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22nd Annual Thea Awards Presented by Chimelong Group April 2, 2016 • Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA, USA Welcome from the TEA President - Steve Birket, Birket Engineering


Thea Classic – San Diego Zoo & San Diego Zoo Safari Park


Special Thanks to Chimelong Group, Thea Awards Gala Presenter


Special Thanks to AECOM and The Hettema Group


History of the Thea Awards


Thea Awards Gala Production Team Credits


Thea Awards Program Acknowledgements


Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden


Inspector Training Course, Discovery Cube Los Angeles


Integrated Environmental Media System at LAX


Manufacturing Innovation, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Henry Ford


Gantom Torch Technology


Geppetto Animation Control System


SpongeBob SubPants Adventure, Moody Gardens


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, Victoria & Albert Museum


Les Amoureux de Verdun, Puy du Fou


“Moments of Happiness” at World of Coca-Cola


Fountain of Dreams, Wuyishan


One World Observatory, New York City


Foresta Lumina, Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook


Disney Paint the Night, Hong Kong Disneyland Park & Disneyland Park


Keith James - Buzz Price Thea Award honoree


John Robinett - TEA Distinguished Service honoree


Advertiser Index Adirondack Studios 69 AECOM 82, back cover AES-Artistic Entertainment Services 25 A&ES Attraction & Entertainment Solutions 82 Alcorn McBride 23 Birket Engineering 27 Canyon Creative 71 Chimelong Group 42-43 Christie 83 Color Reflections 19 Cortina Productions 75 Cost of Wisconsin 73 The Costume Connection 35 Dynamic Attractions 12 ECA2 5 Edwards Technologies, Inc. 60

Electrosonic 73 Entertainment + Culture Advisors 20 Entertainment Design Corporation 30 Falcon’s Treehouse 17 FAR Out! Creative Direction 26 Fountain People 53 Gantom Lighting and Controls 33 Garner Holt Productions 60 GP Color 67 The Hettema Group 63, 65 Hnedak Bobo Group 69 Hunt Design 76 JBA Artistic Engineering 23 Jon Baker Productions 38 JRA (Jack Rouse Associates) 78 JRM Construction Management 61 Ken Saba 44

Kraftwerk Living Technologies GmbH 33 Lightning in a Bottle 67 Mad Systems 44 Management Resources 76 Medialon 20 MediaMation 79 Modern Postcard 2 MU Events 9 National Fiber Technology 20 Nickelodeon Entertainment 37 Nolan Heimann LLP 35 nth degree 25 Oceaneering 54 One World Observatory 7 Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook 67 PCL Construction 76 PGAV Destinations 57

Sally Corporation 64 San Diego Zoo 15 7thSense Design 53 Smart Monkeys 26 Super 78 39 TEA Foundation 50 TEA Past Presidents Committee 21 TechMD 21 Technomedia 47 Thinkwell 51 Universal Creative 49 Vekoma 29 Visual Terrain 21 VOA Associates 45 Walt Disney Imagineering 41 Wärtsilä FUNA 31 Worldbuildr 45 Wyatt Design Group 79 5

An industry of smiles and a time of growth TEA International President Steve Birket, Birket Engineering Overture. Hit the Lights. Welcome, everyone, to the 22nd annual Thea Awards, where we celebrate the best of the best for our Themed Entertainment industry. How lucky we are to be in an industry where we get to write the story and build the imagined, and the end products are smiles. The Thea Awards bring us together to see what happens when passionate people create amazing experiences. Happy, inspired, comic, artistic, innovative, or arresting, it is here. The Thea Awards were created in 1994 to recognize achievement, talent, and excellence within the industry. In the 22 years since, Thea Awards have become an internationally recognized standard and a coveted honor. This year TEA is very pleased to have Chimelong Group as the Gala presenting sponsor. Chimelong brings a unique vision to projects and sets the example of international collaboration. Thank you, Chimelong, for your contributions of teamwork and quality to the industry. Asia is rapidly becoming a leader in themed entertainment development, and TEA is honored to help drive the dialog between West and East, in the interest of creativity, quality and growth for our industry. Here’s where I switch from a theatre metaphor to a ride metaphor, because both are elemental to themed entertainment: For 2016 in our industry we have buckled up for an “E-ticket” ride (a reference to rides that ranked highest within Disney’s former ticketing system). We are at a new height and are at top speed. I invite you to choose your metric to measure the excitement. The industry measures it in new market growth and mature market reinvestment. Operators measure it in increased attendance. Within TEA we measure it in increased international membership, more event and programming offerings, and greater Board enthusiasm. Across my desk I see it in the waterfall of RFPs, inquiries, and resumes. At the Thea Awards, the ride includes awards. Thea Classic Award recipient, The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, celebrates 100 years of inspiration and wildlife conservation. Awards for Outstanding Achievement are recognized for attractions, technology, and innovation. As you see in the pages of this book, the 2016 selection is remarkable and rich. Please join me in congratulating this year’s recipient of the Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements - Keith James of Jack Rouse Associates. Keith is one of our industry’s most respected and trusted leaders. He is a past President of TEA and continues to be actively involved with our organization – donating his own time and expertise and 6

allowing his employees to participate as well. Thank you, Keith, for your leadership and ongoing contributions to the TEA. Congratulations are also due to AECOM Sr. Vice President John Robinett on his TEA Distinguished Service Award. Every year, we partner with John and his team on the TEA/AECOM Theme Index. This honor for John reminds us that the very first Thea Award was presented to Harrison “Buzz” Price, the pioneer of entertainment feasibility in our industry. TEA recognizes that business and creativity go hand in hand in the making of great guest experiences. Thank you, Phil Hettema and The Hettema Group for once again producing tonight’s show. Your talent, effort, resources, high standards and commitment to our Association shine in this top-quality Gala presentation - and are greatly appreciated. For the amazing TEA International and Division Boards, Committees, membership, and sponsors that fuel the 70+ international events that were held last year and TEA’s ongoing initiatives, I have the greatest respect. Thank you COO Jennie Nevin, Gala Event Producer Tammie Richards, and the TEA staff for the work to create this event and move the TEA machine. Thank you TEA for having me as your President for a second term. It is my great pleasure and honor. Keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle and hang on everyone, here we go!

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Thea Awards Gala Production Team Credits Executive Producer & Show Design: Phil Hettema, The Hettema Group Event Producer: Tammie Richards, TEA Show Director/Choreographer: Tom Vannucci, The Hettema Group Producer: Diana Cimadamore O’Rourke, The Hettema Group Production Associate: Erica Schwehr, The Hettema Group Stage Manager: Lisa J. Maydwell, Visual Terrain, Inc. Assistant Stage Manager: Matthew Adams, The Hettema Group Assistant Stage Manager: Marion Pugliesi Show Writer: Bill Butler, Garner Holt Productions Music Director: Andy Garfield, Lightning in a Bottle Lighting Design: Steven Young, Visual Terrain, Inc. Assistant Lighting Designer: Bryan Yu, Visual Terrain, Inc. Lighting Assistant: Corey Albert, Visual Terrain, Inc. Centerpiece Overlay Design: Connor Sinclair, The Hettema Group Centerpieces: Shannon Martin, Color Reflections & Dale Sprague, Canyon Creative Costumes: Bonnie Sinclair, The Costume Connection Production Support: Levi Lack & Keith Kaminski, The Hettema Group Live Voiceover Talent: Matthew Kelly Scenery Rental: Atomic Rentals HD Projection: Larry Howard, Christie (see tech specs opposite) Technical Manager: Joe Fox, Birket Engineering Video Graphics: Adam Kelly, nth degree design & visual fx Video Production Assistant: Roby Brown Videographer: Michael Libby, Worldbuildr Media Contact: Judith Rubin, TEA Candid Photography: Martin Palicki Foyer Graphics Art Supervision: Dale Sprague, Canyon Creative Foyer Graphics Design: David Adler, Canyon Creative Foyer Graphics Printing: Shannon Martin, Color Reflections TEA Sponsor Reel Video Production: Dave Martin, Demo Dave Thea Ice Sculpture: Marc Entin, Ice Bulb Event Registration Coordinator: Marie Brennan, TEA TEA VIP Hospitality Support: Tricia Rodriguez, Mad Systems Talent Manager Volunteer: Lynn Allmandinger, OASE GMBH TEA NextGen Crew Volunteers: Lance Cardey, Leone Ermer, Todd Harper, Andrew O’Rourke, Paula Wang, & Nathaniel Yonce TEA NextGen Hospitality Volunteers: Rebecca de la Torre & Vik Joga TEA NextGen Correspondent: Christopher Chien Disneyland Creative Entertainment & Event Services Team: Production Manager: Michael Duncan Technical Director: Jeremy Williams Audio Engineer: James Toucey Audio Assistant: Andrew Graves Lighting Engineer: Kenny Driggs Follow Spot Operators: Kyle Hansen & Valentin Lopez-Sanchez Entertainment Art Specialist: Jamie Nix Disney Meetings: Erin A. Flood, CMP, Catering & Convention Services Manager Disney Catered Events: Cheryl Fallon, Senior Sales Manager Disneyland Resort President: Michael Colglazier, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Creative Entertainment Special Thanks: Quan Gan at Gantom Lighting & Controls for specialty lighting effects Wes Adams at GP Color for centerpiece overlay printing and production


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Thea Awards Program Acknowledgements Publisher: Themed Entertainment Association (TEA)

About the Thea Awards

Executive Editor: Jennie Nevin

The annual Thea Awards, presented in 2016 by Chimelong Group, were created to bring recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. From a modest beginning in 1994, the Thea Awards have become internationally recognized as a symbol of excellence. See p.62 to read about the history of the Thea Awards.

