Academy Announces 89th Oscars® Governors Ball Creative Team

oscarnews_homepage2Academy 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 SciencesOfficial Post-Oscar® Celebration, which will immediately follow the 89th Oscars® ceremony on Sunday, February 26. The Ball’s 1,500 invited guests include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.

The theme of this year’s Governors Ball is ‘magical transformation.’ As they enter the Ball, guests will transition from a dazzling sea of red to a tricolor motif of eye-popping gold and red on an infinite blanket of white,” said Kurland. “The unique design of the space has been meticulously created to celebrate Oscar gold.”

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,” “Tomorrowland” and, most recently, “Ghostbusters.” He received an Oscar nomination for Costume Design for “Bullets over Broadway.” This will be Kurland’s eighth year serving as Governors Ball chair.

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 28th consecutive year producing the Governors Ball.

For the 23rd consecutive year, legendary chef Wolfgang Puck will set the stage with a Governors Ball menu pairing Hollywood glamour with culinary whimsy. Eric Klein, the new Wolfgang Puck Catering executive chef, worked alongside Puck to create more than 50 imaginative dishes, from one-bite hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees that will be passed throughout the evening. New menu items will include Moroccan spiced Wagyu short rib topped with a parmesan funnel cake; taro root tacos with shrimp, mango, avocado and chipotle aioli; gnocchetti with braised mushrooms and cashew cream; lobster corn dogs; made-to-order sushi, custom poke bowls and an array of shellfish; plus a selection of Puck’s signature dishes such as smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, and baked macaroni and cheese. The pastry team of Kamel Guechida, Monica Ng and Jason Lemmonier will offer a dessert menu brimming with innovative and playful desserts served at multiple dessert stations, plus the ultimate dessert buffet featuring Puck’s sought-after 24-karat-gold chocolate Oscars. Wolfgang Puck Catering CEO Carl Schuster will direct more than 900 event staff through the evening’s intricately detailed logistics to deliver guests a true restaurant-style hospitality experience.

The Governors Ball will take place in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center® immediately following the Oscar telecast.oscars2017_27x40poster_jimmy

The Lincoln Motor Company ‘Amps” Up Its Presence at the 2017 Grammys with New Ad, Debuting the “Ultimate Sound Experience”

The Lincoln Motor Company Debuts New Spot Featuring Blues Musician Gary Clark Jr., And A One-Of-A-Kind Amplifier Featuring Visual Cues From The 2017 Lincoln Continental

Music is a passion point for many Lincoln clients, so a presence at the biggest night in music seems only natural – particularly one that centers on offering outstanding performance and a superior sound experience.lincoln-logo

The Lincoln Motor Company will debut a new Continental spot featuring contemporary blues musician Gary Clark Jr., and a one-of-a-kind amplifier featuring visual cues from the 2017 Lincoln Continental during the 2017 Grammy Awards show, broadcasting Feb. 12

The Lincoln Motor Company is collaborating with contemporary blues singer and guitar virtuoso Clark Jr., a contemporary singer/songwriter known for his extraordinary guitar skills from rock n’ roll to blues and hip-hop, who is starring in the new 60-second spot that will air twice during the show beginning at 8 p.m. EST on CBS as well as once during the red carpet pre-show.

The new Lincoln spot also will feature an exclusive custom-built amplifier designed by Lincoln and engineered by Revel. The amplifier, outfitted with 12 premium Revel speakers, offers exceptional sound quality and allows each brand’s expertise to shine. Revel engineers honed the state-of-the-art technology, while design values of the 2017 Lincoln Continental are visible throughout, from the instantly recognizable grille, the wood grain and the leather to the back-lit LED Lincoln logo. The exclusive amplifier was built by brothers Ben and Jeff Fargen, who have been handcrafting guitar amplifiers since 1998.

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Singer/songwriter Gary Clark Jr., with the 2017 Lincoln Continental. (Photo: Business Wire)

In seeing the new Continental and seeing what Revel has done with their speakers, it was easy for me to say, ‘OK, we’re going to match that intensity, that quality and integrity,’” Ben Fargen says. “For us [as] craftsmen, it’s also always about reaching a new level, about setting the bar higher than the competition, reaching deep into the framework of what Lincoln and Revel have already done and said, ‘Where can we take it next?’”

