November 13, 2014: Mercedes-Benz May Drop New York Fashion Week Sponsorship, ’60 Minutes’ Crew Crashes 'Cosmo' Mag Event, Veterans Concert Hits Right Notes

By Beth Kormanik November 13, 2014, 8:10 AM EST

1. MERCEDES-BENZ MAY DROP NEW YORK FASHION WEEK SPONSORSHIP: Mercedes-Benz, title sponsor of New York Fashion Week since 2009, may end its deal. Hollywood Reporter: “The shift would correspond with IMG's plan to move NYFW beginning in September to a new venue—thought to be in downtown Manhattan, rather than the staid Upper West Side. … Mercedes won't comment or reveal the value of its deal with NYFW, one of about 30 fashion weeks around the world it sponsors. And IMG, which says the NYFW events generate $865 million annually for New York and bring 110,000 media, individuals and designer contacts to the city twice a year, would only offer this statement to THR: ‘Mercedes-Benz is a valued global partner of ours across fashion, sports and several WME-IMG properties, including Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, where they remain our title sponsor.’”

2. ’60 MINUTES’ CREW CRASHES MAGAZINE EVENT: A 60 Minutes camera crew looking to interview Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy, a speaker at Cosmopolitan’s “Fun Fearless Life” conference in New York this weekend sneaked into the venue before being discovered. Women’s Wear Daily: “CBS had sent a crew to corner the professor for a '60 Minutes' segment on people who have become famous after their TED Talks. … The crew got through security, sources said, and were waiting backstage, but once they began unpacking their cameras, a building official told them they were not allowed to film inside due to union rules.”

3. VETERANS CONCERT HITS RIGHT NOTES: A Veterans Day benefit concert in Washington with performances from Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Bruce Springsteen, the Black Keys, and others delivered strong performances worthy of the cause, according to a reviewer. Los Angeles Times: “An event that largely focused on guitar rock with a touch of country, hip hop and R&B tossed in for good measure, the production was mostly flawless. Artists obviously understood the import. Seldom, after all, do they get to perform on the National Mall, and the sets confirmed it. At its best, artists examined the range of ideas about what patriotism and empowerment—and tossed in some love songs for good measure.”


A survey of 418 event planners from event software provider Planning Pod found that “revenues and attendance grew in 2014 across all types of events—including meetings, conferences and weddings.” Press release:


BOSTON:  Faneuil Hall Marketplace will host its 10th annual Candy Land Tournament to benefit Pitching In for Kids on November 22. Guests will compete for prizes while playing the classic board game, and the event also features entertainment, food tastings, and arts and crafts.

CHICAGO:  The eighth annual Chill event will take place at LuxeHome tonight. The event features more than 150 wines paired with fare from some 40 chefs and takes place in LuxeHome’s kitchen and bath boutiques. The event raises funds for local charities.

From the owner of Union Sushi & Barbeque Bar, the Franklin Room will open in River North later this month. The venue will offer tasting portions of spirits and a flight program that encourages guests to try new drinks. Inspired by the turn of the century, the menu will include shrimp potpie and house-brined corned beef.

LAS VEGAS:  IMEX America, held at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas last month, announced an 8 percent increase in buyers attending the show and a total attendance increase of 4 percent.

Following the Rock ‘n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon, Monte Carlo Resort and Casino will host the Recovery Zone, a relaxation area available to all runners post-race on November 16 at Monte Carlo’s new outdoor plaza.

Sirio Ristorante at Aria Resort & Casino will close effective December 6. The property has not announced what will replace the restaurant.

LOS ANGELES:  Jazz great Al Jarreau will perform at the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors annual gala, which actor Paul Reiser will host December 2 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

The Los Angeles Zoo will host its LA Zoo Reindeer Romp, featuring four live reindeer, November 28-January 4. The zoo is planning holiday decorations, craft projects for children, and photos with Santa.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Event industry veterans Suzanne Pallot and Louis Canales have launched Source Miami, a new event planning, logistics, and management support and services company. The firm will produce hospitality programs and events in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

The immersive theater show “Queen of the Night” has booked its first show outside of New York’s Diamond Horseshoe to appear at the annual Women in Art Benefit during Art Basel on December 3.

NEW YORK:  Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is slated to speak before a screening of the 1957 film Witness for the Prosecution Friday at the New-York Historical Society. Tickets are free and distributed on site, with society members given priority.

Sparkle: An All-Star Holiday Concert, a benefit for the Actors Fund, is December 7 at 42West. The evening will include performers from Broadway, television, film, and music.

René Mack, former president of Weber Shandwick’s travel and lifestyle practice, is now president of the digital marketing and public relations agency Percepture.

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TORONTO:  Tapestry Opera will host “Tapestry Briefs: Booster Shots” in the Distillery District Sunday. The event will pair short opera performances with the so-called “booster shots,” which will include samples of craft beer and artisanal ice cream.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to deliver keynote remarks at Foreign Policy's third annual Transformational Trends policy conference Monday at the Four Seasons Hotel.

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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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