Call Sheet #420: Inauguration Ticket Mess, Word of the Year, Does C.E.S. Still Matter?

January 8, 2013, 9:17 AM EST

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #420 — Tuesday, 01.08.13 

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Compiled today by Beth Kormanik in New York 
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1. INAUGURAL TICKET SNAFU: A glitch at Ticketmaster mistakenly sold tickets for the two official inaugural balls earlier than expected, frustrating people who thought they would have a chance at the sought-after passes. Washington Post: “Ticketmaster sent out an email after midnight taking responsibility for the mistake. But for some would-be ballgoers, the damage had already been done. … The Presidential Inaugural Committee, which oversees the events before and after the swearing-in ceremony, expressed regret over the glitch but said nothing could be done."

2. C.E.S. A DUD?: Business blog Quartz says this year’s week-long International Consumer Electronics Show is “the largest—and increasingly, the most irrelevant—of its kind.” Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Amazon are sitting it out, and Nokia, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell have scaled back. “In part, this is due to the changed nature of product launches and their hype cycles—the Internet is after all the most effective consumer electronics catalog ever invented. But it’s also indicative of larger trends in the technology industry.”

The show may still be important to marketers, though. Keith Weed, chief marketing officer of Unilever, told AdAge: “We go to get a feel for the pace of change. We have an interest in the way people live their lives, and that has undergone radical change in the past five years, perhaps the most radical change since the Industrial Revolution. We are interested in where they are spending their media time. As the world's second-largest advertiser, that is important to us.”

3. WORD OF THE YEAR: “Hashtag” was the word of 2012, according to the American Dialect Society after its annual meeting in Boston this weekend; it beat terms such as “fiscal cliff,” “Gangnam style,” and “marriage equality.” New York Times:

Here are BizBash's tips on 15 ways to promote hashtags at events:

4. OSCAR NOMS: Oscar host Seth MacFarlane will help announce the nominees Thursday morning, marking the first time in 40 years that the host has participated in the event. Actress Emma Stone will join him in naming the contenders for the Academy Awards, which are February 24. Los Angeles Times: 

5. HOCKEY RETURNS: A labor agreement will try to salvage the professional hockey season, which had been on hold since the fall, leaving arenas empty and fans at home. But the economic impact may not have been all bad. Toronto Globe and Mail: “With the N.H.L. shut down for almost half a season, more money may actually have stayed in the community, because it was being funnelled into local entertainment or sports activities. Apart from establishments located close to empty stadiums, hotels, restaurants, and bars also did just fine without hockey.”

How are sponsors reacting to the return of the N.H.L.? Toronto Globe and Mail video:


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The New England Auto Show is at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center January 17 to 21. The event showcases $16 million worth of cars from 32 manufacturers. 

The CityFeast, a benefit for the Joslin Diabetes Center, is on January 27. Tickets include a five-course dinner and wine pairing at one of the participating eateries, which span the South End, Seaport District, and the North End.

The Boston Harbor Hotel will host a private champagne reception and opening gala for the Boston Wine Festival on January 11. 

CHICAGO: OfficeMax will host two days of free, public ice skating at Soldier Field on February 2 and 18. The free skate days are part of the OfficeMax Hockey City Classic Winter Festival activities, scheduled for February 1 to 18. 

The Chicago Film Critics Association will host its annual awards ceremony on February 9 at Muvico Theaters in Rosemont. Jane Lynch will be honored. 

J&L Catering will host a 25th anniversary party at new event space 500 West Superior January 23. 

City Winery will host the Downtown Seder on March 20. 

Gene Siskel Film Center will host an Academy Award nominations discussion panel and press conference on Thursday. The moderator is Betsy Steinberg, managing director at the Illinois Film Office; panelists include Janet Davies of ABC 7, Ben Kenisberg of Time Out Chicago, and more. 

The Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show is at McCormick Place Wednesday through Sunday. New features include a Paddlefest, which showcases fitness and watersports trends, and a “Rockin' Rollin' Bubbles” pool. 

LAS VEGAS: Following the opening of Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas in May and the December opening of Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, the latest opening of Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino marks three Ramsay restaurants to open in Las Vegas in less than a year.

Matt Beavers has been named general manager of 3D Exhibits’ newly expanded Las Vegas operation. 

The musical Rock of Ages opened at the Venetian Las Vegas.

For the 2013 SAG awards, conservation company Patagonia Sur is planting 3,400 trees—two for each of the 1,700 guests at the post-awards gala hosted by People magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. In their gift bags, guests will find a code enabling them to register online to affix their names to the trees being planted in their honor within a part of Chilean Patagonia, now called the SAG Awards Forest. 

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The Miami International Film Festival, March 1 to 10, will commemorate its 30-year anniversary with a 29-day retrospective counting down one film from each year of the festival’s fascinating history.

City Eventions continued a promotional event for Tyson's Any'Tizers at last night's BCS National Championship game in Miami. In the tailgate fan zones, City Eventions set up branded Tyson Foods tents, beanbag games, and a seating area, plus offered samples.

NEW ORLEANS: Jill Scott, Keyshia Cole, and Brandy are among the headliners of the 2013 Essence Festival in July. New York Times: “Now in its 19th year, the festival has become one of the most important forums for non-hip-hop black music and culture.”

NEW YORK: The Paris Review's Spring Revel is April 9 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Meeting Metrics has a new preconference survey for education sessions that can be used to gather information from attendees on their learning goals, learning style, main interests, and other details. The information is then delivered electronically to individual session presenters.

The Cleaver Co. now offers the same organic meals it cooks for catered special events in frozen takeaway form.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO: Disney's California Grill is now closed to undergo renovations to both the physical space and the menu. The two private dining rooms will remain, and there will be enhancements to the interactive kitchen. The restaurant will reopen in late summer.

WASHINGTON: Dates for several events for the 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival were announced, including the Pink Tie Party March 20, the opening ceremony March 23, and the Cherry Blast: Art & Music Dance Party April 5.

McLean-based Coulter has launched a Web site for its newest business unit, Agency Coulter, at The unit creates experiential marketing events for global corporate brands in culinary, fashion, sports, culture/lifestyle, the arts, and entertainment.

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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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