Emmys 2019: Design and Production Highlights From the Week's Most Glamorous Parties
In a year of transition, HBO, Amazon, Disney, Netflix, the Television Academy, and other heavy-hitters continued to host design-heavy bashes surrounding the award show. Here's a peek inside.
Photo: Jerry Hayes PhotographyLOS ANGELES—It was a year of shake-ups, for better or for worse. The 71st annual Primetime Emmys, which took place Sunday at the Microsoft Theater, went without a host for the first time since 2003—and early numbers report that the Fox broadcast experienced an all-time low in ratings.
That’s not to say the show, which was co-produced by Don Mischer Productions and Done & Dusted, was without its memorable moments. Highlights included surprise wins for Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s quirky comedy Fleabag and Pose’s Billy Porter, the first gay black man to win in the best actor category. Fosse/Verdon’s Michelle Williams also won, giving a moving speech about equal pay, and HBO’s Game of Thrones marked its final season with a win for Outstanding Drama Series.
Mergers within the media and entertainment industry resulted in an altered event scene, with the high-profile Disney-Fox and AT&T-Warner-HBO deals resulting in a condensed slate of events. For Disney, that meant one massive, design-heavy party—produced by Sterling Engagements and held at Otium—for ABC, FX, National Geographic, Hulu, and Disney TV. And while HBO’s highly anticipated bash once again took place at the Pacific Design Center with a dramatic nightclub-inspired design by Billy Butchkavitz, the party was rebranded as the WarnerMedia and HBO Post Awards Reception—and included TNT and TBS, which had previously hosted their own event.
Other long-running soirees missing from the lineup came from Hollywood’s top agencies, due to recent Writers Guild disputes that resulted in 7,000 writers firing their agents. WME, ICM, UTA, CAA, Gersh, and Paradigm all canceled their annual events, which had typically been a mix of brunches or receptions held at private homes. Meanwhile, Variety and Women in Film also canceled their party in favor of a donation to Planned Parenthood.
The events that did happen, however, featured no shortage of the usual glitz, glamour, and A-list attendees. The Television Academy’s Governors Ball, typically the night’s first stop for winners and nominees, featured a dramatic ceiling installation made from 310,000 strands of silk thread and almost 77,000 individual crystals; Sequoia Productions handled design and production for the 21st consecutive year. Amazon Prime’s annual event, produced by Event Eleven, had the feel of a lush garden, with eye-catching topiary taking over the Chateau Marmont. And Netflix’s gathering, produced by Best Events, featured a stylish "geo-glam" theme at Milk Studios.
Scroll down for 31 steal-worthy design and production highlights from these and other Emmys week events.