Gala Dinner

March 28, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
$500 tickets & various sponsorship opportunities
Charissa Gonzales

Join us for our 26th Annual Dinner on March 28, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton. The Alliance’s largest fundraising event of the year will honor Bonnie Hammer, Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment & Studios, with the National Champion for Children Award, and will be hosted by Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen host of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” and feature a performance by Darren Criss.

Bonnie Hammer, Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment & Studios
Bonnie Hammer is a dynamic innovator in the entertainment industry and a passionate advocate for equality and inclusion.

In her role as Chairman, Hammer oversees one of the largest cable portfolios in television, including leading brands USA Network, SYFY, Bravo, Oxygen, E! Entertainment and Universal Kids, and two Hollywood studios: Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios. Together the networks of NBCU Cable Entertainment air more than 130 original series throughout the year and an estimated 113.5 million viewers tune in to her networks on average in a given week.

Hammer has been named the “Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment” by the Hollywood Reporter and is featured annually on in its Power 100 list. She is also regularly included among Fortune and Forbes magazine’s lists of the “most powerful women” as well as Vanity Fair’s annual “New Establishment” list.

Throughout her career, Bonnie Hammer has championed diversity, most notably through her Emmy award-winning campaign Erase the Hate, first launched in 1994 while at USA. The campaign was relaunched in October of 2017 across her entire portfolio and will identify and amplify new voices in the fight against discrimination and prejudice. She has been chosen as this year’s honoree for her sustained commitment to promoting equality.

Hammer is also a noted photographer whose work has been featured in galleries and national publications. She holds a BA and a MA from Boston University, where she was granted an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters in 2017.

Steve Marenberg, Irell & Manella LLP
Steve Marenberg is a partner of Irell & Manella LLP, where he heads the firm’s Media and Entertainment Litigation Group. His practice encompasses a wide range of commercial litigation matters, with particular concentrations in entertainment-related litigation, intellectual property litigation, and antitrust and business tort disputes. Mr. Marenberg’s clients have included some of the nation’s leading motion picture studios, television networks, independent production companies, music companies, interactive game companies and entertainers, as well as prominent high-technology firms. He is consistently recognized as a leading entertainment lawyer with accolades including The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers list and Variety’s Legal Impact Report, among others. Mr. Marenberg has a long-standing commitment to community service, serving on the boards of the Friends of the Saban Community Clinic and the Visiting and Public Interest Advisory Committees of the University of Chicago Law School, in addition to serving as the current Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Children’s Rights.

View the 26th Annual Alliance Dinner Tribute Journal

Dinner Co-Chairs & Committee

  • Susan Friedman*
  • Cliff Gilbert-Lurie*
  • Gary Newman*
  • Rick Rosen*
  • Toni Schulman*

Honorary Committee

  • Dianna Lau & Kevin Beggs
  • Peter Benedek*
  • Jason Clodfelter
  • Dena Cook*
  • Nancy Dubuc
  • Susan & Scott Edelman*
  • Megan McGowan Epstein & Alan Epstein*
  • Justin Falvey
  • Darryl Frank
  • Randy Freer
  • Steve Golin
  • Ari Greenburg
  • Paul Haas
  • Marilyn Jones & Mitchell Kaplan*
  • Debbee Klein
  • Steve Lafferty
  • Karen Mack* & Russell Goldsmith
  • Jennifer & David Miner
  • Leslie Moonves
  • Sue Naegle*
  • David Nevins
  • Chris Parnell
  • Kevin Reilly*
  • Ande & Bruce Rosenblum*
  • Andrea & Peter Roth
  • Dawn & Phillip Rudolph*
  • Jennifer & Bert Salke
  • Julia Franz & Chris Silbermann
  • Susan Stockton & Chris Walther*
  • Richard Weitz
  • Noelle* & Dick Wolf

*Alliance Board member

Thanks to special Benefactors Gary Saltz Foundation, William H. Tilley Family Foundation & San Manuel Band of Mission Indians


  • Noelle & Dick Wolf


  • NBC Universal


  • 21st Century Fox & Fox Television Group
  • CBS
  • Gibson Dunn
  • Leslie & Cliff Gilbert-Lurie
  • Karen Mack & Russell Goldsmith
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • HBO
  • Irell & Manella LLP
  • Johnny Carson Foundation
  • Kaplan Stahler Agency
  • Proskauer
  • Venable LLP
  • Susan Stockton & Chris Walther
  • Ziffren Brittenham LLP


  • Activision Blizzard, Inc.
  • all3media america
  • Creative Artists Agency
  • ICM Partners
  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
  • Melissa & Alex Romain
  • Orly Adelson & Rick Rosen
  • Toni & John Schulman
  • The Sidley Austin Foundation
  • Sony Pictures Television
  • United Talent Agency
  • WME

Youth Council Table

  • Apple
  • 21st Century Fox & Fox Television Group
  • Chernin Entertainment
  • WilmerHale
  • WWE


  • Rich Appel
  • 3 Arts Entertainment
  • A+ E Networks
  • Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
  • City National Bank
  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Dena Cook
  • Disney | ABC Television
  • Eisner Jaffe
  • Megan McGowan Epstein & Alan Epstein
  • Hulu
  • The Jack in the Box Foundation
  • Lionsgate
  • Alison Whalen & Steve Marenberg
  • Wendy & Barry Meyer
  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate,
  • Meagher & Flom LLP
  • TBS & TNT
  • TM Financial Forensics, LLC
  • Warner Bros. Television Group
  • Wasserman Foundation
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • The Wonderful Company


  • AIG
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Amblin Partners
  • Annapurna Pictures
  • P.J. & Jim Clark
  • Cooley LLP
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • Crowell & Moring LLP
  • DLA Piper LLP
  • Dykema
  • Susan & Scott Edelman
  • Patricia Glaser, Glaser Weil LLP
  • Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman, L.L.P.
  • Harder LLP
  • Hypnotic and SUITS: Aaron Korsh, David Bartis, Gene Klein & Doug Liman
  • ITV America
  • Jo Kaplan & Larry Feldman
  • Kibre & Horowitz LLP
  • Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Philpott Meeks, LLP
  • Pomona Unified School District
  • Robins Kaplan LLP
  • Dawn & Phil Rudolph
  • Elizabeth Zamora & Miguel Santana
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Nicole Tilley
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