As the TV Landscape Changes, the Emmy Party Scene Is Changing Too

A guide to the ever-dwindling number of fêtes on television’s big night

If you’re frantically shopping for your annual Emmy weekend party wardrobe, well, you might want to leave a few items in the cart. This year’s round of illustrious events has been curtailed for variety of reasons. The main one is agency/Writers Guild wars (7,000 writers firing their agents), which of course means it’s not a great time for agencies to be celebrating—WME, ICM, UTA, CAA, Gersh, and Paradigm have all canceled their usual Emmy fêtes. Looks like a lot of agents—and writers—are going to need to make dinner reservations or stay home and binge watch…anything. If you’re looking to sell a script, Friday or Saturday night of next weekend (Sept 20 and 21) would be a very good time to hang out in the restaurant areas of the Chateau Marmont or Sunset Tower’s Tower Bar.

The current political climate seems to be the reason Variety and Women in Film, who always give a Friday-night-before soiree’, are eschewing the festivities this year in favor of making a donation to Planned Parenthood. Good on ‘em.

Several annual Emmy parties are being heavily condensed due to the Disney-Fox deal and AT&T-Warner-HBO deals that have altered the Hollywood landscape. In the case of Disney-Fox, all of the television properties under that very large umbrella—ABC, FX, National Geographic, Hulu, and Disney TV—will hold one big party at DTLA’s Otium on Sunday night. FX, however, will also throw its usual Saturday night party with Vanity Fair at Craft in Century City.

One of the longest-lasting and best Emmy parties, HBO’s Sunday night post-Emmy broadcast fête at the Pacific Design Center, has had to curtail its usual mega invite list because WarnerMedia (Time Warner, AT&T, HBO) is rebranding the bash as the WarnerMedia and HBO PostAwards Reception. That means that TNT and TBS will now be included here, instead of giving their own event, as they have in years past. Expect to see a repeat of this condensation at the Golden Globes in January.

And of course, many of the usual suspects have switched to new venues, just to shake things up. One thing’s for sure: expect longer lines and longer waits—on top of already long lines and long waits.

Friday, September 20

Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party
8:30 p.m. at Sunset Tower Hotel, 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood

Saturday, September 21

Artists First Brunch at the Beach Emmy Celebration
11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Huntley Hotel, 111 Second St., Santa Monica

AMC Emmy Brunch
Noon-2 p.m. at Cecconi’s, 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood

BAFTA BBC America TV Tea
2-5 p.m., poolside at the Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills

FX Networks with Vanity Fair
5-9 p.m. at Craft, 10100 Constellation Blvd., Century City

NBCUniversal Emmy Nominees Party
6:30-9 p.m. at Tower Bar, 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood

Showtime Emmy Eve
7-10 p.m. at San Vicente Bungalows, 845 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood

The Annual MPTF (Motion Picture and Television Fund) the Evening Before the Emmys
8 p.m., the Lawn At Century Park, 2029 Century Park East, Century City

Comedy Central’s Emmy Party
9 p.m. at Dream Hotel, 6417 Selma Ave., Hollywood

Sunday, September 22

Primetime Emmy Governors Ball
L.A. Live Event Deck, 1005 Chick Hearn Court, downtown

WarnerMedia & HBO Post-Awards Reception
8 p.m. at Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood

ABC, Disney TV Studios, FX Networks, Hulu & National Geographic Emmy Award Nominees Party
8 p.m. at Otium, 222 S. Hope St., downtown

Netflix Emmy After Party
8 p.m. at Milk Studios, 855 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood

Amazon Prime Video Emmy Celebration
8 p.m. at Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood

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