Call Sheet #423: Racy Oscar Promos, Inauguration Pastor Drops Out, Sundance in Brooklyn?

January 11, 2013, 8:57 AM EST

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #423 — Friday, 01.11.13 

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Compiled today by Beth Kormanik in New York 
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1. SUNDANCE COMING EAST?: Robert Redford's independent film festival may move to New York. New York Post: “We hear organizers are discussing plans with top Brooklyn real estate developers—as well as film industry insiders, politicos, and retailers—to launch a Sundance initiative that would take place in DUMBO and could rival Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s annual Tribeca Film Festival.”

2. INAUGURATION PASTOR DROPS OUT: A minister set to deliver the benediction at President Obama's inauguration pulled out of the ceremony following an outcry over his anti-gay comments from the 1990s. The Rev. Louie Giglio said he did not want to be a distraction. New York Times: “Officials at Mr. Obama’s Presidential Inaugural Committee, which operates separately from the White House, announced the decision—less than 24 hours after news of Mr. Giglio’s sermon surfaced—and took responsibility for failing to properly vet him.”

As an incentive to participate in the National Day of Service, the official Presidential Inauguration Committee is sponsoring a drawing to give away a trip to Washington for the inauguration, flight and hotel covered. The National Day of Service is intended to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with community projects across the nation. Entry page:

3. OSCAR PROMOS: New promotions for this year's Academy Awards featuring host Seth MacFarlane feature the comedian's irreverent humor. The Hollywood Reporter: “If there’s a theme for these new promos—which will appear on ABC beginning Thursday—it’s that the Family Guy creator will be a new type of host for the established awards event.”

The first-time Oscar host is already being reviewed based on his performance at Thursday's nomination announcements, and it's not pretty. “David Letterman, you can probably stop making jokes about how much the movie industry disliked your host gig; a new winner in that category may reveal itself on Oscar night.” Entertainment Weekly:

4. MEETING TECHNOLOGY: M.P.I. has released a white paper about meetings technology. M.P.I.: “The Future of Meetings research uncovers some of the technologies that researchers at Leeds Metropolitan University identified as key shapers of the meetings industry from what is available in the present: Internet, mobile apps, and social media to much further ahead: a world of targeted audio, augmented reality, and robotics.” M.P.I. members can access the paper at:


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Here’s a look at 10 steal-worthy ideas we spotted this week, including ESPN-branded picnic tables at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, massive masquerade masks at Groupon's holiday party in Chicago, a ceiling full of pink balloons at Stella McCartney's fall 2013 presentation in New York, gold leaf-accented desserts at a Golden Globes preview in Los Angeles, and more than seven million sparkling LED lights at a festival in Japan.


Beyond Bubbie's Kitchen, the New Center for Arts & Cultures' gathering of Boston chefs serving Jewish dishes, takes place at Moakley Courthouse January 27. Participating chefs will provide short cooking demos, and guests leave with a book of the evening's recipes.

CHICAGO: Billy Sunday is scheduled to open January 18. Eater:

LAS VEGAS: Continental Interpreting Services, Gray Line Tours, LVI Travel, and Visual Art Images have joined the Las Vegas Hospitality Association. Membership now stands at more than 450.

Screen Actors Guild awards committee chair JoBeth Williams and award committee member Scott Bakula will announce the recipients of the honors for stunt ensembles from the red carpet during the live SAG awards digital preshow January 27.

Master chef Wolfgang Puck has appointed chef Michael Aguilar as the new head pastry chef of his restaurant WP24 atop The Ritz-Carlton.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: For the launch of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau’s new “Hello Sunny” marketing campaign, the organization is hosting an ice skating party at the Rink at Rockefeller Center January 16. The event will feature bikini-clad ice dancers, beach music, life-size palm trees, beach umbrellas, and ice blocks with frozen bikinis.

NEW ORLEANS: With the Super Bowl less than a month away, tips are starting to roll in on what the big brands have planned. ESPN will host its party on February 1 at the Tad Gormley Stadium. Cee Lo Green will perform, DJ D-Nice will spin, and Kelly Rowland will act as the “social media correspondent.”

NEW YORK: The Green Tourism & Hospitality Conference will be held February 12 at the DoubleTree Somerset Hotel & Conference Center in Somerset.

The National Stationery Show announced its partnership with the Craft & Hobby Association, beginning with its show May 19 to 22.

The Skate and Surf festival is scheduled for May 18 and 19 at the Plaza Green at iPlay America in Freehold.

LongHouse Reserve will hold its annual Winter Benefit February 14 at the Hearst Tower. The evening will include a cocktail reception and a private viewing of the Diana Vreeland exhibit. 

TH Productions partnered with Western Digital to create a relax and recharge Wi-Fi lounge at C.E.S.

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Events are offering a new service, Art inDetails, to businesses that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

’Wichcraft has joined the Times Center as a preferred caterer. 

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO: The Downtown Food & Wine Fest returns to Lake Eola February 23 and 24. New this year, the event is selling V.I.P. tickets that include parking, a private pavilion, and additional privileges. The festival offers food from more than 40 restaurants, including Ruth's Chris Steak House, Marlow's Tavern, and Primo by Melissa Kelly at the JW Marriott.

TORONTO: Marketplace Events will host the National Home Show March 15 to 24 at the Direct Energy Centre.

WASHINGTON: Georgetown Catering’s showcase is January 25 at Leo O'Donovan Hall and will include catering decor and setups as well as samples from menus for gatherings including black-tie events and everyday meetings. Event planners and vendors interested in participating should contact Cindy Lee at

Washington National Opera announced that the 2013 Opera Ball, held April 6, will be hosted by the Ambassador of Italy to the United States Claudio Bisogniero and his wife, Laura Denise Bisogniero, at their residence Villa Firenze. 

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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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