Call Sheet #195: Gay Marriage Ban Struck, New Event TV Show, Should You Work With Your Spouse?

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #195 — Wednesday, 02.08.12

Compiled today by Chad Kaydo and Jana Schiowitz in New York
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1. SAME SEX MARRIAGE: California's gay marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional by an appeals court. Businessweek: "The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco, in a 2-1 decision yesterday, ruled voters couldn’t deprive gay couples of the right to marry. Proposition 8’s only purpose ‘was to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,’ which the U.S. Constitution doesn’t allow, the court said." The case is likely to go to the Supreme Court next.

2. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTIES: From L.A. bureau chief Alesandra Dubin: Bringing further television attention to the event industry is the National Geographic Channel's new miniseries, "Party Like..." The show, which premieres Thursday, takes a look at significant parties in history, alongside footage from modern-day, real-life events. Here's the full story:

3. THE DSK EFFECT: The New York Times: “Operators of the biggest hotels in New York City have agreed to a long-term contract that will give hotel housekeepers and other employees significant pay raises, fully paid health coverage, larger pension contributions and one unusual benefit: personal panic buttons.”

4. EVENTBRITE'S YEAR IN REVIEW: The online service just released its usage statistics from 2011, which show the platform posted more than 450,000 events and sold nearly 21 million tickets last year. Those figures are both about double compared to 2010. The cities with the most events on Eventbrite: New York, London, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington. The company also logged nearly 1.2 million check-ins using its Entry Manager mobile app.

5. NEW FASHION ORG: Model Sara Ziff launched the nonprofit Model Alliance Monday, an association for fashion models, ahead of Fashion Week, which begins Thursday. The group seeks to stop unauthorized nude photos, create a program advising others on dealing with sexual harassment, and set workplace standards. Reuters:

6. AOL COMEBACK: America Online, the former goliath of Internet service providers, hopes to hit "refresh" on their brand image by hiring a new agency who promises to launch a new campaign in hopes to reconnect consumers who seem to no longer use it. Ad Age:


BizBash C.E.O. David Adler has started a popular discussion in our "Event Planners Gather" group on LinkedIn: "Do you work with your spouse or life partner in the event industry? Good idea or not? If you did in the past, what advice can you offer?" Join the group to share your thoughts:


COAST TO COAST: New York-based Dan Klores Communications has expanded and now has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington.

BOSTON: One Mission will hold its annual "Buzz Off" to raise funds for pediatric cancer research at Gillette Stadium June 3. The registration site is open and teams are already forming. New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski will attend.

The Boston Bruins Foundation's "Boston Bruins Casino Night" is at the State Room February 12. Along with gaming, the night includes silent and live auctions and bites from local restaurants such as KO Prime and Rye Tavern.

CHICAGO: On Tuesday, the Elysian hotel officially became the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. The Gold Coast property comprises the hotel, 51 private residences, restaurants, a spa, event spaces, and meeting rooms.

ParkWhiz, a Chicago-based company that reserves parking spaces online, estimates that it parked about 30 percent of Super Bowl attendees‚ or 3,500 vehicles, in Indianapolis Sunday. Attendees paid an average of $112 for a spot, or $156 if they planned to tailgate. Crain's Chicago Business:

Chicago Improv Fest Productions will host its first gala March 31 at the Athenaeum Theater. Attendees will get psychic readings, personalized songs created and recorded on their mobile phones, passed appetizers, drinks, and the opportunity to bid on live and silent auction items.

DALLAS: The Lee Park Junior Conservancy is hosting "Day at the Races," presented by Park Place Volvo. The event will be held in honor of the 138th Kentucky Derby May 5 at Arlington Hall.

LAS VEGAS: Las Vegas Review-Journal: "Call it Burning Man: The Las Vegas Spectacular. A group of artists is looking to re-create in the city the counterculture vibe of the annual Burning Man festival in the Northern Nevada desert, complete with a massive, burning sculpture." The event is scheduled on a vacant lot in Las Vegas' Arts District March 2.

Nick Cannon will kick off his residency at the Chateau Nightclub & Gardens February 18.

LOS ANGELES: Organizers of the Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Fest unveiled the full program for the event, which will include a section dedicated to contemporary Italian comedies, a tribute to producer Marina Cicogna, and an appearance by Elisabetta Canalis. The February 19-25 festival will take to Grauman's Chinese Theatre. The Hollywood Reporter:

Nominees Chris Brown, Deadmau5, Foo Fighters, David Guetta, and Lil Wayne will join for a performance highlighting dance/electronica music for the first time ever at the 54th annual Grammy awards.

Extraordinary Events is now managing the new L3 event space at Santa Monica Place. L3 spans more than 42,000 square feet on the Dining Deck of the shopping center.

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The inaugural five-day art fair, Art Wynwood, is February 16-20 at the Art Miami Pavilion. Paintings, photography, sculpture, art video, new media, street art, and conceptual art will be on display from 500 artists from 13 countries. Event sponsors and partners include the JW Marriot Marquis Miami, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Miami Art Dealers Association, and Wynwood Kitchen and Bar.

NEW YORK: The LongHouse Reserve is holding its winter benefit February 15 at the End Stage Theater and Signature Center.

The New York Helmsley Hotel will undergo a $65 million renovation and will relaunch later this year as a Westin.

Liz Keen's last day at Harrison & Shriftman is Friday. Keen will start at Conde Nast as director of public relations for Details magazine February 13.

ORLANDO: The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park presents the 77th annual Bach Festival February 17 through March 4 at Rollins College. The festival will include more than a dozen events such as concerts, films, and talks

TAMPA: The Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention has kicked off its campaign to recruit 7,500 volunteers for the event, scheduled for August 27-30. Volunteers will be used in a variety of roles, including greeting guests at local airports and hotels, serving as guides in downtown Tampa, setting up events, and distributing gift bags. The city is expecting nearly 50,000 visitors will be in town for the convention.

TORONTO: The National Post asked nine architects for their ideas about how to improve Ontario Place, which was shut down for renovation last week.

Yesterday, CTV and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced that William Shatner will host this year's Juno Awards. The performance lineup will include City and Colour, Deadmau5, Feist, and Nickelback. Canada' music awards will be in Ottawa April 1.

WASHINGTON: The Terrace at 101 Constitution is celebrating its opening February 15-16. The conference room can host 12 guests while the reception area can accommodate 50 indoors and 75 on the terrace for a cocktail reception.

The American Association of People with Disabilities is hosting a gala March 21 at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, Carla Warrilow in Toronto, and Jana Schiowitz and Anna Sekula in New York.

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