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1. To fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

2. Breathe in (air); inhale.

“Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™” is the definition of inspiration. It exists to provide not only the urge, but the ability to accomplish creative greatness. 

This incredible presentation has become a ‘can’t miss’ annual event in and of itself. In “The Hot List™,” Michael takes the hottest, newest and most inspiring event and entertainment insights and showcases them for the producers in a breathtaking 90 minute, head-spinning romp. A word of advice; have your espresso ‘on board’ and don’t blink, you might miss something!

With “The Hot List™,” Michael identifies fresh trends in the ever-changing marketplace and showcases acts and innovations for enhanced experiential marketing. “Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™” is more than an education in the direction of event production, it is Michael’s way of giving back to the industry which has given him so much. 

It’s been said that how ‘The Hot List™’ goes, so goes the industry. Michael himself has even become ‘the event within the event,’ posing for pictures with fans even as he orchestrates the magnificent happening. Michael’s secret? He loves what he does, and he loves to see others succeed. Michael never needs to be the life of the party; his dream is to bring life to your party.











JOseph cozza,
Catering sales leader, northeast region marriott international

“Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™ was amazing and I am getting nothing but rave reviews about it. It was the hottest thing at the meeting. Michael’s knowledge, experience, and PASSION made the entire presentation both educational and entertaining. I am so grateful that Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot list™ was able to be part of our Catering Sales Experience.”


“If you want to know the hottest acts, the most innovative technology and newest entertainment products available, don't miss Michael Cerbelli and The Hot List. What I love about Michael is that he thinks outside the box and carefully handpicks the most incredibleproducts that "wow" the event planners themselves. He is hip, trendy and in the know and not to mention you'll have a great time at this event. I sure did!”


“Michael Cerbelli is a dynamic force within the industry and we were happy to work with him both at The Hot List and during future projects. For Xpogo, The Hot List provided an ideal platform to showcase our athletes directly to corporate industry decision makers and then convert that presentation into future business.“


“The Hot List provides event professionals with an essential boost of creativity & fresh ideas. In an industry that is often tempted to rely on traditional approaches, Michael Cerbelli shares innovations that are both practical and exciting. Underneath the flash & sizzle of the show, Michael Cerbelli cares about the event industry. He is committed to pushing every event professional forward. Participating in Michael Cerbelli’s The Hot List, has been a fantastic boost to my work. It has provided instant credibility on one of the top platforms in the event industry.“


"Our participation in Michael Cerbelli's Hot List was by far the best showcase for Cirque Mechanics. Michael's Hot List at TSE gave us an amazing forum to share our new work! His team was fantastic and his event made us look great. Our first appearance on The Hot List with our Gantry Bike was two years ago and I continue to get emails and messages from event planners and producers who saw our presentation in Chicago. I encourage anybody invited to invest in themselves and find a way to participate. It has paid off for us many times over."


“Michael's energy, ideas and creativity are unmatched in the event industry. He has a keen eye to see the next big thing. The year's hot list is always the must see show.”


“Michael Cerbelli’s The Hot List is a better marketing investment than any other product E Three Productions participates in. Getting direct exposure to over 1500 industry professionals at once, puts Michael’s class in a league of its own” “Being chosen to perform twice at Michael Cerbelli’s The Hot List has helped give E Three Productions amazing exposure to the corporate event industry. We always get fast responses, inquiries and bookings from the attendees. Michael provides a unique platform to expose our products to over 1500 industry professionals at once. He is in a league of his own…”


What is Michael Cerbelli's: The Hot List™: 2020?

Taking the hottest and newest event and entertainment ideas, Michael names the trends well before everyone knows them.  Combined with his quick wit, natural charisma, and yes… his good looks, Michael’s presentation to a feverish popularity. From Los Angeles to New York and London to New Delhi, he has been invited around the world to speak and share his knowledge and expertise.

What is The Special Event?

At The Special Event (TSE), the industry's premier trade show and conference for event professionals, you'll connect with over 5,000 event colleagues, exhibitors, and mentors. During your time at TSE, you can select from over 100 education sessions, attend seven showcasing events, network with fellow event pros, and browse through thousands of products on the exhibit hall floor. If you produce weddings or events, TSE is your show!

When is the show?

Thursday March 12, 2020

Doors open at 8:00 AM

Preshow starts at 8:00 AM

Michael Cerbelli's: The Hot List™ starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 10:00 AM 

Is the entertainment act required to perform live to make the list?

Yes. Each entertainment act is required to perform live at The Special Event on Thursday March 12, 2020.

Are product ideas required to be present at Michael Cerbelli's: The Hot List™: 2020?

No. If your product is featured on Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™.  you do not need to present. However, it will be very beneficial for the success of your product to meet with event professionals to discuss your product.

Can I hand out samples of my product at Michael Cerbelli's: The Hot List™: 2020?

Yes, it is highly encouraged to provide samples for attendees. You are responsible for placing product on the seats before the show and you must pay for any shipping cost associated any product.

Who can submit?

Anyone with a HOT idea.

How do I submit?

Click here

What do I need to submit?

Each act is required to submit a detailed description of the idea, Hi-Rez photos, Hi-Rez video and technical rider if applicable. 

When is the submission deadline?

Friday, December 13, 2019

How will I find out if my act has been accepted toMichael Cerbelli's: The Hot List™: 2020?

Acceptance letters will be emailed out two weeks after the submission deadline.

When can I post on social media my idea has been accepted on Michael Cerbelli's: The Hot List™: 2020?

If your idea is accepted to Michael Cerbelli's: The Hot List™: 2020, please don’t post on social media until after the live show. It’s Top Secret!

Do I need pay for travel to Michael Cerbelli's: The Hot List™: 2020?

Yes. Each act is financially responsible for any travel, hotel, transportation cost that is accrued for Michael Cerbelli's: The Hot List™: 2020.

Will Cerbelli Creative or The Special Event reimburse for me for any cost associated with Michael Cerbelli's: The Hot List™: 2020?

No. Cerbelli Creative or The Special Event will not reimburse for any cost including shipping, production, labor, backline, or gear required to perform at live show. Michael Cerbelli's: The Hot List™: 2020.

Do I need to provide my own backline?

Yes. Each act is responsible for arranging and providing for backline or any addition gear, including staging, lighting, audio, lighting equipment.

Is there any travel information?

Click here for the website to TSE 2020. 

Who do I contact with more questions?