Call Sheet #147: Chicago Hosts Nobel Laureates, Oscar Designer Chosen, Google+ Use, Michelle Obama

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BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #147 — Friday, 11.18.11

Compiled today by Jenny Berg in Chicago and Chad Kaydo in New York
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1. CHICAGO’S GLOBAL SUMMIT: Chicago will become the first North American city to host the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in April. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who will act as honorary co-chair, announced the city's coup on Thursday, saying that it will leave a "lasting legacy" in Chicago. The Chicago Sun Times:

2. OSCAR PRODUCTION DESIGNER CHOSEN: John Myhre will design the 84th Academy Award telecast for the first time. Myhre is an Osar winner himself, for art direction in Chicago and Memoirs of a Geisha in 2002 and 2005.

3. GOOGLE+ ENGAGES BRANDS: Essentially a video chat for 10 participants, Google+ “Hangouts” are gaining attention from big brands. Macy’s and Fox News are among the companies testing the tool’s ability to engage consumers. Ad Age:

4. FIRST LADY HITS EVENT CIRCUIT: The New York Times: “Michelle Obama, who often calls herself the mom in chief, is taking on the new role of motivator in chief…She is suddenly ubiquitous: headlining seven fund-raisers in October…[and] even appearing at job fairs run by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”

5. BETTY WHITE’S BIG DAY: TV icon Betty White turns 90 January 17, and NBC will mark the occasion with a blowout bash in Los Angeles. The dinner will be filmed and aired as a special early next year. TV Guide:

6. OCCUPIERS’ BLOOPER REEL: The New York Post has a collection of funniest (yes, funniest) moments from yesterday’s Occupy Wall Street march, including this: “A group of wrong-way protesters intent on storming City Hall ran instead to the Board of Education building on Chambers Street, where they drew laughs as they chanted, ‘Bloomberg Must Go! Bloomberg Must Go!’”

7. DOUGH BOY STEPS IT UP: As consumers cut back on nonessential grocery items, brands such as Betty Crocker and Pillsbury are stepping up their online marketing efforts—and getting creative. A section of the Pillsbury Web site allows visitors to upload photos to create personalized 60-second commercials. The New York Times:


In our new weekly feature, we have 10 highlights from our event coverage this week, including camping fans at the latest "Twilight" premiere, live performers acting as table centerpieces designed by artist Marina Abramović, and an appearance by Chelsea Clinton at a Boston benefit.


At EventCamp Vancouver, Katie Schaeffers asked herself, "Why am I an event producer?" It's not the logistics, but this: "Because I believe that events can take your breath away, make you feel good, perhaps change the way you think about something, and maybe even change the world."


Wedding planner @MarcyBlum, at this week's wedding industry business summit in the Grand Caymans: "1 of the funniest moments at #engage11 was all of us tough as nails wedding pros teary after @mindyweiss showed her sons wedding video"


From editor in chief Chad Kaydo: Planning the annual Out 100 party can be a thankless task. Gay men who fancy themselves relevant in the New York fashion-media-PR-nightlife party circuit angle for a place on the guest list, but once there, can't possibly say something nice about the party. Even if you want to be seen there, you can't act like you actually want to be there.

(Not that there weren't valid quibbles: Who really thought a crowd this big wanted to hear a speech from someone most of them couldn't see? Or, for that matter, watch a car commercial?)

But the producers at Shiraz hit the all-important basics, with moody, not-too-bright lighting and freely flowing drinks. It was a fun party, with plenty of mixing and mingling and "Oh, hi, how are you? What are you up to? We'll totally have drinks before the holidays get crazy..."

BOSTON: Mandarin Oriental Hotel and its spa made Forbes Travel Guide's list of five- and four-star hospitality establishments from around the globe.

James Taylor will perform at Tanglewood's gala anniversary concert July 14. The Berkshire Eagle:

CHICAGO: Chicago Flower & Garden Show is March 10-18 at Navy Pier, under the direction of the newly formed Flower Show Productions Inc.

LAS VEGAS: The Gift of Lights drive-through holiday attraction returns to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway today with a new name: Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

DiVine Events was named the exclusive catering and event management company for Aston MonteLago Village Resort at Lake Las Vegas.

LOS ANGELES: On Thursday, Samantha Fisher announced she is leaving the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures global publicity department to begin a new role as online coordinator at Lionsgate.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards online auction benefiting the SAG Foundation offers bleacher seats and packages to fans from November 18-28. More auction items will follow in December.

Night Vision Entertainment produced the tree-lighting ceremony for the Americana at Brand last night. The family-friendly event included a choreographed show by Zen Arts.

Los Angeles Times: "With a labor dispute threatening to kill the 2011-12 NBA basketball season, restaurant owners, barkeepers and vendors near Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles are bracing for a big loss in revenue from fans who would normally crowd into the area several times a week."

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The Art Basel Miami Beach’s Art Video program will be presented in SoundScape Park on a 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall November 30 and December 2 and 3.

NEW YORK: Kohl's is the presenting sponsor of the inaugural TEDYouth event on Saturday.

ORLANDO: Bill Cosby is the featured entertainer for Florida Hospital's Golden Gala Sunday at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. Production is from Disney Event Group and linens from Kirby Rentals.

The Ronald McDonald House's "Wedding Crashers Reception" fund-raiser is tonight at the Mezz. Organizers encouraged attendees to wear tacky bridesmaids dresses and tuxedos.

TORONTO: The Gourmet Food and Wine Expo began yesterday and continues through November 20 at the Metro Tornoto Convention Centre. Some 38,000 guests are expected.

Vancouver is in the running to host the International Indian Film Academy’s Floriana Awards in 2013. Kown as the "Bollywood Oscars," the ceremony made its North American debut in Toronto last June. Yahoo!:

WASHINGTON: Tattoo expo Ink Fest Live is headed to Nationals Park this weekend, where more than 100 tattoo artists from around the world will gather.

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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