While parts of the L.A. economy may be wobbly, caterers are doing just fine: With the addition of two magazine-sponsored bashes and one tea party to the traditional social mix, this should be a record year for Emmy events.
Topping the list is the 2,800-guest Governors Ball, which again will be held in the Exhibition Hall adjacent to the Shrine Auditorium.
Governors Ball producer Cheryl Cecchetto says what’s most important to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is “that this be a truly elegant black-tie, sit-down dinner, which no other hip walk-around party could ever touch.”
Speaking of hip walk-around parties, that is exactly what HBO has planned. Cabler is inviting more than 1,200 guests to walk down a blue carpet to a 10,000-square-foot tent, to be set in the Pacific Design Center’s courtyard.
Event designer Billy Butchkavitz says the tent and the area around it will resemble “a surreal garden. It will be quite eye-popping. The whole color palette will be very vibrant.”
Charlie Palmer’s Astra West will be preparing HBO’s buffets, which will range from sushi to pasta.
“Entertainment Tonight” will be at the Mondrian for a party that Glamour magazine is sponsoring. More than 1,000 guests are expected for the outside affair by the pool. The bash will offer a glamour beauty bar, where guests can freshen their makeup; a perf by a major music group; and the best gift bag on the Emmy party circuit in one “ET” staffer’s words.
The party at Morton’s is being hosted by 20th Century Fox Television, Regency TV, FX and Fox Television Studios. A burgundy fabric tent will be erected in the parking lot to allow for more space.
Event planner Mindy Weiss says the 600-guest party would be done in autumnal tones, “but sexy in lighting.” The night’s signature drinks will be blood orange and chocolate martinis, which will match the decor. Morton’s is planning a special menu for the evening.
TV Guide, a newcomer to Emmy parties, is having its affair in a soundstage on the Lot. The mag’s bash will be a 300-guest sit-down dinner/viewing party, followed by a walk-around-affair with an additional 500 guests arriving post-ceremony. The mag is saying an A-list music act will be performing, though declining to name it.
On Emmy eve, Entertainment Weekly will host the first of what it hopes to become an annual party at the White Lotus club. The EW affair also will be handled by Cecchetto.
Earlier on Emmy eve, the British Academy of Film & Television Arts/Los Angeles and the TV Academy will co-host a tea party honoring nominees from Blighty and former Commonwealth countries. The afternoon event will be held at the St. Regis Hotel.
Last year, Showtime held its Emmy bash the night before at the St. Regis. The cabler is leaning toward another Saturday soiree, but the locale has not been nailed down.
In the past, there have been parties at restaurants for the heavily nominated shows, such as “Friends” and “The West Wing.” It’s likely these skeins will have some sort of postbroadcast affair again, though the locations haven’t been decided.