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Call Sheet #243: R.N.C. Picks Google, Super Bowl Bidding Kicks Off, Tuning In to Coachella

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #243 — Monday, 04.16.12

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Compiled today by Beth Kormanik and Chad Kaydo in New York.
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MONDAY: Boston Marathon, National Association of Broadcasters Show continues in Las Vegas
WEDNESDAY: BizBash Florida Expo & Awards in Fort Lauderdale, Tribeca Film Festival begins in New York, U.S. Olympic Committee's 100-day Countdown Promotion in New York
THURSDAY: Art Gallery of Ontario's Massive Party in Toronto
FRIDAY: Fenway Park 100th anniversary's pre-game ceremony in Boston, Coachella continues in Indio, California
SATURDAY: U.S. Travel Association's International Pow Wow begins in Los Angeles


1. G.O.P. PICKS GOOGLE: The Republican National Convention has selected Google as the social platform and live-stream provider for the August 27-30 convention in Tampa, Florida. Organizers say they will use Google's technologies and communication platforms, including YouTube and Google+ Hangouts, to give voters a virtual front-row seat to convention proceedings and activities. VentureBeat: http://bit.ly/IhIkn1

2. LIVE FROM COACHELLA: YouTube is offering three dedicated channels broadcasting from the music fest for fans who didn't snag a ticket. While YouTube promised plenty of big names, it did not show headliners Radiohead and Snoop Dogg with Dr. Dre. San Francisco Chronicle: http://bit.ly/IqcuXa

3. BIDDING FOR THE BOWL: The San Francisco 49ers plan to bid on Super Bowl L in 2016 to coincide with a new stadium the team is building. The league is taking bids this summer and will narrow the list to seven finalists in October, with a final decision in May 2013. The next three Super Bowls will be played in New Orleans, New Jersey, and Glendale, Arizona. Sacramento Bee: http://bit.ly/Ix5DJu

4. ROCKING NIGHT: Even without Axl Rose, who snubbed the event, the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland Saturday went on for the V.I.P.'s and 6,000 fans. The ceremony also was missing the Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch and the Faces' Rod Stewart, who both were ill. HBO will air an edited broadcast of the event May 5. http://bit.ly/HX2rum

5. SUBSCRIBER SNAFU: A contest to send a New Republic subscriber to the White House Correspondents' Association dinner this month fizzled after one day when the magazine learned it violated the association's rules. The contest would have awarded airfare, a hotel stay, and a ticket to the event, but the association objected to the fund-raising event being used in a commercial way. http://nyti.ms/HSUQx2

Mashable offers three tips for effective social media contests: http://bit.ly/HI3u00

6. COMINGS AND GOINGS: Disney Channels worldwide has promoted Richard Loomis to the newly created position of senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Jeff Hurt has been promoted to executive vice president, education and engagement, at Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. Swiss fashion brand Akris named Katie Reed associate vice president of marketing and communications. She will oversee marketing, advertising, public relations and special events in the U.S. In other fashion marketing news, Jordan Daly has left True Religion Apparel Co., where she was vice president of brand strategy, marketing and public relations.


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BOSTON: The Red Sox marked their home opener Friday with a ceremony that included the national anthem performed by members of the Boston Pops and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. The American flag was draped over the Green Monster. Military personnel from Hanscom Air Force base presented the colors, and the Air National Guard’s 134th Fighter Squadron piloted an F-16 flyover. Boston Herald: http://bit.ly/HF5x7h

The Home for Little Wanderers' Voices and Visions gala is May 23 at the Seaport World Trade Center. This year's theme is "Heroes." http://bit.ly/cHhC

CHICAGO: Steppenwolf Theatre Company's gala is May 5. The evening begins with a performance at the theater and progresses with dinner and dancing at Blackhawk on Halsted.

Rockit Wrigley is now Rockit Burger Bar. With a full bar, the venue offers 16 specialty burgers and can host private events for 20 to 200 guests. For summertime functions, the patio can host 100.

The James Hotel's new In-Room Cocktail Experience allows business travelers to entertain small groups in their room. Guests can order bar packages that contain mixers, cocktail recipes, garnishes, and tools such as strainers and ice shakers. HotelChatter.com: http://bit.ly/HJdd66

The Wavefront Music Festival, a new electronic dance event, takes place at Montrose Beach June 30-July 1. The event is produced by 4 Headed Productions.

LAS VEGAS: The Las Vegas Hospitably Association added 21 new members after an industry mixer at Hyde Bellagio.

LOS ANGELES: The Redcat International Children's Film Festival, presented by CalArts in partnership with Northwest Film Forum, will be held over two consecutive weekends at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater from May 5-13 with multiple screenings daily.

The Venice Art Walk & Auctions, which benefit the Venice Family Clinic, has partnered with Google this year, and will offer an array of new shows, tours, exhibits, and art. The event's unofficial kickoff is April 27.

The InterContinental Los Angeles opened its newly renovated Grand Salon Ballroom with an event for more than 400 guests last week. The contemporary space with chrome, white and charcoal accents has an extended pre-function area with built-in LED lights, and state of the art technology. Music was provided by the Infusion Experience, from 11H Entertainment, and guests were treated to chair massages and manicures from Spa InterContinental.

MIAMI: The annual United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival takes places Wednesday through Saturday and will include sommeliers, chefs, wineries and winemakers, breweries, and an auction to benefit the United Way In South Florida.

The Maserati Miami Beach Polo World Cup, one of the world's largest beach polo competitions, is April 26-29 in South Beach.

NEW YORK: According to Anthony Melchiorri, the star of the Travel Channel's new reality series Hotel Impossible—and the former general manager of the Algonquin hotel—boutique hotels are doing a better promotional job on Facebook and Twitter. The New York Times: http://nyti.ms/Hy2oSV

Nonprofit organization Pencil will host its gala at the American Museum of Natural History May 10. CNN's Soledad O'Brien will serve as M.C. and Eric Benet will perform.

The 2012 Pivot conference will take place October 15-16 at the Crowne Plaza and will focus on how businesses can adapt to the idea of "social consumerism." Press release: http://on.mktw.net/HBvJkn

In a new partnership with Madison Square Garden, watchmaker Tissot has become the official timepiece of the sports arena. Brand integration includes placement on the exterior marquees, clocks in the lobby, and a special countdown clock on the Garden's renovation Web site (msgtransformation.com). Press release: http://on.mktw.net/Iq7C4n

Fingerprint Communications in New York is seeking an account executive with at least five years' experience for its hospitality division. Candidates should have media contacts for national and regional broadcast media, food/drink press, travel and restaurant/nightlife media and food/hospitality blogs. Send resumes to [email protected].

ORLANDO: The DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown will host Harriett's Favorite Things tomorrow. The luncheon will benefit the Alexander Center for Neonatology at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies and includes a silent auction and performances from the Orlando Ballet.

The Ellen Degeneres Show rented furniture from AFR Event Furnishings for a remote interview with First Lady Michelle Obama that airs today. The show rented Bella Chocolate lounge chairs and Harmony tables to furnish a set in Jacksonville where the interview was taped last week.

TORONTO: Will Arnett and Jerry Seinfeld took to the stage at the Allstream Centre for the first Laughter Is the Best Medicine Comedy Gala Thursday night. The benefit for the Toronto East General Hospital drew 1,500 guests and raised $3 million.

WASHINGTON: Saturday's National Cherry Blossom Festival Centennial Celebration Parade featured a debut float from Events DC, the city's convention and sports authority. In another first, the Parade will be nationally syndicated for the first time after being shown live on television.

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, Beth Kormanik, and Rose Chevalier in New York.

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