarefeetStudios.com. “Because we’ve all The most-viewed Fashion Week video—a look been sold, you trust someone who is on site, just went at designer Tara Subkoff’s Imitation of Christ line to the event, and has a fresh take.” from last year—has been IMG’s behind-the- 3. FILM SOMETHING PEOPLE WILL WANT TO SHARE viewed more than 240,000 scenes videos from A video won’t be a viral success unless it goes beyond Fashion Week. times, and more than 50 describing a product or showcasing an event. It has to other videos have attracted offer the viewer something new or exciting that they’ll similarly impressive numbers (although, admit- want to tell people about. “To make it viral, it has to be tedly, none were nearly as popular as the clip of a funny, engaging, or unique,” says Thomas Harpointer model falling through a hole in the runway—some of AIS Media. “We’re not going to just pass advertise- things just work). ments on to our friends and family.” For New York Fashion Week this past February, 4. MAKE SURE THEY CAN SHARE IT YouTube and IMG teamed up with one of its sponsors, American similar video sites make sharing easy by including an Express, to expand its online offerings. This year, embed code so that users can import the video to any the videos were showcased both on a YouTube other Web site or blog with a simple cut and paste. “A channel and on a separate site hosted by American lot of companies don’t understand the embed code Express, with additional features such as live video and just put the video on their Web site and wonder streams of runway shows. why no one is taking it,” Darling says. If you want your video to be shared, post it directly to YouTube or an- “Fashion Week is such a visual and exciting other site that uses similar embed technology. experience,” says Leslie Berland, director of public affairs and communications at American Express. 5. DON’T FAKE IT “A lot of companies have gone online “The live, streaming aspect brought that excite- and tried to disguise ads as humor. This doesn’t work, ment to consumers in a way that wasn’t available because people are savvy and they can see through that,” Harpointer says. There are plenty of videos that before.” are designed to look homemade and are not identiﬁed For an event like Fashion Week, which already as advertising, but online users usually catch on to this, draws interest from a huge number of people, which can result in embarrassing negative publicity online video can bring the event to thousands of for companies who try to pass off a corporate video as people who would be unlikely to attend the event homemade. If you have a fan-made video, that’s great. in person. “It’s an insider industry event,” Berland If not, don’t pretend to. says, “and the videos enabled consumers to experi- 6. LISTEN TO THE SOUND When ﬁlming events, don’t ence the event as if they were industry insiders, forget that audio is just as important as video. “When while also allowing the designers to connect with we look at a video, the brain will ﬁll in the picture if consumers.” it’s not perfect,” Darling says. “But if the sound is poor, you’ll just tune that out.” She recommends purchasing a video camera with a separate microphone input—a FASHION WEEK VIDEO SERIES feature many consumer cameras don’t provide. Views: More than 1.2 million 7. REMEMBER: YOU NEVER KNOW The one thing Why It’s Popular: Offers insider everyone agrees on is that by deﬁnition, it’s impos- access to an exclusive world sible to predict what the next viral sensation will be. “If there were a formula, a lot of people would be using it,” Darling says. “Viral means there’s a mutation there, and things take off in an unexpected way and no one can predict it.” bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 75 Back From the Brink Saved from cancellation when the writers strike ended two weeks before, the Oscars went on with signiﬁcant fanfare (albeit dismal ratings) and many of the standard parties (minus a few). THE ACADEMY GETS GOLDEN PHOTOS: NADINE FROGER PHOTOGRAPHY (GOVERNORS BALL), STEFANIE KEENAN/WIREIMAGE (ELTON JOHN BALLROOM), MICHAEL CAULFIELD/WIREIMAGE (JOHN/BLIGE), DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS/WIREIMAGE (GLOBAL GREEN) Not long after they had walked the red carpet and watched a parade of golden statuettes get passed around at the February 24 Academy Awards, Oscar guests were again seeing red and gold—albeit in a very different format—at the Academy’s