January 19, 2015: YouTube Plans its Own Halftime Show, Oprah Leads March in Selma, the New Look for Hotel Meeting Spaces

By Beth Kormanik January 19, 2015, 7:44 AM EST

1. YOUTUBE PLANS ITS OWN HALFTIME SHOW: Offering counterprogramming to the Super Bowl halftime show, YouTube plans to produce its own show featuring the platform’s own stars and fake ads. Bloomberg News: “YouTube believes the growing profile of online stars like Freddie Wong, whose main channel has more than 7.4 million subscribers, and Toby Turner will help them vie for attention with Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz, NBC's halftime performers. More than 60 million people subscribe to the channels of the participating YouTube creators, some of whom YouTube has been promoting on billboards in major U.S. cities.”

2. OPRAH LEADS MARCH IN SELMA: Oprah Winfrey—along with “Selma” castmates, director Ava DuVernay, and members of Congress—marched in Selma, Alabama, honoring the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and recalling the civil rights event known as Bloody Sunday. Associated Press: “They marched to Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge, where civil rights protesters were beaten and tear-gassed in 1965. ‘Every single person who was on that bridge is a hero,’ Winfrey told the marchers before they walked up the bridge as the sun went down over the Alabama River. Common and John Legend performed their Oscar-nominated song ‘Glory’ from the film as marchers crested the top of the bridge amid the setting sun.”

3. THE NEW LOOK FOR HOTEL MEETING SPACES: Forgoing bland, overtly corporate design, many hotels are renovating their facilities to offer more whimsical, interesting spaces. USA Today: “The new B Resort and Spa in Orlando has eight interior rooms for outside-the-box meetings, in addition to its 25,000 square feet of traditional conference facilities. One room is a theater that seats about 30 people, another is a library with an electric fireplace and cozy chairs, and yet another is a studio that can be used for yoga or other activities.”


BOSTON:  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay will host its “Big Night” fund-raiser at the House of Blues on February 7. The Goo Goo Dolls and Shaggy will perform.

CHICAGO:  A multimillion-dollar renovation to the Donald E. Stephens Convention and Conference Center has been completed. The venue’s parking garage, walkway, conference center, and restrooms have been updated.

LAS VEGAS:  Wynn Las Vegas and Encore have named Aaron Missner as the new regional director of accounts for the northeast.

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre will give the keynote address at Ticket Summit's conference, which takes place July 15-17 at the Venetian.

LONDON:  Sundance has cancelled its London offshoot after a two-year run at the O2 Center. The New York Times:

LOS ANGELES:  PMK-BNC has promoted Taj Sullivan to senior vice president of experiential marketing.

The Daily Front Row is starting a new event, the Fashion Los Angeles Awards, slated for January 22 at the Sunset Tower Hotel. Honorees include Jeremy Scott for Womenswear Designer of the Year and Christian Louboutin for Shoe Designer of the Year. Drew Barrymore and Kanye West are among the presenters.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The third Annual Vince Canning Stiletto Race, in which male and female participants don high heels, is January 23 along SE Fourth Avenue in Delray Beach. The 75-meter dash benefits the Achievement Centers for Children & Families.

NEW YORK:  The inaugural Latin Nightlife Awards will take place January 21 at Latin Quarters nightclub. Winners will be chosen by online vote in 14 categories including best nightclub, lounge and bar, promoter, bartender, DJ, nightclub vixen, and comic.

Reed Exhibitions has named Alicia Tillman as senior vice president of fashion and vision, and her portfolio will include the Agenda, Capsule and AXIS events as well as the International Vision Expo & Conferences.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TORONTO:  Private event space 2nd Floor Events has launched in-house catering. Chef Jeff Dueck oversees the menu, which includes smoked scallops, buttermilk fried chicken, and deep-fried macaroni and cheese.

The Toronto Travel Show will be at the Direct Energy Centre January 24-25. The event will feature international vendors, speakers, and a swimwear fashion show.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The 16th Clarendon Alliance Annual Mardi Gras Parade is February 17, and Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery chef will serve New Orleans-inspired fare from a party tent as its fourth annual Bayou Gras Block Party.

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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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