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.
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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.