ofﬁcial post-ceremony Governors Ball. Sequoia Productions’ Cheryl Cecchetto, who produced the event with ball chair Cheryl Boone Isaacs, chose the iconic and omnipresent Oscar-night shades for the ball’s color palette as a subtle tribute to the award show’s 80th anniversary. About 1,500 guests, including winners Tilda Swinton and Javier Bardem, ﬁltered into the grand ballroom of the Hollywood & Highland Center—a mere elevator ride away from the Kodak Theatre, the site of the ceremony—and found it covered in red carpet with gold runners and a gold inlay. Nine distinct seating areas featured tables of varied decor; one section had gold-linen-covered tabletops with Kartell lamps as centerpieces, and another had mirrored surfaces topped with towering ﬂoral arrangements Hollywood & Highland’s made with clusters of red roses paired ballroom was covered with golden-hued orchids. Everything from in red carpet with gold the chairs and tufted wall hangings to runners and a gold the glasses and china matched the color inlay, and glass globes scheme. (Red showed up on many of the hung from the ceiling. higher-proﬁle attendees, too, including Mark’s Garden created presenters Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren, centerpieces with and Katherine Heigl.) 15 shades of roses, and Inspired by watching a child blow red wine glasses sat bubbles in a park, Cecchetto suspended atop the tables. translucent glass globes interspersed with ﬁreﬂy lights from the ceiling. Guests sat underneath the whimsi- cal installations as they dined on Wolfgang Puck’s menu of trufﬂed mac and cheese and caviar-ﬁlled baked potatoes, which took a culinary staff of 350 four days to prepare, and sipped Sterling Vine- yards wine or Patron’s “Red Carpet” cocktail, a red-hued drink rimmed with gold sugar. Pink Martini appeared on a raised orchestral stage, as did DJ Jason Bentley, who spun a mash-up of ﬁlm scores and contemporary music. —Rosalba Curiel 76 bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 GLOBAL GREEN STAYS ON MESSAGE Global Green U.S.A.’s pre-Oscar bash isn’t an award-season party in the traditional sense—it doesn’t celebrate Hollywood. Instead, Hollywood celebrates Global Green: Paparazzi shots of eco- minded actors including Tate Donovan arriving at the party on bicycles are pure gold for the group. The media swarming around L.A. during award season made the ﬁfth annual bash at the Avalon Hollywood on February 20 the year’s highest- proﬁle event for the Santa Monica-based group, and the medium is deﬁnitely the message. Event producer Beau Robb of Treehouse, along THIS YEAR’S CHAMP: ELTON JOHN With Vanity Fair’s exclusive bash off the slate this year, a new entity claimed the title of biggest Oscar-night party (apart from the academy’s own ball): the Elton John AIDS Foundation fund-raiser. Sir Elton and David Furnish hosted the foundation’s A display in Avalon’s with Global Green U.S.A. 16th annual party at the Paciﬁc Design Center, lobby showcased C.E.O. Matt Petersen with Chopard and VH1 cosponsoring. The event energy-efﬁcient and director of PR raised $5.1 million—up considerably over last year’s ﬂuorescent bulbs in Ruben Aronin, focused $4.2 million, and by far a record. recycled-plastic shades. on one cohesive mes- The gala event began with a cocktail reception, sage this year (rather followed by a formal dinner and viewing for 680. than the multiple messages of green-product After dinner offered by Mark’s Restaurant owner purveyors who had participated in previous years). and chef Wayne Elias and co-owner Chris Diamond “Time to Act—Reduce Your Carbon Footprint” was with their Crumble Catering team, guests bid on emblazoned on posters at the entrance as well live auction items including Sharon Stone’s 1974 as on ﬂat-screen TVs and behind the stage, where Corvette and a world travel package patterned Michelle Branch, Damien Rice, Michael Franti, and A bright palette of orange and pink dominated after Oscar-winning ﬁlm Around the World in 80 Oscar-winning songwriters Marketa Irglova and the fund-raising dinner, where copious TVs made Days. To cap off the night, Elton John and his band Glen Hansard (from the ﬁlm Once) performed. viewing available from all angles. Later, Elton John performed for more than an hour, along with As the 800 guests entered the lobby lounge, brought Mary J. Blige on stage to sing with him. guests Mary J. Blige and Jake Shears of the Scissor they encountered vignettes such as