Variety’s Emmy Party – Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union & Dwayne Wade, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sterling K Brown, Dolly Parton

Variety’s Emmy Party

By Jack Barnes

On Friday, September 15, 2017, Variety and Women In Film once again toasted the 2017 Television Nominees at their annual celebration at Gracias Madre, two days before the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony. Guests Included Dolly Parton, Gabrielle Union & Dwayne Wade, Viola Davis, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sterling K. Brown, Samira Wiley and more.

Photo Credit: Variety/ Shutterstock


Shiri Appleby, Lake Bell, Madeline Brewer, Sterling K. Brown, Danielle Campbell, Michael Chicklis, Kiersey Clemons, Viola Davis, Nina Dobrev, Ann Dowd, Claire Foy, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Max Greenfield, Kathryn Hahn, Jackie Hoffman, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Felicity Huffman, Sarah Hyland, Abbi Jacobson, Keegan Michael Key, Judith Light, Zoe Lister-Jones, William H. Macy, Lea Michele, Shay Mitchell, Leonardo Nam, Jennifer Nettles, Tracee Ellis Ross, Dolly Parton, Angela Sarafyan, Rhea Seehorn, Kiernan Shipka, Alexander Skarsgard, Matt Smith, Abigail Spencer, Yvonne Strahovski, Robin Tunney, Brian Tyree Henry, Cicely Tyson, Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wade, Annabelle Wallis, Kate Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Samira Wiley, Alison Wright and more.



Len Amato (President, HBO Films), Jamie Babbit (Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, “Silicon Valley”), Casey Bloys (President of Programming, HBO), Charlie Collier (President and General Manager, AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios), Laura Dern (Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, “Big Little Lies”),Nancy Dubuc (President and Chief Executive Officer, A&E Networks), Channing Dungey (President, ABC Entertainment), Ava DuVernay (Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, “13th” & Outstanding Directing for a Nonfiction Program, “13th” & Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program, “13th”), Claire Foy (Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, “The Crown”), Lesli Linka Glatter (Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, “Homeland”), Bonnie Hammer (Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment), Cindy Holland (VP Original Content, Netflix), Mike Hopkins (CEO, Hulu), Kelly Kahl (President, CBS Entertainment), Nicole Kidman (Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, “Big Little Lies” and as an Executive Producer for Outstanding Limited Series, “Big Little Lies”), John Landgraf (CEO, FX Networks), Chrissy Metz (Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, “This Is Us”),Courteney Monroe (CEO, National Geographic Global Networks), David Nevins (President & CEO, Showtime), Gary Newman (Co-Chairman and CEO, Fox Television Group), Thandie Newton (Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, “Westworld”), Roy Price (VP, Amazon Studios), Tracee Ellis Ross (Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, “Black-ish”), Peter Roth (President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group), Jennifer Salke(President, NBC Entertainment), Ted Sarandos (Chief Content Officer, Netflix), Lena Waithe (Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, “Master of None”) and Reese Witherspoon (Emmy Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, “Big Little Lies” and as an Executive Producer for Outstanding Limited Series, “Big Little Lies”).


Guests – including Viola Davis and Keegan Michael Key – enjoyed classic flavors of Halo Top, like Birthday Cake and Sea Salt Caramel, as well as newly launched flavors like Rainbow Swirl at the Halo Top Ice Cream Bar.

Mercedes-Benz, the event’s premier sponsor, displayed their stunning new Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster – the latest high performance addition to the impressive Mercedes-AMG model range. Powered by a handcrafted AMG 4.0L twin turbo V8, the GT C Roadster boasts 550 horsepower and rockets from 0 – 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. This pure bred sports car also offers exceptional driving dynamics thanks to its intelligent lightweight design, AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension and active rear axle steering. Guests including Viola Davis, Ann Dowd, Julianne Hough, Jennifer Nettles, Derek Hough and Lake Bell arrived in Mercedes-Benz vehicles.


Variety remains the seminal voice of the entertainment industry for 112 years and counting. Featuring award-winning breaking news reporting, insightful award-season coverage, must-read feature spotlights and intelligent analysis of the industry’s most prominent players, Variety is the trusted source for the business of global entertainment. Read by a highly engaged audience of industry insiders, Variety’s multi-platform content coverage expands across digital, mobile, social, print and branded events and summits.

In 2015  and 2016 Variety’s “Actors on Actors” on PBS was awarded the Emmy for best entertainment programming at the Television Academy’s 67th and 68th Los Angeles area Emmy Awards. “Actors on Actors,” an interview special that features pairings of prominent actors discussing their craft, was produced by PBS SoCal in partnership with Variety Media, LLC. Follow Variety on Facebook; Twitter, @variety; Instagram, @Variety The Variety Group – Variety,, Variety Insight, Indiewire, LA 411, NY 411 – is owned by Variety Media, LLC, a division of Penske Media Corporation.


Women In Film advocates for, and advances the careers of, women working in the screen industries – to achieve parity and transform culture. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education, provides scholarships, grants and film finishing funds and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community. For more information visit


Los Angeles based Halo Top Creamery is the world’s first low-calorie ice cream that is 100% natural. Halo Top was founded in 2012 by former lawyer turned ice cream aficionado, Justin Woolverton, while he was on a quest to find an all-natural, low-calorie ice cream he could enjoy without guilt. Delivering premium ice cream people can actually feel good about eating, Halo Top is crafted with only the finest ingredients while remaining high in protein and low in sugar. Halo Top is available nationwide in the freezer aisle. For more information, please visit and follow Halo Top on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Atlanta, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States.  MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse lineup in the luxury segment with 15 model lines ranging from the sporty CLA-Class four-door coupe to the flagship S-Class and the Mercedes-AMG GT S.

MBUSA is also responsible for Mercedes-Benz Vans and smart products in the U.S. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at and Accredited journalists can visit our media site at

Previously Event Recap: Grammy Nominees at UMG and Variety ‘Music Is Universal’ Lounge [Photos]

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