Guide to Upfront Festivities

11:25 PM PST 05/11/2011 by THR staff
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The Big Apple will play host to more than a dozen parties for networking and agencies during this year's upfronts.

NETWORK PARTIES

NBC Announcement
Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas; 11 a.m. May 16
Bob Greenblatt's debut will include a presentation followed by a lunch at the midtown hotel, with stars including Amy Poehler and Joel McHale expected to show.

FBC Announcement
The New Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway; 4 p.m. May 16
Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice are likely to trot out stars including Simon Cowell, Cat Deeley and some American Idol names. The party will continue at Wollman rink.

ESPN
Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway; 9:30 a.m. May 17
ESPN's upfront breakfast will be moderated by network personalities Michelle Beadle and Scott Van Pelt.

ABC Announcement
Lincoln Center, 132 W. 65th St.; 4 p.m. May 17
Paul Lee is expected to bring out late-night host Jimmy Kimmel to roast his own network -- a highlight of the upfronts.

Telemundo
Natural History Museum, 200 Central Park West; 6 p.m. May 17
Telemundo president Don Browne is set to step down June 3, but he'll still lead the NBCUniversal network's upfront presentation.

TNT/TBS Announcement
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St.; 10 a.m. May 18
This marks Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin's fourth consecutive year crashing an upfront week historically reserved for the broadcast networks. Expect talent including Conan O'Brien, Kyra Sedgwick and Angie Harmon to gather for lunch at Del Posto.

CBS Announcement
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave.; 11 a.m. May 18
Nina Tassler will tout the network's stability. Julianna Margulies is among the CBS talent expected to show. After the presentation, a party follows at the Tent at Lincoln Center.

Adult Swim
Roseland Ballroom, 239 W. 52nd St. ; 9 p.m. May 18
Talent from Children's Hospital, Eagleheart and Delocated, among other shows, is expected to mingle with media buyers at an evening headlined by Jay-Z.

CW Announcement
Time Warner Center, 132 W. 65th St. ; 11 a.m. May 19
The younger-skewing net is moving its presentation to the Time Warner Center. It will continue to trot out its bevy of young starlets, including the cast of sophomore hit The Vampire Diaries.

Univision
New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St. ; 3 p.m. May 19
Cesar Conde and ad-sales and marketing president David Lawenda will lead the top-rated Spanish broadcaster's presentation, followed by a reception at the Edison Ballroom where buyers will schmooze with network stars including Giselle Blondet and Blanca Soto.

AGENCY PARTIES

UTA
Lavo, 39 E. 58th St.; 9 p.m. May 15
UTA kicks off the whirlwind upfront week with a Sunday night bash attended by a few hundred actors, writers, producers, agents and execs. 

WME
Peter Luger, 178 Broadway, Brooklyn; 9 p.m. May 17
An agency tradition continues with 80 to 100 agents, show talent and execs expected to fill the top floor of New York's famous steakhouse.

Gersh
James Hotel, 15 Thompson St.; 8 p.m. May 17
Gersh reps and talent including Josh Radnor and Debra Messing will gather for cocktails and hors d'oeurves.

ICM
Simyone Lounge, 409 W. 14th St.; 9 p.m. May 17
The agency fete is expected to lure ICM talent Chuck Lorre, Ian Somerhalder, Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet.

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