Call Sheet #106: Oscar Campaign Regulations, Facebook's "Profound" Changes, Obama Fund-Raiser as “Date Night”

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #106 — Thursday, 09.22.11

Compiled today by Chad Kaydo in Toronto and Courtney Thompson and Jana Schiowitz in New York
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1. OSCAR CAMPAIGNING GET REGULATED: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued regulations yesterday aimed at squelching unfair campaigning. Among the new rules: Once nominations are announced February 21, receptions are not permitted after screenings, filmmakers can’t partake in more than two panel discussions, and Academy members and nominees may not be invited or attend non-screening events promoting a nominated film or individual. The Hollywood Reporter: "According to a quick survey of publicists and awards consultants already busy planning the upcoming season, the months leading up to nominations could become more frenetic than ever. And the restricted weeks after Jan. 24 could become a social minefield."

2. FACEBOOK ANNOUNCING "PROFOUND" CHANGES: Mashable: "Facebook’s goal is to become the social layer that supports, powers and connects every single piece of the web, no matter who or what it is or where it lives. The changes Facebook will roll out on Thursday [at its F8 conference] are designed to enhance the emotional connection its users have to each other through Facebook. I have seen what Facebook is launching on Thursday, and it’s going to change the world of social media."

Per AdWeek, the F8 reveal will be a music streaming service, Facebook Music.

3. OBAMA'S "DATE NIGHT" FUND-RAISER: According to Reliable Source, Michelle Obama spoke at a fund-raiser at New York's Gotham Hall on Tuesday, telling the crowd that she and her husband rarely travel together and the evening was therefore "date night." "I would like to thank all of you for planning such a lovely, intimate evening for the two of us. . . Who knows what will happen?”

Speaking of Obama fund-raisers: Billionaire and longtime supporter Warren Buffett is set to attend a Democratic party fund-raiser in New York next week and an Obama fund-raiser in  Chicago next month.
The New York Post:


From editor in chief Chad Kaydo: Thanks to the folks at Site Canada, especially Pam Graham of Congress Canada, for asking me to speak at their meeting at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel last night. It was a good crowd with smart questions about getting industry press coverage. Hopefully they'll be pitching us ideas soon: [email protected]


BOSTON: Boston Fashion week kicks off tomorrow with a new, 250-seat tent stationed outside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Shows are invite-only, but the week will also include citywide pop-up shops and parties. The Boston Globe:

Tom Brady attended the party feting Ermenegildo Zegna’s move from Newbury Street to a slightly larger store at Copley Place. Ten percent of each dollar spent at the store through Sunday benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Boston. WWD:

CHICAGO: The Chicago Human Rhythm Project will honor Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis at its Jubalee gala November 7.

In yesterday's Call Sheet, Garrett Popcorn was incorrectly listed in our Boston section. The company is based in Chicago. 

LAS VEGAS: IMEX America, which opens October 11 at the Sands Expo, is exceeding forecasts. More than 1,800 exhibitors representing 100 countries are confirmed, as are more than 90 live educational events.

LOS ANGELES: People’s Choice Awards will broadcast live from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live January 11, with Mark Burnett returning as executive producer. 

The Los Angeles-based U.S. unit of shopping center operator Westfield Group has signed on as an official marketing partner of the L.A. Sports & Entertainment Commission. Market Watch:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The Pink Heals Tour is stopping in Miami October 6, with a fund-raising event "Strut Your Stuff for Cancer," food vendors, and pink fire trucks on display at the Falls shopping mall.

Lavish Event Rentals hosted a showcase last week at the Moore Building, debuting its new collection. Guests snacked on cupcakes by Stella's Sweet Shop and sipped on cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka.

NEW YORK: Sophist C.E.O. Reed Baker reports its Text-to-Pledge platform surpassed $10 million last week, a campaign used by more than 100 nonprofit organizations and nearly 9,000 donors that generates funds via text messaging at major events. 

Ron Ben-Israel will judge pastry challenges for the competition series "Sweet Genius" airing tonight on the Food Network.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is participating in New York City Wine & Food Festival, September 29-October 2, with "the Slice," an array of activities and discussions held at Little West 12th at Gansevoort Plaza. Follow the events on Twitter:

Learn about Grenada's Mount Cinnamon resort as a destination tomorrow at the New York Yacht Club. Refreshments will follow a talk by the resort's owner, Peter de Savary. 

Alfred Kelly, C.E.O. of the 2014 Super Bowl Host committee, has been chosen as the keynote speaker for Mdest, the Meadowlands Liberty Region's Destination Industry Conference, Tuesday.

ORLANDO: Fox News and Google will host a Republican presidential debate tonight live from the Orange County Convention Center. The debate coincides with the Republican Party of Florida’s Presidency 5 meeting and straw poll, taking place today through Saturday. The Hillsborough County Republican party will host a debate after-party at the Titled Kilt on International Drive. The closing party for Presidency 5 will be Saturday night at Universal CityWalk.

The Artists of Celebration will host an Art & Wine Stroll Saturday evening in downtown Celebration. Imperium Food & Wine and Market Street Cafe will be selling wine to attendees and there will be a variety of live entertainment.

TORONTO: George W. Bush spoke at an unpublicized and private event Monday at the downtown Hilton. Toronto Star:

WASHINGTON: The Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at West Potomac Park.

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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