LOS ANGELES Entertainment Tonight's Emmy-night party with People magazine is moving away from its typical Mondrian location, into the striking Walt Disney Concert Hall downtown (only three miles from the Shrine Auditorium). CBS vice president of communications Lisa Summers Haas, who is overseeing the event for the fourth year, described her plans as working with “the spirit of the grandness of the venue, with 10-foot-high lamps and eight-foot-high couches. Nothing should take away from the architecture of the building.” (Larry Abel De-Signs is building customized furniture.) Godiva, Garnier, Maybelline, and Kodak are on board to sponsor lounge areas.
Expect a more luxurious and exclusive affair than ever, with only 700 invitations going out this year; last year there were 3,000 RSVPs. “We wanted to create a feeling like Vanity Fair's Oscar party,” which has also trimmed its already-tight list in recent years, Haas said, adding that the response to the move has been tremendous and that a milelong list of relevant celebrities have already responded.
Organizers announced yesterday that Duran Duran will perform at the event, and we reveal to you that Dave Koz will also perform. (That official announcement will be made on ET tonight.) It will be the first time the event has had two performers. Check back for our full coverage of the event after Emmy night.