The Television Academy will be using every color in their crayon box for this year’s Governors Ball. They are going for a “kaleidoscope of color” motif that involves thousands of LED lights in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple and—Dr. Evil, get your air quotes ready—lasers. The Television Academy (and Sequoia Productions, led by Cheryl Cecchetto) are going for “Wow”–again. One year I shuffled into the Convention Center with Tina Fey, who had swapped her heels for slippers, and while she was not impressed with her footwear, she was super impressed with the jaw-dropping décor, which is always amazing at this event.
This year the Debbie Allen Dance Academy will perform against the ROYGBP backdrop and String Theory will play their instruments, consisting of 2,400 feet of brass wire and 26 drums, all while hovering 10 feet off the ground. Judith Hill (20 Feet from Stardom and The Voice) will perform with The Red Hot Band. Patina Catering and chef Joachim Splichal (a 19-year Emmy alum) will be serving 3,800 movie and TV stars and suits and one Seen Queen with the help of 205 chefs and 18 exec chefs. Splichal is serving grilled peach and heirloom tomato salad, filet of beef, and s’mores (that contain chocolate pop rocks—genius). I noticed a different chocolate company this year – Cellar Door Chocolates – at the extremely popular Dessert Corners. Why is this important? It’s chocolate, and they give you to-go boxes. It’s important.
So whether the Emmy engravers will be etching “Aaron Paul” or “Jon Voight” on a trophy Monday, at the Governors Ball, at least, everyone will be having a good time… and in great lighting.
I will be Tweeting (@karimozena) backstage and inside the Governors Ball on Monday and will give you even more scoop on Tuesday morning—STAY TUNED…
Illustrations by Sequoia Productions