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Call Sheet #114: Target Shakeup, Madonna at Super Bowl, Two Takes on Nuit Blanche

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #114 — Tuesday, 10.04.11

Compiled today by Chad Kaydo and Jana Schiowitz in New York
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1. C.M.O. LEAVES TARGET: Yesterday, the Target Corporation announced that executive vice president and chief marketing officer Michael Francis was leaving after a decade-long career with the company. Francis headed up marketing and advertising operations for designer partnerships, and Target's Web site. WWD (subscribers only):

It was later revealed that Francis joined JCPenney as president, beginning today. Target has not named a new C.M.O. Ad Age:

2. MADONNA AT SUPER BOWL: Fan site SB Nation reported Monday that the singer is set to perform at the Super Bowl XLVI's halftime show February 5 at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium. Madonna was supposed to perform back in 2000 at the Super Bowl, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Billboard:

3. TWO TAKES ON NUIT BLANCH: Toronto’s all-night arts festival started Saturday. Torontoist: “Nuit Blanche went from a daunting and incomprehensible city-wide art exhibit to a city-wide party featuring lots of cool art and technology. Growing pains out of the way, we’re hoping that from now on Nuit Blanche can hold onto this newfound sense of identity.”

Toronto Star: “At the same time, you have to question how much of the draw of our ‘all-night contemporary art thing’ is art, and how much the illicit appeal of wandering the streets all night, doing what you’re not supposed to, just this once, with the city’s blessing.”

We’ll have a roundup of photos and ideas ASAP.

4. CLEAR CHANNEL NAMES CHIEF: Robert W. Pittman, a founder of MTV and former senior executive at AOL Time Warner, has been named chief executive and executive chairman of the nation's biggest radio station operator. The New York Times:

5. SOUL TRAIN AWARDS CHOOSES HOST: Cedric the Entertainer is hosting the third annual awards show at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta November 17, with a simulcast on Centric and BET November 27. The awards will celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Soul Train” and honor singer Gladys Knight and group Earth, Wind, and Fire. BET Event Productions and Sunseeker Media are producing. The Hollywood Reporter:


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COAST TO COAST: First Protocol celebrates its 15th anniversary this month. The global event marketing agency has offices in New York, London, and Los Angeles. 

BOSTON: Our first ranking of Boston's Top 100 Events:

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar has added seven small plates to its menu. Geared toward the health-conscious diner, the plates include ahi tuna skewers and sliced filet mignon, and can be prepared without gluten.   

The Boys & Girls Club of Boston has just confirmed a date change for its House Party. Previously scheduled for May 11, it will now take place May 19.

CHICAGO: Marwen will host its art fair, an exhibition and fund-raising event, November 11. Lowry Hill is the presenting sponsor. Catering is by e.leaven Food Company, and beer is provided by Half Acre.

Decades will host a pop-up shop at Space519 in the 900 North Michigan Shops October 15. The temporary space will offer vintage and modern clothing and accessories, and showcase the new Miriam Haskell for Decades "Uptown/Downtown" collection.

LAS VEGAS: Padres Contra El Cancer and Tropicana Las Vegas will present "A Weekend of Latin Style & Entertainment" October 14-15, the nonprofit's largest fund-raising campaign of the year.

The Consumer Electronics Association announced Monday that Qualcomm Inc. C.E.O. and chairman Paul E. Jacobs will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2012 International CES, January 10-13.

LOS ANGELES: Lacma has elected three new members to its board of trustees: Mark Attanasio, founder and managing director of Crescent Capital Corp. and principal owner of the Milwaukee Brewers; Lyn Davis Lear, an activist, philanthropist, and co-founder of Environmental Media Association; and Bryan Lourd, a partner and managing director of Creative Artists Agency.

The annual fund-raiser for Meeting Professionals International Southern California Chapter will take place November 10 at Vibiana. Proceeds will benefit Hillsides, Rainbow Services, and Ronald McDonald House.

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The Turnberry Isle Miami is celebrating becoming an independent property with the "Perfect Meetings" package that includes the choice of four concessions for groups arriving between June 1-September 30, 2012.

Miami-Dade County's Park and Recreation Department has launched "Kite-Flying Food Truck Nights on the Bay," the last Friday of each month. Menu items will include macaroni and cheese pancakes and banana eggrolls a-la-mode. 

NEW YORK: The Brand Innovators Summit begins today with more than 200 brand marketers in attendance. The Advertising Week event is taking place at the AXA Equitable Center.

Halogen is sponsoring "Does Reality Television Do More Harm Than Good," a debate between rivals from Harvard and Columbia at the Crosby Street Hotel tonight.

ORLANDO: The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has special offers for events booked by December 31 and taking place in May or June 2012. Incentives include a 10 percent rebate to the master bill, triple Hyatt Gold Passport points, and complimentary suite upgrades and airport transfers.

TORONTO: The Media Merchants C.M.O. and co-founder Brad Foster announced the appointment of Ronnie Caplan as managing consultant for live events. Caplan has a background in experiential marketing, promotions, and event production.

YOUR NEWS: What are you doing? Tell us: [email protected]. 

With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, Carla Warrilow in Toronto, and Jana Schiowitz, Anna Sekula, and Courtney Thompson in New York.

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