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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Amaze Me With Color!

Photo: Marla Aufmuth One of the things I love most about spring is that as the weather gets warmer, the colors also heat up. They say a young man’s fancy turns to love. Well, an event designer’s eye turns to … Read more


Thursday, March 19, 2015
On the Lot with Douglas Johnson

Entertainment and food: these are what many people say make a special event. Of course, I’d have to add design and production, because that’s my passion, but I do have to agree that without entertainment or food, an event is … Read more


Thursday, March 12, 2015
Awww-Inspiring Moments on the Studio Lot

W.C. Fields cautioned actors never to perform with children or animals for fear of being upstaged. As an animal lover myself, as so many here at Warner Bros. Studios are, I can safely say that rule doesn’t apply to us … Read more

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Thursday, March 5, 2015
A Wrap Party by the Numbers

“Two and a Half Men.” Twelve Seasons, 262 episodes (fun fact: Jon Cryer is the only cast member to appear in all of them), all shot from 2003 – 2015 on Stage 26 at Warner Bros. Studios. No matter which … Read more

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
On the Lot with Images by Lighting

Lighting is one of those design elements that can really propel an event to the next level. There’s good lighting, and then there’s great lighting. One of the great lighting companies I’ve worked with for years is Images by Lighting. … Read more


Thursday, February 19, 2015
Walking the Red Carpet

With the Oscars coming up this weekend, I thought this was a great time to talk about the culture and history of walking the red carpet. In present day, what began as a way to mark the route of heads … Read more

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
3D Awards Show: Recognition in All Dimensions

It’s awards season in Hollywood and although animated films are recognized at the Oscars, they also have their own, very special awards. In fact, this is the second year that Warner Bros. Special Events has had the privilege to host … Read more


Thursday, February 5, 2015
Sunshine, Stars, and the Batmobile!

Al fresco dining just isn’t an option in Southfield, Michigan, in January. It is, however, in Southern California. That is one of the joys that this group of 250 guests of the Michigan-based car part manufacturer Federal Mogul experienced last … Read more

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Trends in Tech: Getting Warm and Fuzzy

As I round out my three blogs on trends (the first two covered Food and Beverage), what do you think the number one trend is for 2015? If you guessed technology, consider yourself plugged in! From apps to a much-needed … Read more

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Thursday, January 22, 2015
Beverage Trends: A Thirst for Big Flavor

In Part Two of three blogs that were part of my trends presentation for The Special Event 2015, I explore beverage trends. The quest for a punch of big flavor continues with trends in both the liquor and non-alcoholic markets … Read more

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