the “enchant- Sisters. About 200 more guests joined the dinner that could have been derailed by the writers strike. ed forest,” a thicket of bare branches dangling group for the auction and performances. “The colors overall are just very happy and festive. energy-efﬁcient lighting ﬁxtures (compact ﬂuo- Foundation executive director Scott Campbell It’s an exciting time because the strike has just rescent bulbs encased in recycled-plastic shades) tapped Virginia Fout of V Productions to produce ﬁnalized itself, and everyone is celebrating that. It’s with recycled glass mulch at their base. Nearby the event again this year, her fourth go. Of all that’s kind of a twofold celebration,” Fout said. “Plus we was a living room assembled from Cisco Brothers been made about the party’s signiﬁcance in 2008, get a nice diverse group of people in the room—not Furniture’s sustainable collection. Upstairs, the Fout said, “The thing to remember is that ﬁrst and all celebrities, not all corporate America. It’s a con- designers assembled a V.I.P. lounge using sustain- foremost we’re a fund-raiser, so on Oscar night scious decision to mix and marry different folks.” able teak couches, and carpet made from recycled we’re unique [from Vanity Fair’s party].” She added, This year table prices soared to about $100,000. plastic bottles covered another lounge. “In years past we’d have celebrities that would try Fout says the team behind the fund-raiser The event started ﬁve years ago as a rock show to do both [parties], but they’d just stay there and never considered scrapping the party, even as the for Global Green’s friends, which was intimate not come over to ours because the night gets long.” writers strike continued into February. She says enough that organizers called it “a friend-raiser.” As for decor, the room featured what Fout called John had always planned to perform, which is This year the party raised $420,000 for a green “an uplifting, feel-good, motivating look,” designed consistently a draw for guests no matter what the building project in New Orleans. “It’s gotten big- by New York-based Antony Todd for the second status of the ceremony, and the fund-raising com- ger and better and [gained] more notoriety,” said time. Gone was last year’s silvery palette, and in its ponent was too important to consider pulling the Monica Gilchrist, Global Green’s national resource place was a sea of fuschia, orange, yellow, and gold plug. “Unfortunately, AIDS didn’t go on strike, and center coordinator. “Each year we get more press with purple and green accents—apropos of the there’s still a need out there to raise awareness and and higher-level folks involved. It’s a very exciting cheerful feeling in the room in light of a ceremony raise money,” Fout said. —Alesandra Dubin evolution.” —Irene Lacher bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 77 Musical Inclination Offerings at this year’s Grammy parties included a commitment to zero waste, a mountain of cupcakes, an army of circus performers, an all-star entertainer, plus a debut fashion show. About 6,000 guests The Grammy awards lure liers hung from the ceiling, and large-scale meandered about the A ROCK OPERA FOR THE many of the biggest stars in the music industry to projections of vintage-European-looking cavernous convention opera houses, streets, and gardens enveloped center space. Cindy RECORDING ACADEMY one of the hugest, most mass-market venues in guests. A small army of about 50 costumed dancers and performers from the troupe Lu- Lauper and Natasha Bedingﬁeld performed Los Angeles, Staples Cen- cent Dossier Vaudeville Cirque took to stages on the party’s green- ter. And it can be said that the Recording Academy’s ofﬁcial Grammy af- throughout the huge space to mimic acts like hued stage. ter-party is like that, too: massive, but still with an air of exclusivity, and serving tea and preparing in the boudoir. with months of detail-oriented production behind the execution. On the Puck catered an eclectic mix of international buffet offerings, includ- 50th anniversary of the Grammys, the academy’s bash for 6,000 took to ing English stations (bangers, carved prime rib, ﬁsh, and mugs of ginger the cavernous Los Angeles Convention Center on February 10 with a look beer), which advanced the European theme. When the doors opened, that evoked the opera houses of old-world Europe, with a surrealist bent. crowds immediately formed deep lines for the buffets—a