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Hollywood Business Advocate - Official Publication of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

 The Weekly Online Publication of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce                      April 22, 2014

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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is always actively looking out for the interests of our members and promoting Hollywood.  Here are a few of our activities from last week:

  • The Hollywood Chamber Political Action Committee endorsed Jim McDonnell for L.A. County Sheriff, Bobby Shriver for County Supervisor, 3rd District, and Jeffrey Prang for County Assessor.

  • The Economic Development Committee was briefed on two proposed hotels being proposed in Hollywood – by CIM at the corner of Hollywood and Cherokee and “80 Cool Rooms” at 5600 Hollywood Blvd.

  • Chamber staffers Leron Gubler and Nicole Shahenian participated in briefings of Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Bob Blumenfield on proposed business tax reforms.

  • Telemundo conducted an interview of Walk of Fame Producer Ana Martinez and Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler about the Walk of Fame.

  • The Chamber’s new Business Resource Book 2014 is hot off the presses and was mailed to the membership.

Chamber Sponsors Seminar With Head of Building & Safety

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will host a seminar with Ray Chan, the new General Manager of the Los Angeles Dept. of Building & Safety on Thursday, April 24th at 8 a.m. He will be speaking on the “Department of Building & Safety: Present and Future,” and will focus on what the department is doing to become more business friendly. The meeting will be held at the Chamber Conference Room, 7018 Hollywood Blvd. It is free to all Chamber members. However, reservations are necessary and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. This will be an excellent opportunity for some personal time with the leader of a department that many Hollywood businesses interact with on a regular basis. Must reserve online at www.hollywoodchamber.net/events

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce PAC Announces Endorsements for Upcoming Elections on June 3rd

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (PAC) announced three endorsements and its support for Los Angeles County Assessor candidate Jeffrey Prang, County Sheriff candidate Chief Jim McDonnell, and County Supervisor, District 3, candidate Bobby Shriver. "The Hollywood Chamber PAC is proud to declare its support of these candidates,” stated PAC Chair Laurie Goldman. “Jeffrey Prang has earned a reputation as an effective and innovation leader in local government, as a Mayor and Councilmember, and as a public administration professional. Chief McDonnell is a proven and respected leader in local, state, and national law enforcement with the experience necessary to serve the residents of LA County as their next Sheriff. Bobby Shriver will be a business friendly Supervisor who will focus on job creation, cutting needless red tape, and supporting our film, television, and entertainment industries.”

The Hollywood Chamber PAC recognizes the importance of this election in determining the future for our Hollywood business community and for businesses throughout Los Angeles County. The PAC encourages all Angelenos to get out and vote on June 3rd. For further information on Hollywood Chamber PAC endorsements, please visit http://www.hollywoodchamber.net/pac

Save the Date: Hollywood Economic Development Summit 2014 at Egyptian Theatre, June 17

One of the Hollywood Chamber’s most popular annual events is the Hollywood Economic Development Summit. Details have now been announced for the 2014 event, which will be held at the Egyptian Theatre on Tuesday, June 17th. Co-chairs Nicole Mihalka (JLL) and Li Wen (Gensler) reported this year’s theme is: “Hollywood As An Urban Experience”. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell is expected to again welcome attendees to the conference. L.A. City Planning Director Michael LoGrande will discuss next steps on the Hollywood Community Plan. The keynote speaker will be John Kilroy Jr., of Kilroy Realty. In addition, there will be presentations on several major projects in the development pipeline as well as a panel discussion on why Hollywood is suddenly a hot market for new hotels. Sponsorships are available at several different levels, which include table top displays at the conference. Click here for additional information on sponsorships.

Heroes of Hollywood Event Committee Announces 2014 Selection

Plans are underway for the Hollywood Chamber Community Foundation Annual Heroes of Hollywood Awards Luncheon which is set to be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood. Heroes of Hollywood Event Co-chairs Homer Alba and Cindy Braun are pleased to announce the selection of the following 2014 Heroes of Hollywood: Jeff Anthony of Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, Betty Fraser and Denise DeCarlo of Grub Restaurant/As You Like It Catering, Jackie Goldberg of Senior Star Power Productions, Marc Wanamaker of Bison Archives, Hollywood Arts Council, Starline Tours.

“This year, our Heroes are among Hollywood’s staple establishments and individuals who have made a significant impact within our community in the fields of entertainment, hospitality, history, arts and tourism,” said Alba. Honorees are expected to bring significant attention and record attendance to the luncheon. Returning in his role as emcee again is Robert Kovacik, anchor of NBC4. “We are asking businesses to sponsor this important event. The hosting venue, sponsors, and donors will receive an extensive amount of exposure,” said Braun.

The Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 5th, at the Taglyan Cultural Complex, 1201 Vine St. in Hollywood, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This event serves as one of two major fundraisers for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. All funds raised from this luncheon will be awarded in the form of grants to local charitable organizations. To learn more about sponsorship, please contact marina@hollywoodchamber.net or call 323-469-8311.

