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October 5, 2015: Condé Nast Will Share Video From Biggest Events on Snapchat, Event Planner Sued Over Pokémon-Theme Event, Critics Question Marketing Stunt for ‘Goosebumps’ Movie


1. CONDE NAST WILL SHARE VIDEO FROM BIGGEST EVENTS ON SNAPCHAT: Media events from the Vanity Fair Oscar Party to Glamour’s Women of the Year gathering will be shared on Snapchat, under a new deal between Condé Nast and the social network. It’s a move that the publishing company says is intended to reach a millennial audience. Advertising Age: “Anyone who opens Snapchat around the time of one of Conde Nast's events will be offered video in the platform's Live Stories format, which curates footage from various users at a given location. … Conde Nast will weave sponsored "snaps" into the Live Stories and share the revenue with Snapchat.” http://bit.ly/1N9nFZH

2. EVENT PLANNER SUED OVER POKéMON-THEME EVENT: A Pokémon superfan cancelled a party celebrating the game after the company sued for copyright infringement—and now needs $4,000 to settle the case. GeekWire: “[Ramar Larkin] Jones had arranged the party every year since 2011 for all the self-proclaimed geeks who flock to Seattle to celebrate their passion at the annual PAX convention. … But Pokémon’s lawyers took issue with a poster and Facebook post for the event that contained pictures of Pikachu and Snivy, two of Pokémon’s copyrighted characters. In the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Washington, Pokémon’s lawyers say they aim to ‘put an end to and obtain redress’ for the ‘blatant and willful infringement.’ Jones said the complaint was filed without any kind of warning, and he would have canceled the party sooner had he known there were any issues.” http://bit.ly/1LsNqnp

3. CRITICS QUESTION MARKETING STUNT FOR ‘GOOSEBUMPS’ MOVIE: Sony Pictures promoted its upcoming movie Goosebumps with a surprise visit by star Jack Black to a Minneapolis school, a stunt that the advocacy group Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood took issue with. Minneapolis Star Tribune: “This ‘surprise’ event was nothing more than a publicity gimmick for Black’s new movie, courtesy of the Scholastic Corporation and Sony Pictures. … Not only does this type of event exploit a captive audience of students, it also undermines parents who wish to limit their children’s exposure to commercial messages.” http://strib.mn/1LaNzWg

* LOCAL NEWS *

ATLANTA:  The Atlanta Pride Festival will take place October 10-11 at Piedmont Park. The annual event includes restaurant and bar promotions, a pride parade, and a marketplace with more than 200 vendors.

AUSTIN:  Wizard World Comic Con will take place October 30-31 at the Austin Convention Center. Celebrity guests will include True Blood's Kristin Bauer van Straten and Rutina Wesley.

BOSTON:  Two neighboring hotels, Element and Aloft, will open in the seaport district in early 2016. Aloft will have nearly 10,000 square feet of event space, suited for meetings or parties.

Thirst Boston, a cocktail festival, will return to Boston for its third run May 20-23. Last year’s event drew 1,000 guests.

CHICAGO:  The 2015 Chefs Hall of Fame event will take place at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens on October 15. Raising funds for the Chicago Culinary Museum, the event will offer a strolling buffet with snacks from local restaurants including Gibson’s and the Purple Pig.

Wheeling’s Taste of the Town will take place on October 28 at Westin Chicago North Shore. The event will offer food and beverage tastings from more than 20 local eateries.

LAS VEGAS:  The Pete Rose Bar & Grill is slated to open on the Strip this month. The 9,000-square-foot restaurant will have full bar, dining room, and patio, with standard American fare and dishes inspired by the baseball teams Pete Rose played for: the Cincinnati Reds, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Montreal Expos.

LOS ANGELES:  The L.A. Auto Show will take place November 20-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Izzy's Fish & Oyster from chef Jamie DeRosa has opened in Miami Beach. The space has a 40-seat dining room, a 15-seat raw bar, and a 20-seat outdoor café.

Carillon Miami Beach hotel has appointed Michael Choiniere as its new director of sales and marketing.

NEW YORK:  Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America's ninth annual IAVA Heroes Gala will be held November 12 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Today Show host Willie Geist will host the event, and The Late Show host Stephen Colbert will provide remarks.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  4Rivers Smokehouse will open a café in downtown Orlando next week that will be open for just breakfast and lunch. Orlando Business Journal: http://bit.ly/1FIwLKc

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin will host its Food & Wine Classic October 30-31. The event includes more than 40 food and wine stations, 10 seminars, and live entertainment.

PHILADELPHIA:  After four months of renovations, Xfinity Live debuted its expanded venue on Friday. The expansion includes 160 additional seats to Victory Beer Hall and a new stage that will feature regional and national bands on Fridays and Saturdays. Philadelphia Business Journal: http://bit.ly/1PTxbO4

SAN FRANCISCO:  The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has announced that chef Corey Lee will run a 150-seat restaurant, In Situ, when it reopens in spring 2016. SFGate: http://bit.ly/1YVrCVp

TORONTO:  The True North Gala, which benefits Spinal Cord Injury Toronto, will take place on October 15 at the Grand Luxe Event Boutique. The evening’s theme is “Canadia.”

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Organizers cancelled the food event Taste of Bethesda, which was to be held Saturday, because of stormy weather predicted to hit the area. Organizers had expected more than 40,000 people to attend the 26th annual event. It will not be rescheduled.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, Anna Sekula, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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