three-and-a- Recording Academy vice president of production and process man- half-hour food-free telecast had taken its toll on appetites. The menu agement Branden Chapman, along with academy staffers Rex Supa and took two months to plan and test, and ﬁve days to prepare. Clay Upton, worked with the Mary Micucci-helmed Along Came Mary to With all the planning that goes into an annual event of this size, the produce the spectacle, backed by a giant team, including Wolfgang Puck Recording Academy’s Chapman said that his group never considered for dinner and dessert spreads and Angel City Designs for the dreamlike axing the party in light of the writers strike and that the cancellation decor. Organizers estimate that more than 450 production crew mem- of the Golden Globes earlier in the season may have in fact led to “the bers and 600 servers—plus kitchen staff—were on hand for the event. energy and the excitement being there even more so” for the Grammys. “We knew the 50th was going to be tremendous,” said Chapman of So did the Recording Academy signiﬁcantly increase its event bud- the look he conjured, a departure from last year’s clubby, Asian-inspired get for the big 50th anniversary? Not exactly. “Our budget is approxi- motif. Micucci, who has worked on the party for 11 years, added, “You al- mately the same,” Chapman said. “This party is on the same huge scale.” ways try to upstage [the previous year’s production]. This year is edgier.” And that scale is undeniable. “People never want to leave this party, At the red-dominated party, more was more. Giant crystal chande- because there is so much to do,” Micucci said. —Alesandra Dubin 78 bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 WARNER’S WASTE- FREE SOIREE For all the talk about the event industry going green, there comes along only the rare party that takes all efforts to the extreme to put forth a pure environmental message. Warner Music Group’s Grammy after-party at Vibiana, overseen by WMG corporate communications vice president Susan Mazo, was that party. The goal was to create a stylish event that was carbon-neutral and resulted in zero landﬁll waste—meaning no solid or hazard- ous waste and no emissions. New York-based Mazo got local agencies involved to make sure that happened. “We approached the city of L.A. to ﬁgure out how they could help us work with them,” Mazo said. California’s Integrated Waste Management Board, the City of Los Angeles’s Bureau of Sanitation, Athens Ser- vices, and other local companies and sponsors A clear tent covered partnered with WMG on the project. Vibiana’s outdoor space, Green efforts included carbon-offsetting while inside, potted the event’s energy usage; using energy- trees stood under efﬁcient lighting, biodiesel generators, and lighting that mimicked a recycled paper products; composting paper blue sky. Grass in simple and food waste; and sending invitations arrangements (rather printed on recycled paper and manufactured than towering ﬂower with wind power. (A stamp on the outside of bouquets, which become the corrugated-cardboard invitation, created organic waste) sat atop by an artist at Atlantic Records, warned “Invita- cocktail tables. All of tion Enclosed,” lest potential guests mistake it the decor kept with the for trash.) earth-minded theme. The menu, sourced from four Whole Foods markets, used only local California products. Whole Foods also provided paper goods for the bathrooms. “This party has much more of an L.A. focus. Instead of going to Whole Foods corporate, we went to the local Whole Foods to work directly with people who are affected, rather than trucking in from Texas or some- where,” Mazo said. “Plus, it’s nice to work with some people in your own backyard.” While a slate of live performers and DJs provided music, noise from the crowd often permeated the space, which is dominated by hard surfaces. But the crowd turned its attention to the stage as kid DJs Sara and Ryusei from Japan scratched in a crowd-pleasing set. (Kindergarten-age Ryusei is so tiny that he had to stand on a box to reach the low turntables.) As for the decor, it supported the green theme, with potted trees dotting the space and limited use of cut ﬂowers, which were compos- ted afterward. Mazo described the look as reminiscent of “an ethereal forest—very earthy.” She added, “Nothing is single-use. Some trees are live and some are props—but nothing has been cut down.” “We’re composting everything we can,” Mazo