January 13, 2015: Red Carpet Drone May Have Been Illegal, White House Apologizes for Skipping Paris March, Coachella Producers Announce Southern Expansion

By Beth Kormanik January 13, 2015, 8:03 AM EST

1. RED CARPET DRONE MAY HAVE BEEN ILLEGAL: A drone hovering over the Golden Globes red carpet captured video from a unique vantage but may not have complied with air regulations. TechCrunch: “Though DJI Global appears to be passing off its Red Carpet drone as a ‘recreational,’ non-commercial flight, it looks like it still would have broken the FAA’s rules. The LAX airport is 12 miles away, so it didn’t have to report its operations to the airport control tower—but it definitely intentionally flew over unprotected persons, which the FAA advised against with a reminder of its rules back in December.”

2. WHITE HOUSE APOLOGIZES FOR SKIPPING PARIS MARCH: Several world leaders attended an anti-terror march in Paris this weekend, while the United States was represented by Jane Hartley, the ambassador to France. Not having a senior official attend was a mistake, the White House said Monday. Washington Post: “The White House said that the short planning window for the march, which came together in just 36 hours, would have made it almost impossible for Obama to attend without disrupting the event.”

3. COACHELLA PRODUCERS ANNOUNCE SOUTHERN EXPANSION: Goldenvoice, which produces the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, announced a joint venture with the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The New York Times: “The Hangout partnership is the latest step in a nationwide expansion for Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of the global concert giant AEG Live, as well as for the broader Coachella brand. Last year, Goldenvoice struck a similar deal with the Firefly festival in Dover, Del. On Monday, the retail chain H&M, a festival sponsor, revealed a Coachella-branded clothing line that capitalizes on the event’s reputation for hippie chic.”


The Meetings Mean Business Coalition, a communications and advocacy initiative, appointed Michael Dominguez, senior vice president of corporate sales at MGM Resorts International, as its co-chairman. He will serve along with David Peckinpaugh, president of Maritz Travel.


AUSTIN:  Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa has named Bob Peckenpaugh as its managing director.

BOSTON:  The 24th annual Boston Wine Expo at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center is February 14-15.

CHICAGO:  The Charity Poker Championship for Children’s Oncology Services is February 19 at the Montgomery Club.

LAS VEGAS:  The 12th annual Walk With the Heart of a Child is February 28 at the Fashion Show Mall and will support the Nevada-based Children’s Heart Foundation.

LOS ANGELES:  Weight Watchers and will team up for a speed-chatting event at the Grove on Wednesday.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The National YoungArts Foundation raised more than $1.7 million Saturday at its largest fund-raiser, the Backyard Ball.

NEW ORLEANS:  The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival—which includes more genres than just jazz—announced its lineup for this year's festival. Elton John, the Who, Wilco, Pitbull and Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga are among the performers at the fest, which runs April 24-May 3. The Times-Picayune:

NEW YORK:  Café Clover, a 70-seat restaurant in the West Village, has opened. Executive chef David Standridge's American menu is health-conscious and was developed in consultation with a nutritionist.

The Masquerade Ball benefiting Harlem Hospital Center’s Pediatric Department Unit is February 28 in the hospital's Mural Pavilion. About 250 guests are expected at the black-tie event, where Mercedes Soto will perform and DJ Olivia Dope will spin.

Amfar announced that it will honor Harry Belafonte, Rosario Dawson, and Patrick Demarchelier at its annual gala at the start of New York Fashion Week.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TAMPA:  Best Corporate Events will create a “Fiesta Fun” culinary group activity for D.M.C. executives attending the ADMEI Conference February 12-14 in Los Cabos, Mexico.

TORONTO:  The Hotel Association of Canada will host its annual conference February 2-3 at the Hilton Toronto Hotel. Speakers include Sean Moffitt, managing director of Wikibrands.

VANCOUVER:  The event app provider QuickMobile has named Craig Brennan its C.E.O.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, has opened a new $1 million spa.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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