March 25, 2014: Madison Square Garden to Buy Tribeca Film Festival, See Inside TED’s New Custom Theater, the Cost of Postponing Rolling Stones Tour

By Beth Kormanik March 25, 2014, 7:45 AM EDT

1. MADISON SQUARE GARDEN TO BUY TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: The Madison Square Garden Company is buying a 50 percent stake in Tribeca Enterprises, which runs the Tribeca Film Festival. New York Times: “Among other ventures, Tribeca also runs international film events, a two-screen theater, a digital studio and a fledgling division that releases specialty movies both digitally and in theaters. But its festival, founded as a cultural balm for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, is by far Tribeca’s biggest asset, and the Madison Square Garden Company’s interest says something important about such events: Once largely ad hoc artistic celebrations, some film festivals have, in fact, become promising businesses.”

2. SEE INSIDE TED’S NEW CUSTOM THEATER: As part of the TED Conference’s move to Vancouver this year, designer David Rockwell created a 1,200-seat theater that was erected inside the city’s convention center and then dismantled until next year. Vanity Fair: “Rockwell, who is known for his restaurants and hotels—think Nobu, Decanter, W Union Square, Chambers—is as good as anybody at expressing the subtleties that define the vibe of a particular place, and he managed to do just that for TED. The theater manages to feel at once like a handmade wooden structure, reflecting the timber-based culture of the Vancouver region and the relaxed air that TED aspires to, and like a high-tech, computer-generated object, which it also is, and which you could say corresponds to the tech-focused side of TED’s identity.” See a time-lapse video of the construction:

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3. THE $10 MILLION COST OF POSTPONING ROLLING STONES TOUR: Music insiders estimate the cost of postponing the Australian leg of the Rolling Stones’s tour—because of the death of Mick Jagger's longtime girlfriend, L'Wren Scott—could cost $10 million. Billboard: “That includes everything from deposits on venues to the storage of gear to lost revenue, though it's possible that some or all of those costs will be covered by insurance policies. … For a cancellation of this sort, insured parties must be able to show that the circumstances were beyond control, and that the act is unable to perform for that reason, says a music industry manager/producer experienced in megatours.”


BOSTON:  This week, Boston is hosting the first “Analytics Week—Big Data Analytics Unconference.” The event takes place at venues in Cambridge and Boston and lasts five days. The Boston Globe:

CHICAGO:  The 27th annual Spring Brunch and Fashion Show benefiting Chicago House is May 4 at the Harold Washington Library.

LAS VEGAS:  The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions announced that the ACM new artist of the year nominees Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore, and Kip Moore will perform via live remote from the fourth annual ACM Fan Jam during the 49th annual awards on April 6. The ACM Fan Jam, the fans-only, live concert event, will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center during and after the broadcast.

LOS ANGELES:  The Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance’s signature event, Comedy for a Cure, is March 30 at Lure Nightclub.

Natalie Cole, Cee Lo Green, and Steven Tyler are among the performers announced for the 21st annual Race to Erase MS benefit slated for May 2.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Jennifer Aniston is among the speakers at the WWD Beauty C.E.O. Summit, May 7-9 at the Breakers Palm Beach.

The 2014 Cruise Shipping Miami conference and exhibition earlier this month at the Miami Beach Convention Center announced record attendance and the largest exhibition in the event's 30-year history, with nearly 12,000 total registrations and about 900 exhibiting companies. The 2015 event is scheduled for March 16-19.

NEW YORK:  The 9/11 Memorial Museum announced it will open May 21. Tickets will be available beginning Wednesday. During a “Dedication Period” May 15-20, the museum will be open 24 hours a day for 9/11 families, rescue and recovery workers, survivors, and others to visit and take part in various tributes and ceremonies. Press release:

Rihanna will receive the Fashion Icon Award at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards June 2 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

John C. Tsunis, chairman of Long Island Hotels and owner of Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook, has been appointed chairman of the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  The Disney Fit Challenge will be a new event this fall at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The three-day event in September will test competitors' speed, strength, endurance, balance, and power.

SAN FRANCISCO:  The San Francisco Chronicle profiled 58-year-old female DJ Page Hodel, “San Francisco's unofficial Pied Piper of Party":

This year's San Francisco Flower and Garden Show had a new creative team. New touches included a “Grand Allee” which led into the gardens. The Union:

TORONTO:  The CIOsynergy conference is today at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Leadership Greater Washington’s Spring Event is April 3 at the Fairmont Hotel and will include a networking cocktail hour and a seated award dinner.

Summit Connection and Bruce McBarnette are hosting the Roger Nakazawa Art Reception May 2 at the Embassy of Austria.

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

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