Revel and Lincoln were looking for something that would celebrate sound, power, rock n’ roll, all of the raw things that people love about music,” Fargen says. “I want the performance and the intensity of the Lincoln Continental to show through the first time the artist plugs into the amp.

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Singer/songwriter Gary Clark. Jr., checks out the one-of-a-kind amp designed by Lincoln and engineered by Revel. (Photo: Business Wire)

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CuriosityStream™ Launches Print Ad Campaign That Positions The New SVOD Service As “the Antidote To ‘Reality’ TV”

TV Commercials To Increase Brand Awareness Will Air Concurrently On Networks Including Fox News, CNN and Bloomberg

The Independently-Owned, Ad-Free SVOD Service Created By The Discovery Channel Founder Now Offers Over 1,500 Titles In History, Science, Nature, And Technology

All Titles Are Available For Instant Access By Subscribers With Annual And Monthly Subscription Plans Available for SD, HD, and 4K Streamingcuriositystream

John Hendricks, the Founder of CuriosityStream and the Founder and Former Chairman of Discovery Communications, announced today that CuriosityStream, which is currently available in 196 countries worldwide, is launching its first print ad campaign with a theme of positioning the SVOD service as “the antidote to ‘reality’ TV.curiositystream-logo-1

During the week of February 6, 2017, the print campaign will launch in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other major newspapers. Concurrent with the print campaign, CuriosityStream has begun to test television commercials designed to increase brand awareness. With commercials currently being tested on networks such as CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg, the TV campaign has been created around the theme “Long Live the Curious.”

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John Hendricks

Hendricks stated, “The economic realities of ad-supported linear television have understandably driven most cable networks toward ‘reality’ TV programming which appeals to the large audiences for amusement content. As a result, the curious 25% of television viewers have witnessed a dramatic loss of choice in high-quality programs in science, history, nature, and technology. CuriosityStream is now available worldwide with a mission to satisfy the demand of audiences who are eager to learn about the mysteries of civilization, recent advances in science, fascinating breakthroughs in technology, in-depth explorations of current events, and the wonders of nature.” Continue reading

Wynn Las Vegas Announces 2017 Exclusive Residency Roster; Introduces We Are Wynn Nightlife Brand Campaign

Newly Inked Talent Joins Returning Icons To Comprise Lineup

Wynn Las Vegas‘ world-renowned nightclubs XS, Surrender, and Intrigue, and dayclub Encore Beach Club announce their 2017 resident DJ roster with the introduction of the resort’s We Are Wynn Nightlife brand campaign.

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Alesso (photo credit: Tyler Shields)

On the heels of their successful 2016 residencies, Wynn Nightlife welcomes back Alesso, A-Trak, David Guetta, Dillon Francis, Diplo, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Major Lazer, Marshmello, Ookay, RL Grime, Skrillex, Slander, Virgil Abloh, and Yellow Claw.

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David Guetta (photo credit: Tyler Shields)

New residents include Alison Wonderland, Brillz, Cedric Gervais, Chuckie, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Duke Dumont, EDX, Getter, Laidback Luke, Lost Kings, MAKJ, Nicky Romero, Robin Schulz, Stafford Brothers, and Sultan + Shepard.

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Marshmello (photo credit: Tyler Shields)

Wynn Nightlife has always had a strong commitment to providing the best entertainment experience possible,” said Alex Cordova, Wynn Nightlife Executive Vice President, and Managing Partner. “We are happy that so many incredible artists are returning — many have been with us five, six or seven years — and are excited to welcome the newly-signed residents. With our carefully curated roster, we provide the most stylistically diverse music lineup in town, positioning us as the leader in Las Vegas nightlife entertainment.”

The 2017 residencies were revealed in a video introducing We Are Wynn Nightlife, the new brand campaign featuring photography by the acclaimed contemporary photographer, Tyler Shields.

Appearing in various marketing mediums, advertisements will spotlight Wynn Nightlife and its DJs with black and white photography while XS, Surrender, Intrigue and Encore Beach Club will each have a distinctive color blocking treatment.

The We Are Wynn Nightlife campaign introduces a new look and feel to the nightlife brand,” said Cordova. “We feel that with Tyler Shields’ photography and our art direction, the campaign will speak to Wynn Nightlife’s ever-evolving customer while reflecting the luxury of the Wynn brand.”

For tickets, table reservations and additional information, please visit www.wynnsocial.com.

