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2017 Governors Ball Celebrates Excellence in Television with Golden Grandeur Theme

  • 2017 Governors Ball Theme "Golden Grandeur"

    2017 Governors Ball Theme "Golden Grandeur"

The Television Academy today revealed Golden Grandeur as the theme of its exclusive Emmy after-party celebrations: the Governors Ball on Sunday, September 17 immediately following the 69th Emmy Awards telecast; and, back-to-back Creative Arts Governors Ball events on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10.

"The 2017 Governors Ball and Creative Arts Governors Ball events will set the gold standard in terms of elegance and environmental sustainability – verifying the two concepts can be compatible," said Governors Ball Committee Co-Chair, Barbara Cassel.

The trio of Emmy Awards after-parties will bring Golden Grandeur to life within an epic, dazzling and contemporary setting, punctuated by a gilded overhead art installation, forming a sea of undulating golden waves and spanning the length and breadth of the ballroom.

"All décor and food elements for the Governors Ball and Creative Arts Governors Ball events are either recyclable, repurposed or bio-degradable," added Ed Fassl, Governors Ball Committee Co-Chair. "All the elements will come together to create an inspiring and unforgettable experience for our guests."

Event producer Cheryl Cecchetto of Sequoia Productions shared, "Celebrating our 20th consecutive year producing the Governors Ball, Sequoia Productions challenged ourselves to deliver an unprecedented, ultra-modern theme, including cutting-edge design and a commitment to environmental sustainability."


In a dramatic departure from previous Governors Ball celebrations, the 2017 galas will delight guests with a streamlined esthetic that emphasizes recurring architectural shapes in resplendent, monochromatic gold. Rectangular tables, linear aisles and seating are complemented with dynamic accents including tall, contemporary table lamps, linens infused with rich golden thread and tall, vibrant floral arrangements rising in unison from tables to reinforce the architectural theme.

The décor becomes even more impressive thanks to the commitment of Governors Ball Committee members and Sequoia Productions to zero waste. For example, the 5,000 paper cylinders that will make up the parties' signature overhead art installation are painted with biodegradable gold coloring, and are recyclable and reusable. Tables, chairs, linens, cutlery and glassware are rentals that will be reused at future events, as will audio, lighting, rigging and stage equipment. Even the flowers and greenery adorning table centerpieces will be repurposed as mulch following the event.

Food + Beverage

Legendary Chef Joachim Splichal and Patina Catering return to cater the Governors Ball for the 22nd year. Splichal, along with Executive Chef of Culinary Gregg Wiele and Executive Pastry Chef of Patina Catering Frania Mendivil, will express the Golden Grandeur theme in a masterful, three-course menu that showcases peak of the season produce while exemplifying culinary sustainability and a commitment to giving back. This includes incorporating a job program with L.A. Kitchen, a local nonprofit that believes no food or person should ever go to waste, as well as donating food waste from the celebrations to local farms as compost for the next season of crops. In these ways and more, Patina Catering raises the bar in prioritizing sustainable culinary practices and cultivating a culture of reciprocity within the Los Angeles community.

Iconic Napa Valley winery Sterling Vineyards returns for the second consecutive year as the Exclusive Wine Sponsor of Emmy Awards Season and all Television Academy nominee celebrations leading up to the Emmys. The Governors Ball Committee selected the Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, and Napa Valley Chardonnay to pair with the largest sit-down awards dinner in America. Adding a touch of glamour to the festive evening, all award recipients will receive a custom-made bottle of Sterling Vineyards' new luxury Cabernet Sauvignon, IRIDIUM, and are invited to enjoy a glass of the exclusive wine while their Emmy statuette is personalized in the Emmy Winner's Circle.

Ferrari Trento, Italy's most awarded sparkling wine producer, makes a third appearance as the Emmys' official bubbly. Guests departing the awards ceremony and entering the Governors Ball will kick off the celebration as they enjoy flutes of prestige label Ferrari Brut Trentodoc. Inside the party guests will toast with a choice of sparklers including Ferrari Perlé, Perlé Rosé, and Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore. Ferrari Trento vineyards have all been awarded organic certification, embodying the theme of natural elegance with sustainable mountain agriculture. Indeed, elegance is a defining characteristic of Ferrari wines.

In honor of the craft and innovation of the television industry, award-winning bartender Charles Joly designed a signature Emmy cocktail featuring The Hilhaven Lodge Blended Straight American Whiskey. Created in partnership with renowned director and producer Brett Ratner, The Hilhaven Lodge is a blend of three whiskeys, from three different decades, commemorating some of Hollywood's most star-studded celebrations. The signature Emmy cocktail, The Hilhaven Lodge Fireside, is a balanced combination of whiskey, absinthe, spiced pear liqueur, and fresh lemon juice. Throughout the celebration, attendees will also enjoy the Diageo Luxury Brands collection. When toasting to the Emmys evening, please do so responsibly.

FIJI Water, the number one premium bottled water brand in the United States, will return for the fourth consecutive year as the official water of the 69th Emmy Awards Red Carpet and Governors Ball. Upon entering the Governors Ball, guests will be greeted with FIJI Water and their custom FIJI Straws. FIJI will continue to keep guests hydrated with placement on every table.

With three separate galas over back-to-back weekends, the Television Academy will host more than 8,500 guests at epic celebrations reflecting a dynamic year in television. The Governors Ball following the Emmy Awards telecast has itself become the nation's largest annual formal sit-down dinner, hosting 4,000-plus Emmy winners, nominees and entertainment luminaries.

The 69th Emmy Awards will telecast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Sunday, September 17 (8:00-11:00 PM ET/5:00-8:00 PM PT) on CBS. Stephen Colbert will serve as host. The 69th Emmy Awards is produced by White Cherry Entertainment. Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner are executive producers; Weiss is director; and Chris Licht, executive producer of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, is a producer.

Media will be invited to cover the Governors Ball Press Preview on Thursday, September 7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Roberta Silverman
breakwhitelight (For the Television Academy)

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