×

Emmy Parties 2016: CAA, UTA, WME, ICM and Gersh Celebrate Nominees and New Season

The Friday night agency party crawl has become a staple of Emmy weekend.

The fortunate few who were invited to all of them had the high-class problem of mapping a route that wound through the home of UTA managing partner Jay Sures in Brentwood, the Little Holmby digs of Gersh’s Leslie Siebert, Bouchon (CAA) in Beverly Hills and Catch LA (WME) in West Hollywood.

Among the Emmy weekend warriors on the circuit were Fox Television Group’s Dana Walden and NBCUniversal Cable’s Bonnie Hammer. Both of them also managed to make time to stop in at the Variety/Women in Film bash at Gracias Madre, just down the street from WME’s gathering.

CAA

Bouchon was packed with A-listers who wound their way through every nook-and-cranny of the famed Thomas Keller eatery. Showrunners “Better Call Saul’s” Peter Gould talked up production for season three of his AMC hit and “Mr. Robot’s” Sam Esmail tried to avoid giving away any spoilers for the upcoming finale. TV Academy chairman and newly anointed Disney/ABC exec Bruce Rosenblum accepted congratulations for his new gig.

Stars Milo Ventimigilia, Kerry Washington, Jon Hamm, Matthew Morrison, Neil Patrick Harris, Jon Hamm, Eric Stonestreet and more mixed and mingled alongside execs including ABC’s Channing Dungey, NBC’s Jennifer Salke, Showtime’s David Nevins, Amazon’s Roy Price, FX’s Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Discovery’s Rich Ross and MGM’s Mark Burnett. “Amazing Race” exec producer Bertram Van Munster was there too, hoping for yet another win on Sunday.

UTA

For Westsiders, UTA is usually the first stop of the night. Sures’ spacious backyard made for a comfortable and casual environment with plenty of elbow room, even as the crowd swelled with an executive contingent that included ABC’s Ben Sherwood and Channing Dungey, NBC’s Jennifer Salke,  Awesomeness TV’s Brian Robbins and A+E Networks’ Paul Buccieri.

Jill Soloway, Jay Duplass and others from the “Transparent” crew enjoyed themselves late into the evening. “Mr. Robot’s” Christian Slater and Stephanie Corneliussen took their leader’s cue and worked hard to avoid giving out any hints about next week’s season two finale. (“I know nothing!” Corneliussen insisted). “Veep’s” Tony Hale, “Key & Peele’s” Keegan-Michael Key and “Downton Abbey’s” Joanne Froggatt were among the nominees making the rounds.

WME

The agency gave partygoers a sneak peek at the much anticipated Catch LA rooftop restaurant on Melrose Avenue, which formally opens its doors later this month.

Inside and outside, the space was packed with top execs, showrunners and stars. But as always, it’s not hard to spot Vice Media’s Shane Smith in a crowd. He had a long powwow with A+E Networks chief Nancy Dubuc. “Fargo” producer Warren Littlefield, NBCUniversal Cable’s Jeff Wachtel, A+E Studios’ Barry Jossen held court right next to them talking shop. Showrunners Carlton Cuse and Adam Horowitz had a mini “Lost” reunion and talked up plans for next week’s “Lost” concerts at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater.

Mingling among the many food stations serving up sushi and small plate bites were notables including Larry David, Aziz Ansari and Thomas Middleditch. “Mr. Robot’s” Rami Malek had a receiving line of well-wishers in one corner of the balcony.

Actors Joel McHale, Will Arnett, Joel Kinnaman, producers Pete Berg and Dick Wolf, Turner’s Kevin Reilly, “Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin and “Stranger Things’ ” Milly Bobby Brown were among the eclectic mix of guests.

GERSH

Siebert’s home had a strong “People V. O.J. Simpson” contingent with nominees Courtney B. Vance and David Schwimmer making the rounds.

