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Emmy Nominees Gather For Charity and Celebration at The Evening Before Party

The game booths were a blast — who doesn’t like throwing darts at balloons? The caricature station was a big hit. And of course, the food was incredible. But as always, it’s the people-watching that makes the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Evening Before party such a memorable affair. Saturday’s 10th annual gathering, spearheaded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, raised $2.3 million for the MPTF.

“Transparent” creator Jill Soloway sprinted into the party area at the Lawn in Century City to throw her arms around Amazon boss Jeff Bezos. “Key & Peele’s” Keegan-Michael Key gushed over “Making a Murderer” filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. “Better Call Saul’s” Bob Odenkirk was palling around with “Veep’s” Tony Hale. “Another Period’s” Jason Ritter and Comedy Central’s Kent Alterman got all giggly at one point. “Homeland’s” Mandy Patinkin took a corner couch and was seemed deeply engaged in conversation with a steady stream of people who sought the wisdom of Saul.

The “Mr. Robot” team had quite a contingent, from creator Sam Esmail and stars Rami Malek and Christian Slater on down. “Transparent” alum Kathryn Hahn was invited into the circle where she chatted with “Robot’s” Grace Gummer. “You’re the Worst’s” Aya Cash was nearby, collecting compliments for the FX comedy’s depth in its third season.

Vice Media’s Shane Smith made the rounds in shorts, showing off his leg tattoos. Amazon’s Roy Price noted that Evening Before provides him the annual opportunity to have his picture taken with Netflix’s Ted Sarandos. The who’s who of industry executives making the scene also included Showtime’s David Nevins, HBO’s Casey Bloys, ABC’s Channing Dungey and Patrick Moran, NBCUniversal’s Bonnie Hammer and Chris McCumber, FX’s Eric Schrier and Chuck Saftler, AMC Network’s Josh Sapan and Joel Stillerman, Warner Bros. TV’s Peter Roth, AT&T’s Dan Yorke, Discovery’s Rich Ross and CBS’ Glenn Geller.

As promised, Disney/ABC’s Ben Sherwood and his new hire, TV Academy chairman Bruce Rosenblum, made it an early night after power walking around the circuit in the first hour and a half.

In a statement, MPTF Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg thanked all the guests.

““The Evening Before is a celebration of the achievement of a few, and an opportunity for the generosity of many, so that MPTF can provide care and service to everyone in our business. We are very grateful for the extraordinary support of our sponsors and industry donors at the Evening Before that supports the millions of dollars for the MPTF charitable programs and services conducted each year.”

Check out all the party photos by clicking on the photo below.

The 10th Annual Evening Before the Primetime Emmy Awards Party

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