Editor: Judith Rubin Cover Design: David Adler, Canyon Creative Program Design/Art Direction: Dale Sprague, Canyon Creative Layout and Production: Martin Palicki, InPark Magazine Project Descriptions: TEA Thea Awards Committee Credits lists provided by the Thea Awards recipients Thea Awards Gala Show Producer: The Hettema Group Advertising Liaison: Martin Palicki Program Printing: Catherine Christman & Ilana Page, Modern Postcard © 2016 Themed Entertainment Association. All rights reserved. Thank you to our TEA Headquarters Staff Jennie Nevin – Chief Operating Officer Tammie Richards – Event Producer Jeri Kinney – Member Services Linda Hamm – Bookkeeper Marie Brennan - Office Administrator/Event Coordinator Judith Rubin – PR, Social Media & Publications TEA Headquarters 150 E. Olive Ave., #306 Burbank, CA 91502 USA +1 818 843-8497 www.teaconnect.org About TEA The TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1991 and based in Burbank, California USA. Some 1,000 TEA members represent roughly 8,000 creative specialists, from architects to designers, technical specialists to master planners, scenic fabricators to artists, and builders to feasibility analysts – working across North America and in 40 different countries. TEA presents the annual Thea Awards and the TEA Summit, and hosts the annual SATE conference on Experience Design. TEA also produces a variety of electronic and print publications, including the TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index, the Thea Awards Program and the TEA Connect newsletter. Visit www.teaconnect.org


22nd Annual Thea Awards Nominating Committee Craig Hanna, Chair Roberta Perry, Vice-Chair Christine Kerr, Board Liaison Karen McGee, Coordinator Buzz Price Lifetime Achievement Recipients Tony Baxter Mark Fuller* Bob Gurr (Technical Sub-Committee Co-Chair) Garner Holt Kim Irvine Don Iwerks* Jon Jerde* Monty Lunde (Technical Sub-Committee Co-Chair) Ron Miziker Yves Pepin (European Sub-Committee Chair) Bob Rogers Joe Rohde Jack Rouse* Marty Sklar (Buzz Price Lifetime Nomination Sub-Committee Chair) Frank Stanek Barry Upson Bob Ward * Non-participating Committee Members Adam Bezark Susan Bonds Michel den Dulk Phil Hettema Lisa Passamonte-Green Roberta Perry John Robinett

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Special thanks to Chimelong Group and our other Gala partners

As the industry expands and improves in Asia and especially China, as the TEA Asia Pacific Division grows and extends its influence in the region, as TEA members extend their business and craft to serve Asia, Chimelong’s contributions will help maintain high standards of quality and innovation and help to continue the culture of teamwork, recognition, and shared wisdom.

From the submission of nominations to the selection and naming of recipients, to formal presentation at the Thea Awards Gala, the annual Thea Awards cycle is a major production that relies on the dedicated and diligent efforts of many, including the Thea Awards Committee, the TEA International Board and TEA staff, plus additional critical support from sponsors, corporate sponsors, partners, the Gala Producer and the Gala Presenter. Crucial support for the 2016 TEA Thea Awards came from three outstanding sources: • Chimelong Group: Presenting sponsor of the Thea Awards Gala • Phil Hettema and The Hettema Group: Producer of the Thea Awards Gala • AECOM: Theme Index Partner

PHIL HETTEMA AND THE HETTEMA GROUP THEA AWARDS GALA PRODUCER TEA extends a very warm welcome to Phil Hettema and The Hettema Group as Producer of the 22nd annual Thea Awards Gala. This will be the second consecutive year that THG has lent vision, talent and experience to make the Thea Awards Gala a superlative event. Phil Hettema is a respected creative leader in themed entertainment with many accolades for himself and his company’s projects, including several Thea Award honored projects such as Beyond All Boundaries at the National WWII Museum and One World Observatory (named for a Thea this year).

CHIMELONG GROUP THEA AWARDS GALA PRESENTER The support of Chimelong Group is a symbol of the international collaboration that will continue to characterize the themed entertainment industry as it grows globally. When Chimelong Ocean Kingdom (Zhuhai, China) was named to receive a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement – Theme Park a year ago, the Thea Awards Committee wrote, “Since entering the theme park business in 1997, Chimelong Group has increased the scale and polish of its offerings at a dramatic pace. Chimelong Ocean Kingdom is the fifth theme park to open under the Chimelong group, and their first outside their Guangzhou home base. Each park has been significantly more polished than the one before.” Chimelong Group has been called a game changer, bringing a unique vision to projects but also recognizing and drawing upon the expertise and experience of the global theme park industry, setting an example of international collaboration and bringing something new to the industry.


AECOM THEME INDEX PARTNER AECOM is supporting the 22nd annual Thea Awards Gala as Theme Index Partner, marking the company’s continued collaboration with TEA on the annual TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index. The TEA/AECOM Theme Index, published mid-year, is the definitive global study of attendance at the world’s top theme parks, water parks and museums. It is provided free as a resource for the industry, published online by TEA and AECOM and also distributed in print, and in a Chinese language edition. The relationship between AECOM and TEA is long standing and the company plays an important role as a presenter and facilitator for TEA conferences and TEA panels at outside events.

Special Thank You to our Sponsors THEA AWARDS GALA

AECOM • Chimelong • The Hettema Group


Chimelong • Christie • The Hettema Group • Universal Creative • Walt Disney Imagineering


Birket Engineering • Costume Connection • Gantom Lighting & Controls • Garner Holt Productions GP Color • Lightning in a Bottle • nth degree • Visual Terrain • Worldbuildr


7thSense • A&ES • Adirondack • AES • Cortina Productions • Electrosonic Entertainment Design Corporation • Fountain People • Hnedak Bobo Group • Jack Rouse Associates JBA Artistic Engineering • Kraftwerk • Mad Systems • MediaMation • Oceaneering • PCL Construction Sally Corporation • Technomedia • VOA • Wärtsilä FUNA


AECOM • Birket Engineering • Canyon Creative • Color Reflections • Demo Dave • InPark Magazine Modern Postcard • Nolan Heimann LLP •nth degree • Worldbuildr

San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park SAN DIEGO, CA, USA

Thea Classic Award To honor an exemplary and influential project that has stood the test of time (25+ years) TEA created the Thea Classic Award. Past recipients include Madame Tussauds London, “it’s a small world” (Disneyland), the Studio Tour (Universal Studios Hollywood), Efteling Park, the Exploratorium (San Francisco) and Tivoli Gardens.

Shortly following the close of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in San Diego’s Balboa Park, and upon hearing the roar of the lions that had been abandoned in the Park after the Expo, Dr. Harry M. Wegeforth founded the Zoological Society of San Diego, and started the San Diego Zoo a century ago, in 1916. What began in a moment of inspiration has resulted in a century of amazing animals and extraordinary people coming together to pursue a dedicated vision. The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is primarily a cageless facility for more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals and a renowned botanical collection. Annual attendance: 3.75 million. Sister facility San Diego Zoo Safari Park opened May 10, 1972 and receives some 2 million annual visits. Its 1,800 acres are home to more than 2,600 animals and 1.5 million botanical specimens.


Consistently, both have been on the forefront of innovations in contemporary zoo keeping and most active in conservation and preservation efforts. San Diego Zoo Global is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving species from extinction. Over the last century conservationists with San Diego Zoo Global have worked to preserve and reintroduce more than 30 endangered species to managed habitats in their natural habitat. Looking towards the next 100 years, the well-known conservation organization is looking to new technologies and community supported efforts to turn the tide of extinction and create a world zoo where all species are protected in their native habitats as they are in accredited zoos. In July 2015, TripAdvisor.com Travelers’ Choice Awards recognized The San Diego Zoo as the best in the US and best in the world.


SAN DIEGO ZOO AND SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI - OFFICIAL PROJECT CREDITS Dr. Harry M. Wegeforth, Founder and Board Director Mrs. Belle Benchley, Zoo Director Dr. Charles Schroeder, Director Mr. Charles Bieler, Director Mr. Douglas G. Myers, President and CEO A CENTURY’S WORTH OF CREDIT San Diego Zoo Global expresses thanks to everyone who contributed to the creation, improvement and growth of San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park over 100 years. During that time, literally thousands of people and companies have worked on projects at these two facilities. In view of the impossibility of crediting them all, it was decided to simply list the five CEOs who have led the organization over the 100 years. Douglas G. Myers, the current President and CEO has been there 30 years.


Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden DALLAS, TX, USA

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Science / Discover y Garden This imaginative and interactive garden for children is a museum without walls, designed specifically to address state and national education standards in life, earth and environmental sciences. Each of its 17 galleries or “learning rooms” has a specific theme, to teach and demonstrate science concepts. Themes include Science and Natural Phenomena, Botany and Agriculture, Nature and the Biosphere, Astronomy and Space, and Energy. Spanning eight acres, with more than 150 interactive exhibits covering a wide spectrum of science, play and imagination, the sheer scale of the project sets it apart. Storytelling and engagement are highlighted throughout, both through the design of the exhibits and through interaction with live docents and staff. In addition, physical activities like mazes, climbing structures and observation towers and decks are found throughout the site. Throughout, there is a sense of play, whimsy and discovery, with all exhibits directly targeting specific demographic age groups and learning levels.


From an adult designer’s point of view, this is an extremely sophisticated and well thought out master plan, offering multiple levels of play, and beautifully designed and fabricated exhibits with a built in sense of discovery and surprise - seamlessly integrated into an elegant park environment with a wide variety of moods, textures, and vistas. From a child’s point of view, it’s a simply irresistible banquet of exciting play and discovery, with exciting surprises around every corner.

THE RORY MEYERS CHILDREN’S ADVENTURE GARDEN DESIGN DEVELOPMENT TEAM - OFFICIAL PROJECT CREDITS GARDEN TEAM, DALLAS ARBORETUM Mary Brinegar, President & CEO Dave Forehand, VP of Gardens Jimmy Turner, Director of Horticulture Maria Conroy, VP of Education John Armstrong, VP of Property Development Tina Roe, VP of Operations

Patricia Dove, Graphic Designer Carol Bossert, Writer LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MKW+Associates, LLC John Williams, Principal-in-Charge Allen Juba, Principal-for-Design; Project Manager Gwen Gerhard, Sr. Landscape Architect Juliet Wong, Landscape Designer

VISITOR EXPERIENCE/EXHIBIT DESIGN Van Sickle & Rolleri, LLC., Project Lead Designer Andrea Rolleri, Principal Designer; Project Manager Dennis Van Sickle, Principal Designer

ARCHITECTURE Dattner Architects, Architect of Record Richard Dattner, FAIA, Lead Designer Hanson Liu, RA, Project Architect Beth Greenberg, FAIA, Principal in Charge

Scott McCaslin, AIA , McCaslin Associates, Associate Architect Ken Smith, Blum Consulting Engineers, MEP Engineer Thomas Taylor, PE, Datum Engineers, Structural Engineer Greg Diana, PE, Datum Engineers, Structural Engineer LIGHTING DESIGNER Lee Brandt, IALD, Horton Lees Brogdan, Lighting Design CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT OWNER’S REP The Beck Group, David Fisk, Sr. Project Manager

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We congratulate all the Thea Award recipients, and salute the cast and crew of another great gala production! Visual Terrain: Proud to have been a part of the Thea Awards Gala teams in 2016, 2015, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005. Honored to have eight Thea Award trophies of our own! Celebrating over 20 years of Lighting Design for

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Inspector Training Course, Discovery Cube LOS ANGELES, CA, USA

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Science / Discover y Experience, Limited Budget One of the flagship exhibits at Discovery Cube Los Angeles, Inspector Training Course gives visitors a new understanding of safety and environmental protection in the home. The exhibit takes the form of a charming California Craftsman Bungalow, with interactive elements and activities woven throughout the bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and back yard. Visitors become “home inspectors”; each person receives a special digital tablet that senses their precise location in the home and offers up a personalized series of challenges and puzzles. The activities are a mix of digital questions, physical and visual tests, and integrated media in the space. If they solve enough challenges correctly, they achieve “Super Inspector” status: the tablet takes their photo and displays it on a “champions” video wall in front of the exhibit. The Inspector Training Course hides a whole lot of learning behind a whole lot of fun. This high-tech scavenger hunt teaches kids about conservation, sustainability and environmental stewardship, furthering the museum’s overall STEM education goals. The experience seamlessly integrates the physical space and objects with the individual tablet experience. The recipe? Make it tactile, real and fun. Make it a game, and allow for experimentation and social interaction. Use high-tech tools, and then make those tools disappear. 24

The tablet is part teacher, part scorekeeper and part guide. The tracking technology allows the game engine to know the exact location of each player within 12-inches, and uses the information to guide visitors through the exhibit and provide location-specific content and challenges.

