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Backstage Creations Helps Make The “Celebrity Retreat” At The Writers Guild Awards A Major Success

Sun, February 17, 2013 3:41am EDT by Russ Weakland Add first Comment
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The 2013 Writers Guild Awards had their own “Celebrity Retreat” that provided all the celebs with some majorly awesome gifts!

Backstage Creations, specialists in award show gifts and custom backstage Celebrity Retreats, produced the “Celebrity Retreat™” at the 2013 Writers Guild Awards at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, on Sunday, February 17, honoring outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, and radio.

Presenters Jessica Chastain and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Jane Lynch (Glee), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Walton Goggins (Justified), Brad Garrett (Everyone Loves Raymond) and nominees/winners Tony Kushner (Lincoln), Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty) and more were thanked for their support with the opportunity to preview product trends showcased in the Retreat.

Celebrity Retreat™ Brands Include:

Academy Award Nominated Best Actress, Jessica Chastain, and Academy Award Nominated Best Supporting Actress, Jacki Weaver wrote notes of encouragement at the iFred, the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression booth. Acclaimed playwright, Tom Stoppard, a Writers Guild Honoree, wrote an encouraging note saying “The sunshine is coming back to you.”

Jacki Weaver, when asked to do the blind taste test for Purity Vodka, joked “Blind taste test? Does that mean you taste until you’re blind? I like the purity one, it’s very smooth!”

Jessica Chastain was happy to have some vegan snacks and loved the Sabra Dipping Company hummus while Brad Garrett said they have some in their frig at home.

Jane Lynch stopped by the Essentious booth to sample their new hair care saying “this smells edible!” Academy award nominee, Jackie Weaver, echoed her sentiments saying, “this smells great, I want it for dessert!”

Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, writers of The Hangover and 21 & Over, brought their wives by the suite who gushed over Infinite Lash saying “I can’t wait to to try it!”

Walton Goggins, who appeared in Lincoln and Django, is excited to use The Oaks at Ojai Spa certificate while he and his wife house hunt in Ojai.

Brad Garrett, who honored Phil Rosenthal at the event, was thrilled about the Rocky Mountaineer train ride, eagerly asking around the suite to see who will go with him.

Rachel Hulan for Furnishing Hope- Matt Weiner was impressed that Furnishing Hope has been able to provide hundreds of wounded warriors and their families with fully furnished, nurturing environments and offered to donate some furniture from his set of Mad Men.

Sabra Dipping Company, LLCJessica Chastain was happy to have some vegan snacks and loved the hummus while Brad Garrett said they have some in their fridge at home.

Also Included In The Gift Bag:

Bananagrams Inc– The anagram game that will drive you bananas!

Elemis Skincare and Spa Brand– Exquisite treatment oil with an exotic blend of sweet scented Frangipani flowers. It has long lasting hydration properties to seal in moisture leaving skin silky soft. Can be used as an intensive treatment for hair and nails.

Invitation Consultants– Stylish personalized stationery featuring fresh designs from the experts at

Kate Spade New York– Pompano Point 2 piece dessert set.

Lollia Poetic License Candle Boutiquerie– Modern, romantic luxury personified; tailored glass encased in a keepsake box of vibrant fresh-picked colors, deliciously paired hues set off by modern lines of sophisticated gold accents.

Martin Greenfield Heritage Beverly Hills– For over 65 years trend setting designers, Presidents, government officials, titans of industry and Hollywood actors turned to Martin Greenfield as their custom clothier. All garments are handmade with only the finest fabrics.

Out of Print Clothing– Set of eight coasters with iconic book cover art from Catch-22, Invisible Man and Pride and Prejudice among others plus a tote with Out of Print’s adaptation of Louis Jambor’s original cover art for Alcott’s classic novel.

Paramount Home Media Distribution– The FLIGHT Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes compelling special features that take audiences behind-the-scenes to learn about the film’s journey to the screen, the making of the movie, how the filmmakers created the terrifying plane crash, and highlights from a Q&A panel at the New York Film Festival.

Simply Divine Brownies– Half a dozen assorted brownies with Writers Guild logos and a gift certificate for $25.00.

“Taming Your Alpha Bitch”- Written by Christy Whitman and Rebecca Grado. BenBella Publishing. Authors give women the ultimate solution on how to be fierce and feminine and get everything they want.
Uncommon, LLC, Uncommon ColorsTM and ClearlyTM Uncommon CasesTM for the iPhone 5 are available at Or create your own customized case featuring photos or artwork.
Wes Ferguson- Five sessions with Certified Personal Trainer Wes Ferguson at Mansion Fitness in West Hollywood.

Water was provided by Volvic, a natural spring water bottled in the regional park of the Auvergne Volcanoes since 1961. The volcanic rock filtration gives Volvic its perfect mineral balance. Volvic is an eco-friendly water. All bottles are 100% recyclable and made with recycled plastic. Together we can make a difference”

Interior design provided by Rachel Hulan for Furnishing Hope

Furnishing Hope’s mission is to improve the living space for people in crisis one room at a time by providing a home-like environment for kids and families in stressful situations. By accepting and reselling donations of high end furniture and furnishings from designer homes in Southern California, Furnishing Hope has been able to provide hundreds of wounded warriors and their families with fully furnished, nurturing environments, so that families can recover from their loss, adjust to their disabilities and build their future.

Interior Designer Rachel Hulan, ASID, CID, of sustainable interiors firm Hulan Design, created a luxury lounge showcasing the amazing furniture and sense of purpose found in the work of Furnishing Hope. Guests were introduced to the work of Furnishing Hope, and were given information on how to donate furniture, a certificate towards purchasing any item at a discount, and information on getting involved if interested. Hulan Design provided a certificate towards a free consultation. and

BACKSTAGE CREATIONS was created in 2000 by Karen Wood, formerly a talent coordinator on over 50 award shows, to give major corporations as well as up-and-coming designers the exclusive opportunity to personally introduce their products and services to celebrities. BACKSTAGE CREATIONS originated the gifting Retreat concept and has created Celebrity Retreats™ at various industry honors including the Screen Actors Guild®, Teen Choice, MTV, BET and Billboard Music Awards. BACKSTAGE CREATIONS puts an emphasis on charitable donation at each event, giving celebrity attendees the opportunity to both give and receive through unique partnerships at our events.

Backstage Creations Retreats™ and gift bags have been featured on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra, E!, TV Guide and our clients appear in OK Magazine,, Us Weekly,, Just Jared and many other print and online publications.

For more information, go to or go to to view footage from the Backstage Creations “Talent Retreats.”

For more information on the 2013 Writers Guild Awards, please visit:

Russ Weakland