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February 11, 2015: Digital NewFronts Expand Schedule, Here Are the Top-Grossing Nightclubs, Did San Francisco Venue Gouge Celebrity Couple on Fees?

1. DIGITAL NEWFRONTS EXPAND SCHEDULE: The Digital Content NewFronts have added a day to their schedule to accommodate more players in the world of digital content. However, one of the founding partners of the event, Microsoft, will not present this year in New York, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau. Adweek: “A representative said that the company felt that after talking with the IAB and other NewFronts founding partners, it ‘simply does not make business sense’ to be included on a slate that highlights original content, one of the tenets of the NewFronts. IAB President Randall Rothenberg noted that although Microsoft will not present this year, the company was looking at other ways to participate.”

2. HERE ARE THE TOP-GROSSING NIGHTCLUBS: Encore Las Vegas’s XS Nightclub retained its title of the top-grossing nightclub in the United States, bringing in estimated revenues of as much as $105 million, according to a list from Nightclub & Bar Media Group. Hakkasan at the MGM Grand placed second on the list, which was released in advance of the 30th Nightclub & Bar convention in Las Vegas on March 30. Los Angeles Times: “Seven of the top 10 nightclubs, based on revenue, can be found in Las Vegas. Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan came in third, followed by Tao Nightclub at the Venetian. Surrender Nightclub at Encore Las Vegas landed in the sixth spot, with Hyde Bellagio and Lavo at the Palazzo rolling in the last two top 10 spots.”

3. DID SAN FRANCISCO VENUE GOUGE CELEBRITY COUPLE ON FEES?: San Francisco officials hiked the rental fee for the Palace of Fine Arts from $58,000 to $240,000 for the wedding of Journey guitarist Neal Schon and former reality TV star Michaele Salahi, according to a lawsuit the couple filed. Associated Press: “Schon and his wife complain in their federal lawsuit that San Francisco officials unfairly jacked up the fee for the city’s permit six days before the wedding after learning the couple planned to broadcast the event as a pay-per-view television show. Schon called the last-minute fee hike “extortion” and unhappily paid for the permit so the wedding could proceed, according to the lawsuit.”


AUSTIN:  The City of Austin has stopped issuing event permits for events because it has reached its capacity. KXAN:

BOSTON:  The Sinclair will host a Back to the Future-inspired “Enchantment Under the Sea” prom night on February 22. The night will offer musical entertainment, specialty cocktails, late-night snacks, and a “Marty” impersonator contest.

CHICAGO:  Women Driving Excellence will take place at the Chicago Auto Show on February 17. The daylong event offers programming that celebrates entrepreneurial and philanthropic women in Chicago.

LAS VEGAS:  The Mob Museum is offering a new sleepover wedding package known as “Sleeping With the Mob.” It includes a courtroom slumber party for 50 guests, a lineup photo, a midnight museum scavenger hunt, and a screening of Casino.

LOS ANGELES:  Cervetica Downtown L.A. restaurant has opened in the arts district with room for 96 seated guests.

Jesse Hansen, an 18-year Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts veteran, is the new executive chef at the Four Seasons Westlake Village.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Cruise Shipping Miami 2015 is set for March 16-19 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

London hot spot Coya is opening its first United States location in Brickell later this month. The venue includes a Peruvian restaurant, a pisco bar, a Members Only Lounge, and an art initiative called the Coya Collective.

NEW ORLEANS:  Timed with Mardi Gras celebrations, DoubleTree by Hilton will hand out free cookies to travelers at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on Friday as part of its "Cookie Care" program.

NEW YORK:  The James Beard Foundation will honor celebrated chef and TV personality Carla Hall at its Chefs & Champagne fund-raiser and tasting party July 25 at at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

SAN DIEGO:  The National Indian Gaming Association Annual Tradeshow and Convention is March 30-April 2 at the San Diego Convention Center. New this year, the association is allowing exhibitors to provide free trade show floor passes to their customers.

SAN FRANCISCO:  Google I/O, the search giant’s annual developer conference, will be held on May 28-29 at the Moscone Center.

TORONTO:  The Inspire Toronto Book Fair, which had its first run last November, will not return in 2015.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The ninth annual Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic, taking place Saturday through Monday, is expected to draw more than 12,000 young women competitors and about 35,000 spectators to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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