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MTV and Other Brands to Create V.M.A. Snapchat Content

Snapchat will play a huge part in MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday. The Viacom brand is expected to create original content on the social platform leading up to and during the...

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How Tokyo is Already Preparing For the 2020 Olympics

The next Summer Olympic Games are four years away, but host city Tokyo has already begun preparations for a new Olympic Village and a new stadium to host the opening and closing...

Call Sheet Posted about 16 hours ago

P.G.A. Tour Gets Social With Live Streams

In a P.G.A. Tour first, live content from its golf events will be streamed on social media platforms, starting this week with the FedExCup. Forbes: "Most notably, the PGA Tour is testing...

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Tommy Hilfiger's New York Fashion Week Carnival Show to Focus on Consumers

The actual items in Tommy Hilfiger and model Gigi Hadid's new collection might take a backseat during the designer's New York Fashion Week show. Hilfiger will stage a carnival activation at New...

Call Sheet Posted 2 days ago

Advertisers Not Pleased With Olympics Ratings

The ratings for NBC’s broadcast of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio were down for the first time since the 2000 Games in Sydney—and advertisers aren’t too happy about it. Mashable: “‘Generally...

Call Sheet Posted 2 days ago

Inside a Social Network That Lets Fans Discuss Concerts

Independent music promoter Peter Shapiro, who was responsible for last year’s Grateful Dead reunion, has launched an online social platform for concertgoers to build profiles based on concerts they’ve attended and discuss...

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How This Kid-Friendly Tour Celebrated 75 Years of Curious George

Education publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt marked the character milestone with a cross-country mobile tour for kids.

Event Report Posted 2 days ago

Why This Food Brand Built a Farm in New York City

Prego introduced its new sauces with a giant jar filled with veggies, hay bales, and fair games.

Event Report Posted 2 days ago

Oscars Consider 12 New Tech Awards Categories

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering 12 new categories for its Oscars Sci-Tech Awards, a presentation that takes place before the Oscars next year. The Hollywood Reporter: “The...

Call Sheet Posted 3 days ago

Rio Seems Unprepared for Paralympic Games

The Summer Olympics have come to a close, but the Paralympic Games will begin next month in Rio de Janeiro. While the Paralympics in London were a huge success, the outlook of...

Call Sheet Posted 3 days ago

Sports Media Company Lands Partnership With M.L.B. Company to Live Stream College Sporting Events

Sports media company Silver Chalice Ventures has partnered with M.L.B. Advanced Media’s BamTech company to live stream around 3,000 collegiate sporting events. Forbes: “The deal adds yet another content partner and investor...

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5 Ideas and Trends Shaping Today's Catering Industry

Catersource and the International Caterers Association's fifth annual Art of Catering Food conference headed to Washington, D.C., for three days of tasting and education.

News Posted 3 days ago

Survey Reveals Key Factors That Maximize Attendee Retention at Events

A recent Center for Exhibition Industry Research report revealed the education, show floor details, and special amenities that keep attendees coming back year after year.

News Posted 3 days ago

N.B.A. Moves All-Star Game to New Orleans

The N.B.A. has chosen New Orleans as the new host city for its 2017 All-Star Game after it moved the event out of Charlotte last month because of North Carolina’s anti-L.G.B.T. laws....

Call Sheet Posted 4 days ago

What Rio Coverage Means for Live Event Streaming

The coverage of the Rio Olympics, which came to a close on Sunday night, was the latest example of how more major live events are being consumed by viewers on live streaming...

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Olympic Closing Ceremony Teases Tokyo 2020 With Mario

During Sunday's closing ceremony, Rio handed off its Olympic hosting duties to Tokyo—which will host the Summer Olympics in 2020—and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe transformed into the famous Nintendo character Mario....

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10 Clever and Functional Ideas for Directional Signage

These events incorporated useful info in surprising ways.

Idea File Posted 4 days ago

19 Olympics Sponsor Activations and Experiences That Stood Out in Rio

Olympic sponsors—including Coca-Cola, Samsung, and Omega—showcased interactive experiences during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

News Posted 4 days ago

Critics' Choice Awards Move to December

The Broadcast Film Critics Association has announced that the 22nd annual Critics' Choice Awards will take place a month earlier than usual. The awards show, which usually takes place after the Golden...

Call Sheet Posted 7 days ago

Why More Weddings Are Taking Place on Thursdays

Saturday is the most popular day to throw a wedding, but a number of couples in the U.S. are choosing to get married on Thursdays to save money. According to the Knot...

Call Sheet Posted 7 days ago

NBC Uses Olympics for Massive Promo Push

During its broadcast of the Olympics so far, NBC has aired more than 3,000 promos for its shows and N.F.L. games. Advertising Age: "According to, NBC and its cable network siblings...

Call Sheet Posted 7 days ago

How This Aquarium Fund-Raiser Made a Splash With Attendees

Shedd Aquarium's 10th annual Blu benefit in Chicago had several marine-influenced activities for guests.

Event Snapshot Posted 7 days ago

10 Best Ideas of the Week: an Interactive Door to the Olympics, Tinder's Ice Cream-Theme Playground, a Jerky Airstream Tour

Here's a look at 10 steal-worthy ideas we spotted this week.

News Posted 7 days ago

Instagram Launches User-Curated Events Page

In another effort to replicate Snapchat, Instagram has debuted a user-curated video section highlighting live events. Fortune: "On Wednesday, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app introduced a new channel to its Explore section that...