added. “Things you don’t even think about, like the corks from the wine bottles, can be com- posted. It’s all easy things, but you don’t [always] think about them.” Before it bowed last night, the party had even gotten the attention of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “[Californians] have learned that we can help our environment while at the same time protecting the PHOTOS: ALEN LIN FOR BIZBASH economy and our lifestyles,” the governor said in a press release. “War- ner Music Group ... is turning consumption into conservation on the important pop culture stage.” The event is part of a larger environment-friendly strategy for WMG, which recently changed its CD and DVD packaging to include postconsumer paper and is reviewing its greenhouse-gas emissions. —A.D. bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 79 MusiCares’s red carpet snaked through the convention center, where Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi appeared onstage as the Blues Brothers and MusiCares’s Person of the Year, Aretha Franklin, performed a three-song set. Below left, Nicole Khristine took over Social Hollywood and its new restaurant, Citrus. Taylor Swift performed at the People and Verizon Wireless tribute to Timbaland, which took place at Avalon in Hollywood. BEST OF THE REST How Grammy party hosts enticed guests. (A sample: cupcakes and Aretha.) On Grammy weekend, you can bet many potential guests had a ing time (and to drive up, instead of ascending by tram). The program stack of invitations from which to choose. And the notorious sprawl included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and performances by cartoon- synonymous with Los Angeles only made it less likely that would-be ishly cute kid pianist Marc Yu and the new chairman of the Foundation attendees could make stops at all of those events. So how did hosts D’Enterprise Montblanc de la Culture, Grammy-nominated pianist pull crowds? Here are some of their strategies. Lang Lang. (Alas, come Grammy night, he would not take the prize.) A BIG DEBUT While other events were dropping off the award- LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Jewelry line Nicole Khristine took PHOTOS: RON WOLFSON (MUSICARES), COURTESY OF NICOLE KHRISTINE, FRANK season calendar, In Style and the Recording Academy unveiled a new, over the new restaurant Citrus at Social Hollywood on Thursday night MICELOTTA/WIREIMAGE (SWIFT), JORDAN STRAUSS/WIREIMAGE (AVALON) hot-ticket pre-Grammy fashion show and concert at Boulevard3 on to give 52 guests the ﬁrst taste of chef Michel Richard’s short ribs and Thursday, February 7. In Style fashion director Hal Rubenstein curated mini lobster burgers. The event gave that intimate group a peek at the a colorful, high-energy fashion show, with designs from musicians- space, which wouldn’t open until the following night. (Another perk turned-designers Beyoncé, Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer of the location: When the launch ballooned into a bigger party after Lopez, Jay-Z, and Sean Combs. Rihanna performed a full-scale concert, dinner, it beneﬁted from ease of access for folks who had also R.S.V.P.’d complete with a troupe of four backup dancers, on the runway where for the In Style and Recording Academy fashion show and concert next the models had strutted only minutes earlier. In a year in which many door at Boulevard3.) DJ AM, Grandmaster Flash, and Macy Gray joined annual events were being eliminated in the wake of the writers strike, together to perform a turntable symphony. the emergence of this signiﬁcant new program—which organizers FREE STUFF WITH PERKS Some naïfs might think the free stuff is the said they’ll assess for annual potential—seemed like a natural merger perk. But these days, swag-suite organizers are forced to do more to of two industries for the parties involved. “We thought this was a nice differentiate their lounges from one another (although the Grammys way to bring the magazine to life,” In Style’s Cyd Wilson said. “This is are not known for the proliferation of swag that, say, the Oscars the perfect intersection between fashion and music.” generally bring to town). The Recording Academy’s ofﬁcially sanc- A GORGEOUS VENUE The restaurant at the spectacular Getty Center tioned suite, now in its ﬁfth year, took over Smashbox Studios in West set the scene for Montblanc’s pre-Grammy party on Thursday, a rare Hollywood for four days of giveaways and