Hey there, great to see you again. It’s always interesting to see what emails will come in. I received one from a PR company about a media alert concerning a pre-Grammy party at the Park Plaza hotel in downtown Los Angeles, CA. I figured it sounded like fun. OK, so they aren’t action figures BUT close! They’re articulated, have plenty of accessories and pose pretty well. With that here’s the background on the party. I’ll be honest and tell you I have zero idea who it was I was shooting. Some of the dresses were quite eye opening though. Enjoy.
FRIENDS ‘N’ FAMILY PRE-GRAMMY PARTY
RETURNS FOR 17th CONSECUTIVE YEAR
HOSTED BY THE MUSIC INDUSTRY’S TOP EXECUTIVES
Iggy Azalea, Hiatus Kaiyote, New Beat Fund, Betty Who, and MKTO
DJ sets by:
Rudimental, Sultan & Ned, Le Youth, Starsmith, Future Cut, Redlight, The Jane Doze
WHO (Expected): Vampire Weekend, Selena Gomez, Fitz & The Tantrums, The National, Joe Jonas, Giorgio Moroder, Shenae Grimes, Ken Jordan (Crystal Method), Galantis, Beatrice Miller, Benny Blanco, Tinashe, Stacy Barthe, G-Eazy, BJ The Chicago Kid, K. Roosevelt, Mary Lambert, Jackson Harris, Kacey Musgaves, Michelle Chamuel , AJ McLean, Priscilla Ahn, T-Pain, Yo Gotti, Justine Skye, Ryan Beatty, New Beat Fund, Mikky Ekko, Becky G, Juicy J, Bonnie McKee, Andy Milonakis, Zella Day (list in formation)
WHAT: Friends ‘N’ Family” (FNF), the 17th annual pre-Grammy party hosted by the music industry’s top executives, celebrates the year in music with one of Grammy week’s hottest parties. This season Friends ‘N’ Family will benefit VH1 Save This Music, organization dedicated to restoring music programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education.
Music Industry Executive Hosts include:Randy Spendlove (President of Music, Paramount Pictures), Dr. Luke (Hitmaker),Ken Parks (CTO and Managing Director USA for Spotify), Max Martin (Hitmaker), John Amato (President of Billboard Group), Lia Vollack (Presidentof Worldwide Music/EVP of Theatrical, Sony Pictures), Cameron Strang (Chairman & CEO, Warner Chappell Music), Barry Weiss (Chairman/CEO of Island Def-Jam Group and Universal Republic Records), Ron Fair (CCO and Exec VP of Virgin Records), Willard Ahdritz (CEO, Kobalt Publishing), Ken Hertz (Partner, Goldring, Hertz, & Lichtenstein), Paul Broucek (President Music, Warner Bros. Pictures), Steve Schnur (President, EA Music Group),David Massey (President, Mercury Records), Savan Kotecha (Songwriter/Hitmaker), Jon Platt (President of Creative, Warner Chappell), Ken Bunt (EVP, Disney Music Group), Evan Lamberg (President, Universal Music Publishing ), Mike Knobloch (President of Film Music Publishing at Universal Pictures), Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros Records), Julie Swidler (EVP of Business Affairs at Sony Music Entertainment), Serban Ghenea (Grammy Award-Winning Mixer/Producer), Sarah Stennett (CEO, Turn First Artists),Peter Paterno (Partner, King, Holmes, Paterno & Berliner), Rob Stevenson (EVP of A&R, Universal Republic Records), Mio Vukovic (Senior VP, Disney Music Group),Marty Diamond (Head of East Coast Music, Paradigm), Bill Werde (Editor in Chief, Billboard Magazine), Evan Bogart (Co-Founder, Boardwalk Entertainment Group), Rich Stumpf (President, Imagem Music),Jennifer Gross (CEO/Founder, Evolutionary Media Group), Peter Katsis (Co-Founder of Prospect Park Management), Eman Kiriakou (Producer, Singer/Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist), Zach Katz (EVP Creative, North America, BMG Chrysalis), Peter Thea (Exec VP Creative Operations, Warner Bros Record), Greg Thompson (EVP Marketing & Promotion, EMI Music), Joe Riccitelli (Vice President/GM, RCA Music Group),Jay Faires (Owner of JFE),Kevin Weaver (EVP Atlantic Records), Venus Brown (Creative, BMG Chrysalis),Sat Bisla (Founder/ President, A&R Worldwide/Musexpo), Jeff Kwatinetz (Co-Founder of Prospect Park Management), Pete Ganbarg (EVP/Head of A&R, Atlantic Records), Steve Barnett (Chairman & CEO, Capitol Music Group), Jordan Feldstein (Music Manager) , Monti Olson (EVP Universal Music Publishing), Kevin Rudolf (Artist, CEO Bamf Recordings), Charlie Feldman (VP of Writer/Publisher relations, BMI), Mark Enter-Hutner (VP Pop/Rock membership,ASCAP), Patrick Moxey (President of Electronic Music, Sony Records and Owner of Ultra Music), John Titta (Exec VP Creative Services ASCAP), Tom Whalley (CEO of Seven Four Music Entertainment), Jeff Fenster (Exec VP of A&R, Warner Bros. Records), Bob Morelli (President of Red Distribution), Nicole George (VP of Rhythm and Soul, ASCAP), Marc Geiger (Partner at WME), Chris Taylor (Partner, Taylor Klein Oballa LLP), Michael Huppe (President and CEO of Sound Exchange), Larry Webman (VP, Paradigm Agency), Brian Feit (Owner, BMF Media), Bruce + Ed Starr (Partners, BMF Media).
Toy Fair is right around the corner and I have quite an agenda to keep. You can be certain I’ll bring back the pictures you’re looking for. Thanks for reading,