Television’s biggest night took place in Century Park, CA this Saturday, September 21st, where the entertainment industry came together for the seventh annual “Evening Before” party, benefitting the MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund).
The television industry, from Emmy presenters and nominees, to other TV industry members, helped raise funds to support the MPTF and its numerous programs and services the fund provides for its more than 60,000 members of the entertainment industry.
The Seventh Annual Evening Before’s Host Committee consisted of Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, Emily Blunt & John Krasinski, Julie Bowen, Connie Britton, Ty Burrell, Claire Danes & Hugh Dancy, Jeff Daniels, Robin Dearden & Bryan Cranston, Zooey Deschanel, Michelle Dockery, Lena Dunham, Tina Fey, Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Hall, Julianna Margulies, Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone, Helen McCrory & Damien Lewis, Seth Meyers, Elisabeth Moss, Jim Parsons, Aaron Paul, Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, Eric Stonestreet, Emily VanCamp, Kerry Washington and Jennifer Westfeldt & Jon Hamm.
The Executive Host Committee includes J.J. Abrams, Chris Albrecht, Len Amato, Kary Antholis, Matthew C. Blank, Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer, Charlie Collier, Roma Downey & Mark Burnett, Nancy Dubuc, Robert Greenblatt, Bonnie Hammer, Ted Harbert, Doug Herzog, Ryan Seacrest and many more.
This year’s presenting sponsors were essie, PEOPLE magazine and Target, with additional support from platinum sponsors including AMC Networks and Netflix.
“We are so happy this event is in its seventh year. It truly shows how the television community supports MPTF’s mission. We are grateful to our sponsors as well, for making this night possible,” said Ken Scherer, CEO of the MPTF Foundation.
Among the celebrities who attended this year’s event were Shohreh Aghdashloo, Tim Allen, Morena Baccarin, Scott Bakula, William Baldwin, Greg Berlanti, Mayim Bialik, Matt Bomer, Powers Boothe, Alison Brie, Beau Bridges, Dan Bucatinsky, Rose Byrne, Jim Carter, Anna Chlumsky, James Cromwell, Jon Cryer, Whitney Cummings, Laura Dern, Taye Diggs, Nina Dobrev, Michael Douglas, Adam Driver, Edie Falco, Anna Faris, Vera Farmiga, Nathan Fillion, Michael J. Fox, Rupert Friend, Tony Goldwyn, Max Greenfield, Chelsea Handler, Marcia Gay Harden, Kit Harrington, Simon Helberg, John Benjamin Hickey, Freddie Highmore, Sarah Hyland, Allison Janney, Mindy Kaling, Alex Karpovsky, Jane Krakowski, Padma Lakshmi, Ali Larter, Melissa Leo, Natasha Lyonne, Joe Mantegna, Margo Martindale, Jack McBrayer, Mary McDonnell, Joel McHale, Christopher Meloni, Stephen Merchant, Shemar Moore, Peter Morgan, Chris Noth, Jessica Pare, Mandy Patinkin, Zac Posen, Pablo Schreiber, Michael Sheen, Molly Sims, Alexander Skarsgård, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Spacey, David Spade, Toby Stephens, Charlize Theron, Robin Tunney, Jon Voight, Matthew Weiner, Allison Williams, and Robin Wright, among many others.
“This is a week when the television community comes together to celebrate the best of the best, and we love being a part of it,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation. “The Evening Before honors this fantastic industry while at the same time raising much needed dollars and awareness for a great cause.”
Robyn Leuthe Norris produced the “Evening Before” for the seventh consecutive year, with designs of a relaxed town square atmosphere in the Park, by Silver Birches.
The event is designed after the highly successful “Night Before,” another fundraiser held annually before the Academy Awards for the past eleven years to benefit the MPTF.