People/Events/Accounts: News About the Amfar gala, Thinkingbox, Marijuana Business Daily, and More

DENVER: Marijuana Business Daily, which produces the cannabis business trade show MJBizCon, has acquired Emerald Scientific's Emerald Conference. The event is a science conference for the cannabis industry and expects to draw 800 attendees for its sixth edition February 26-29 at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego.

INDIANAPOLIS: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has chosen Levy to provide food service, which includes event catering. Levy also will work with the museum on interactive cooking demonstrations and contests.

LOS ANGELES: Orange County's upcoming JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort, has named several new executives, including director of food and beverage Scott Kimmel and executive chef Amol Agarwal. Other appointments include Matt Harrison as resident manager, Rita Joshi as director of finance, Clint Chadburn as director of engineering, and Dario Espinoza as director of human resources. The 466-room hotel opens in April with 43,000 square feet of event space.

NEW YORK: The 22nd annual Amfar gala will be held at Cipriani Wall Street on February 5. The foundation, which benefits AIDS research, will honor Iman, Marc Glimcher, and Matthew Lopez. Singer Charlie Puth is the headline performer.

VANCOUVER: Interactive production studio Thinkingbox has acquired Salt Lake City-based digital studio Welikesmall. The merged company will continue to be run by Amir Sahba, C.E.O. and founder of Thinkingbox. Michael Kern and Paul Solomon, the founders of Welikesmall, will become chief creative officer and chief technology officer, respectively.

With contributions from Ashton Pike in Atlanta, Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles, and Rayna Katz, Beth Kormanik, and Michele Laufik in New York.

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