BritWeek Gala Dinner Honoring Timothy J. Leiweke

Thursday, April 28 • 6:00 PM • The Event Deck at L.A. LIVE

1005 West Chick Hearn Court &bull Atop the Lot W Garage

Britweek cordially invites you to join in honoring AEG Worldwide President and CEO Timothy J. Leiweke as he receives the BritWeek Transatlantic Business Award for Distinguished Service to the UK and US. The Gala Dinner will feature a special performance by Grammy Award-Winning artist SEAL. There will also be a performance by a cappella band Overtone (whose music features on Clint Eastwood’s Invictus soundtrack) and a special adaptation from The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil.

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Who Attends

Gala DinnerBritish Consul General Dame Barbara Hay will present Mr. Leiweke with his prestigious Award before 500 guests, including celebrities, prominent leaders from high profile business, aerospace, manufacturing, legal and entertainment companies, local political figures and many distinguished guests of the British and European Consulates. The dinner will be preceded by an intimate VIP Champagne Reception, exclusively for high-level sponsors and our Guest of Honor. Please join us for this very special evening paying tribute to Mr. Leiweke and his remarkable contributions to the US and UK.

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Timothy J. Leiweke, President & CEO, AEG

Timothy J. Leiweke A pioneering force in the professional sports and entertainment arenas, Mr. Leiweke has transformed these industries in the US, UK and beyond through his innovative thinking. As President and CEO of the world’s leading sports and entertainment network, he has created a global alliance of companies responsible for numerous successful projects around the globe. Under his direction, AEG acquired The O2 in London, turning a site that represented one of the British government’s most high-profile failures into one of the leading entertainment centers in the world. In Los Angeles alone, AEG is responsible for STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Nokia Theater and L.A. LIVE, the $2.5 billion city-within-a-city. According to the LA Times, Mr. Leiweke has ‘unmatched influence over the sports and entertainment experience in LA’ and ‘has driven vast changes in the texture of downtown LA’s cityscape’.

Visit the AEG Worldwide website

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Grammy Award-Winning Artist Seal

Seal CommitmentOver the course of a remarkable career that spans more than two decades, internationally acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Seal has garnered countless accolades and four Grammy Awards. Known for his one-of-a-kind, soaring, husky baritone voice and classic songwriting, he has enjoyed success across numerous genres of music and sold over 15 million albums worldwide.

Poignant and romantic love songs such as Prayer For the Dying, the Grammy Award-winning Kiss From A Rose, Don’t Cry (all from 1994’s Seal II) and Love’s Divine (from 2003’s Seal IV) have delighted fans and earned Seal critical acclaim. He has also seen great success in the dance/pop music world, beginning with his roots in Britain’s house music/rave scene, which featured in his 1991 debut album and again in 2007’s dancefloor-friendly System. In 2008, Seal released Soul, a stunning compilation of classic soul songs delivered with his unique, signature touch. A No. 1 album in France, Soul remained atop the album chart for 13 consecutive weeks.

SealMost recently, Seal reunited with Soul producer, renowned music maestro David Foster, on the new studio album Seal 6: Commitment. Featuring unforgettable melodies that delve into the emotions surrounding love, family and commitment from Seal’s unique, lyrical point of view, this album was inspired by Seal’s own life experience. "Everything about my life is fully committed," he says. "I’ve never felt more focused on the matter at hand: my wife, my children, the family in general, my own well-being, and of course music and my career. Each one of these songs has personal meaning for me. I dug very deep and all I can hope for is that the music strikes a chord with people."

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OvertoneWith vocal abilities like no other, Overtone is taking America by storm and quickly becoming one of the hottest vocal/pop bands in the country. This amazingly talented group of singers/musicians started as an a cappella group in their native Johannesburg, South Africa in 2006. Success quickly followed with bookings at corporate events, music festivals and a month-long tribute show to the rock legends, Queen.

In 2009, Dina Eastwood saw Overtone in the Queen tribute show in Cape Town, where her husband, actor/director Clint Eastwood was filming Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. She was blown away by the ensemble and arranged a private performance for the cast and crew. In short order, Clint asked the band to perform the majority of the Invictus soundtrack.

Overtone has toured the American west with multi-platinum, Grammy winner Corinne Bailey Rae and played the prestigious SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. The gifted singers have appeared on The Ellen De Generes Show, The George Lopez Show and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson; and have been featured in US Weekly, Billboard Magazine and on Delta Airlines’ in-flight program. They have opened twice for multi-platinum artists OneRepublic, played private performances for the legendary Tony Bennett and Academy Award Winner Charlize Theron, and performed the National Anthem at the San Jose Sharks NHL play-off game to 40,000 people.

