Call Sheet #168: Super Bowl to Stream Live, Top Viral Ad Videos, Airport Room Rentals

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—Chad Kaydo, editor in chief, BizBash

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #168 — Wednesday, 12.21.11

Compiled today by Chad Kaydo and Jana Schiowitz in New York
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1. SUPER BOWL STREAMING: The NFL and NBC Web sites will live stream the game February 5 from Indianapolis for the first time. The NFL mobile app will offer additional camera angles, Super Bowl ad replays, live stats, and in-game highlights. Broadcasts of Wild Card playoff games and the Pro Bowl will also be available on the NFL and NBC Web sites through Verizon's NFL app. The Hollywood Reporter:

2. TOP VIRAL VIDEOS: Adweek lists 10 Fortune 500 brands that had the most online video views this year, courtesy of Visible Measures. Some of the top videos include Apple's iPhone 4S campaign, Siege by Coca-Cola, and in the number one spot, Google's "The Web Is What You Make of It" starring Lady Gaga, with more than 78 million views.

3. AIRPORT ROOM RENTALS: Business travelers no longer need to roam around concession stands and sleep on uncomfortable seats in terminals—they can now rent small rooms with a desk, Internet access, and a daybed for a nap. Minute Suites, which has locations in Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta and Philadelphia International Airport, charges $30 for the first hour and $7.50 for each additional 15 minutes. The New York Times: "[S]ince the company opened the suites at the two airports this year, Dan Solomon, the chief executive of Minute Suites, said, 18,000 people have visited, and 24 percent of them have been repeat customers."

In other travel news: American Airlines has been voted as the best airline for North American travel and best business class to Latin and South America by readers of Business Traveler magazine.

4. CONFERENCE LOCATIONS: A survey by ON24 Inc., a webcasting and virtual events firm, found that 92 percent of executives polled think that business travel is failing to improve. Houston topped the list for cities to avoid for a convention or trade show if a virtual event was available, followed by Los Angeles, Orlando, Miami, and Chicago. San Francisco was the least disliked city for a conference.

For the worst part about flying: "Executives also noted the possibility of sitting next to a 'nightmare passenger' as a concern, with three quarters (74.2 percent) of respondents saying they do not want to sit next to a sick person, followed by a baby or annoying child (42.9 percent), an arm rest hog (42.9 percent), a snorer (35 percent) and a couple who can’t keep their hands off each other (26.4 percent).” Toronto Star:

5. YOUNG FOOD PROS: Forbes lists 30 food and wine industry professionals under 30. Honorees include Jennifer Pelka of; Oliver Rassinoux, general manager at DBGB in New York; and Sam Gorenstein, executive chef at the Raleigh in Miami.


From columnist Ted Kruckel’s look at New York holiday windows: “Gucci has a gold infinity window—you know, where you look in and see smaller and smaller versions of the same thing. There are stars. Dizzy. WOW. Love this. The men’s side is not quite as exciting.”


From Drew Elliott (@drewpsie), of ExtraExtra, Paper magazine’s event division: “Sometimes ideas are so big that collaboration is the only path to reality and execution.”


BOSTON: The 2012 National Golf Expo heads to the Seaport World Trade Center March 3.

CHICAGO: The Lyric Opera of Chicago's "Fantasy of the Opera Gala" is January 27, with the theme "A Night Under the Czars." Vendors include Ken Arlen's Indigo, Event Creative, and Jewell Events Catering.

To celebrate what would have been Elvis's 77th birthday, the Original Mothers will host Elvis Fest January 8. With a peanut butter and banana buffet, a birthday cake, specialty "Aloha from Hawaii" cocktails, and Elvis impersonators galore, the event benefits the New Orleans Musicians clinic.

Westing Michigan Avenue is undergoing a $7 million renovation of its 37,000 square feet of banquet, ballroom, conference, and meeting space. The project is scheduled to wrap up early March.

The Option Room is now open in the Financial District at 401 South LaSalle Street. With tiled floors, wood paneling, and crystal chandeliers, the cocktail den has a private back room for groups. UrbanDaddy:

Crain's Chicago Business columnist Shia Kapos says the most sought-after holiday party invites are "are from notable names holding court at their homes — like Abbott Laboratories' CEO Miles White, personal injury attorney Bob Clifford, cultural philanthropist Patricia Cox, and Peninsula Hotel General Manager Maria Zec."

LAS VEGAS: The Consumer Electronics Association announced Tuesday that AT&T's David Christopher, General Electric's Beth Comstock, Facebook's Carolyn Everson, Walmart's Stephen Quinn, Hyundai's Steve Shannon, and Unilever's Keith Weed will join the keynote lineup as participants in the brand keynote panel at the show, slated for January 10-13.

LOS ANGELES: The Museum of Contemporary Art announced CamLab as the winter 2012 participant in "Engagement Party," the program that commissions new works by Southern California-based artist collectives and collaborators. CamLab will present three new projects in the form of interactive installations using fabric and language. All related events from January through March are free to the public.

The Producers Guild of America announced that the 2012 Produced By Conference will be held June 8-10 on the Sony Pictures Studio lot in Culver City. The guild also announced a new presenting sponsor, the International CES, produced by the Consumer Electronics Association.

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Short Food blog food critic Lee Klein reviews this year's Miami dining predictions. Miami New Times:

The Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show is February 16-17 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, with an in-water display at the Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center, and Strictly Sail at the Miamarina at Bayside.

NEW YORK: The first Shake Shack in downtown Brooklyn opened Tuesday. Mayor Bloomberg attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and spoke about how the new venue worked with City's Workforce1 Career Centers to provide jobs for the eatery.

Mayor Bloomberg announced that Cornell University has partnered with Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to build a two million-square-foot applied science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island. The project is slated to be completed by 2043. The Real Deal:

ORLANDO: Enzian will host a New Year's Eve party with a James Bond theme. The event begins with a showing of the film "Dr. No," followed by a dance party and costume contest.
Pointe Orlando will become Orlando Bowl Week Fan Headquarters December 27 through January 1. The complex on International Drive will host pep rallies and other events leading up to the Champs Sports Bowl December 29 and the Capital One Bowl January 2. Both games will be played at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.

SAN FRANCISCO: IDG World Expo has announced that events will take place at Macworld/iWorld to celebrate the impact of Apple technology on literature and visual arts. These events will debut during the conference January 26-28 at the Moscone Center.

ST. MARTIN: The Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa reopened this past Thursday with a 7,000-square-foot ballroom, three restaurants, 189 guest rooms, and 63 suites.

TORONTO: Trump International Hotel and Tower will have a lobby lounge called Suits when the building opens January 31. A mixology team has created a custom cocktail menu, which includes cherry blossom-infused vodka made exclusively for Suits and Stock, the hotel restaurant.

WASHINGTON: The twenty-sixth annual Water Skiing Santa event is Saturday at the National Harbor Marina.


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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, Carla Warrilow in Toronto, and Jana Schiowitz, Anna Sekula, Courtney Thompson, and Katherine Zoeller in New York.

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