Lighting by Images by Lighting. In a town with dozens of events every week, party guests frequently follow a standard valet-bar-buffet-valet pattern. But on a particularly crowded night for parties in Hollywood, one bash offered attendees out-of-the-ordinary options like, say, walking across hot coals or bearing witness to a giant flaming voodoo doll, along with the de rigueur plates of salmon and salad. That event was the Warner Brothers International Television Distribution gala, which drew 1,500 guests—including broadcasters from more than 170 countries and more than 125 actors and producers from the studio’s 50-plus TV series—to the Warner Brothers Studios lot on May 23 to fete Warner Brothers Television Group’s programming during the annual “L.A. screenings” for international buyers. It was the first gala of its kind since 2010, and only the second since 2004.
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Lighting by Images by Lighting. Disney Media Distribution brought about 650 guests to Walt Disney Studios for its international upfront on May 20—and the event had some format tricks and tweaks up its sleeve to enliven the experience this year. Disney Media Networks vice president of marketing and publicity at Disney Media Networks Evelyn Geraci oversaw the event, tapping Russell Harris Event Group for the production, design, and management for the eighth consecutive year. This year’s theme was “more stories,” with hundreds of international media buyers coming to view the latest programming from Disney, ABC Television, and ABC Family.
Lighting by Images by Lighting. There was gold, gold everywhere at the California Science Center on Friday night for its annual “Discovery Ball” fund-raiser which pulled nearly $1.2 million. The event this year drew inspiration for its theme from Cleopatra, the subject of “Cleopatra: the Exhibition,” which will open at the museum on May 23. The California Science Center Foundation’s event services department, led by vice president of food and event services Christina Sion, produced the event.
The Hollywood Palladium was the backdrop for Thursday night’s Heart Foundation gala honoring Dr. P.K. Shah and Kimberly Shah. The event drew a major celebrity lineup, with Dana Carvey opening, Michael Buble headlining a 60-minute set with a 12-piece orchestra, musical director David Foster, a guest appearance by Paul Anka, and Ryan Seacrest serving as M.C. Director of operations and donor relations Catherine Erlinger oversaw the event, tapping Dave Merrell and AOO Live, a new division of AOO Events, to produce.
Warner Brothers Television Group hosted a launch party on Thursday at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills to celebrate the opening of the studio’s new museum exhibit, “Television: Out of the Box,” which pays tribute to 60 years of television history. Accordingly, the event’s arrivals carpet—instead of the traditional red—was striped to look like TV color bars.
The Beverly Hilton is home to an array of glittering parties on Golden Globes night each year—partially because staying on site is the only way parties can get a live feed of the ceremony itself. Typically among the most visually noteworthy of the night’s events is HBO’s bash. Given that year after year, the party takes over the same real estate—the poolside space and the restaurant now known as Circa 55—and has a throng of repeat guests (many of them with multiple invitations to consider), the challenge is to give the space a brand-new face each go-round.
Following Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild awards at the Shrine, People magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation co-hosted the official awards gala, held immediately after the show on the back lot of the Shrine Exposition Center. Working with Time Inc.’s Cyd Wilson, Tony Schubert of Event Eleven designed and produced the affair for the third consecutive year.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic opened its 2011-2012 season—with music director Gustavo Dudamel and creative chair for jazz Herbie Hancock—with an all-Gershwin concert and vintage-inspired evening at Walt Disney Concert Hall for more than 600 guests. Overseen by the Phil’s event department, headed by senior manager for special events Gwen Strong, the event’s producer-designer Gai Klass created a Rhapsody in Blue-inspired 1930’s supper club on Grand Avenue between First and Second for the Rolex-sponsored gala.
Already billed as the largest seated dinner in the U.S., the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Governors Ball following Sunday’s 63rd Primetime Emmy awards grew to the largest guest count in its history, with a total hovering around 3,900. The thick, celeb-heavy crowd—which included Emmy show host Jane Lynch, Zooey Deschanel, Betty White, and on and on—found a ’60s mod black-and-white look at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Working with ball co-chairs Joe Stewart and Sheila Manning, along with the ball committee, Cheryl Cecchetto with her team at Sequoia Productions produced the gathering for the 14th consecutive year.