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June 10, 2015: Major Change for Emmys Announcement, FIFA Suspends Bidding for 2026 World Cup, the Complicated Logistics of Flying to Burning Man

1. MAJOR CHANGE FOR EMMYS ANNOUNCEMENT: Hollywood will get to sleep in this year. One of the traditions of the Emmy awards—nominations announced at the early hour of 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time—is moving back three hours. Hollywood Reporter: "Because of the speed in today’s 24/7 viral news cycle we all receive news and information in real time from multiple media sources and on various platforms," the Television Academy said in a statement. "The Academy believes this new time — one that saves everyone getting up so early in the morning for the nominations ceremony — reflects this sensibility and is a forward-looking and effective way to kick off the Emmy season."

2. FIFA SUSPENDS BIDDING FOR 2026 WORLD CUP: As it deals with the fallout over bribery and other charges, FIFA has suspended the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup, which was supposed to be decided in May 2017. CNBC: “The U.S. is seen as the hot favourite to win the 2026 World Cup tournament, while Canada, Mexico and Colombia are also intending to bid. There is also speculation that England could throw its hat into the ring.”

3. THE COMPLICATED LOGISTICS OF FLYING TO BURNING MAN: Most people travel to Burning Man—the festival in the desert in Black Rock City, Nevada—via car, but for those flying into the barren landscape, the logistics can be complicated. Gawker: “The Black Rock City Municipal Airport is spartan, and for good reason; it simply doesn’t exist for most of the year. The Bureau of Land Management (the official law enforcement body at Burning Man) is the airport’s official operator and refers to it as 'probably the only one of its kind.' The Federal Aviation Administration officially recognizes the airport with the identifier 88NV. It is non-towered, so pilots communicate via a Common Traffic Advisory Frequency for safety information as well as critical details about the landing pattern. A pair of mile-long runways are roughly outlined in the desert during the event, one strictly for takeoffs and the other strictly for landings.”


Billboard: “Ticketmaster announced Tuesday (June 9) that it has acquired Front Gate Tickets, the C3 ticketing division that had been somewhat in limbo following Ticketmaster parent Live Nation Entertainment's move to acquire C3 late last year. In a separate transaction, Live Nation has also acquired DIY ticketing platform Universe. The move furthers LN's aggressive foray into the festival space, where it had been lagging behind in North America to rival Anshutz Entertainment Group (AEG), producer of Coachella, New Orleans JazzFest and more than 20 other festivals.”

McDonald’s has brought back the position of global chief marketing officer—vacant since 2010—and tapped former Bacardi executive Silvia Lagnado for the post. Advertising Age:


BOSTON:  The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival will take place July 24-26. Organizers expect some 700,000 attendees.

CHICAGO:  Techweek Chicago will be held at the Merchandise Mart June 20-28.

LAS VEGAS:  HD Expo announced record attendance at the hospitality trade show, which took place May 13-15 at Mandalay Bay. The event, produced by Emerald Expositions, drew 10,260 registered attendees, a 10 percent increase from last year, and featured 255,200 square feet of booth space, another increase from 2014.

LOS ANGELES:  AEG Facilities’ Los Angeles Convention Center has announced Jeff Leidy will head the food and beverage department as director of operations for Taste of L.A. by Levy Restaurants starting June 15.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will host its “Wild About Kids” gala and after-party on November 7 at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne. Last year the event raised more than $310,000.

NEW YORK:  The Black Rose, a vintage rock ’n’ roll bar in the East Village, has opened and offers weekly live music and a burlesque show. The space holds 75 people and offers seasonal backyard seating.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  Marlow’s Tavern has opened its third Central Florida location at the Waterford Lakes Town Center.

SAN FRANCISCO:  Treasure Island Music Festival’s lineup has been announced, and will include Deadmau5, the National, and Father John Misty. The festival will take place October 17-18.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, will show off its renovated restaurant and bar the Black Olive and other new spaces at an event June 24.

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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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