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Call Sheet #134: Kardashian Wedding Planner Reacts, MTV's O Awards, Pippa’s Party Book

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #134 — Tuesday, 11.1.11

Compiled today by Chad Kaydo and Jana Schiowitz in New York
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1. KARDASHIAN PLANNER REACTS: With news that Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kris Humphries Monday, just 72 days after their well-documented wedding worth $10 million (if they had paid for it), some event pros wondered how the vendors involved felt. Here’s wedding planner Sharon Sacks: "Of course if I said I wasn't sad I wouldn't be telling you the truth. It is always sad and very disheartening when two beautiful people so in love for many reasons realize that although they care for each other they are not destined to be life partners. This takes a lot of courage and I'm very proud that they were able to make this difficult decision. They were a joy to work with. What we created together was absolutely amazing, so unique and so special. My heart goes out to both of them." Huffington Post:

Probably not what you imagined she’s thinking, right?

2. MTV'S DANCE MARATHON: The network put 13 dancers to the test at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles beginning Sunday night in an effort to break the Guinness World Dance Marathon Record and they did. This was part of MTV's O Music Awards for digital music last night. Fans could vote for nominees and then watch a live show online. The funds and awareness raised from the dance-off will go to anti-bullying initiatives. Shannon Connolly, vice president of digital music strategy for MTV Music and the Logo Group: "Not only are we honoring achievements in digital music, but we’re also looking to push the boundaries of content creation on new platforms." Huffington Post:

More on the O Awards: More than 22 million votes were received for categories like "most outrageous tweet," "best music app," and "beyond the blog award." To stir up excitement, MTV Digital brought in Swedish singer Robyn, who performed a "secret show" in front of 200,000 costumed spectators at a free concert during West Hollywood's Halloween parade. The Hollywood Reporter:

3. SEMA PREVIEW: The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show kicks off today and runs through Friday. About 100,000 automotive market attendees will descend on the Las Vegas Convention Center for the massive event.

New York Times: "Vendors' exhibits, some 2,000 in all, are still spread across a sole-trying amount of floor—more than three million square feet of display space to be walked—but it is no longer the sparkly, bodacious affair of the boom years. The show’s provocatively dressed ladies are a memory, and an industry once growing at kudzu speed on the popularity of chest-high wheels, license-plate televisions, and under-vehicle disco lighting seems to have deflated with the housing bubble."

In addition to the attractions on the show floor, the event also includes education sessions and an industry awards banquet. Interest in the banquet reached an all-time high this year, with its first waiting list for tickets.

4. NEW HBO MARKETING HEAD: The network announced Monday Pam Levine, former co-president of film marketing at Twentieth Century Fox, is executive vice president of marketing. Levine will be responsible for the creation of adcampaigns for all programming and direction for retail marketing and digital platforms. Reuters:

5. PIPPA’S PLANNING GUIDE: The sister of the former Kate Middleton is rumored to be writing a book on party planning after helping to organize festivities around the royal wedding back in April. Middleton, who works part-time for her parents' company, Party Pieces, will include tips on food, decor, and party etiquette. Marie Claire:


The Convention Industry Council announced Tuesday that eight of the nine APEX/A.S.T.M. Environmentally Sustainable Meeting Standards conceptualized by the Green Meetings Industry Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are complete. A final standard on accommodations is set to be complete when final balloting is finished.


Fiat and Fabio Novembre's "To Make a Tree" installation at the Qubique trade show in Berlin. WGSN's Homebuildlife:


It's All Virtual compares virtual events to football games. The similarities: the importance of a game plan, games are won and lost on turnovers, delegating important tasks to teams, in-game analysis and adjustments, and the importance of clock management.


BOSTON: Family Research Foundation will host its "Culture and Caring" event November 10 at Liberty Hotel.

The March of Dimes gala is Friday at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, and will honor Dan Foley, president of Randstad U.S. Professionals.

CHICAGO: Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould is hosting Monday night football at Rockit Bar and Grill November 14 to benefit his nonprofit, the Goulden Touch.

Moe's Cantina in River North will host a Day of the Dead celebration Wednesday night with decorated sugar skulls, face painting, and decked out altars.

LAS VEGAS: Lynyrd Skynyrd will open its first restaurant at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino December 1. The opening celebration of Lynyrd Skynyrd's BBQ & Beer will include a series of live concerts and promotions leading up to the grand opening event including Skynyrd band members December 8.

The 10th anniversary Vegas Valley Book Festival runs November 3-6 mostly at and around the Historic Fifth Street School.

The Consumer Electronics Association announced Monday a record number of automotive exhibitors at the upcoming 2012 International CES. At least six of the industry’s top ten manufacturers will showcase their latest technologies among CES's enhanced lineup of automotive technology exhibits, TechZones, and conference sessions. The show runs January 10-13.

Mark LoRusso, executive chef of Botero at Encore, was selected as the 2011 Culinarian of the Year by the Nevada Restaurant Association at the organization’s annual Culinary Excellence Awards gala on October 27 at Canyon Gate Country Club.

LOS ANGELES: L.A. Times: "Now that the runway shows are over in Europe, it seems like every designer in the universe is touching down in Los Angeles to host trunk shows, dinners, and most importantly, to schmooze with celebs."

Elite Productions International is hosting the Elite Women of Orange County's Seasonal Soiree at Prego in Irvine tonight.

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: More than 150 cultural performances will run for a 13-hour marathon at 80 venues all over town for this year's Sleepless Night, all free of charge. The event begins Saturday.

The South Miami Art Festival begins Saturday in the downtown area. More than 50,000 people are expected to peruse the art show.

NEW YORK: Catering company Tip of the Tongue just launched a series of Web videos going behind the scenes at events at the Foundry, Ramscale Studios, and Studio 450:

Lucky magazine and Kenneth Cole Productions have teamed up to host "Shop to Stop Bullying" at the designer's store at Grand Central Terminal November 15. Twenty percent of the night's proceeds will benefit the Making Books Sing's Anti-Bullying Project.

Adam Platt's review of Romera in New York magazine: "Ambitiously flawed, strangely misconceived restaurant," but, "In a town overrun by fashionable speakeasies and upscale burger joints, this kind of abstruse, European, performance-art cooking can have its charms, of course."

The eighth annual New York Comedy Festival, November 9-13, will have panels, side shows, and a showcase of rising talent as well as performances by 15 of the industry's biggest comedic headliners for five nights, including Wanda Sykes, Sarah Silverman, and Kathy Griffin.

ORLANDO: The Winter Park Concours d'Elegance is Saturday and Sunday along Park Avenue. Saturday night's duPont Registry Live reception at Sanford International Airport is being produced by Tim Webber, the Coordinator. Entertainment is from Cirque USA and lounge furniture from AFR Event Furnishings.

TORONTO: Charity Elizabeth Grant Skin Care and Look Good Feel Better hosts "the Big Give" tonight at the Great Hall. The evening will feature aerialists, circus performers, and burlesque dancers to match the Vaudeville-themed decor from Jet Entertainment.

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the National Democratic Institute's Democracy award dinner at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium November 7. More than 600 guests are expected for the V.I.P. reception and seated dinner produced by Spellbound Creative Concepts.

The Providence Health Foundation is hosting a fund-raising tasting event dubbed Providence Uncorked! at Long View Gallery November 8. Geared towards professionals in the Washington area, the event will have 17 food, wine, and beer vendors. Tickets are $55.


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 Matthew Mogavero, Jana Schiowitz, Anna Sekula, Courtney Thompson, and Katherine Zoeller in New York.

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