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Call Sheet #36: Business Cards Dying?, Re-Thinking Comic-Con, Another Divorce Party

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #36 — Monday, 06.13.11

Compiled today (and last night) by Chad Kaydo in New York
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1. BUSINESS CARDS GO PAPERLESS: The New York Times traces the dwindling—or at least evolving—use of that trade show staple, the business card: "Gina Trapani, founder of the influential blog Lifehacker, said the business card is already close to extinct in places like tech conventions. 'I see people exchange Twitter handles, I see people scan each other’s badges,' and send one another quick e-mails from their phones, she said. 'But I definitely don’t see people handing out cards anymore.'" The surviving cards are adding new elements like Twitter handles and QR codes.

2. TONY TALK: Neil Patrick Harris pulled off another winning hosting job at the Tonys last night, if you ask me. But you didn't, so here's New York magazine theater critic Scott Brown: "The show was, for the most part, handsomely assembled and produced and highly entertaining," with an "AWESOME opening number." Here's his live-blog of the telecast:

And here are Enterrtainment Weekly's 13 favorite moments:

3. STUDIOS RE-THINK COMIC-CON: The Times says for movie marketers the sci-fi fan gathering "has turned into a treacherous place. Studios come seeking buzz, but the Comic-Con effect can be more negative than positive. The swarm of dedicated fans—many of whom arrive at the convention in Japanese anime drag or draped in Ewok fur—can instantly sour on a film if it doesn’t like what it sees, leaving publicity teams with months of damaging Web chatter to clean up." This year's show is in San Diego from July 21-24.

Not everyone's pulling out though: Digital video creator and distributor Break Media is partnering with Zachary Levi (of NBC's "Chuck") and “The Nerd Machine” to produce a series of videos and events at the show. They will create original videos to be launched at “Nerd HQ,” a home base at Comic-Con for fans and famous faces in nerd culture.

4. ANOTHER DIVORCE PARTY: So maybe it really is a trend (see also: http://nyti.ms/lpddG8): Karen Elson and Jack White are holding "a party to celebrate their 6th anniversary, and their upcoming divorce." Under the Gun Review has the invite:

5. PR AWARDS: The Public Relations Society of America presented its Public Relations Professional of the Year award to the Pepsi communications team for "serving as the catalyst in helping organizations and communities bring good ideas to life" on Thursday night during PRSA’s Silver Anvil Awards ceremony at the Equitable Center in New York.

The Best of Silver Anvil Award went to the “Text4baby: Going Mobile With Pregnancy Education” campaign, which provided and promoted a free service that sends weekly text messages to educate women on how to have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

6. GRUBMAN WOES: The New York Post: "Notorious p.r. princess Lizzie Grubman…is now being sued by her longtime chauffeur-bodyguard and a hairstylist for allegedly stiffing them as she battles money woes."


@marcyblum: "If the stock market has a really bad week you still can't cut out the hors d'oeurves -sorry"

By the way—who do you follow in the event industry? Tell us: [email protected].


The BizBash West Expo & Awards are Tuesday at the Pasadena Convention Center. Come see keynote speakers Hillary Harris of Warner Bros. Entertainment Group and David Merrell of AOO Events, walk the show floor, and see who won our awards including the first West Coast Readers' Choice Awards.


CHICAGO: The team from Gemini Bistro are set to open Rustic House in Lincoln Park, with a private dining space for 24 in its wine cellar. Menu items will include lobster Caesar salad and hand-rolled gnocchi with foie gras.

LAS VEGAS: The International Academy of Web Television Thursday announced the details of its inaugural IAWTV Awards, by content producers for content producers in the industry, to be held at the 2012 International CES. Through a partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association, the awards will take place at the world’s largest consumer technology trade show the evening of January 12 at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

Aimee Stephens has let PR Plus. Friday was her last day.

LOS ANGELES: Old Navy’s “Wish You Were Here” summer road trip is headed to L.A. on Saturday, June 25. The Santa Monica event is part of a summer road trip series that will travel around the country hosting family-friendly beach parties. Admission is free and guests can come for beach games, product giveaways, and snacks.

Neowin: "The Entertainment Software Association has announced via a press release that the latest edition of E3 in Los Angeles brought in 46,800 attendees to the LA Convention Center…While that number is the biggest since the E3 trade show 'relaunched' back in 2009, it's still much smaller than earlier versions of the trade show which brought in between 60,000 and 70,000 attendees."

More from the actual press release: "E3 2012 will occur June 5-7, 2012, in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center. E3 2011 contributed more than an estimated $25 million in revenue to the city of Los Angeles."

Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linen staged her annual runway show of models draped in her new fall collection of table linens on Sunday at the Beverly Wilshire.

Tommy Hilfiger's Prep World touring promotion made a stop at the Grove last week. WWD:

MIAMI: Dessert Professional magazine has named Antonio Bachour as one of its Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America. Bachour is executive pastry chef for Quattro, Solea, and W South Beach.

Solé on the Ocean has a new Summer Meeting Package that offers group stays from $149 per person, per night for groups booking at least 10 rooms for a minimum of three nights with two days of meetings. The package includes complimentary meeting space, screen rental, and Wi-Fi, and half-price valet parking.

MEMPHIS: Brooks Brothers was the official apparel sponsor for “Seersucker Sunday” at the PGA Tour's FedEx St. Jude Classic tournament on Sunday.

NASHVILLE: "After years of performing on Downtown Nashville streets for tourists during the CMA Music Festival, [street musicians] say 2011 is different…they have been forced out of the perimeter of the festival by Metro Police," reports News Channel 5:

NEW YORK: R. Couri Hay is hosting an opening reception for an exhibit of work by Patrick McMullan and David Foox June 28 at the Sanctuary Hotel.

Hank Lane Music provided the musical entertainment at the Tony awards gala at the Plaza Sunday night.

Caraevents is producing Jenny Craig's public summer BBQ party on Tuesday at Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center promoting its new recipes. Spokespeople Valerie Bertinelli and Sara Rue will be flipping burgers, making salads, and serving from food stations.

ORLANDO: InfoComm is back at the Orange County Convention Center.  The world's largest professional audiovisual event opened Saturday with education sessions and the trade show runs Wednesday through Friday. Kate Swanborg, head of Enterprise Marketing for DreamWorks Animation, will give the opening keynote on Tuesday. The show has more than 900 exhibitors showing the latest in audio, video, lighting, staging, digital signage, conferencing, and networking. Sponsors include Samsung, Cisco, HP, Panasonic, and Peerless-AV.

SEATTLE: Set to open in May 2012, LeMay–America’s Car Museum has begun accepting reservations for events. The 165,000-square-foot, four-story museum, 30 miles south of Seattle, will hold groups of as many as 2,500. More than a dozen event spaces are available, including a 3.5-acre field.

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 Anna Sekula and Courtney Thompson in New York.

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