Rolex Signs On As Sponsor Of The 89th Oscars®

For decades, Rolex has been linked to the magical and wondrous world of cinema: from its presence in legendary films to its support for young film-makers through its philanthropic program, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

Rolex will be a Proud Sponsor of the 89th Academy Awards® broadcast live on Oscars Sunday®, 26 February 2017 on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars® ceremony has honored excellence in cinema since 1929; and for the second consecutive year, Rolex will also be the Exclusive Sponsor of the Oscars Greenroom.

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Rolex Partners with the Academy Awards

The history of Rolex is intertwined with that of cinema. Rolex watches have spontaneously featured in many iconic films and have become part of storytelling as an essential element of a film’s plot. Each Rolex watch symbolizes a personality and carries its own story, bringing to life a character and their journey on screen. Rolex is maintaining its ties with exceptional individuals and organizations and, in the case of the art of film-making, the extraordinary accomplishments of those who are capable of challenging the world by pushing the boundaries of their art.

Rolex supports inspiring individuals and organizations who achieve great heights in both the sporting world and the arts, and the Academy exemplifies this pursuit of defying the odds to reach unimaginable goals. The Academy Awards and Rolex recognize and uphold excellence,” says Arnaud Boetsch, Rolex Director of Communication & Image.oscars2017_keyart_statue-1

Rolex Testimonee and Academy Award-winning director James Cameron represents the pinnacle of film-making, with a boldness of vision and focus on technical innovation dominant throughout his many movies. Titanic, which won 11 Oscars, is tied for the most awards ever, and Avatar holds the record as the highest-grossing film in history.

Cameron exemplifies the power of details in making stories come alive on screen. Says Cameron: “Great movies are made in details, and not just a few details – every detail. Every character, every prop, and every sequence. A Rolex is not only a beautiful watch and a masterpiece of engineering, it’s very tough. It’s a watch that you can take into any environment and which can stand up to the pressure. So, what you’re saying subliminally to the audience is: that character can take the pressure, too; he or she has what it takes.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, organizers of the Academy Awards, which promote excellence and great talent, offered Rolex the opportunity to host the Greenroom during the ceremony in February 2016 – literally “behind the scenes“. This space was designed by the Rolex Interior Design teams in Geneva, who brought to the Greenroom a combination of classic style and superlative quality that is the hallmark of both the Oscars and Rolex. The 2017 Greenroom will feature a new design and concept.

Furthermore, Rolex is a part of shaping future generations of film-makers and inspiring existing ones with the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, its philanthropic program, set up in 2002 to make a contribution to global culture. The program seeks out gifted young artists from all over the world and brings them together with artistic masters for a year of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. The Initiative’s film mentors include Academy Award-winning directors Martin Scorsese, Alejandro González Iñárritu and 2016 mentor, Alfonso Cuarón.

Rolex is headquartered in Geneva and enjoys an unrivaled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance, and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance, and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces all the essential components of its watches in-house, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial, and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities as well as philanthropic programs.

Elton John AIDS Foundation Presents its 25th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party

Event To Be Held At West Hollywood Park and Sponsored by BVLGARI, Neuro Drinks and Diana Jenkins

Sir Elton John and David Furnish will host the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)’s 25th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. The gala event is supported by Presenting Sponsors BVLGARI, Neuro Drinks and Diana Jenkins.

For a fifth consecutive year, award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay will prepare the sumptuous dinner for Party guests to enjoy while watching a live telecast of the 89th Academy Awards. Alexander Gilkes of Paddle8 will return to conduct the evening’s highly anticipated live auction, and DJ Johnny Dynell also returns to spin tunes for guests to dance the night away.

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The Foundation‘s Academy Awards Viewing Party is the most highly visible and successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar Night. Over the past quarter century, this annual event has raised more than $56 million, thanks to the generosity of EJAF’s supporters. These funds help the Foundation to make a real difference in the lives of people at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS, including urgently needed medical care in the Caribbean, innovative treatment and prevention programs in the Southern United States, and national initiatives addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

Audi, BBVA Compass, M∙A∙C Viva Glam, TheBLUEFISH, and StyleHaul have partnered with EJAF as the evening’s generous Co-Sponsors, and Fin Gray and Michael Melnick are Associate Sponsors. Wines will be provided by Domaine Bertaud Belieu, and spirits will be presented by Chopin Vodka and Clase Azul Tequila. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals. American Airlines is EJAF’s official airline.

