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Boston Releases New Plan for Olympics

In a bid to win over vocal skeptics for its plan to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, Boston officials released “Bid 2.0,” a revised master plan. The plan addresses the crucial topic...

Call Sheet Posted about 18 hours ago

Marquee Events Battle for Start-Up Crowd

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is adding content to attract marketing start-ups and venture capital firms. Advertising Age: “Several startup execs said they find the more informal setting and ratio...

Call Sheet Posted about 18 hours ago

Evaluating IMG’s Role in Tennis Events

William Morris Endeavor’s takeover of IMG more than a year ago has had an impact on professional tennis, from its players to marquee events. On the eve of Wimbledon, here’s an evaluation...

Call Sheet Posted about 18 hours ago

Brands Show Support for Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Brands including Procter & Gamble, YouTube, Target, Starbucks, and Whole Foods celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage across the nation with social media campaigns that thoughtfully incorporated rainbows or...

Call Sheet Posted 2 days ago

Nascar Promises to Ban Confederate Flag From Events

Nascar is joining the chorus of opponents to the confederate flag, with chairman Brian France saying the sport will work to eliminate it from its racing events. Associated Press: “But banning it...

Call Sheet Posted 2 days ago

Budget Fight Threatens Chicago’s Convention and Tourism Bureau

Choose Chicago, the city’s convention and tourism bureau, is rallying supporters to stave off $7.2 million in state budget cuts—which represents 40 percent of its annual operating budget. The agency already has...

Call Sheet Posted 2 days ago

‘Shark Week’ Gets the Live-Stream Treatment

The Discovery Channel will work with Meerkat to add a live-stream component to its popular “Shark Week” programming and embed the content on its website. Variety: “The Discovery Channel is still finalizing...

Call Sheet Posted 2 days ago

8 Tips for High-Impact Live Experiences From Innovative Event Pros

Speakers at the Event Innovation Forum in Los Angeles covered topics like authenticity and vulnerability in event marketing, working with sponsors, and personalizing live experiences.

Event Intelligence Posted 2 days ago

Dali Lama to Visit Glastonbury Festival

The Glastonbury Festival is making news for a nonmusical headliner: the Dali Lama will visit the sold-out music festival this weekend. The New York Times: “The holy leader would visit the festival...

Call Sheet Posted 5 days ago

Univision Drops Miss USA Pageant Over Trump’s Comments on Immigration

Following Donald Trump’s “insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants" as part of his presidential campaign, Univision said it would cancel its Spanish-language coverage of the Miss USA Pageant and end its business relationship...

Call Sheet Posted 5 days ago

Rogue Model Makes Political Protest at Men’s Show

A model walking in Rick Owens’s men’s show in Paris on Thursday brought unexpected drama when he unfurled a handwritten statement that read “Please Kill Angela Merkel — Not.” Women’s Wear Daily:...

Call Sheet Posted 5 days ago

10 Best Ideas of the Week: an Octopus Chandelier, Multi-Rotor Drones, an Edible Salad Mural

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

News Posted 5 days ago

Wedding Planners Await Gay Marriage Decision

Besides potential brides and grooms, vendors, and venues, wedding planners also have a stake in the legality of gay marriage, which the Supreme Court is expected to rule on in the coming...

Call Sheet Posted 6 days ago

Oscars Change for Best Song Will Restrict Live Performances

Contenders vying for the Academy Award for best original song have campaigned by staging live events in which stars such as Bono, Chris Martin, and Idina Menzel performed, but new rules will...

Call Sheet Posted 6 days ago

New Venue App Aims to Help Users at Live Events

LiveNation is among a new round of investors in a new app that aims to help people navigate venues for live events—and encourage them to spend more money on food, beverage, and...

Call Sheet Posted 6 days ago

New Site Helps Planners Add Community Service to Events

A new nonprofit helps connect planners to organizations in need at their event sites.

News Posted 6 days ago

8 Ideas for a Nontraditional Dinner Party

The Power Plant's "Power Ball" had anything-but-ordinary dinner and drink service with seated bartenders, an eclair tower, and more.

Event Report Posted 6 days ago

Checklist: 8 Budget Items You Can't Afford to Overlook

Even seasoned pros can get tripped up by hidden items in an event budget. Ask these questions to ferret out those "gotcha" charges.

Event Intelligence Posted 6 days ago

How a Venue's Modern Architecture Invigorated a Benefit

This year's Opera Ball in Washington had a modern feel that influenced its decor, entertainment, and activities.

Event Report Posted 6 days ago

Who Won the 2015 BizBash Los Angeles Planners' Choice Awards?

Voters picked their favorite industry professionals in categories including caterer of the year, event designer of the year, and rising star.

From the Editors Posted 6 days ago

How the Event Industry Influenced South Carolina Decision on Confederate Flag

This week South Carolina political leaders called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol—a symbol of racial intolerance that had prevented event planners from seriously...