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World of Color - Anaheim, CA

The National WWII Museum - New Orleans, LA


INSPECTOR TRAINING COURSE, DISCOVERY CUBE LOS ANGELES OFFICIAL PROJECT CREDITS Joe Adams, Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Science Foundation Janet Yamaguchi, Vice President Education, Discovery Science Foundation Kellee Preston, Vice President Operations, Discovery Science Foundation Mike Wheeler, Vice President - Marketing and Communications, Discovery Science Foundation Roxy Gonzales, Director - Exhibits and Program Development, Discovery Science Foundation Luis Almonte, Director - Information Technology, IT Systems Architect, Discovery Science Foundation Jeannie Lomma, Sr. Project Manager/ Team Lead, Cinnabar Pixie Hearn, Project Manager, Cinnabar Alexandra DeMilner, Project Coordinator, Cinnabar Juan Corral, Technical Director/ Production Manager, Cinnabar Matt Samsel, Interactive Fabrication Lead, Cinnabar Joseph Dunham, Technical Designer, Cinnabar Lance Spellerberg, Fabrication Lead, Cinnabar

Sam Snow, Fabrication/Installation Lead, Cinnabar Iain Galt, Fabrication/Installation Lead, Cinnabar David Beaudry, Lead Developer, Game & Interface Design, Beaudry Interactive Valeria Beaudry, Producer, Project Management, Art Direction, Beaudry Interactive Sean Phillips, Developer, IT Lead, Sound Design, Beaudry Interactive Mike Segawa, Graphics Design, Concept Art, Illustrations, Beaudry Interactive Ryan Dorn, Game Interaction Design, Beaudry Interactive Constanza Bade, Translator, Beaudry Interactive Mindi Lipschultz, Animations, RGH Entertainment Sasha Harris-Cronin, AV Hardware Integration, BBI Engineering


Integrated Environmental Media System, LAX LOS ANGELES, CA, USA

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Environmental Media Experience The Integrated Environmental Media System (IEMS) in the new international terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is an unprecedented passenger experience and a new source of nonaeronautical revenues for the facility. The IEMS includes seven media features, including Welcome and Bon Voyage Walls, a four-sided Time Tower and portals that shepherd passengers to their departure gates. The IEMS is supported by an intelligent show control system that enables mapping content onto unique, very large-scale, multidimensional media surfaces. Arriving and departing passengers are mesmerized by the beautiful content floating throughout this massive canvas. The content captures the culture of Los Angeles and, depending on the destinations of upcoming departures, will periodically change to reflect those destinations. Since its opening, the project has received global attention as the most provocative example of a fully integrated, intelligent media


environment. It’s a space where immersive media and ambient storytelling don’t demand attention – but do reward it. It’s the perfect “hello” and “goodbye” to travelers from all over the world and that’s why this project was recommended for a Thea Award. The base concept is now under design development - and may in fact already be under construction - in other airports, museums and themed attractions around the world. The base idea is not new, but the Integrated Environment Media System at LAX has been executed with such creative and technical excellence that it has redefined the field, and is fast becoming a widely-admired and replicated achievement. It has also improved the airport visitor experience: Studies show that travelers tend to arrive early at the terminal to enjoy the media.


INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA SYSTEM, LAX - OFFICIAL PROJECT CREDITS Los Angeles World Airports, Client Mike Rubin, Project Director, MRA International Stephan Villet, Managing Partner / Lead System Designer, Smart Monkeys, Inc Marcela Sardi, Feature Designer / Creative Producer, Sardi Design Moment Factory, Executive Content Provider Digital Kitchen, Content Producer Electrosonic, Systems Engineer and Integrator OWNER Los Angeles World Airports Gina Marie Lindsey, Executive Director Roger Johnson, Deputy Executive Director Michael Doucette, Deputy Executive Director Dom Nessi, Deputy Executive Director & CIO Nancy Kettner, Project Manager Jorge Gutierrez, IT coordinator David Kim, Field Engineer IEMS DESIGN TEAM MRA International Mike Rubin, PhD, Project Director Sardi Design Marcela Sardi, Media Feature Designer/Creative Director Mohamad Alkhayer, PhD, Structural Advisor Pawel Suita, Architect

Smart Monkeys, Inc. Stephan Villet, Lead Technical Designer Alan Anderson, Technical Director Mitch Schuh, Control & Software Architect Dennis “DJ” Cole, Network Architect

Syska and Hennessy, Mechanical & Plumbing Engineering TTG, Electrical Engineering John A. Martin Associates, Structural Engineering HLB, Lighting

IEMS CONTENT PRODUCTION Moment Factory Sakchin Bessette, Creative Director François Morel, Producer Hans Samuelson, Content Development Strategist Melissa Weigel, Media Manager

AIRPORT CONTRACTORS TEAM Walsh Austin Joint Venture, Building General Contractor San Diego Sign and Electric, StoryBoard & Pylon Structures Cal State Steel, Welcome Wall Structure Herrick Steel, Time Tower & Departure Board Structure ACCO, Mechanical Infrastructure Pan Pacific, Plumbing Contractor Dyna Electric, Electrical Infrastructure Sasco Electric, Low Voltage & Network Infrastructure ISEC, Finishes Cosco, Fire Protection

Digital Kitchen Cynthia Biamon, Managing Director, Executive Producer Anthony Vitagliano, Executive Creative Director Mason Nicoll, Creative Director Erica Coates, Lead Producer IEMS TECHNOLOGY - INTEGRATION Electrosonic, Inc. Bryan Hinckley, Account Executive Janne Hammel, Project Manager Jess Ashby, Project Coordinator Peter Alexander, Project Engineer

OTHER NOTABLE VENDORS X-Agora, Interactive/Generative playback Grass Valley, Video playback Planar, LCD display technology Medialon, Show Control software

Daktronics, Display technology and integration AIRPORT DESIGN TEAM Fentress (in Association with HNTB), Building Architects

Congratulations John and Keith!


Los Angeles World Airports and all the 2016 Thea Award recipients

Here's to all of the 2016 award recipients who've brought such wonder and magic to audiences across the world. Here's to a joyous celebration with all who are part of our international industry and who collectively represent the best in themed entertainment!


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Manufacturing Innovation, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Henry Ford DEARBORN, MI, USA

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Brand Experience, Limited Budget Manufacturing Innovation is a multimedia experience located at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour in The Henry Ford. This 10-minute show combines multiple screens with projection mapping and factory automation robots to create an impressive and dimensional story that follows the creation of an F150 truck from initial design through manufacturing and on to testing and finally customer delivery. The show utilizes seven screens that wrap around the audience with a lift at the front of the theater to surprise guests with a white form F150 truck that rises up and is subsequently “built,” “welded” and “painted” by combining mapped projections in synchronization with industrial robot arms that appear to be affecting the white form of the truck. It is a clever and excellent way to use the mapped projection technique in a brand experience story of manufacturing. The exceptional combination of custom produced media synchronized and choreographed across seven screens with the technique of mapped projection integrated with industrial robots turns a corporate


media presentation into a multimedia spectacular that leaves guests excited about manufacturing innovation. With great music, theatrical lighting, carefully choreographed projection and robotics, guests get an up-close view as a pickup truck seemingly comes together right before their eyes and is a real “wow.”

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Vekoma Rides Manufacturing B.V. one of the worlds leading manufacturer of roller coasters and attractions & Brogent Technologies Inc. are proud to present the Panoramic Flying Theater i-Ride™, a great addition to your park, real estate property or tourist destination.



FLY LIKE A BIRD WITH i-RIDE! i-Ride, featuring a suspension-seat platform design, is a unique dynamic flight theater built on a 6-DOF (six degrees of freedom) motion platform. Delivering super realism and fantastic entertainment, it is the new standard for indoor attractions. Riders’ feet dangling for the true sensation of flying

i-Ride Panoramic Flying Theater is already successfully operating in numerous countries and under construction at several (shopping) malls and tourist destinations. With a proven design and track record of millions of visitors, i-Ride is a magnificent immersive experience. The feeling of truly soaring over stunning landscapes, and sharing that feeling with friends and family in a fun environment, is universal.

through the air. The sweeping bird’s eye surround perspective delivers unobstructed views. Wind, sound, light, water and scent increase the fun and sensation. CONTACT In case you are interested to discuss what this attraction can do for your project, please don’t hesitate to contact us any time!


