October 4, 2018: CNN to Debut 'Citizen' Conference, Jimmy Kimmel Teams Up with Caesars to Open Comedy Club, Revolve's I.P.O. Filing Reveals Marketing Budget

By Michele Laufik and Ian Zelaya October 4, 2018, 9:08 AM EDT


1. CNN TO DEBUT 'CITIZEN' CONFERENCE: On October 22, CNN will launch “Citizen by CNN,” a daylong conference at the Time Warner Center in New York. The inaugural event was created by the network to offer a platform for non-partisan coverage of politics and issues. The lineup includes a discussion between Jared Kushner and Van Jones about prison reform and working across party lines, democratic leader Nancy Pelosi will speak on the upcoming midterm elections, Fareed Zakaria will chat about the state of current politics with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, and more. Variety: “‘We are the news organization, the cable-news channel, that doesn’t pick sides. We play it down the middle and we are focused on news and coverage that matters,’ says [Sam Feist, a CNN senior vice president who serves as Washington Bureau Chief] in an interview, acknowledging that this sort of gathering ‘is something that is relatively new for CNN to do.’ Should ‘Citizen’ do well, says Feist, CNN could look to expand further into other kinds of conferences.” https://bit.ly/2zOxVoC

2. JIMMY KIMMEL TEAMS UP WITH CAESARS TO OPEN COMEDY CLUB: In 2019, Caesars Entertainment will open Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas. The 8,000-square-foot space will be located on the LINQ Promenade. The late-night talk show host will help curate the talent lineup, as well as the food and drink options. Kimmel grew up in Las Vegas, and his late Uncle Frank, who appeared regularly on Jimmy Kimmel Live, had been a security guard at Caesars. The Hollywood Reporter: “'Look, it’s exciting for me because I grew up in Las Vegas and, beyond that, a lot of my family worked at Caesars Palace. So, to do something there is really exciting for me personally. Also, I think a lot of comedy clubs were something else first—like, a restaurant that got converted—and I always thought it would be great to set out to build the perfect comedy club for comedians. I really feel like comics have been mistreated.'” https://bit.ly/2RkQHKW

3. REVOLVE'S I.P.O. FILING REVEALS MARKETING BUDGET: Last week, Los Angeles-based Revolve filed documents with the S.E.C. regarding its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. In addition to its sales and revenue figures, the paperwork also offered some insight into how much the e-commerce site spends on its lavish influencer events and festivals. Fashionista: “That's all well and good, but we were curious to see the figures regarding how much money it's spent on marketing. Co-C.E.O. Michael Mente admitted that its latest Coachella activation—where it took over a hotel and an estate, hosted over 90 influencers, and dressed several hundred, and brought in musical acts like Chance, the Rapper, and A$AP Rocky—'broke the budget.' But what was that budget? In the six months ended June 30, 2018, it reported spending about $36.5 million on marketing, about $10 million more than it spent that same period last year. In fiscal 2017 as a whole, it spent about $55.5 million on marketing. Despite those expenses, the company still managed to make a significant profit, suggesting those influencer partnerships and monthlong trips to Bermuda might be worth it.” https://bit.ly/2P4FwEw

* LOCAL NEWS *

ATLANTA:  The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with 70 days of events and programs, ending with the ceremonial signing of the U.D.H.R. on Human Rights Day December 10. 

CHICAGO:  The seventh edition of Expo Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, drew a record 38,000 attendees. The event took place September 27-30. 

LAS VEGAS:  Caesars Entertainment will open Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club at the LINQ Promenade in spring 2019. The 8,000-square-foot venue will seat as many as 300 people. 

NEW YORK:  The annual Rubin Museum of Art Gala will take place October 11. 

The 92nd Street Y will host Tom Hanks on November 1. Hanks will discuss his latest book, Uncommon Type

Brit & Co will host its second annual #CreateGood event October 15-19. The media company is partnering with the BUILD Series to livestream the event each night from its studio space.

The third annual House of Peroni, curated by the Art Production Fund, will take place October 19 and 20 at 463 West St. and feature events across art and culture.

Dessert Goals announced its vendor lineup, which includes Treat House, Baked in Color, 2 Dough Boyz, and more. This year, children six and under will be allowed in free (with a ticketed adult), and on Saturdays at 4:45 p.m. and Sundays at 4:50 p.m., the festival will be open to dogs. 

Gift for Life's 27th annual Party For Life benefit, honoring founder of Vera Bradley, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, will take place February 4, 2019 at Stage 48.

For information on upcoming events in New York, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

SAN FRANCISCO:  Hotel Nia, an Autograph Collection property in Silicon Valley, has achieved LEED Certified Silver status. Designed by Cuningham Group Architecture, the 11-story hotel has 250 guest rooms. 

TORONTO:  Veuve Clicquot’s Business Woman Awards Ceremony will take place October 25 at the Bisha Hotel. 

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Beginning December 3, two galleries in the National Air and Space Museum will be closed for the start of a seven-year renovation. The entire building with all new exhibitions and gallery displays won’t reopen until 2025. https://wapo.st/2IBwEUD

Toby Lent has been appointed director of catering at the Hay-Adams hotel.

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With contributions from Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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