pampering treatments, opportunity for guests to make it up the hill after the museum’s clos- taking care to throw a few cool details into the free-stuff mix. Hard 80 bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 Montblanc took its pre-Grammy Crumbs offered mountains of fete to the cupcakes at Sony BMG’s after-party. striking hilltop Getty Center, where kid Models strutted in musician-designed pianist Marc Yu looks at the In Style event, where performed. Rihanna performed. The ofﬁcial Grammy suites featured a grand piano. Rock International lent costumes—including Madonna’s memorable to the Avalon Hollywood at 10 p.m. for an evening honoring producer coned corset—which dotted the space, and a grand piano sat on the Timbaland. Guests (including Fergie, Paris Hilton, and Ludacris) walked studio ﬂoor for anyone who felt moved to sit down and play. (We leopard-print carpets leading into the venue dotted with throw pillows hear the spirit did move a few guests, but we didn’t witness it during and lampshades in the animal print, and snacked on tenderloin satay PHOTOS: JOHN SCIULLI/BERLINER STUDIO/BEIMAGES (MONTBLANC), JORDAN STRAUSS/ our stop.) The Mondrian’s Skybar set up and staffed a central bar, and as well as sweets like tiramisu and cheesecake, while Paramore, One Couch Nobelius produced. Meanwhile, another suite downtown at- Republic, Chris Cornell, and others took to the stage. Guests who stuck tempted to draw guests by appealing to their sense of environmental around until the party’s end at 2 a.m. got to see surprise performer responsibility and philanthropy: The Green With Music suite had an Missy Elliott both on- and off-stage—the hip-hop artist made her way WIREIMAGE (IN STYLE), BIZBASH (CUPCAKES), DON NORRIS (GIFT SUITE) eco-friendly bent, and beneﬁted Katrina-relief effort Make It Right 9. to the middle of the crowd at one point—and hear Timbaland’s not- so-kind closing remarks, which were peppered with choice expletives ENERGETIC ENTERTAINMENT MusiCares’s 16th annual Person of the aimed at Verizon and People for apparently making his “homeboy” Year tribute drew 2,500 guests, including recording-industry execu- wait in line earlier in the evening. tives and artists, who ﬂocked to the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, February 8, for the chance to hear John Legend, Corinne Bailey DECADENT DESSERTS Maybe it was a celebratory feeling that Rae, Patti Austin, Fantasia Barrino, and other artists’ take on honoree brought guests to Sony BMG’s after-party at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Aretha Franklin’s classics. They also heard a performance by the Queen Sunday, February 10. (The group had a few notable wins.) Or maybe it of Soul herself, who sang “Chain of Fools” and treated attendees to “A was the star wattage—Grammy performers Beyoncé, Carrie Under- Woman Falling Out of Love,” a song off her upcoming album of the wood, and Aretha Franklin were all in the house, where Clive Davis also same name. Guests dined on braised beef short ribs, collard greens, roamed. But it might have been the cupcakes, which were the talk of and key lime pie—a menu in keeping with the singer’s Southern the ballroom (seriously). Crumbs erected a giant shrine to its product, roots—following a cocktail reception and auction that helped raise a a multitiered serving tray under cover of a canopy bearing the bakery’s record-breaking $4.5 million for the musician-support org MusiCares. name. Cupcake-captivated guests ogled the wide variety of offerings, GOOD TIMING Verizon Wireless and People magazine opted out of di- and noshed nearby. They were also welcome to carry out the sweets as rect competition with other Friday-night biggies by opening the doors takeaways in plastic containers. —Rosalba Curiel & Alesandra Dubin bizbash.com/losangeles may/june 2008 81 Special Advertising Section Beyond the Ballroom Step beyond the ballroom in this special advertising section. Hotels offer you a peek at some of their most unique event spaces. Find the next great place for your receptions, meetings, celebrations, and networking or teambuilding events. Beyond the Ballroom will appear throughout the year as a special advertising section. Special Advertising Section Special Advertising Section BEVERLY HILTON The Beverly Hilton has combined the excitement and entertainment of Hollywood with the elegance of Beverly Hills for over 50 years. 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