Call Sheet Posted 7 days ago

'Seinfeld' Apartment Represents New Breed of Pop-Up

A recreation of Jerry’s apartment from the 1990s classic TV show Seinfeld has opened in New York as a pop-up museum from Hulu, the digital network that airs re-runs of the show....

Call Sheet Posted 7 days ago

The Strong Tie Between Music and Marketing

Sponsorships of music festivals and other live events with a musical component are increasingly popular ways to market to young consumers, and companies like 1Band 1Brand are connecting brands with bands. Huffington...

Call Sheet Posted 7 days ago

What Pan Am Sponsors Have Planned for the Toronto Games

Here's how brands are leveraging the hype surrounding the world's third-largest international multisport games, which come to Toronto for the first time this summer.

News Posted 7 days ago

Q&A: Why a Hollywood Studio’s Former Event Head Is Now Planning Funerals

Former Sony exec Alison Bossert launched a new company dedicated to end-of-life events—and the transition to the new role was more natural than it may seem.

Q & A Posted 7 days ago

5 New Tableware Rental Options for Events

The newest china, glassware, flatware, and more from rental companies across the country.

The Scout Posted 7 days ago

Festivals Fight New Live Event Tax in Nevada

Festival organizers of mega events from Burning Man to Rock in Rio U.S.A. are speaking out against a new tax law in Nevada that imposes a 9 percent tax on admissions to...

Call Sheet Posted 8 days ago

Do Boundary-Pushing Fashion Shows Miss the Point?

The most creative fashion shows generate as much buzz about the staging as the clothes these days, a trend evidenced at the men’s shows in Milan that may be overshadowing the fashion...

Call Sheet Posted 8 days ago

Why Dentyne Set Up a Food Truck

Gum isn’t a food, but Dentyne created its own "Follow Food Truck" that will travel to six food festivals in the United States this year to emphasize how gum can freshen consumers’...

Call Sheet Posted 8 days ago

What an Edible Salad Mural Looks Like

The 2015 Wall Ball was catered by Catering by Design, which created a mural wall of leafy greens that was later used for guests to make their own salads.

Event Snapshot Posted 8 days ago

7 Cool Products for Event Pros From InfoComm

Transparent display screens, drones, and lifelike videoconferencing systems were some of the products that drew crowds at InfoComm.

Event Report Posted 8 days ago

See the Splashy Event That Reintroduced a Venue

Royal Palm South Beach Miami joined Starwood's Tribute Portfolio of independent properties.

Event Report Posted 8 days ago

How to Grow Sponsors at an Annual Event

The SickKids Foundation has developed relationships with sponsors by offering perks at its annual fund-raiser.

Event Report Posted 8 days ago

Why Ben & Jerry's Turned a Tesla Into an Ice Cream Truck

Inspired by its latest climate change campaign, the eco-conscious company transformed an electric car to deliver its sweet goods.

Event Snapshot Posted 8 days ago

Big Names Skipping This Year’s Comic-Con

Marvel, Sony, and Paramount will skip this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego in July. Variety: “Sony and Paramount just didn’t have the fanboy material to promote, said sources, while Marvel, which...

Call Sheet Posted 9 days ago

Rethinking Presidential Debates

To provide meaningful debate that engages voters, the tired presidential debate format needs to change, according to a report from the bipartisan Annenberg Working Group on Presidential Campaign Debate Reform. It also...

Call Sheet Posted 9 days ago

How to Change When Your Conference Becomes Popular

Dealing with the growth of a successful event is a challenge many planners would love to have. But there are specific issues to deal with to ensure an event stays popular, from...

Call Sheet Posted 9 days ago

E3 2015: 18 Ways Video Game Brands Attracted Attention on the Show Floor

Held June 16 to 18, this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo drew 300 exhibitors, all competing for the attention of more than 52,000 attendees.

Event Report Posted 9 days ago

10 New Products, Trends, and Ideas to Have on Your Radar This Summer

Here's what's hot in catering, teambuilding, decor, and more this season.

The Scout Posted 9 days ago

New Twitter Project Sorts Data Around Events

Events are the driving focus behind Twitter’s new “Project Lightning,” which will sort content based on specific events. BuzzFeed: “On Twitter’s mobile app, there will be a new button in the center...

Call Sheet Posted June 19, 2015, 8:25 AM EDT

Miami Swim Week Rebounds Without IMG

The fashion industry has been scrambling to save Miami Swim Week following the announcement that IMG was pulling out of the major trade event. There will be swimwear shows taking place July...

Call Sheet Posted June 19, 2015, 8:25 AM EDT

Controversy Surrounds International Day of Yoga

Plans for the International Day of Yoga on Sunday—with some 35,000 people expected to participate in yoga demonstrations in New Delhi, India, alone—have called for schoolchildren, celebrities, and government officials to join...

Call Sheet Posted June 19, 2015, 8:25 AM EDT

How One Festival Serves Early Adopters and Entrepreneurs

With a jam-packed schedule of musical performances, art exhibits, films, and tech talks, Northside Festival's attendees get to discover—or become—the next big thing.

Event Report Posted June 19, 2015, 7:15 AM EDT

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