The Academy Announces 2016 Oscars® Governors Ball Creative Team

Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland, event producer Cheryl Cecchetto and master chef Wolfgang Puck will return to create this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ official post-Oscar® celebration, which will immediately follow the 88th Oscars® ceremony on Sunday, February 28. The Ball’s 1,500 invited guests include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.88thOscars_Key_Host

Inspired by the caricature-filled walls of the iconic Sardi’s and Brown Derby restaurants, the Ball’s décor will feature more than 170 newly commissioned drawings spotlighting filmmaking luminaries past and present, including many who appear in this year’s Oscar-nominated films.

The theme of this year’s Governors Ball is art – the art of making film, and the individuals who create the art,” said Kurland. “You will see drawings created by contemporary illustrators that are reminiscent of Hirschfeld’s wonderful portraits. They truly capture the energy and sheer joy of the evening’s celebration.”

As the chair of the Governors Ball, Kurland will oversee the décor, menu and entertainment planning, as well as design the attire to be worn by the evening’s staff. Kurland is an acclaimed costume designer whose feature credits include “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Radio Days,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Inception,” “Beautiful Creatures” and “Tomorrowland.” He received an Oscar nomination for Costume Design for “Bullets over Broadway.” This will be Kurland’s seventh year serving as the Governors Ball chair.88thOscars_Dream_4

Cecchetto, along with her Sequoia Productions team, will work with Kurland to manage every detail pertaining to the event, including décor, entertainment, food and personnel. Sequoia Productions’ clients include the Television Academy, G’Day USA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Westfield and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. This will be Cecchetto’s 27th consecutive year producing the Governors Ball. Continue reading

Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show Returns to Santa Clara March 5-6, 2016, with Celebrity Guest Speakers

No. 1 Travel Show Series In The U.S. To Features 200+ Exhibitors, Vacation Experts, Exclusive Travel Deals, World-Class Performers And Celebrity Speakers

The 2016 SF/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show, part of the No. 1 travel show series in the U.S., returns to the Santa Clara Convention Center  (5001 Great America Highway, Santa Clara, Calif.), with an impressive line-up of keynote speakers, travel industry experts, global performers and renowned chefs. Confirmed participants include Rick Steves, America’s leading authority on European travel; Travel Channel host Samantha Brown; Jerry Stone, the popular food blogger; and Ben Simon, chief executive officer of Imperfect Produce, among others.TAShow_CA

The 2016 SF/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show takes place March 5-6. On Saturday, March 5, the show opens at 9:30 a.m. for travel professionals, with general public hours set from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, March 6, the show floor is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Single day tickets ($16) and two-day tickets ($25) can be purchased at Children 16 and under are admitted free of charge.

We are thrilled to welcome the world’s leading travel, food and cultural experts to the SF/Bay Area Travel and Adventure Show,” said John Golicz, chief executive officer and founder. “Our team has curated an entertaining, interactive show that will provide unparalleled travel education to help travelers enhance their next domestic or international adventure.“Show Floor

The 2016 SF/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show will feature the following keynote speakers: 

  • Rick Steves, chief executive officer of “Rick Steves’ Europe,” guidebook author, PBS travel host and America’s leading authority on European travel

  • Samantha Brown, Travel Channel host

  • Pauline Frommer, editorial director of the Frommer Guides and publisher of

  • Doug McConnell, host of “OpenRoad” on NBC Bay Area and former host of the legendary, “Bay Area Backroads,” the longest-running television series in Bay Area broadcast history

Wanderlust travelers can attend the Destination Theater for the following locale-specific workshops to draw inspiration and gain insider knowledge:

  • The Islands of Tahiti are Closer Than You Think

  • Beyond the Cruise: The Inside Scoop on Alaska Adventures

  • Adventure, Discovery and Tranquility in Costa Rica

  • Adventures in Australia & New Zealand

Additionally, there will be a special presentation by Paul Wiseman, president of Trafalgar USA, as well as seminars hosted by the Nevada Commission, Philippine Office of Tourism, Fiji and the Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau.AMBI1832

At the Savvy Traveler Theater, guests can also gain valuable tips and tricks at the following seminars for traveling smarter, more safely and with fewer hassles:

  • Travel Smart with Technology with Angel Castellanos

  • A Guide to Better Travel Photography with Ralph Velasco

  • Explore What’s Unique About Cruises & Land Vacations

  • Packing Light with Jon Holloway

  • Maximize Your National Parks Experience

  • TravelSquire & The Travel TherapistCUL_LA_2080

The 2016 SF/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show boasts a variety of global culture and entertainment. The Global Beats Stage offers culturally diverse music and dance performances while the Taste of Travel Stage, hosted by Chef Garth Blackburn and Amy Kushnir, provides visitors with insights from professional foodies and a taste of local, regional and global cuisine prepared by local chefs. Specials guests will include:

  • Jerry Stone, food and wine blogger (Cooking Stoned and Green Wine Guide)

  • Ben Simon – chief executive officer, Imperfect Produce

  • Allan Karl, motorcycle adventure traveler, photographer and bestselling author of “FORKS—A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection

  • Chef Garth Blackburn, Sub-Zero Wolf in Dallas and Houston, Texas

  • Amy Kushnir, host of “Taste Texas” and author of “Red Dirt Recipes

  • Sergio Monleón and Emily Sarlatte, chefs/owners, La Marcha, Berkeley, Calif.

