NEW YORK — Daily Variety’s Gotham edition marked its 10th anniversary, appropriately, at Michael’s, the site of many a media deal made over many a Cobb salad.
But the restaurant’s customarily genteel hum turned into high-energy buzz at the bash on March 30. And that buzz became a roar of excitement as Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards arrived in advance of the premiere of “Shine a Light” at the Ziegfeld Theater.
Even jaded execs halted conversation mid-sentence. As one guest said, “Celebs, eh. But these guys are legends.”
Daily Variety’s decade in Gotham has seen, among other things, corporate mega-mergers, the rebirth of Broadway, the rise of cable TV and the maturation of the specialty film sector. Accordingly, the crowd hosted by Reed Business chief exec Tad Smith and Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart included an array of industry power players such as Brad Grey, John Lesher, Steve Bing, Ron Meyer, Jimmy Iovine, Tom Bernard, Bob Berney, Charlie Collier, Barry Levinson, Brett Ratner, Val Kilmer and Roger Friedman.
To mark the occasion, Katherine Oliver of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater & Broadcasting, presented a proclamation declaring March 30 “Daily Variety Gotham Day.”
After the soiree, guests headed to the Ziegfeld for the Gotham preem of the concert docu, where guests included Leonardo DiCaprio, Jim Gianopulos, Chris Albrecht and Norman Pearlstein.
Scorsese introduced the film and brought up Jagger and Richards along with bandmates Ron Wood and Charlie Watts for a whooping standing ovation. “I hope you enjoy the movie,” Jagger said. “Be very loud and eat your free popcorn.”