This Week in Los Angeles: W Hotels' Tropical Zip Line Ride, Exclusive Grammy After-Party Details, New Execs for Dick Clark Productions

West Coast bureau chief Claire Hoffman recaps the week's biggest event news.

By Claire Hoffman February 1, 2019, 7:16 AM EST

To celebrate the opening of its new hotel in Costa Rica, W Hotels hosted a tropical-theme party on the Santa Monica Pier on January 23. Guests could take a zip line ride through a neon light display over the crowd, then drink Costa Rica-inspired cocktails, eat dishes from Haute Chefs LA, and play carnival games. The event was planned by W Hotels' marketing team along with event firm Pen&Public.

Photo: Emily Duncan/Courtesy of W Hotels Worldwide

Welcome to BizBash’s new Los Angeles-based column, where West Coast bureau chief Claire Hoffman recaps the week’s biggest local news. Got a tip? Get in touch!

Moves & Milestones
Dick Clark Productions promoted three executives this week. Linda Gierahn is now executive vice president of production, where she will continue to oversee all live event programming including the American Music Awards and the Golden Globes. Meanwhile, Kelly Striewski is now executive vice president of communications and marketing, where she'll oversee the company's marketing and publicity campaigns; and Alexi Mazareas has been promoted to vice president of programming and development, producing the Streamy Awards and the N.B.A. Awards, among others.

Disney-ABC Television Group’s executive vice president of global communications, Kevin Brockman, is stepping down after 22 years. He'll stay on during the acquisition of 21st Century Fox, after which his role is being eliminated.

In hotel news, the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort has appointed Lani Baird director of sales and marketing, while Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point has promoted William Santos to food and beverage director. 

In Case You Missed It
Award season is in full swing! This week, we spoke with the Recording Academy's longtime event head, Branden Chapman, who shared exclusive details about this year's Grammy Awards after-party. We also took a look inside the SAG Awards' Cuba-theme gala, designed by Event Eleven.

In non-award show news, we checked out Benefit Cosmetics' pretty-in-pink pop-up on Melrose Avenue.

In the News
A tweeted list that allegedly revealed some of the winners for the upcoming Grammys is fake, according to the Recording Academy. Billboard: "‘There is no legitimacy to this,’ a Recording Academy spokesperson tells Billboard. ‘Grammy Awards results are not shared, even with Recording Academy staff members, until the day of the Grammy Awards ceremony, when names of the recipients are delivered by [accounting firm] Deloitte in sealed envelopes.’”

A memorial was held on Monday for Alan Canter, the owner of the famed Canter's Deli who passed away last week. Los Angeles Times: “Canter’s father, Ben, along with his uncles, opened the original deli in 1931 in Boyle Heights. By 1953, Canter’s had moved into its present home, the old Esquire theater building at 419 North Fairfax, and become a 24-hour restaurant—one of the first in the city. Its cocktail lounge, the Kibitz Room, became a late-night post-concert watering hole for the likes of Jim Morrison, Courtney Love, and Jakob Dylan, Bob Dylan’s son.”

Chef Adam Perry Lang was arrested in Hermosa Beach last weekend. Eater: “Lang’s lawyer says the incident could be a case of swatting (someone calling in a prank threat, often to the house of a celebrity)... The APL chef is currently out on $50,000 bail, paid by [Jimmy] Kimmel, and his lawyer says he 'will be cleared of any wrongdoing' shortly.”

Surprise Event Metric of the Week
70,000—the number of patrons who attended the 24th annual L.A. Art Show from January 23 to 27. Located at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the city's longest-running art fair hosted 120 galleries from 18 countries.

Venue Buzz
The Manufactory, a 40,000-square-foot complex from the Tartine team and Chris Bianco located at the Row downtown, has begun opening in phases. Highlights for groups include the 100-seat Tartine Bianco, an all-day café that opened for dinner services on Tuesday. Debuting later this month is a 7,000-square-foot market, while the dinner-only Alameda Supper Club, which will hold 150 and have a private room, opens this spring.

“If you're not disrupting things, you're really just following someone else's habits, and that's just not an ambitious endeavor for me.”

Chef Casey Lane, talking to L.A. Weekly about how he aims to redefine the hotel dining experience in Los Angeles. He discusses his work on the Kimpton La Peer and Hotel Figueroa hotels, why the food and beverage team should be operating almost all aspects of a hotel, how to create dishes for an L.A. palate, and more.

On the Scene
On Wednesday night, we checked out Jason Rhee and the Ebell of Los Angeles's “Love Hard 2019” vendor showcase. The event offered a ton of tablescape and floral decor inspiration, with flowers by Designer Dana


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What's Next 
Tomorrow night, the 23rd annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards will take over the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. The red carpet will be live streamed, and Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall will be honored.

Looking to next week, Digital Entertainment World takes place on Monday and Tuesday at the Marina del Rey Marriott. Speakers include executives from Facebook, Spotify, Two Bit Circus, and Civic Entertainment Group. New this year is a dedicated education track for creators and influencers. (Check out our coverage from last year.)

Also next week is a series of community events at the Grammy Museum, leading up to the awards on February 10. Highlights include a celebration of women and music on Monday and a panel on L.G.B.T.Q. artists on Wednesday.

And, of course, don't forget to root for the Rams during Sunday's Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta!

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