Emmy anticipation

Pre-awards parties began early in the week

The pre-Emmy parties started early in the week.

Stars and execs packed in to Gonpachi restaurant for the UTA Foundation’s annual fete on Wednesday.

Two nights later, ICM had an intimate gathering under balmy skies on the roof of the London West Hollywood. And WME threw a sprawling fete at Milk Studios in Hollywood that was hopping with stars, top TV execs and creatives. Producer Thom Beers brought along the Emmy he won last weekend for “Deadliest Catch” and generously let party-goers pose with it in the photo booth.

That Friday, David Spade could be found people-watching, by his own admission, at BOA Steakhouse where Entertainment Weekly and Women in Film hosted their annual pre-Emmy bash.

The trick to getting through the weekend of partying, Spade said, “is to pace yourself. Don’t drink too much and pretty soon it’ll be Sunday.”

DreamWorks Animation topper Jeffrey Katzenberg was among the early arrivals at the party, perhaps checking out the competition before his own Evening Before bash.

BAFTA/LA’s Saturday afternoon tea party on the rooftop of L’Ermitage drew both Brit and American Emmy nominees.

“A few years ago some members decided the T for TV in BAFTA was not recognized,” said Neil Stiles, BAFTA/LA deputy chair and Variety topper. “There’s tremendous talent in Britain. ‘Downton Abbey’ is English, but Midwest viewers don’t know Archie Panjabi or Hugh Laurie are not Yankees. All they know is that they’re good.”

Besides Panjabi and BBC America’s Richard De Croce guests included Guy Pearce, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Wendie Malick, and cast members from “Modern Family” and “The Office.”

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