This year’s event co-chairs are Mahershala Ali, Tim and Jane Allen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Beck, Carrie Brownstein, Naomi Campbell, Jim Carrey, Ciara, Chris Colfer, John Demsey, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, Stéphane Gerschel, Fin Gray and Michael Melnick, Miranda Harper, Luke Hemsworth, Tommy Hilfiger, Gaby Hoffmann, Stephanie Horbaczewski, Diana Jenkins, Caitlyn Jenner, Quincy Jones, Heidi Klum, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Diana Krall and Elvis Costello, Ryan Kwanten, Padma Lakshmi, Amy Landecker, Fred Latsko, Shelley Lazar, Sandra Lee, Jared Leto, Judith Light, Eugenio Lopez, Rob and Sheryl Lowe, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joe McMillan, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Daniel Paltridge, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Andrew Rannells, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Zoë Saldana, Jane Seymour, Steve Sims, Kevin Spacey, Britney Spears, Sharon Stone, Steven Tyler, and Denzel and Pauletta Washington.

The Elton John Aids Foundation believe AIDS can be beaten and act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Sir Elton John created EJAF almost 25 years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through hard work and with the help of a network of kind and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $350 million over the past quarter century to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS. For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

 

THIRTEEN’s American Masters Presents the World Premiere of Patsy Cline Documentary Beginning March 4 on PBS During Women’s History Month

Features Exclusive Access To The Cline Estate, Rare Performances And New Interviews With Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Wanda Jackson, Beverly D’Angelo And Others, With Narration By Rosanne Cashscreen-shot-2016-01-07-at-9_37_54-am

Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, The late Patsy Cline (September 8, 1932-March 5, 1963) defined modern country music by using her singular talent and heart‐wrenching emotional depth to break down barriers of gender, class and genre. In her music and her life, she set a standard of authenticity towards which artists still strive. After years of hard work to overcome industry gender biases and her own personal hardships and professional missteps, she achieved success, only to have it punctured by uncanny premonitions and her untimely death at age 30. The new documentary Patsy Cline: American Masters premieres nationwide beginning March 4 on PBS (check local listings) during Women’s History Month as part of the 31st season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series. 2017 marks the 85th anniversary of Cline’s birth.

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Patsy Cline. Credit: Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises

Cline boldly bucked female conventions of the 1950s with her fashion sense, her decision to divorce, her support of fellow female artists, and her assertive ambition to get opportunities equal to those of her male Nashville peers, such as the same kind of headliner billing and radio airplay, particularly after breaking free of her unfavorable contract with Four Star Records. Six years after her national breakthrough on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts (CBS, 1957), she died in a plane crash returning home from a benefit performance. Her many posthumous honors include being the first solo female performer to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a U.S. postage stamp. She was also portrayed in the Oscar-winning feature film Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) by D’Angelo and in Sweet Dreams (1985) by Jessica Lange.

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Patsy Cline. Credit: Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises

Narrated by Rosanne Cash, Patsy Cline: American Masters examines the roots of Cline’s impact in both personal and cultural terms to illuminate how she arrived at a pivotal moment in the evolution of American culture and, with Decca Records producer Owen Bradley, synthesized country, pop and rock in a new way to create the Nashville Sound. With exclusive access to the Cline estate, the film features rare performances of such Cline classics as “Walkin’ After Midnight” “Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray,” “Come On In,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Crazy,” “You Made Me Love You” and more.

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Patsy Cline. Credit: Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises

The documentary also features exclusive archival interviews with Cline’s contemporaries and new interviews with a wide range of artists who have been influenced by Cline: LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Rhiannon Giddens, Wanda Jackson, Bill Anderson, Beverly D’Angelo, Callie Khouri, Reba McEntire, Mickey Guyton and more.

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Country music singer-songwriter Mickey Guyton, who was influenced by Patsy Cline, is interviewed in “Patsy Cline: American Masters.” Credit: Peggy Sirota

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Country music singer-songwriter Mickey Guyton, who was influenced by Patsy Cline, is interviewed in “Patsy Cline: American Masters.” Credit: Peggy Sirota

It’s been such a privilege to tell the story of Patsy Cline. For me, her story exceeds her musical accomplishments. She is in a rare class of women who simply set out to achieve their dreams and through those efforts left an indelible mark,” said Emmy-nominated director and producer Barbara J. Hall. Continue reading