Travel enthusiasts can also look forward to the opportunity to meet with more than 200 of the world’s top travel providers and access to exclusive once-in-a-lifetime travel deals, prizes and trip giveaways. Back for the sixth year in a row, the SF/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show will be the largest to date and is a smart, cost-effective way for savvy travelers to find, plan and book their dream vacation.

Sponsors of the 2016 SF/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show include Tourism Fiji, “Rick Steves’ Europe,” Sunset magazine, Wonderful Indonesia and the Yosemite Experience Pavilion.

dr. brandt skincare Teams Up With Celebrity Makeup Artist Kristofer Buckle To Kick Off The #PLUMPUPTHEVOLUME Campaign

A new take on re-shaping the face, dr. brandt® skincare announces the launch of the new Needles No More® 3-D Filler Mask ($95 for 1.7 oz./ 50 g. Available now at Sephora stores nationwide, and at with two introductory campaigns: an exclusive tutorial video from Kristofer Buckle, and a social media initiative to benefit The Dr. Brandt Foundation.

Restore lost volume and fill in wrinkles and folds for a softer, lifted, more youthful look.

The new Needles No More® 3-D Filler Mask from Dr. Brandt Skincare restore lost volume and fill in wrinkles and folds for a softer, lifted, more youthful look.

Based on over 30 years of Dr. Brandt’s unique knowledge of the skin, expansive clinical expertise and passion for research, his eponymous anti-aging skincare line is the premier choice of A-list celebrities, trusted beauty insiders and people from all walks of life seeking to improve their skin. The exacting science of the Brandt Method — a powerful working synergy of Dr. Brandt’s medical practice, research institute, and skincare brand — culminates in cutting-edge treatments that deliver instant, visible results, with the art of subtlety.


An exclusive tutorial video starring Kristofer Buckle highlights his game-changing technique for the latest trend in beauty -contouring without makeup.

To kick off the celebration, Buckle, a renowned makeup artist known for working with the world’s top celebrities, stars in a new video highlighting his game-changing technique for the latest trend in beauty: contouring without makeup. The video will illustrate Buckle’s method for revolumizing and filling facial contours with the Needles No More® 3-D Filler Mask, and will show how light reflecting on the concave and convex areas of the face can highlight telltale signs of aging. Premiering on both YouTube and at, the video is filled with invaluable contouring and anti-aging tips, making it easy to change the way light reflects off your face for a youthful look.

Inspired by injectable fillers used in cosmetic procedures, Needles No More® 3-D Filler Mask is a groundbreaking way to add volume and fullness to thinning skin. The mask plumps skin to restore youthful volume and natural contours, while filling in wrinkles and folds for an instantly smoother look. Packed with a revolutionary plumping complex known as Adipofill’in, the unique formula blends Hyaluronic Acid, which helps skin attract and retain moisture, with Regenerative Peptides to add volume for a re-contoured look and feel. Use to re-fill hollowed areas, such as beneath the eyes, the cheeks, above the mouth, and along the jawline. The formula helps combat thinning collagen, leaving skin looking visibly plumped, firm, and reshaped.


  • 100% reported that lines and wrinkles are less visible and pronounced
  • 94% reported that skin looks plumper
  • 83% reported that the product filled in wrinkles and folds

HOW TO USE IT: After cleansing, brush product onto your skin, creating an inverted triangle from your chin up to your cheekbones. Then, gently pat on more as needed to plump up lines, hollows and folds. Leave on. Use daily.

A social media movement to benefit the nonprofit organization founded in memory of the brand’s founder, The Dr. Brandt Foundation.

A social media movement to benefit the nonprofit organization founded in memory of the brand’s founder, The Dr. Brandt Foundation.

In addition, the brand is launching its #PlumpUpTheVolume campaign, a social media movement to benefit the nonprofit organization founded in memory of the brand’s founder, The Dr. Brandt Foundation. Just as the Needles No More™ 3-D Filler Mask plumps up the volume in your skin, the social campaign aims to foster a national dialogue about mental health by turning up the volume on the call for research, education and advocacy. For each Instagram post that tags @DrBrandt and features the hashtag #PlumpUpTheVolume, the brand will donate $1 toward the Foundation’s work combatting depression and suicide. Best of all, a percentage of worldwide sales from the products will be donated to The Dr. Brandt Foundation.