MANUFACTURING INNOVATION - OFFICIAL PROJECT CREDITS Created and Produced by BRC Imagination Arts in association with The Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company THE HENRY FORD President, Patricia Mooradian Executive Vice President, Christian Øverland Senior Director, Museum & Attractions, John Neilson General Manager, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Cynthia Jones Vice President of Business Services & Chief Financial Officer, Brent Ott Vice President Communications, Sales & Service, Carol Kendra Senior Director, Facilities Management & Security, Robert Hanna Director, Digital and Emerging Media, Matt Majeski Director, Historical Resources, Marilyn Zoidis Chief Learning Officer, Paula Gangopadhyay FORD MOTOR COMPANY Chairman, Bill Ford Jr. Director, Office of Exec. Chairman, Brad Simmons Truck Group Marketing Manager, Doug Scott F-150 Marketing Manager, Eric E.J. Peterson Chief Designer, Ford Trucks, Gordo Platto Manager, Manufacturing Research Dept. , Pete Freedman, Ph.D. Program Management Analyst, Alana Strager Manager Paint, John Grace


Communications Coach, Maria Burkel Communications Coach, George Manning FORD LAND Director, Roger G. Gaudette Architect, Harvey Ellis Deveraux General Construction, Braun Construction BRC IMAGINATION ARTS Executive Producer, Marci Carlin Show Director / Executive Producer, Christian Lachel Project Manager / Media Director, Philipp Edelmann Media Director / Editor, Chris Pavlica Creative Technical Director, Edward Hodge VFX Supervisor, Chase Massingill Musical Director and Composer, David Kneupper Media Producer, Stephen Strosin Project Coordinator, Chloe Cerami Principal Lighting Designer, Emanuel Treeson Assistant Designer/ Programmer, Josh Selander Writers: Carolyn Leach, Christian Lachel, Chris Pavlica, Philipp Edelmann Graphic Designer, Bernard Semerdjian Graphics and Media Photographer, Chloe Cerami 3D Designer/Planner, Mikey “Nitro” Reyes Concept Artists/Designers: Mauricio Abril, Brian Higgins, Zen Wang Storyboards: Charles Ratteray, Micah Costanza VFX Producer, Dennis Samatulski

VFX Artists: Mike Senften, Toros Köse, Jeff Billon, Scott Cannon Show Set Lead, Alex MacKay Show Set Designer, Chris Conti Material Research, Kevin McBee 2nd Editor, Gajic Slobodan Assistant Editor, Zach Baumgartner Sound Effects Editor , Pat Sellers Voice Over Artists: Corey Burton, Camille Dixon Concept Phase Coordinator, Alexandra Maxwell Concept Manager, Cara Pico Design Research, Sara Moore Project Accountant, Jasmin Hernandez Marketing Coordinator, Emily Heller Marketing Photographer, Alvin Nguyen Post Production Services , Stephen Rebori Transportation Captain, Medhi Mahramzadeh Chief Creative Officer and Founder, Bob Rogers Vice President, Executive Producer, Carmel Lewis Chief Financial Officer, Tom McDonald Vice President, Business Affairs, Christopher DeAnde BRC Operations Team: Matthew Solari, Brad Shelton, Bart Dohmen LIVE ACTION SHOOT CREW Director of Photography, Jason Wawro 1st AC, Steven Parr Gaffer, Steve Vanmaele Data Manager, John Asher Sound Mixer, Edward Chick Teleprompter Operator, Mark Adler Production Assistant, Frank Mannino

Production Assistant, Kelsey Juddo Production Assistant, Gene Diamond Production Assistant, Kelo Thompson Production Assistant, Daniel Dawson

VENDORS AUDIO, VIDEO AND SHOW CONTROL SYSTEMS TechMD, Inc. Tim Tschopp Tim Brown Damien Charkiewicz VFX/ COMPUTER ANIMATION Kinetogenic ROBOT INTEGRATOR/ PROGRAMMER Applied Manufacturing Technologies Mike Ingles Andrew McCarty LIGHTING DESIGN NYXdesign LLC LASER EFFECTS LumaLaser, Inc. LIGHTING EQUIPMENT Barbizon Lighting Company SCENIC & SHOW ACTION Artistic Entertainment Services SPECIAL THANKS Team Detroit

Gantom Torch Technology

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Technology, Limited Budget The Gantom Torch is a fully controllable flashlight capable of receiving input from small, programmable infrared transmitters. The IR transmitters can be hidden anywhere in an entertainment space and programmed using an iOS app or a standard DMX controller. Each IR transmitter can be independently programmed to make the receivers (Torches) in the area respond in a particular way. Each Torch can blink, flash, strobe, or hold a constant color that has been preselected for a particular scene (i.e. blue for a frozen space). As guests move through particular scenes, their Torches can also vibrate at different pre-programmed frequencies (force feedback), based upon the action occurring in the show space. The Torch is a unique handheld, outdoor rated, programmable device that can access up to 16 million different color options and is affordable enough to be utilized within limited budget attractions. The Torch is a device that makes a show experience very personal for each guest. Whether the Torch is used in a haunt attraction, nighttime zoo safari, museum exhibit or other type of guest experience, the Torch reacts to each person’s specific movement through an environment. The Torch is unique in its ability to transform scenes via color shifts, 34

flashing and strobing. With the addition of programmable vibrations, major climactic moments are further enhanced. The Torch adds yet another programmable element to an Art Director or Producer’s palette of interactive options. The Gantom Torch is recognized as an exemplary show technology due to the unique and personal show experiences it can create, the device’s versatility, ease of programming and accessibility to most show designers due to its low cost.


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GANTOM TORCH TECHNOLOGY OFFICIAL PROJECT CREDITS GANTOM LIGHTING & CONTROLS Quan Gan, President & CEO Jerry Dong, Chief Technology Officer Charlie Xu, Chief Designer Landin Fusman, Marketing Director Eugene Sou, Administrator Garrett Higa, Creative Liaison Courtney Wang, Public Relations Intern Charles Chiau, Engineering Project Manager Adam Dinsmore, Administrative Assistant Josh Carter, Project Manager Changming Wang, Electrical Engineer Yiwei Zhu, Electrical Engineer Kedi Liu, Assembly & QC Peili Liu, Assembly & QC Pai Zhang, Assembly & QC Ying Zhao, Administrator PARTNERS & CONSULTANTS Joel Carter, Technology Partner Chris Howard, Technology Partner Paul Fruia, Technology Partner Curtis Crisler, Technology Partner Michael Badelt, Consultant John Eslich, Test Facility Provider Neena Collins, Test Facility Provider Kelly Collins, Test Facility Provider

Pepper Gan, Engineering Intern Rich Erwin, Test Facility Provider Lisa Passamonte Green, Lighting Design Partner David Green, Lighting Design Partner Steven Young, Lighting Designer Bryan Yu, Lighting Designer Alfonso Blinkin, Product Tester Lisa Maydwell, Project Manager Chris Barbee, System Integration Partner John Jenkinson, System Integrator Chris Thomas, Composer Nikki Muller, Script Writer Kevin Hill, System Integrator & Consultant Chris Stafford, Set Build Partner Dan McCullough, Set Build Project Manager Jon Love, Set Build Partner Warren Conrad, Set Build Partner Greg Salyers, Set Build Partner Mike Krausert, Set Designer Travis Cook, Engineering Consultant Doug Anderson, Industry Partner Kip Polley, Industry Partner Geo Gan, Consultant Judith Rubin, Publicist Lora Ivanova, ScareLA Launch Sponsor


Geppetto Animation Control System

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Technology Breakthrough The Geppetto Animation Control System is Super 78’s proprietary “living animated character” technology. Puppetry is one of the oldest live entertainment art forms. Geppetto ACS is a way to keep the art of puppetry alive, bring it to new generations and make it state-ofthe art. Geppetto ACS has the capability to incorporate multiple characters and all kinds of different environments. It also handles branching storytelling, 3D imagery, multiple screens and multiple intheater effects. The Geppetto Animation Control System is currently in use at the SpongeBob SubPants attraction at Moody Gardens and is controlled by an off-stage operator who wears a microphone headset and operates a simple hand controller for the character’s basic moves and expressions, along with character voicing. Much more involved animation motions and all of the 4D effects are additionally controlled from a large touch screen fully programmable for creating an unlimited variety of story lines, characters, and 4D effects. The entire presentation, while following a specific story flow line, can be interactively modified by a single operator. The response time is near instant and changes can be made as fast as fingers can fly across the control screen.


The Geppetto Animation Control System is a comprehensive 3D character, environment, and 4D effects show control system. The System can be easily programmed to create any animated audience interactive experience while being extremely fast and simple for a single off-stage operator to create completely different shows for every audience. The Geppetto Animation Control System has raised the bar to new heights in the quest to provide show producers with a fully proven and openly available tool to advance guest experiences for any venue, whether Theme Park, Museum, or future environments yet to be developed.

Congratulations to Keith James, John Robinett, the TEA, The Hettema Group, and our Thea Award-Honored Clients & Friends! We are very privileged to serve this talented community. Attorneys / Advisors www.nolanheimann.com

GEPPETTO ANIMATION CONTROL SYSTEM OFFICIAL PROJECT CREDITS SUPER 78, SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE DESIGNER Brent Young, System Creative Designer Dina Benadon, Executive Producer John Kokum, Senior Producer Kate Crandall, Producer Oz Smith, Technical Director Steve Rosolio, Associate Producer Derek Dolechek, Assistant Art Director Robert Coker, Senior Show Writer Christina Henriksen, Development Coordinator Tim Williams, Software Developer Scott Butler, Lighting Artist Chris Neuhan, Lead Animatior James Brady, Character Rigging Charlie Otte, Live Performance Director Zach Briggs, Lead Performer I2I ANIMATION, SYSTEM DESIGN AND UI DESIGN Darren Hughes, Control System Developer

Vasile Brovcenco, Modeling & Technical Supervisor Emanuel Cirdu, Modeler & Texturer Octavian Chiriac, Animator Calin Ivascu, Animator Alexandru Doiciu, Animator Razvan Ciochia, Animator Eduard Baak, Animator Doring Croitoru, Renderer & Compositor Demétrio Ruivo, Renderer & Compositor DIGITALKRAFT, ANIMATION AND VISUAL EFFECTS Ivan Pribićević, VFX Supervisor Branko Brković, TD / Animator Nikola Vulović, Lead Animator David Dereta, Animator Ognjen Stanković, Animator Marko Milašinović, FX/Lighting/ Compositing Artist Aleksandar Kostić, Lighting Artist Aleksandar Djordević, Compositing Artist



SpongeBob SubPants Adventure, Moody Gardens GALVESTON, TX, USA

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Attraction The SpongeBob SubPants Adventure at Moody Gardens combines 3D film, 4D effects, a live performer, and a real-time animated character who interacts with guests - all in an attraction which allows the audience to choose their destination on a delightful undersea journey. Beginning with a preshow which features touch tanks and educational interactive exhibits, guests soon enter “Le Plunger,� the submarine (4D theater) to experience a simulated descent to Bikini Bottom, where an animated Patrick Starr from the SpongeBob SquarePants series helps them decide where they want to travel. The different elements combine to evoke the world of SpongeBob SquarePants to quirky and comical effect, all in perfect sync with the characters and sensibility of the franchise. The attraction uses the new Geppetto Animation Control System (also named for a Thea Award - see page 34) to achieve the seamless integration of the real time animated character in the show.