Overtone has great audience rapport, appeals to all ages, and is highly skilled at choreographed dance. The group was nominated for two of South Africa’s most prestigious music awards, including Best Newcomers and Best Group of the Year for 2009. Members, who range in age from 21-27, sing a cappella in English, Afrikaans and Zulu, and also play bass, guitar, drums and piano and write and record original music. Their repertoire includes close to 100 songs, ranging from traditional Zulu and Afrikaans folk to American pop music. Currently, they are recording Lucky Punks, the follow-up to debut CD Frequency and the Invictus soundtrack, featuring all original compositions.

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The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil

The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du SoleilA recipient of three Grammy Awards (Best Surround Sound 2008, Best Soundtrack 2008, Best Long Form Music Video 2010), LOVE celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles through their timeless, original recordings. Born from a personal friendship and mutual admiration between the late George Harrison and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, LOVE brings the magic of Cirque du Soleil together with the spirit and passion behind the most beloved rock group of all time to create a vivid, intimate and powerful entertainment experience.

The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil Drawn from the poetry of the lyrics, LOVE explores the content of the songs as interpreted by innovative performances from a cast of 70 international artists. A youthful, raw energy is channeled through aerial performance, extreme sports and urban freestyle dance. Presented exclusively at The Mirage in Las Vegas, LOVE will celebrate its 5th Anniversary in June 2011, having played to over 4 million spectators.

Visit The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil website The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil Logo

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Our Emcee: Ross King

Ross KingScottish-born, Los Angeles-based Ross King is one of Britain’s most vibrant and versatile artists. An award-winning performer on stage, screen and radio, he made his theatrical debut at the tender age of 5, his first radio broadcast at 15 and his television entrance at 17. He can be seen daily in the UK and Europe as the LA Correspondent for ITV’s Daybreak (the Brit version of The Today Show) and Lorraine Kelly too. For the last five years, Ross was the Entertainment Anchor on KTLA/The CW Channel 5’s Prime News, winning 4 Emmys and a Golden Mic Award. He has also hosted VH1’s Critics Choice Movie Awards as well as the nationally broadcast Hollywood Christmas Parade. In Australia, he regularly appears on Channel 9 News and A Current Affair.

A prolific international television career began when Ross was chosen over 3600 hopefuls to host ITV’s Young Krypton. He has since hosted nearly thirty television series for BBC, ITV and SKY, from game shows to Children’s TV to documentaries to human interest programs. For five years he anchored the BBC’s live daily chat and entertainment show Pebble Mill, which took him around the globe presenting specials from the Oscars, Cannes and beyond. His relaxed and informal style has resulted in preeminent interviews with Prime Minister Tony Blair and some of the world’s biggest stars, including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Johnny Depp, Clint Eastwood and many more, earning him a recognition award from the Variety Club of Great Britain. Film credits include The Day After Tomorrow, among many others.

Among numerous musical and theatrical credits around the UK, he had leading roles in the West End productions of Summer Holiday and the Olivier Award-nominated Dick Whittington, London’s musical for the millennium directed by Gillian Lynne (Phantom of the Opera). He also played the role of Franknfurter in The Rocky Horror Show to critical acclaim.

On radio, Ross became Britain’s youngest daytime host on Scotland’s Radio Clyde. He has since hosted thousands of radio shows, including London’s Capital Radio and the Euro Chart for the UK, along with multiple programs on national Talk Radio and BBC’s National Radio 5, winning two prestigious Sony Awards and many others along the way. He also realized a lifelong ambition when he co-hosted the American Weekly Top 40 Countdown with Legendary DJ Rick Dees. His radio show The King in LA is currently syndicated across the UK. Ross is also the voice of American Express...but sadly he can't pay off your balance.

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Our Beneficiary

Joy of ReadingProceeds from the Gala Dinner will benefit the children of Los Angeles, specifically BritWeek’s “Joy of Reading” project, a unique program promoting reading and literacy in partnership with LA’s BEST LA’s BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow), ), a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources at 180 elementary schools throughout the City of Los Angeles.

LA's BESTThousands of children around Los Angeles are taking part in the Joy of Reading Classic British Children’s Book Club and Essay Contest, and participating schools will receive libraries of classic children’s books. Visit our dedicated Joy of Reading page to learn more about this novel program.

