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Call Sheet #152: Ad Age Names Top Brands, War of 1812 Events, Playboy Party Lawsuit

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #152 — Tuesday, 11.29.11

Compiled today by Chad Kaydo and Jana Schiowitz in New York
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1. TOP-SELLING BRANDS: Ad Age's “America's Hottest Brands” feature names 25 companies that have launched innovative ads, marketing campaigns, and products, including Arizona, Kia, and Dove. Two of the picks with experiential marketing elements:

Uniqlo's New York store opening campaign:

Our story on the opening:

Forever 21's big box retailer tactics:

Our story on Forever 21’s holographic fashion shows:

2. WAR OF 1812 EVENTS: Local and national government entities are preparing to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. New York Times: "The Canadian government has earmarked $28 million to support as many as 100 battle re-enactments and commemorative events, as well as a new monument in the Ottawa area and the restoration of historic sites, and even an iPhone app that teaches about the war. American states from Michigan to Virginia have been planning for the milestone for years, setting up fireworks displays and war-themed license plates and educational programs." But measures to set up a statewide planning commission in New York have been vetoed due to the state's financial situation.

3. PLAYBOY PARTY LAWSUIT: A group of men is suing the company, claiming that women were favored at the "Leather Meets Lace" party at the Playboy mansion. The male guests had to pay a $1,000 admission while women were admitted for free. The men are claiming sex discrimination. TMZ.com:


The SMX Social Media Marketing kicks off December 5 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event will focus on free and paid marketing tactics for Google+, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as practices for managing content and communities across multiple social media channels. More than 25 social media experts including managers from the L.A. Times, mobile accessory retailer ZAGG, and Neiman Marcus will participate in roundtable discussions.


BOSTON: The oddly named John Tumazos Very Independent Research Metals & Mining Conference takes place at the Boston Harbor Hotel Wednesday.

To coincide with the Boston Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" at the Boston Opera House, nearby restaurant Kingston Station restaurant is offering a special tea with a Nutcracker theme. The menu includes handmade ice cream in seasonal flavors, including egg nog and peppermint stick.

The Elie Fund's Oscar Night Boston gala is February 26, 2012, at the Mandarin Oriental. Subaru of New England is the presenting sponsor.

CHICAGO: Crain's Chicago Business: "Tony Karman is trying to re-create the contemporary and modern art show, Expo Chicago, debuting in September in the Navy Pier exhibit hall...Uber-chic architect Jeanne Gang has agreed to redesign Navy Pier's Festival Hall for the show. And Mr. Karman raised close to $1 million from some of Chicago's biggest art patrons to fund it."

LAS VEGAS: In support of World AIDS Day, Nevada AIDS Project will present the "Life's A Ball: A Celebration of Life and Journey Towards the Cure" benefit at Club Nikki inside Tropicana Thursday.

The 2012 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo is expanding its audience reach by making virtual tickets available for the Vegas events.

LOS ANGELES: The International Special Events Society, Los Angeles and the Association of Bridal Consultants will host a joint association holiday celebration and gift drive December 5 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Laura Pettitt is now an account supervisor at Murphy O'Brien. She was formerly with the Brandman Agency in New York.

The official tree lighting ceremony at L.A. Live will take place December 2. The festivities will also include the grand opening of the L.A. Kings Holiday Ice rink, and will kick off "Season of Giving," AEG's fund-raising and awareness initiative.

Plans for a $45 million hotel in Hollywood have been revived with construction beginning in the spring and opening in Fall 2013. It will be operated by Hampshire Hotels & Resorts under the Dream hotel brand. L.A. Times:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County will host an art-inspired version of its popular "Food Truck Fridays" in honor of Art Basel.
NEW YORK: President Obama attend an L.B.G.T. fund-raiser at the Sheraton New York Hotel Wednesday, the same day as the Rockefeller Plaza tree-lighting ceremony, just a few blocks away. New York Post:

The Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave gala is December 6, with cocktails and a performance of "Krapp's Last Tape" at BAM's Harvey Theater followed by dinner at Skylight One Hanson. Great Performances is catering, Fleurs Bella is handling decor.

The organizers of the Liverpool Sound City festival and convention are launching a sister event, the New York Sound City for March.

Developer Jon Lam is building a 360,000-square-foot hotel project on Broadway with 600 rooms. The structure will stand between 30 and 40 stories. The New York Observer:

The Tribeca Film Festival announced Monday that Frederic Boyer has been named artistic director. Most recently, Boyer ran the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival is April 18-29.

Barbara Smith will need to relocate her Theater District restaurant, B. Smith, because of a 350 percent rent increase, from around $13,500 a month to about $50,000, and going up to $60,000 within five years.

ORLANDO: T. Skorman Productions has hired Gabrielle Mourino and Emily Milo as account executives in the company's conventions and special events department.

TORONTO: After 26 years in the event industry, Don Saytar, executive producer of Cornerstone Entertainment Concepts Inc., is passing ownership of the company to event producer Kristin Harrison.

The West Elm store in Liberty Village is hosting the Handmade Holiday Workshop with online craft retailer Etsy Thursday. Guests can make origami ornaments for a Christmas tree, donated to the Hospital for Sick Children, and buy items from local Etsy sellers.

WASHINGTON: The Creative Coalition is celebrating the release of photographer Brian Smith's book "Art & Soul" with a signing reception tomorrow at Lounge 201. The book is a collaboration between Smith and the Creative Coalition, sponsored by Sony.

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 Matthew Mogavero, Jana Schiowitz, Anna Sekula, Courtney Thompson, and Katherine Zoeller in New York.

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