SPONGEBOB SUBPANTS - OFFICIAL PROJECT CREDITS MOODY GARDENS John Zendt, President CEO Robert Callies, General Manager Patricia Garmon, Project Coordinator Greg Whittaker, Animal Husbandry Manager Roy Drinnen, Assistant Curator of Fish Jerri Hamachek, Marketing Manager NICKELODEON EXPERIENCE DESIGN John Paul Geurts, SVP - Creative Zane Jensch, Creative Director & Show Writer Jenn Mandelion Chrisman, Production Director Patrick Kling, Production Coordinator Ron Hines, Senior Studio Director Rex Moon, Art Director Kirsten Kischuk, Design Coordinator Theo Reyes, Graphic Designer Ignacio Alfonzo, Graphic Designer Red Hughes, Graphic Designer Oona Stern, Art Director Ty Mattson, Graphic Designer Kirsten Cobb, Entertainment Director Chris Lam, Entertainment Coordinator Julie Elling, Department Assistant NICKELODEON RECREATION Marc Epstein, SVP New Business Development Gerald Raines, SVP Business Development Erica Nuñez, Account Director Becca Sung, Manager, Merchandise NICKELODEON ANIMATION Stephen Hillenburg, Executive Producer Claudia Spinelli, Executive in Charge for Nickelodeon Vincent Waller, Creative Director Jennie Monica, Producer Randy Saba, Line Producer Derek Iversen, Main Show Writer Peter Bennett, Background Painter Olga Gerdzhikova, Background Designer Tom Kenny, Voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, Narrator, Jellyfish Bill Fagerbakke, Voice of Patrick Star Rodger Bumpass, Voice of Squidward, Anglerfish, Bubble Buddies Carolyn Lawrence, Voice of Sandy Cheeks, Bubble Buddies Mr. Lawrence, Voice of Plankton, Old Man Fish, Bubble Buddies Nicolas Carr, Consulting Music Editor Steve Belfer, Music Composer Sage Guyton, Music Composer Jeremy Wakefield, Music Composer Eric Spencer, Music Composer Sean Gantka, Technology Consultant Dale Malinowski, Production Coordinator SUPER 78 ATTRACTION DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Brent Young, Designer and Creative Director Dina Benadon, Executive Producer John Kokum, Senior Producer Kate Crandall, Producer Oz Smith, Technical Director


Steve Rosolio, Associate Producer Derek Dolechek, Assistant Art Director Robert Coker, Senior Show Writer Christina Henriksen, Development Coordinator Tim Williams, Software Developer Darren Hughes, Control System Developer Scott Butler, Lighting Artist Chris Neuhan, Lead Animatior James Brady, Character Rigging Charlie Otte, Live Performance Director Zach Briggs, Lead Performer Brian Higgins, Concept Artist Darren Bacon, Concept Artist Andre Brovcenco, VFX Supervisor Vasile Brovcenco, Modeling & Technical Supervisor Emanuel Cirdu, Modeler & Texturer Octavian Chiriac, Animator Calin Ivascu, Animator Alexandru Doiciu, Animator Razvan Ciochia, Animator Eduard Baak, Animator Doring Croitoru, Renderer & Compositor Demétrio Ruivo, Renderer & Compositor Ivan Pribićević, VFX Supervisor Branko Brković, TD / Animator Nikola Vulović, Lead Animator David Dereta, Animator Ognjen Stanković, Animator Marko Milašinović, FX/Lighting/ Compositing Artist Aleksandar Kostić, Lighting Artist Aleksandar Djordević, Compositing Artist Nick Carr, Music Devon Bowman, SFX Chip Israel, Lighting Designer Kristin Pickar-Knussmann, Lighting Designer Kelly Smith, Lighting Designer Mark Matzkanin, Lighting Programmer Jeremy Windle, Lighting Programmer SIMEX – IWERKS THEATRE DESIGN, AV, CONTROLS & EFFECTS HARDWARE & INTEGRATION Mark Cornell, SVP Attractions Development Brian Ferguson, SVP Technology & Operations Mike Frueh, SVP - Licensing & Distribution Sal Agosta, VP - Architecture & Design Kevin Dennis, VP Contracts & Administration Clark Dodsworth, Technology Consultant Robert Daly, Project Manager Bob Callaghan, Director of Production Alex Gil, Director, Mechanical Engineering Gabi Hoffknecht, Director, Systems Engineering Len Hoogstad, Director, Technical Support Services Kyle McKeown, Installation Project Manager Cheryl Geddes, Facility Design Manager Alex Leung, Production Manager Simon Hamblin, Audio Visual Designer Barbara Vaz, Procurement Manager Laura Young, Project Engineer Don Dormady, Installation Supervisor Sylvain Boucher, Software Development Don Brunell, Senior Service Technician

Tom Pittman, Senior Service Technician Shashank Save, Controls & AV Production Supervisor Joseph Solleza, System Technician Dragan Stanojevic, Mechanical Engineer Andrea Ward, Senior Project Coordinator

David MacLean, Houston Operations Manager Tonya Carvajal, Project Coordinator

WORK™ Mark Martof, Creative Director Clyde Twine, Director of Operations Lusia Melendez, Project Designer

JL HARDWARE Jerry Brake, President Bobby Jolly

GILBANE BUILDING COMPANY Michael Matula, Senior Project Executive Angela Cotie, Senior Project Manager David Maniha, Asst. Project Manager Fenetre Crenshaw, General Superintendent William Bernau, Superintendent THE NASSAL COMPANY Jason Baron, Project Manager Jeff Denis, Estimator Fred Kingery, Fabrication Project Manager Marc Kish, Project Director Julian Linford, Design Engineer Melissa Ruminot, Business Development Samantha Lawson, Project Coordinator Stephen Ryerson, Superintendent AMERICAN MARBLE MOSAIC CO. David Gassert, Project Manager BAKER CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION INC. Randy Smaltz, Project Manager Derek Veach, Foreman BURY CHPA Pat Grant, Vice President

GARMON FLOORING Mike Garmon, President

KENMOR ELECTRIC COMPANY Robert Lawrence, Project Manager Soloman Watson, Superintendent MAREK BROTHERS SYSTEMS George Kissamis, Project Manager RL Isaacks, Foreman Blake Vacek, Project Manager Paul Nevlud, Superintendent MILAM AND COMPANY PAINTING Andrew Johnson Barret Remedios, Project Manager MITCHELL CHUOKE PLUMBING Terry Gratzfeld, Project Manager Charles McClellen, Superintendent WALTER P. MOORE Joe Baldridge, Principle Dennis Wittry, Structural Engineer Leslie Hembry, Structural Engineer WESTERN WATERPROOFING Charlie West, Project Manager BROOME WELDING & MACHINE CO. Chris Rupert, Vice President

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, Victoria and Albert Museum LONDON, UK

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Museum Exhibit From the famous Kate Moss “hologram” to the presentational wow of the “Cabinet of Curiosities,” Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, where Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) was born, is an astonishing display of one man’s work – as if touring through the controversial fashion designer’s own mind. The exhibition ran March-August 2015. Featuring dozens of McQueen’s groundbreaking fashion works in a custom-built, customthemed environment, it drew attendance of nearly half a million over its 21-week run.

lighting and sound design added unique atmosphere, and integrated media contributed to the storytelling.

McQueen’s innovative and often bizarre fashion was imaginatively presented in ways that illuminated and framed the clothing on display. The V&A team constructed rooms within rooms to protect the Museum’s historical architecture. Each gallery became a frame for the art as well as an environment that immersed visitors into the style, look and feel of the fashion. Clever use of mirrors, reflective surfaces, angled walls and half-mirrored glass allowed visitors to explore in depth. Exemplary

Savage Beauty at the V&A was the first retrospective of McQueen’s work in Europe and the largest McQueen showcase to date. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York ran a separately curated McQueen exhibition of the same name in 2011. The subsequent V&A exhibition saw some areas re-focused, a new section looking at McQueen’s early career in London added with loans of rare early pieces, and an overall redesign of the exhibition.


The culmination - the “Cabinet of Curiosities,” lined with boxes filled with hats, shoes, mannequins, media, turntables and more was breathtaking in presentation and in the immense collection that delightfully overwhelmed the senses. Although the subject matter was haute couture, the provocative designs and craftsmanship were engrossing for all.

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY - OFFICIAL PROJECT CREDITS Claire Wilcox, Senior Curator, V&A Andrew Bolton, Consulting Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Sam Gainsbury, Exhibition Creative Director, Gainsbury & Whiting Joseph Bennett, Production Designer Anna Whiting, Exhibition Producer, Gainsbury & Whiting Alex Granville, Exhibition Design Coordinator, Gainsbury & Whiting John Gosling, Music Director Guido Head, Treatment and Mask Designer Daniel Landin, BSC, Lighting Designer Michael Nash Associates, Graphic Design Simon Kenny , Scenic Contractor, Souvenir Scenic Studios Benchworks, Exhibition Contractor Katy England, Consultant, London Gallery Kate Bethune, Senior Exhibition Research Assistant, V&A Louise Rytter, Exhibition Research Assistant, V&A David Jode, Draughtsman Dick Straker, Projection Consultant Sysco, AV Services DHA Design Services, Lighting Services Fraser Randall, Project and Cost Management Sonnet Stanfill, Curator, V&A Stephanie Cripps, Head of South Kensington exhibitions, V&A


Rachel Murphy, Senior Exhibitions Manager, V&A Amy Higgitt, Exhibitions Manager, V&A Rhian Alexander, Exhibitions Assistant, V&A Sadie Hough, Exhibitions Assistant, V&A Lara Flecker, Senior Costume Mounting Specialist, V&A Frances Hartog, Senior Textile Conservator, V&A Annabel Judd, Head of Design, V&A Sophie Hargroves, Co-Head of Corporate Partnerships, V&A Stuart South, Senior Development Manager, V&A Lizzy Bullock, Digital Media, V&A Kati Price, Head of Digital, V&A Camilla Graham, Head of Museum Events, V&A Olivia Robinson, Events Manager, V&A Bethan Garland, Events Manager, V&A Mark Blackaller, Estates, V&A Richard Boston, Estates, V&A Jenny Allchorn, Finance, V&A Peter Timms, Health and Safety, V&A Martin Bastone, Health and Safety, V&A Vicky Haverson, Image Licensing, V&A Liz Edmunds, Image Licensing, V&A Leanne Manfredi, Learning, V&A Jane Rosier, Head of Marketing, V&A Sarah Armond, Senior Marketing Manager, V&A Amaya Wang, Marketing Assistant, V&A Olivia Colling, Head of Press, V&A Zoe Franklin, Deputy Head of Press, V&A

Lily Booth, Assistant Press Officer, V&A Anjali Bulley, Publications, V&A Matt Thomas, Retail, V&A Victor Batalha, Security and Visitor Services, V&A Stephen Warrington, Technical Services, V&A Phil Sofer, Technical Services, V&A SENIOR MANAGEMENT Martin Roth, Director, V&A Tim Reeve , Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, V&A Heather Francis, Director of Finance, V&A Alex Stitt, Director of Commercial, V&A Jane Lawson, Director of Development, V&A

Beth McKillop, Deputy Director and Director of Collections, V&A Emmajane Avery, Director of Learning and Visitor Experience, V&A Daniel Feeney, Head of Visitor Experience, V&A With special thanks to Sarah Burton and the McQueen family.


