Call Sheet #263: A Guide to Upfront Week, the U.S. Olympic Problem, Plans for the Clios

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #263 — Monday, 05.14.12

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Compiled today by Anna Sekula in New York
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Robin Hood Foundation gala in New York, Sapphire Now begins in Orlando (through Wednesday), Upfront Week begins in New York (through Thursday)

TUESDAY: Clio Awards in New York
FRIDAY: Race to Erase MS gala in Los Angeles, California Science Discovery Ball in Los Angeles
SUNDAY: NATO Summit begins in Chicago (through Monday)


1. ON TAP FOR UPFRONTS: Today marks the start of a busy week of events in New York, with the opening of Internet Week and the Robin Hood Foundation's annual blockbuster benefit coinciding with the first day of Upfront Week. This year, the four days reserved for presentations from the big five broadcast TV networks seems more crowded than ever, with equally important gatherings from Univision, Telemundo, and Fox Hispanic Media as well as USA Network.

NBC will once again kick everything off this morning at Radio City Music Hall, followed by Fox, which returns to Beacon Theatre for its presentation and Central Park’s Wollman Rink for the after-party. On Tuesday, the same day ABC makes its announcement at Avery Fisher Hall, Univision and Telemundo will hit Broadway; Univision heads to the New Amsterdam Theatre before hosting a reception at Cipriani 42nd Street and Telemundo will take over the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and then gather guests at the Edison Ballroom. Joining CBS, which is back at Carnegie Hall, on Wednesday is TBS/TNT's presentation at the Hammerstein Ballroom and the effort from Fox Hispanic Media at the Ziegfeld Theatre. The CW and USA Network wrap up the week on Thursday, with the former at New York City Center in the morning and the latter—which is expected to offer performances by Jennifer Hudson and Mark Ronson—at Alice Tully Hall in the late afternoon.

Stuart Elliott takes a look at how the week’s presentations remain important, with television still considered valuable medium for growing brand awareness, even as more marketers focus on digital and social media efforts. The New York Times:

2. WILL U.S. SEE OLYMPICS RETURN? According to the L.A. Times, the relationship between the U.S. and the International Olympic Committee has broken down and is part of the reason officials decided against bidding for the 2020 games. "New York failed in its bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Chicago suffered an equally painful defeat when Rio de Janeiro was selected for 2016. It did not matter that President Obama had made the unprecedented gesture of meeting with the I.O.C. on behalf of Chicago's bid. I.O.C. members made their discontent known by voting out Chicago in the first round."

3. SOCIAL EXPANSION FOR THE CLIOS: The ad-industry award show, an event the organizers have looked to continuously evolve since its return to New York in 2010, takes place tomorrow. This year the ceremony and after-party at the American Museum of Natural History will have an even bigger presence on social media channels thanks to live tweeting and an initiative created in partnership with Carrot Creative. The latter will see Instagram images taken by guests and tagged with #InstaClio and #SpottedatClios displayed on a 70-foot screen at the post-presentation reception. New additions also include Joan Rivers as the evening's host and honorary Clios being given to photographer Annie Leibovitz and chef/author Anthony Bourdain.

We named Karl Vontz, director of the Clio Awards, one of our 2012 Event Innovators; the video interview with him can be seen here:

4. HYBRID HIT: From Orlando bureau chief Mitra Sorrells: German software company SAP AG brings its huge Sapphire Now conference back to the Orange County Convention Center today through Wednesday. Organizers anticipate 15,000 people will attend the event in Orlando while at least 5,000 more will experience it live online via 13 content-specific streams. The show floor is divided into five campuses and has more than 250 exhibitors.

For more on the hybrid conference, read our 14 Most Innovative Meetings feature from last year:

5. SECURITY PLANS FOR NATO SUMMIT: Maryland-based Showcall has been hired by the U.S. Secret Service this week to provide fencing, concrete barriers, lighting, and other aspects of security for the upcoming NATO summit. Crain's Chicago Business: "According to the original request for bids, Showcall was hired to set up 3,600 linear feet of eight-foot-high anti-scale fencing owned by the Secret Service and 17,000 linear feet of concrete barricades owned and stored by "government entities" in the Chicago area. The fencing and barriers will be put in place around McCormick Place on May 19, the day before the summit starts. The firm also will rent, set up, and maintain portable vehicle barriers and at least 20 portable toilets, a 500-foot-long bicycle rack, mobile trailer offices, 30-foot-high light towers, portable generators, several large tents, and at least 500 traffic cones."

