Call Sheet #408: A Peek at International Holiday Windows, Alexander Wang's Crazy Parties, Oscar Preview

December 12, 2012, 9:13 AM EST

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #408 — Wednesday, 12.12.12 

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Compiled today by Beth Kormanik in New York 
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1. FASHIONABLE PARTIER: Fashion designer Alexander Wang, the new creative director of Balenciaga, is known for throwing a great party. New York magazine compiled a timeline of his most talked-about events including one at a Mobil Gas Station where guests grabbed “free candy, soda, beer—and Veuve Clicquot—from the convenience store” and another where staff wore masks that looked like former presidents.

2. MARKETING HOLOCAUST MUSEUM: For its 20th anniversary, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum hired Chicago-based experiential marketing firm agencyEA to craft an advertising campaign and plan one-day events in Boca Raton, Fla., Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. New York Times: “Holocaust survivors will speak at the events, where visitors also can bring family artifacts from the era to be examined by the museum curatorial staff. Each stop also will include a tribute ceremony for both local survivors and World War II veterans who helped liberate concentration camps.”

3. INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY WINDOWS: Vanity Fair: “From New York’s celebration of the American Jazz Age and its creative titans like Walt Disney to England’s cheering for chinoiserie and Dickensian steam trains, this year’s holiday windows were surprisingly academic and reference-filled. We sent photographers to capture the best department-store displays in the cities of London, Paris, Tokyo, and New York.” Here's the slide show:

And here's BizBash editor at large Ted Kruckel's take on New York's windows:

4. OSCAR PREVIEW: Host Seth MacFarlane spoke to Rolling Stone about his plans for the February 24 ceremony: “It's about finding that balance between doing what I do but acknowledging that this is the Academy Awards, not the roast of Donald Trump. It's walking that line between old-fashioned showmanship and allowing it to be contemporary with a little bit of bite. ... There's a moment on Family Guy that's just Gene Kelly dancing with Stewie—that's what we have to achieve, a dance between the traditional and the new.”

5. INDIE HOST: Comedian Andy Samberg will host the Film Independent Spirit awards February 23. Los Angeles Times: “Samberg has some big shoes to fill, as [actor Seth] Rogen earned rave reviews as the host of this year's show. The Spirit awards, which are held in a tent on the Santa Monica beach, are known for their laid-back vibe—and Rogen capitalized on that, frequently using expletives and going after top entertainment personalities.”

6. SUPER HEAD START: Advertisers are announcing their plans to run spots during Super Bowl XLVII, disclosures that normally would happen after the holidays. New York Times: “The increasing interest among consumers in discussing and sharing Super Bowl spots on Web sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube is encouraging sponsors to speak up sooner. Sponsors say they believe the additional publicity stimulates not only word of mouth, but also viewing of the commercials when they finally run in the game.”

7. CELEBRATING SOY SAUCE: Here's one way to celebrate a corporate anniversary: Hire an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker to make a movie about you. Director Lucy Walker's film Make Haste Slowly, about the history of soy sauce company Kikkoman, will premiere online December 23. Huffington Post: “Although the historical aspect seems like interesting enough documentary fodder, the trailer is riddled with promotional remarks (”It was a bold, bold experiment which proved to be very successful”) and close-up shots of the company's sleek bottles.”


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BOSTON: Aura has developed two menus for a family Christmas event December 15: one for adults and one for kids. While parents get pumpkin soup, paella, and s'mores in a Crock-Pot, kids will eat Pizza Soup and Santa's Favorite Grilled Cheese. Entertainment includes face-painting by staffers from the Kids' Place.

CHICAGO: This year's World of Chocolate event at the Hilton Chicago November 29 raised more than $100,000 for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. It drew 1,200 guests.

LAS VEGAS: LASxpress airport transportation service named Ed Coffey as vice president of business development.

Caesars Entertainment named Eric Eberhart as the general manager of the Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel. 

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill is slated to open at Caesars Palace December 18, and that Gordon Ramsay BurGR is slated to open at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino December 22.

For the second consecutive year, Fiji Water will serve as the official water sponsor for the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild awards.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association announced the nominees for the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The winners will be announced at the ceremony on January 10 from Barker Hangar.

The Queen Mary's Christmas tree-lighting ceremony will take place tomorrow.

The Hollywood Museum is celebrating the holidays with the seasonal exhibits “Ho-Ho-Hollywood!” and “the Twelve Dames of Christmas.”

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The eighth edition of Design Miami, which ended Sunday, had a record attendance of 31,000 and a 25 percent increase in the number of participating galleries.

NEW YORK: AFR Furniture Rental promoted Tricia Schmitt to vice president of brand management. Schmitt previously served as the company's director of marketing.
Canard will cater the NYC Ballet Buffet Dinner for 60 guests at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center tonight. There will be a pre-performance dinner with desserts at intermission.

Canard will serve festive cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Design Within Reach benefit for Diffa tonight.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO: Bill Toth is the new director of the Spa at the Peabody Orlando. The spa has a new menu of group services, such as wellness workshops, teambuilding sessions, and chair massages.

TORONTO: The Ronald McDonald House Toronto will host its Sparkle gala at the Carlu on Thursday. The event has a Holiday Chic theme.

The Canadian Gift and Tableware Association's Toronto Gift Show will take place January 27 to 31 at the Toronto International Centre and Toronto Congress Centre.

WASHINGTON: The third annual Beauty & Spa media party, hosted by Kara Manos of Politics of Pretty, was Tuesday at T-Square event space with catering by Sea Catch Restaurant, cocktails by Emperor Vodka, treats from Georgetown Cupcake, manicures by Nail Taxi, a lounge designed by Fox Ventures, and other activities.

Arlington, Va.-based artist, costume designer, and event planner Lola Lombard shares the story behind the hand-painted patriotic gown she designed before President Obama's 2009 inauguration. Huffington Post:

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Joana Mangune, Lauren Matthews, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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