Les Amoureux de Verdun, Puy du Fou LES EPESSES, FRANCE

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Attraction, Limited Budget Puy du Fou, France’s beloved historical theme park, has taken a daring subject and turned it into a beautiful study in love and sorrow. Focusing their unique artistic vision for the first time on events of the twentieth century, Les Amoureux de Verdun takes visitors into the terrifying battlefields of winter 1916. We follow the love letters between a soldier and his fiancée, as they endure the pains of war; and we witness the miraculous Christmas Truce between the French and German soldiers. It’s not a ride… it’s not a stage show… it’s not a haunted maze, but incorporates elements of each. Visitors are surrounded by the sights and sounds of the snowy trenches of Verdun, snaking through trenches and foxholes, as cannon fire shakes the earth. Theatrical sets and lighting, live actors, animated props and projected media integrate perfectly to capture the atmosphere and draw us into the story. Puy du Fou’s creative team achieved a rare blend of historical accuracy and theatrical intensity. The team compiled over 7500 authentic world WWI artifacts, which serve as scenic dressing and props in the attraction. Fifteen live actors blend seamlessly with 80 animatronics


and static figures to populate the story, while multiple projection screens enlarge the canvas. This is the second Thea Award for Puy du Fou - the entire park was honored in 2012 with the Thea Classic Award.

LES AMOUREUX DE VERDUN - OFFICIAL PROJECT CREDITS Nicolas de Villiers, President - Artisic Director Laurent Albert, General Manager - Production Manager Damien Botton, Technical Manager Christophe Rabiller, Architect Thierry Retif, Decorator & Set Designer Laurent Tard, Assistant Artistic Director Jocelyn Bouchet, Assistant Technical Manager Olivier Girard, Project Manager Marlène Coutand, Performers’ Manager Samuel Briand, Sound Engineer Jérôme Fonteneauf, Lighting Engineer


“Moments of Happiness” at the World of Coca-Cola ATLANTA, GA, USA

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Corporate Visitor Center Rehab, Limited Budget The World of Coca-Cola is a top corporate visitor attraction in the US, regularly receiving annual attendance of more than one million. The attraction, located in Atlanta, has a series of experiences and exhibitions on the history of the company and the beverage, a tasting area, and a large retail shop. Beginning this entire experience is the preshow that includes the Coca-Cola Theater. “Moments of Happiness” is the new show created to refresh the theater and deliver a contemporary brand message. Staged in the Coca-Cola Theater, it is a six-minute film celebrating special moments in a variety of people’s lives. The film highlights inspiring and heart-warming experiences for people of all ages and many cultures. The sales pitch for Coke is very subtle, but the emotional impact is not. At the conclusion of the film, the screen rolls up to reveal the entrance to the World of Coca-Cola.


“Moments of Happiness” provides a new preshow experience in an outstanding and memorable way. The movie’s uplifting scenes, like a surprise visit home by a US soldier, a young boy’s first hesitant approach to a girl, and a spring break impossible basketball shot by a group of college friends, combined with upbeat music, strike a deep and powerful emotional chord in guests. There are very few dry eyes in the house, and the film combines the joy of poignant events in life with a quiet reference to the pleasures of drinking Coke. Visitors leave the theater feeling great about life. Visitor satisfaction surveys have skyrocketed and the overall attraction has a new buzz.

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MOMENTS OF HAPPINESS, WORLD OF COCA-COLA - OFFICIAL PROJECT CREDITS WORLD OF COCA-COLA General Manager, Russell Jacobs Creative Director, Craig Lovin Special Projects Manager, Phil Walker Director of Marketing, Karen Brunke Director of Operations, Chris Wallace Executive Administrative Assistant, Amy Goff Creative Content Manager, Erin Lothner Executive Administrative Assistant, Bonnie Downs Created and Produced by BRC Imagination Arts Executive Producers: Carmel Lewis, Christian Lachel Creative Director, Christian Lachel Producer / Co-Director, Philipp Edelmann Editor / Co-Director, Chris Pavlica Music Director and Producer, David Kneupper Song “On Top of the World”, Imagine Dragons Director of Photography, Buddy Squires First Assistant Camera, Jared Ames Associate Producer, Tiba Edelmann Production Manager, Stephen Strosin Production Coordinator, Steven Farnsworth Assistant Production Coordinator, Chloe Cerami Second Editor, Zach Baumgartner Assistant Editor, Nicholas Weidner Office Production Assistant, Megan Sullivan Music License Supervisor, Samantha Pavin (Music Dealers) Reality Casting Director, Suzie Gurich (Casting Empire) Casting Director, Heather Lynn (Prime Casting) Color Correction, Light Iron Colorist, Corinne Bogdanowicz VFX, EUX Media Walk In Animation, Brian Conlon Closing Animation, Kroma ADR, Igloo Music

Concept Development, Rich Procter Transmedia Art Director, Sara Moore Graphic Designers: Bernard Semerdjian, Kevin McBee 3D Modeler, Mikey Reyes Chief Financial Officer, Tom McDonald

Business Affairs, Christopher DeAnde Concept Development Manager, Cara Pico Coordinator, Alexandra Maxwell Project Accountants: Jasmin Hernandez, Annette Masihi, Socheat Taing, Ezra Perez Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Bob Rogers THE PROPOSAL (NEW MEXICO) Crew Production Consultant, Brent Morris Grip / Gaffer Swing, Sean McClellan Hair / Makeup / Wardrobe, Kelly Miller Sound Mixer, Edwardo Santiago Production Assistant, Sheri Barlow Production Assistant, Reinhard Lorenz Production Assistant, Nelly Pickar Cast Boyfriend, Julian Garcia Girlfriend, Katelyn Bowyer Balloon Operator, William Woodhead 70TH BIRTHDAY (LOS ANGELES) Crew Production Consultant, John Glasser First Assistant Director, Jeff Robinson First Assistant Camera, Shaun Dixon Gaffer, Team Bashet Grip / Gaffer Swing, Shane Reilly Art Director, Chris Roberts Prop Master, Randy Kizer Set Decorator, Ashley Leung Wardrobe, Marina Ray Assistant Wardrobe, Claire Marie Atiee Hair / Makeup, Annette Chaisson Assistant Hair / Makeup, Cheyanne Webster Sound Mixer, Paul Gonzales Location Services, Nancy Rigoli Studio Teacher, Tasche Simons Craft Service, Oscar Eufracio Production Assistant, Eric Browning Production Assistant, Logan Petree Production Assistant, Ian Alloway Production Supplies & Vehicles, SirReel Studio Rentals Security, Overall & Associates Cast Grandmother, Jennifer Monroe Mother, Lateefah Devot Father, Jawara Smith Granddaughter, Kennedy Perkins Young Grandmother (Vintage Photo) , Melissa Johnson FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS (INDIA) Finger Print Films Executive Producer, Madhukar Kotian

Director, Maheep Dhillon Director of Photography, Sudheer Palsane Creative Producer, Shiraz Mukherjee Line Producer, Rajesh Pakhare Crew (Delhi) Line Producer, Girish Thakur Production Manager, Shyam Swamy Makeup, Geeta Cast Grandfather, Mr. S.K. Batra Grandmother, Mrs. Flora Bose Husband, Puneet Bhatnager Wife, Pooja Bhatnagar Kid Brother, Prerit Bhatnagar Kid Sister, Suhani Bhatnagar Aunty, Sonakshi Batra SKYDIVING (FIJI) Skydive Fiji Owner, Tim Joyce Cast Mary, Mary Shriver Yuki, Yuki Sagara Lori, Lori Denison First Kiss (Austria) BDA Creative Munich Executive Producer, Philipp Wundt Executive Producer, Philipp Schall Crew Line Producer, Frank Siegmund Production Manager, Manual Hummer Production Coordinator, Mona Lehne First Assistant Director, Ole Zapatka Gaffer, Ralf Nowak Electrician, Kathi Ziegler Key Grip, Claus Mayan Production Designer, Kai Dahl Props, Petra Bähr Styling, Lisi Proske Amsüss Wardrobe, Katja Wittrin Make Up, Laura Bertoldi Kids Care, Johanna Steffan Extra Coordinator, Daniel Stockley Driver / Runner, Claus Gutknecht Driver / Runner, Kristin Frauenhoffer Driver / Runner, Florian Leonhardt Cast Marie, Marie-Madeleine Zenker Manuel, Manuel G. Riebel Paul, Paul Hahn Simon, Simon Schröter Nadine, Nadine Thomae Leoni, Leoni Lankes Jakob, Jakob Wahl

PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENT (PHILADELPHIA) Cast Husband, Ben Beitzel Wife, Samantha Beitzel Grandfather, David Rittase Grandmother, Kathleen Rittase TRAVEL ADVENTURE (CHILE) Crew Consultant, Swoop Patagonia/Luke Errington Travel Guide, Dittmar Adventure/ Laura McAfoos & David Dittmar Cast Caitlin, Caitlin Kazepis Erica, Erica Hill Adam, Adam Sloan Patricia, Patricia Miller Andrew, Andrew Maiorano SOLDIER HOMECOMING (CHICAGO) Crew Additional Camera Operator, Jason Pavlica Additional Camera Operator, Zach Baumgartner Additional Camera Operator, Stephen Strosin Sound Mixer, Eric Anthony Cast Soldier, Hunter Taylor Christian, Christian Taylor Jacob, Jacob Taylor Jeremy, Jeremy Taylor Jona, Jona Taylor Josh, Josh Taylor James, James Johnson UNREAL MOMENT (AUSTRALIA) Crew Production Company, How Ridiculous Cast Brett, Brett Stanford Derek, Derek Herron Jordan, Jordan Vandepeer Juliska, Juliska Arnold Scott, Scott Gaunson Nicolas, Nicolas Hynes David, David MacPherson

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Congratulations to... San Diego Zoo on 100 amazing years.