Network at the Chamber's April Mixer at Lucky Strike on April 23

LAPPG Presents Networking Event and Panel on Navigating Filmmaking in LA

In an ongoing effort to bring and keep production in LA, the Los Angeles filmmaking community along with Los Angeles Post Production Group, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles and FilmL.A., Inc. are hosting an evening of networking at Busby's East, 5364 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles, on Thursday, May 15, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with an hour-long panel moderated by Paul Audley, President of FilmL.A. at 8 p.m. This special event aims to better inform filmmakers about what the City of Los Angeles has to offer, what the process is for shooting locally and what they can do to help LA remain the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”

“This is a great opportunity for our members to hear from some of the experts in the industry,” said Lern Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “Whether you are someone trying to learn how to navigate the system or just want to learn how you can be supportive of keeping filming in L.A., the Hollywood Chamber encourages your attendance.” For tickets to the event visit http://filmmakinginla.eventbrite.com. Early bird tickets are available for $10 through May 2nd. Admission includes one drink and a giveaway ticket.


Nominations Must Be Submitted By Friday, May 30, 2014
To Be Considered In June Selection Meeting For 2015

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Deadline for submission is on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 12 noon. No exceptions. All nominations will be considered in the annual Walk of Fame Committee meeting to be held in June. The Walk of Fame Committee will make selections for the year 2015.

“We are constantly asked about the process. Nominating someone for a star is as simple as can be! All we ask for is a completed nomination application and a commitment to sponsor the star should their celebrity be selected. Anyone can nominate their favorite celebrity, including a fan,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “Each year, we receive an average of 300 nominations. The Walk of Fame Committee will select an elite group of personalities to become our newest Walk of Famers and continue to help make Hollywood the most famous community in the world!”

Nomination applications can be obtained at www.walkoffame.com

or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Walk of Fame Committee
c/o Ana Martinez, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
7018 Hollywood Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Hollywood, CA 90028

The Walk of Fame categories include Motion Pictures, Television, Radio, Recording and Live Theatre/Live Performance.  The Walk of Fame Committee will select approximately 20-24 names for insertion into the world-famous Walk.

Whether nominating an individual or group, the sponsor must submit a photo, a bio and the nominee’s qualifications as well as a list of contributions to the community and civic-oriented participation. A letter of agreement from the nominee or his/her management must be included with the application.  Posthumous nominations have a five year waiting period.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame does not encourage or endorse online campaigns for fundraising for a star prior to selection. Such initiatives do not impact the selection process for a star on the Walk of Fame. The committee does not accept signatures, phone calls, e-mails, or any form of written or online petitions for a nomination. Beware of all online petitions that collect your email address to no avail. Only official Walk of Fame applications are accepted. “We encourage that you read and fully understand the nomination and selection process on our website www.walkoffame.com,” said Martinez.

New selections will be announced in June. See www.walkoffame.com for updates.

Hear Chamber's Upcoming Hollywood Hot Deals on KLEDLIVE Radio Show

Hollywood HotDeals - a member benefit presented by the Hollywood Chamber of CommerceThe Spicy Business Talk is a live radio show played in KLEDLIVE.com 91.1FM. The show will be playing the Chamber’s Hollywood Hot Deals. Members of the Chamber who offer deals to member businesses and the community will now be able to benefit from an additional exposure on the radio. Kledlive, has 15 live hosts that play their shows and are re-broadcasted after midnight. Kledlive.com: From the heart of Hollywood and around the world this is www.Kledlive.com. Special offers from Chamber members with Hollywood Hot Deals

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Tavis Smiley with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Chamber to honor Tavis Smiley with star on the Walk of Fame. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that television personality Tavis Smiley will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, April 24, 2014 near the famous corner of Hollywood & Vine. “Tavis Smiley is an inspiration to our generation and future leaders. He continues to deliver entertainment, advocacy and politics with his honest conversations,” said Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “His fans will be glad to see Tavis join our Walk of Fame family.” Emcee Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and guest speakers Larry King and Jay Leno will be on hand to unveil the star for Smiley, the 2,522nd star in the category of Television at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard. The star ceremony will be streamed live exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

All Walk of Fame star ceremonies are live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com. Want to know the latest scoop on who is getting the next star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Follow producer Ana Martinez aka Stargirl on Twitter  @Wofstargirl. Stargirl knows all the details about the Walk of Fame and will definitely entertain you!

Hollywood Walk of Fame official website - www.walkoffame.comThe Hollywood Chamber is encouraging members and Hollywood businesses to add the above walkoffame.com button on their website to directly link to www.walkoffame.com the official Hollywood Walk of Fame online. Offer your site visitors direct access to Stargirl's anecdotes and daily experiences with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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