Other nominees on hand included “Bloodline” star Kyle Chandler, “Transparent’s” Jeffrey Tambor (the reigning comedy series actor champ) and “Mom’s” Allison Janney. Bradley Whitford, Chris Noth, Emily Deschanel and Kyle MacLachlan were also on hand to toast the Emmys and next week’s formal start of the 2016-17 television season.

ICM PARTNERS

After Friday’s gran prix, the ICM Partners brunch on Saturday is always a wonderfully relaxed affair at the Santa Monica home of agency chief Chris Silbermann and his wife, producer Julia Franz. A few guests including ABC’s Channing Dungey brought their little ones, which added to the casual atmosphere in the backyard. Guests munched on all manner of brunch-y foods. The lobster roll station was also well-trafficked.

Among the industryites on hand were ABC’s Patrick Moran and Howard Davine, CBS’ Scott Koondel, NBC’s Bruce Evans and attorney Michael Gendler. Showrunners Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil were peppered with questions about their upcoming superhero drama “Black Lightning” at Fox and their semi-autobiographical romantic comedy “Documenting Love” at ABC.

Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general who is running for the Senate, pressed the flesh in a low-key way. She had many fans (and pledged voters) in the crowd.

Others who made the rounds in the mild morning air — a nice contrast to last year’s scorching heat — were “Better Call Saul’s” Tom Schnauz, “Modern Family’s” Christopher Lloyd, “American Crime” nominee Regina King, “People V. O.J. Simpson” nominee Cuba Gooding Jr. and actors Walton GogginsJason Ritter, Piper Perabo, James Wolk, Millie Bobby Brown and Jerry O’Connell.

(Pictured: “American Crime” star Regina King and “People V. O.J. Simpson” star Cuba Gooding Jr. at the ICM Partners brunch)

 

More TV

  • Sean Diddy Combs

    MTV, Sean 'Diddy' Combs Reunite for 'Making the Band' Return

    MTV and Sean “Diddy” Combs are reuniting to reboot the reality competition series “Making the Band.” The show is slated to premiere in 2020. Its return was prompted by a tweet Diddy recently posted suggesting it was time for a comeback. Originally featuring the creation of early 2000s boy band O-Town (the show was conceived [...]

  • HBO Communications Chief Quentin Schaffer to

    HBO Communications Chief Quentin Schaffer to Exit After 39 Years

    Longtime HBO communications head Quentin Schaffer is stepping down from his post next month after 39 years as a key architect of HBO’s premium TV brand. Schaffer will exit as HBO’s executive VP of corporate communications next month, after steering HBO through one last Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. He is the [...]

  • Lea Michele to Star in ABC

    Lea Michele to Star in ABC Christmas Movie 'Same Time, Next Christmas'

    ABC is getting in the mood for Christmas pretty early this year. The studio has picked up a holiday movie “Same Time, Next Christmas,” and has installed “Glee” alumna Lea Michele in the lead role. Michele will play Olivia Henderson, a young woman who met her childhood sweetheart during her family’s annual Christmas visit to [...]

  • TV Shows to Watch the Week

    TV Shows to Watch the Week of July 15, 2019: 'Big Little Lies' Season 2 Finale

    Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV. Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “Big Little Lies” season 2 comes to a close, and a new season [...]

  • Thomas Lennon

    Thomas Lennon Sets Comedy Series 'Winos' at Quibi

    Thomas Lennon is headed to Quibi. The actor, screenwriter, and comedian has set up the comedy project “Winos” at the upcoming short-form content platform. In the series, after failing spectacularly in Silicon Valley, a misguided entrepreneur (Lennon) moves one valley over into wine country and tries to turn a run-down vineyard into a success. “Winos” [...]

  • Netflix Boards BBC Drama 'The Serpent,'

    Netflix Boards BBC's 'The Serpent,' Starring Tahar Rahim as Serial Killer (EXCLUSIVE)

    Tahar Rahim will play French serial killer Charles Sobhraj in the BBC drama “The Serpent,” which Netflix is boarding as a co-producer. The streaming giant will play it in the U.S. and around the world. Rahim (“The Looming Tower”) will star as conman and mass murderer Sobhraj, who was discovered and trailed by a young [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content