Keith James for all his support of the TEA and the industry.

John Robinett for his years of service to the Association.

And all the 2016 Thea Award recipients.

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Fountain of Dreams WUYISHAN, CHINA

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Event Spectacular Wuyishan is one of China’s scenic, world-heritage regions and “Fountain of Dreams” is the story of the town’s fabled waters, unfolding through 12 compelling scenes. At its core are the simple beauty and power of Nature: the generous waters that sculpted the region’s emblematic mountains and the nine twists and turns of its famous river. These are evoked in the show as live performers work multiple levels of the stage as the story unfolds through water curtains, fire, 3D video mapping, LED, lasers, cascading waters, musical score and ghostly characters from China’s traditional past. Every aspect of the show – from theatrical décor to seating – is designed as if on one unified stage. The waterfall depicts the neighboring mountains with the terraces reminiscent of the still active tea-growing terraces in the region in a truly unique theater design. The sweeping roof has a contemporary cantilever design so that it appears to float, allowing a full field of vision of all the effects for the entire audience without any columns at the front. Many effects happen throughout the audience seating area. 3D mapping uses the entire canvas to achieve seamless imagery. The facility also houses what is said to be the world’s biggest outdoor water screen – 30 meters high. 54

“Fountain of Dreams” has been described as where technology innovation meets ancient storytelling. This is true and more: this unique nighttime spectacular breaks the barrier between audience and performance, immersing the audience into the world and experience of the story with an extremely well-crafted execution of both existing and innovative technology in a custom built show facility.

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FOUNTAIN OF DREAMS - OFFICIAL PROJECT CREDITS SHOW CREATION, DESIGN AND PRODUCTION BY ECA2 OWNER: WUYISHAN TOURISM CULTURE INVESTMENT GROUP Bigang Ma, Party secretary of Wuyishan Chunhui Xu, Mayor of Wuyishan Ping Guo, CEO of Wuyishan Clear Water Festival Touristic & Cultural Co., Ltd Baiyi Zhong, General Manager of Wuyishan Clear Water Festival Touristic & Cultural Co., Ltd Shan Bai, Chief Engineer of Wuyishan Clear Water Festival Touristic & Cultural Co., Ltd Jean-Christophe Canizares, ECA2 CEO & Producer Thierry Nutchey, Show Design & Direction Julie Cugurno, Project Administration Director Gael Picquet, Technical Production Director Emmanuelle Charotte, Head of International Development Julie Moreau, Chief Architect & Stage Design Philippe Villar, Music and sound design Pascal Lengagne, Music and sound design Claude Lifante, Laser Graphics & Animation James Thomson, Fountains & Special Effects Design & Animation Frédéric Fayard, Light design Yannick Violin, Image Design Pierre-Emmanuel Gelis, Pyrotechnic Designer Ming Xu, Costumes Design Na Li, Choreography Chi Chen, Choreography


Xiong Wang, Choreography Flo Shi, Artistic Coordinator Fabiola Gonzales, Artistic Coordinator Gaëlle Jie Sun, Artistic Advisor Christian Bourigault, Artistic Advisor Zirong Tong, Voices Feifei Di, Voices Dian Tao, Voices Qianjing Zhao, Voices Xianglong Meng, Voices Feng Liu, Voices Zheng Zhang, Voices Hui Xu, Voices Yuzhu Cheng, Voices Fang Yi Lin, Cast Kong Han, Cast Xiao Mei Duan, Cast Zha Xi Liu, Cast Wen Ji, Cast Dominique Fages, Graphics Fabien Jacques, Graphics Emmanuel Charles, Graphics Raphael Ollé-Cervera, Storyboard Zheng Xu, Costumes Laurent Bretonniére, Video Images and Animation Gilbert Louet, Video Images and Animation Nicolas Castera, Video Images and Animation Jean Calvalcante, Video Images and Animation Alexandre Marchand, Video Images and Animation Olivier Corbex, Video Images and Animation Jessie Hundelby, Traduction

Thierry Nutchey, Artistic Production Clément Rabreaud, Technical Operation Director David Birchall, Show Control Jason Fischer, Show Control Arnaud Guérin, Show Control Ken Lo, Technical Manager James Thomson, Technical Manager Lawrence Ryan, Technical Manager Chengcheng Chi, Architect François Thorel, Architect Patricia Vallet, Logistics Stéphane Thiodat, Logistics Amanda Lavenant, Logistics Anne-Claire Simar, Logistics Jeffrey Tay, Project Administration Assistant Anna Kasri, Project Administration Assistant Luella Lin, Project Administration Assistant Johan Chabal, Light Operators Nicolas Galloux, Light Operators Vladislav Tolic, Video Operator Yoan Corchia, Sound System Design Fabien Langard, Sound System Design Jacky Boileau, Power Manager Michel Amann, Fountain System Design Mickael Boussichas, Fountains Eric Boussichas, Fountains Aurélien Bouvier, Fountains Yuichiro Ide, Flame System Julien Causeret, Public Relations Julien Panié, Director of Photography

One World Observatory NEW YORK, NY, USA

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Attraction One World Observatory, operated by Legends and built on the site of the former World Trade Center, is a collection of experiences that celebrate the dynamics of Manhattan, its surroundings, and the resilient vitality of New York City. The attraction begins at ground level, where a series of preshow queues focus first on the people who constructed the new building, seen in the multi-screen “Voices.” This is followed by an informative themed re-creation of the bedrock beneath the structure in an area called “Foundations.” Visitors then ascend to the top in a 47-second elevator ride that includes an ascending panorama of Manhattan, covering more than 500 years of geographic and architectural change during the trip to the 102nd floor, where a row of kaleidoscopic screens and theatrics prepare visitors to “see forever.”


This is followed by a dramatic reveal of the city itself through expansive glass walls, and unique exhibits and interactive attractions such as “City Pulse” and “Sky Portal.” The return elevator trip to the ground floor uses the on-board screens in a very different manner, virtually transporting riders out of the elevator shaft for a helicopter-like flight around neighboring structures. One World Observatory had to find a comfort zone within a location inevitably tied to devastating recent history. The creators have succeeded in bringing this experience to life by contrasting the solemn nature of the memorial (the adjacent 911 Memorial & Museum) with a celebration of the rebirth of physical space. The design uses familiar and state-of-the-art tools to weave together what are usually the “blank spaces” of rooftop vistas (queuing, elevators, gift shops and viewing decks). The result is something arrestingly unique and unexpected and overcoming the challenges presented by an emotionally charged location.

ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY - OFFICIAL PROJECT CREDITS EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION TEAM LEGENDS ATTRACTIONS Dave Checketts, Chairman and CEO Dave Kerschner, President, Attractions Fran Coiro, Vice President, Project Management John Urban, Vice President and General Manager Jonathan Muscalo, Vice President, Facilities Bob Zorn, Director, Guest Experience Meka White, Director, Sales Faisal Mirza, Manager, Guest Experience Derek Reyes, Manager, Group and Tourism Sales Lory Comeau, Manager, Special Events Stacey Lender, Marketing Abby Endres, Marketing Paaru Pandit, IT Solutions Delivery Manager John Bock, Sales and Project Associate DESIGN AND PRODUCTION TEAM - THE HETTEMA GROUP Phil Hettema, Producer/Creative Director Anthony Pruett, Executive Project Director Debbie Saale, General Management Jodi Roberdes, Director of Architecture/ Interior Design Dave Clare, Project Director Jared Cryder, Production Manager


Stephanie Jones, Production Coordinator Derby Ahlstone, Technical Director Jeff Thom, Installation Supervisor Eric Hungerford, Director of Media Production Tom Vannucci, Show Producer Jeff Cook, CAD Designer Juan Acuna, CAD Designer Susan Spence, Writer PROJECT RESEARCH - THE HETTEMA GROUP Corinne Cunningham, Project Research Libby Kreutz, Sky Pod Historical Research INTERACTIVE DESIGN Stimulant, Global Welcome Center Interactive Design Darren David, CEO Nathan Moody, Co-Founder, Design Director Josh Santangelo, Co-Founder, Technical Director Joel Pryde, Technical Lead Stephan Winokur, Content Developer Local Projects, City Pulse Interactive Design Jake Barton, Principal Keeli Shaw, Interactive Project Director

Marijana Wotton, Production Manager/Producer David Carofano, Strategist Vidya Santosh, Graphic Designer Suzanna Marsh, Content Developer Lucas Vickers, Developer Andrea Ngan, UX Designer Frances Grogan, Director Matthew Felson, Programmer Ethan Holda, Programmer Gal Sasson, Programmer Sundar Ramen, Content Developer Erika Tarte, Content Developer Francisco Zamorano, Content Developer Angela Chen, Content Developer MEDIA PRODUCTION Blur Studio, Sky Pod Media Production Yas Takata, Director Laura Pepper, Producer David Stinnett, CG Supervisor Brandon Riza, Plate Photography Mousetrappe, Voices Media Production Darren Ulmer, Principal David Briggs, Creative Director Stormie Dorrell, Production Supervisor Samuel Connor, VFX Supervisor Vaughn Hannon, Technical Director Stephanie Wince, Art Director Realisations, See Forever

Theater Media Production Roger Parent, President Clement Hamel, Technical Director Louis-Pierre Morin, Technical Advisor/Programmer AndrĂŠ Lantin, Media Producer Joel Proulx-Bouffard, Multimedia Director Philippe Provencher, Graphic Designer Loic Surprenant, Director Editor Francois David, Video Projection Specialist Associates in Media Engineering, Inc., Technical Integration Consultant Benjamin Lein, Media Technical Director Pablo Molina, See Forever Theater Projection Mapping and Automation Yessian Music, Composition and Sound Design Brian Yessian, Composer CREATIVE DESIGN CREDITS Lawrence Nelson, Concept Art, Illustration and Flythrough (N-Vision Studio) Gus Stone, Designer, Pre-Viz Animator (CONTINUED...)

