NEW YORK: Industry colleagues gather to roast Interpublic Group of Cos. Chairman Phil Geier. (From l.) Stone Roberts, chairman-CEO, Gotham; John Bergin, former president, McCann-Erickson North America; Cliff Einstein, chairman, Dailey & Associates; Christopher Plummer, actor; Mr. Geier; Don Keough, chairman, Allen & Co.; John Dooner, president, Interpublic; Bob Wright,vice chairman, General Electric Co., and president-CEO, NBC; Barry Day, consultant, Interpublic; Allen Rosenshine, chairman-CEO, Omnicom Group's BBDO Worldwide.
NEW YORK: Jay Burzon, VP-sales, The Sporting News, was roasted in honor of his year-end retirement. From l.) Fran Farrell, senior VP-publisher, The Sporting News; David Ropes, executive VP-business development and marketing, zUniversity.com; Mr. Burzon; Eric Harkna, senior VP-director, BBDO Worldwide; Spencer Plavoukos, president-CEO (retired), Ammirati Puris Lintas.
LOS ANGELES: Vanity Fair, St. John and Mercedes-Benz join Kevin Spacey to raise money for the Motion Picture & Television Fund. (From l.) Peter Hunsinger, publisher, Vanity Fair; George Clooney, actor; Kelly Gray, president, St. John Knits International; Mr. Spacey; Richard Riordan, mayor, Los Angeles, and wife, Nancy Daly Riordan.
NEW YORK: The Geppetto Group hosts a client conference on marketing to kids. (From l.) Patti Sunderland, cultural anthropologist, partner, B/R/S Group; Chris McKee, chief creative officer, The Geppetto Group; Monica Wingate, market research manager, Pillsbury; Julie Halpin, CEO, The Geppetto Group; Danny Grossman, president, Wild Planet Toys; Idit Harel, CEO, MaMaMedia.com; Rachel Geller, chief strategic officer, The Geppetto Group; Pam Kaufman, senior VP-promotions marketing, Nickelodeon.