6. MAGIC GROWS TO CHINA: Later this year, apparel trade show Magic plans to expand into the Chinese market with the launch of Magic China and an effort in partnership with the China Foreign Trade Guangzhou Exhibition General Corporation.

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BOSTON: Party in the Park, a benefit for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, is Wednesday in the Kelleher Rose Garden. Vendors include the Catered Affair, Winston's Flowers, and Peterson Party Center.

CHICAGO: Crain's Chicago Business: "When investors and entrepreneurs meet to talk about the Next Big Thing, there's a good chance they're sitting in a booth at [Yolk,] an unpretentious breakfast spot on North Wells Street."

Trio Animal Foundation hosts Rockin' for Rescue at the Double Door Saturday. Local TV host Alpana Singh will emcee with her pug, Haruki.

Pinstripes has launched a new catering, delivery, and carry-out program. The venue now offers party platters for lunch or dinner that come with individually packed sandwiches, pastas, salads, and signature menu items.

LAS VEGAS: Amazon will host its first partner and customer conference at the Venetian November 27-29.

Casa Fuente inside the Forum Shops at Caesars will host an event with Sailor Jerry Rum May 24 that will include live painting from local artist Jerry Misko. The artwork will be raffled to benefit the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.

The One Group announced a partnership deal with the Palms Casino Resort to open a sports-themed restaurant and lounge called Heraea. The new venue is slated to take over the space currently occupied by Garduno's by the end of the year, and will offer food, sports viewing, and music. Press release:

The winner of Hell's Kitchen season 10 will win a head chef position working under executive chef Kevin Hee at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas.

LOS ANGELES: The second annual Hudson block party, co-sponsored by the city of West Hollywood and the chamber of commerce in association with Table Manners, the Churchill, and Black Banditz, will hit West Hollywood May 20 with double last year's capacity. The event will raise funds for SOVA Community Food and Resource Program and include 25 bands and DJs on two stages as well as 30 retail vendors.

Barcelona Enterprises will produce the sixth "Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival Taste of Calabasas," which begins June 9 and runs for 14 days. The fest raises funds for the Children's Tumor Foundation.

Cousins Maine Lobster has launched in town, billing itself as the only food truck of its kind to deliver lobster fresh from Maine daily.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI: The fourth Go Green Fashionista, which honors eco-friendly fashion designers, stylists, and vendors, is June 15 at the Viceroy Miami's Club 50.

Miami's oldest bar, Tobacco Road, secured a three-year lease from new owners who are considering the site for redevelopment, according to the Miami Herald. The bar celebrates its 100th anniversary later this year.

NEW YORK: Residents in the neighborhood surrounding the Barclays Center want to impose a strict cut-off time for alcohol sales at the new stadium and event venue.

Jay-Z will curate and headline the first Budweiser Made in America music festival in Philadelphia's Fairmont Park September 1-2. The event produced by Live Nation will benefit local nonprofit organizations via United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. The New York Times:

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO: P.G.A. Tour player Graeme McDowell is partnering with Bistro Concepts to open a new restaurant in Lake Nona this fall called Nona Blue. Orlando Sentinel:

TORONTO: The Markham Board of Trade nominated trade show design company Best Displays for Entrepreneur of the Year.

WASHINGTON: Design revisions for the President Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial could be released as early as Tuesday. The Eisenhower family objected to architect Frank Gehry's original design. Washington Examiner:

Todd Davis and Rob Brown of Brown Davis Interiors dished on designing spaces for high-profile clients in Washington and their new home in Miami. The cities have contrasting styles, with D.C. residents preferring a neutral scheme "to transition easily between seasons and allows for color to be added to the palette for holidays or parties." Washingtonian:

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, Carla Warrilow in Toronto, and Anna Sekula, Beth Kormanik, and Rose Chevalier in New York.

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