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Live Auction Packages

BritWeek Gala 2011 Live Auction UK Package
ESCAPE TO THE UK terms and conditions:   * 2 Round-trip Positive-Space Upper Class Tickets to London on Virgin Atlantic: Tickets are valid for travel through April 28, 2012. Blackout periods apply for travel on prize tickets. Blackout dates are the week before and after Easter and Christmas, and June 15th through August 15th. Once tickets are issued, they are non-endorsable and non-transferable. As with all tickets, arrangements are subject to availability and space is capacity controlled. Successful bidder and companion MUST travel together. Passengers are responsible for all transportation taxes and fees related to tickets. Currently these fees are approximately $700 per person. The IRS requires Form 1099-MISC be issued and filed for each recipient/bidder who receives a prize/award, if the annual aggregate is at least $600 or more.

BritWeek Gala 2011 Live Auction Mexico Package

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Directions and Parking

The Event Deck at L.A. LIVE (scroll down for map)
1005 West Chick Hearn Drive • Atop the L.A. LIVE West Garage

Valet Parking $20 with BritWeek Validation
Self Parking $10 with BritWeek Validation

101 Freeway southbound from San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys 110 Harbor/San Pedro Freeway southbound, and 101 south to 5 south to 110 southbound from Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena
110 Freeway southbound
Exit Olympic Blvd. and turn left at end of ramp
Left at 11th Street
Left at LA LIVE Way
Right in the first driveway (West Road)
Proceed to valet area, or for Self Parking turn right into Gate F

10 Freeway westbound from San Bernardino, Riverside, Pomona, Ontario
10 Freeway westbound (towards Los Angeles)
110 Freeway northbound exit, to the Pico Blvd. off ramp
Continue north past Pico Blvd. (on LA LIVE Way)
Pass 11th Street and turn right in the first driveway (West Road)
Proceed to the valet area, or for Self Parking turn right into Gate F

405 Freeway southbound from Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley to 10 Freeway eastbound from Westside
10 Freeway eastbound
Exit Hoover St., turn left and continue to Alvarado St.
Right at Pico Blvd.
Left at LA LIVE WY turn left
Pass 11th Street and turn right in the first driveway (West Road)
Proceed to the valet area, or for Self Parking turn right into Gate F

405 Freeway northbound from San Diego, Orange County, Anaheim to 110 Freeway north
405 Freeway north to 110 Freeway north (Harbor/Los Angeles)
110 north and transition to the 10 Freeway West
Take the Pico Blvd. off ramp
Continue north past Pico Blvd. (on LA LIVE Way )
Pass 11th Street and turn right in the first driveway (West Road)
Proceed to the valet area, or for Self Parking turn right into Gate F

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LA LIVE Parking Map

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Reservations and Sponsorship Opportunities

Gala Dinner Reservations and Advertising Form
Click image to download Gala Dinner Sponsorship, Reservations and Advertising Order Form to mail your payment (or scroll down for complete pricing and benefit details to purchase online)

Pay tribute to Timothy Leiweke, support LA's BEST, and take advantage of a wonderful opportunity to market your products and services to a select group of dignitaries, celebrities and business professionals.

For Presenting Sponsor and Benefactor Tables of 10 (which include advertising and VIP benefits below), please contact the BritWeek Office:

  • Ten (10) seats at the Head Table with Guest of Honor Timothy J. Leiweke
  • One VIP table for ten (10) guests adjacent to the Head Table
  • Presenting Sponsor and Host of the private VIP Reception
  • Exclusive access for twenty (20) guests to the VIP Reception
  • Prominent recognition as Presenting Sponsor during the Gala Dinner
  • Presenting Sponsor recognition / logo with hyperlink prominently displayed on Britweek website
  • Presenting Sponsor designation and logo on all printed and electronic event and PR materials, advertisements, invitations and newsletters
  • Named as Presenting Sponsor on front cover of evening Tribute Book given to each guest
  • Lead Position (back cover or inside front cover) full color page ad in the evening Tribute Book
  • Designated as a Sponsor of Britweek

  • One (1) VIP table for ten (10) guests with premiere position near the Head Table
  • Invitation for ten (10) guests to the private VIP Reception
  • Prominent recognition as Benefactor Sponsor during the Gala Dinner
  • Benefactor Sponsor recognition and logo with hyperlink prominently displayed on Britweek website
  • Benefactor Sponsor designation and logo on all printed and electronic event and PR materials, advertisements, invitations and newsletters
  • Premier position full page color ad and Benefactor Sponsor recognition in the evening Tribute Book
  • Designated as a Sponsor of Britweek

  • One (1) Table of ten (10) and two (2) tickets to VIP Reception
  • Full Page ad in Gala Program Book and listing as Sponsor on printed materials

  • Quarter Page Black & White ad in Gala Program Book

Limited number of $5,000 tables available

Limited number of $500 tickets available

* To the extent allowed by law

For further information, contact the BritWeek office at (310) 312-1012.

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