Call Sheet Posted 8 days ago

Kanye West to Return to New York Fashion Week

Kanye West is returning to New York Fashion Week, but this time he'll hold his show, which will showcase the Yeezy Season 4 collection on the event's opening day September 7. Women's...

Call Sheet Posted 8 days ago

Olympics Official Arrested for Ticket Scalping

Police arrested a senior Olympic official from Ireland on Wednesday as part of an illegal ticket scalping investigation at the Rio Games. Associated Press: “Patrick Hickey, a member of the International Olympic...

Call Sheet Posted 8 days ago

Are You Charging Enough? Survey Reveals Pricing Practices of Independent Planners

Find out the most popular hourly rate independent planners charge, their average earnings per event, and how they handle commissions.

News Posted 8 days ago

5 Ways the Event Industry Can Deal With the Zika Virus

As the Zika virus continues to spread, here are five ways that event planners and others in the hospitality industry can take steps to keep their businesses on track.

News Posted 8 days ago

Live Nation Launches TSA PreCheck at Music Festivals

Live Nation has partnered with IdentoGo, a private company that handles U.S. TSA PreCheck applications, to launch fast lanes for music festival attendees to bypass long security lines. Pitchfork: "Attendees at certain...

Call Sheet Posted 9 days ago

Airbnb Testing App That Recommends City Events and Restaurants

Airbnb is reportedly testing an app that would organize travel plans and recommend dining options and events for users. Bloomberg: "A test version of the software is called Airbnb Trips, according to...

Call Sheet Posted 9 days ago

Why Many Olympic Mascots Are So Bizarre

Past Olympic mascots, which include a beaver without a face and a one-eyed genetic experiment, have been more than a little strange. The reason for the many unusual mascots may have to...

Call Sheet Posted 9 days ago

6 Outdoorsy Spaces for Out-of-the-Box Events

From a train car to a cemetery, these unexpected venues for parties, meetings, and retreats will surprise and delight guests.

Location Scout Posted 9 days ago

5 Essential Rules for Events From Yifat Oren

Here’s how to execute impactful events and maintain positive relationships—with minimum stress.

Readers' Forum Posted 9 days ago

See How This Tech-Industry Benefit Highlighted Young Coders

All Star Code's third annual benefit featured interactive technology demonstrations designed by its students.

Event Report Posted 9 days ago

Why Toronto Needs a Men's Fashion Week

The biannual Toronto Men's Fashion Week returns to the city for its third year this week to showcase spring and summer 2017 menswear. But after Toronto Fashion Week was canceled last month...

Call Sheet Posted 10 days ago

FloSports to Live Stream Alternative Sporting Events

Fans of sports like gymnastics and track and field usually can only get their fix when national or international events like the Olympics air on television. But now, FloSports is giving fans...

Call Sheet Posted 10 days ago

Muggings During Olympics Highlight Rio’s Tourism Dangers

Recent instances of muggings of Olympic athletes and representatives in Rio have highlighted the city’s dangers that are commonplace for tourists. USA Today: “American Olympic champion swimmer Ryan Lochte became the latest...

Call Sheet Posted 10 days ago

See How This Door Is Connecting Olympic Athletes and Canadian Fans

Canadian Tire's full-size, live streaming "Red Door to Rio" activation is part of its sponsorship of the Canadian Olympic team at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Event Intelligence Posted 10 days ago

Outside Lands 2016: How the Festival Made Attendees Feel Like Tech Stars

The annual music festival held at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco expanded its interactive technology offerings.

Event Report Posted 10 days ago

Twitter Hopes Live Streaming Deals Will Be Key to Future Growth

After forming a partnership with the N.F.L. in March, Twitter will stream its first football game on September 15. The social platform is banking on this and its other live streaming deals...

Call Sheet Posted 11 days ago

Rio Games Still Profitable Despite Lower Ratings for NBC

According to Nielsen, NBC’s ratings for the Rio Olympics are significantly lower than those of the London and Beijing Summer Olympics. NBC pulled in an average of 27.9 million viewers for the...

Call Sheet Posted 11 days ago

Adele Declines Super Bowl Halftime Show Offer

During her concert in Los Angeles on Saturday, Adele told the crowd she declined an offer to perform at the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show. Rumors that the singer was asked to...

Call Sheet Posted 11 days ago

11 Instagrammable Catering Trays From Recent Events

Making use of unusual materials, branding, and food presentation, these trays got guests snapping.

Idea File Posted 11 days ago

SeatGeek to Offer Ticket Purchases Through Apps With New Platform

Buying tickets through SeatGeek is about to become very simple for anyone with a smartphone. The ticketing site has announced it will launch SeatGeek Open, a platform that will let users buy...

Call Sheet Posted August 12, 2016, 8:49 AM EDT

How the Seattle Art Fair Is Becoming the New Art Basel

As Art Basel in Miami continues to become more commercialized and less of an underground arts event, the Seattle Art Fair—which is in its second year—might be the new, go-to large-scale event...

Call Sheet Posted August 12, 2016, 8:49 AM EDT

Why an L.G.B.T.-Friendly Hotel in New York is Rebranding

What was once a popular tourist and gay-friendly hotel in New York, the Out Hotel is being sold to Merchants Hospitality and will be rebranded as a general boutique hotel. The New...

Call Sheet Posted August 12, 2016, 8:49 AM EDT

See How Pillows Helped Design an Entire Bar

A customized bar at a Miami event was decorated by decals whose pattern was inspired by a graphic pillow.

Event Snapshot Posted August 12, 2016, 7:15 AM EDT

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