PHILADELPHIA – Seven months away from the Democratic national convention, organizers have already opened a Philadelphia office, held a series of town hall meetings with local businesses, given the national media a tour of the Wells Fargo Center and assigned every state delegation a hotel.
The show’s co-producer Ricky Kirshner and the convention committee’s CEO, Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, provided some updates to The Inquirer on what the early planning process for the July 25-28 convention is like from the director’s chair.
Kirshner knows how it’s done: He has produced every Democratic national convention since 1992.
The son of late TV rock legend Don Kirshner, he has also been at the helm of several Super Bowl halftime shows (including the upcoming 50th) and the Tony Awards.
Daughtry, too, knows conventions. She headed the Convention Committee in 2008, when President Obama was first nominated, and has worked on several others. She has said this DNC will be the most diverse in history and as part of that goal, the committee aims to award 35 percent of contracts to minority, female and LGBT-owned businesses.
Read the whole interview here.