How to Submit a Thea Award Nomination

Do you know of a wonderful Attraction, Theme Park, Museum, FEC, Zoo, Science Center, Resort, or Technical Breakthrough etc. that has recently opened? If so, nominate it for a Thea Award next year beginning April 1st. Judging takes place from August to October and recipients are announced the second week of November at the annual IAAPA Trade Show in Orlando, Florida. TEA’s Thea Committee is always looking for compelling places and experiences to award with the prestigious Thea Award. You don’t need to have worked on the project to nominate it and you CAN nominate your own project. Here’s how: Phase 1: Go to the TEA website at teaconnect.org. Click “Thea Awards” on the far right top line. Then click “Nominate a Project.” Once there, click on the “Online Application.” You will be directed to a website which houses the nomination ballot. To nominate a project, you will need to provide the following information on the nomination form:  Name of Project  Location  Project Description  Opening Date  Name of Developer/Owner  A 600-word Summary of the Nomination  Category  Additional information may be required for specialized categories such as limited budget or technical achievement Phase 2: An email response to your Phase 1 Nomination will include a link to use in submitting photos and materials, including a 3-5 minute video of the project from the guest’s point-of-view, i.e. queue line and inside the project from beginning to end. This is the most important submission for the Thea Committee’s review. Good luck. We hope you will consider nominating a terrific project for next year’s judging cycle! For more information, visit www.teaconnect.org, email info@teaconnect.org, call +1-818-843-8497, or write to Themed Entertainment Association, 150 E. Olive Ave., Suite 306, Burbank, CA 91502 USA

ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY - OFFICIAL PROJECT CREDITS CONTINUED... exp, Lighting Design Aram Ebben, Principal/Director of Lighting Design Michael Schrupp, Lighting Designer Hunt Design, Signage Concepts Jennifer Bressler, Principal Robin Anderson, Designer TECHNICAL CREDITS Adirondack Studios, Scenic Construction David Lloyd, President Michael Blau, Vice President, Business Development Louis Allen, Vice President, Creative Ken Crosby, Vice President, Production Carl Zutz, Sales Manager Richard Mahaney, Director of Production Matt Jackson, Technical Director Stephen Detmer, Project Manager Dean Schermerhorn, Project Manager Dixon Studios, Scenic Rock Work Kay Nichols, President Gary Dixon, Vice President Fred Major, Estimating Manager Diane Minks, Artist Electrosonic, Audio-Video System Design and Installation Chris Conte, Vice President, New Business Development Bryan Abelowitz, Executive Sales Manager Daniel Laspa, Project Manager Guy Fronte, Project Manager Jackson Benedict, Project Manager Daniel Dore, Installation Supervisor

Andrew Johnson, Commissioning Engineer Jim Funke, Commissioning Engineer John Notarnicola, Commissioning Engineer L.A. Propoint Inc., Staging Effects and Engineering Mark Riddlesperger, President Jim Hartman, Vice President Andy Hanlen, Project Manager Arnold Lesin, Installation Manager Eric Gill, Mechanical Designer Richard Adams, Electrical Designer ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas, Sky Pod System Design and Installation Joseph Braman, Regional Vice President Matthew Chorney, Project Manager National Cab Co., Inc., Sky Pod Fabrication Jeff Friedman, Owner Rafael Croissiert, Vice President Tim Herrmann, Vice President, Operations MRD Lighting System Design and Installation Michael Riotto, CEO Nevi Ozturk, Lighting Designer Design Communications Ltd., Signage Fabrication Lauren Vallier, Project Executive Peter Haas, Senior Project Manager Chris Carless, Project Manager Cerami & Associates, Acoustical Design Consultants Victoria Cerami, CEO

Albert Maniscalco, Partner, Project Manager Thomas Kaytt, Associate Principal FACILITY CONSTRUCTION JRM Construction Management, General Contractor David McWilliams, President Dan Robertson, Senior Project Manager David Kang, Project Manager Tommy Miriello, Construction Superintendent Louis Cangiano, Construction Project Manager Gerard Ottaiano, Construction Project Manager Frank D’Ambrosio, Project Coordinator Montroy Anderson DeMarco, Architect of Record Daniel Montroy, Principal Daniel Terebelo, Architect Ajay Waghmare, Architect Arthur Metzler and Associates, MEP and Data Engineering Arthur Metzler, Consulting Engineer PC Bryan Cotton, Associate Principal Paul Longhurst, Sr. Project Engineer William Van Dean, Senior Associate WSP Structural Engineers Yoram Eilon, Vice President Frank Mannino, Engineer Building Structures realms architectural, Accessibility Compliance Consultant


Steven Kirk Mason, ADA Compliance Consultant e4, LEED Consultant Pamela Lippe, President and Principal Julia Ragragio Ruiz, Project Manager, Associate Mercedes Oviedo, Project Manager, Associate Projects Design Associates, Restaurant Design Martin Vahtra, Owner Penguin - an EMCORE Company, Facilities Engineering Frank Gibbons, Chief Operating Officer Gary O’Connor, Chief Engineer DVS, Security Design Brian Coulombe, Principal PROPERTY MANAGEMENT The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Landlord Steven Plate, Chief of Major Capital Projects Beth Wolfowitz, Director, Leasing and Development The Durst Organization, Landlord and Operator Douglas Durst, Chairman Robert Becker, Vice President of One World Trade Center Thomas Duffe, Senior Vice President of Construction John Whitty, Project Manager

Congratulations to One World Observatory on receiving a Thea Award in the Outstanding Achievement - Attractions category! JRM Construction Management is proud to have been the General Contractor of this monumental and noteworthy project.

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History of the Thea Awards “The establishment of the TEA Thea Awards as the preeminent award program recognizing excellence in Themed Entertainment projects was seminal to the recognition of Themed Entertainment as a professional industry. The Theas shine a bright light on the industry and its leaders, fabricators and creative geniuses who make Themed Entertainment magic. As the industry continues to expand into broader experience-oriented markets, the Theas have likewise grown. Today, the Thea Awards are increasingly recognized for their relevance and significance, far beyond anything the original Thea committee members had hoped for.” -- Themed Entertainment Association founder Monty Lunde, Technifex

Four recipients of the Thea Award for Lifetime Achievement: Harrison “Buzz” Price, Disney Legends John Hench and Marty Sklar, and Don Iwerks, Iwerks Entertainment

The third year (1996) saw the introduction of Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA). Ten AOAs were bestowed.

Monty Lunde

The Thea Awards began in 1994 with a single Lifetime Achievement Award, and the first honoree was Harrison “Buzz” Price, a pioneer in economic feasibility for entertainment projects. Monty Lunde, Bob Rogers, Pat Scanlon and Barry Howard were on the first Thea Awards organizational and judging committee, which needed only a single meeting to unanimously agree that Buzz was the right person to receive the very first Thea. The Thea Awards were named in reference to three words: •”Thea” - the Greek goddess from whom all light emanates •“Theater” – derived from the goddess Thea •“TEA” – the acronym referring to our Association The original Thea trophies were designed by Barry Howard and Jeremy Railton. The current Thea trophy debuted in 2001 and was designed by Zofia Kostryko. The first year’s ceremony, held at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, was produced by Ron Miziker, and coordinated by Jana Love, with TEA founder Monty Lunde serving as master of ceremonies. The 1995 Thea Awards also took place at the Biltmore, again with a single honoree: Disney Legend Marty Sklar.


In 1997, two special AOA categories were created: Excellence on a Limited Budget to celebrate outstanding achievements under $10 million, and the Thea Classic Award, which can be given to one achievement per year that has stood the test of time. In 2014-2015, new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions at Universal Studios prompted the Thea Awards Committee to create the Paragon Award, which recognizes a project that sets a new bar of excellence. After Harrison Price passed away in 2010, TEA renamed the Thea Lifetime Achievement Award in his honor. It is now called the Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements. The culture of the Thea Awards is unique. Here are some key characteristics: • Honoree: the project itself - The award honors the entire achievement. The trophy is awarded to the project owner. • Official project credits – The project owner is obliged to furnish a comprehensive credits list for publication by TEA. The credits appear in the printed Thea Awards Program, and on the TEA website. In this way the Thea Awards have resulted in the first official project credits of the themed entertainment industry. • Trophies for the team – Individuals and companies named on the official credits list of a Thea-honored project are entitled to obtain their own trophies from TEA. • No set categories – The TEA is free to honor several achievements in the same category, to create a new category, or to skip categories as the year’s achievements warrant.

Congratulations to our good friends Keith James

The Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Outstanding Achievements

Creating Stories You Can Touch Experiential design Exhibit design Themed architecture Theme parks Themed retail & dining Media design Special effects Master planning Live shows 67 Valley Street, Pasadena CA 91105 USA T:+1.626.683.9876 studio@hettemagroup.com www.thehettemagroup.com

John Robinett

TEA Distinguished Service Award along with all of the Thea Award recipients

• No secrets – The slate of award recipients is announced in November, and the awards are presented to those recipients the following spring at the Thea Awards Gala. There are no surprise announcements, no names concealed in envelopes. • Open nominations – Anyone can nominate a project for a Thea Award. It is not necessary to be a TEA member. You can nominate your own project. “The objective of the Thea Awards is simple: To find excellence and celebrate it. As we look to the future, the Thea Awards will continue to grow and evolve, while continuing to honor the original objective of bringing recognition to achievement, talent and professional excellence within our themed entertainment industry.” -Bob Rogers, BRC Imagination Arts

Bob Rogers

The Thea Paragon Award was first given in 2015

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One World Observatory

THG is proud to be the designer and producer of the One World Observatory experience, this year’s Thea Award Recipient for Outstanding Achievement Attraction.

Creating Stories You Can Touch

Many thanks to our project partners: Legends Attractions Port Authority of NY & NJ JRM Construction Montroy Andersen DeMarco Stimulant Blur Studio Mousetrappe Realisations Electrosonic Thyssenkrupp Local Projects Adirondack Studios L.A. Propoint Inc. Hunt Design Dixon Studios EXP 67 Valley Street, Pasadena CA 91105 USA T:+1.626.683.9876 studio@hettemagroup.com www.thehettemagroup.com

Foresta Lumina, Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook QC, CANADA

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Attraction, Limited Budget The natural state of a dense forest, known for its hiking trails and and beautiful surroundings, is the canvas for Foresta Lumina. This immersive and multisensory nighttime experience along a 1.5 mile stretch was inspired by forest mythology and local legends. The adventure begins by crossing the Gorge on one of the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridges. Visitors carry a map of the trail and will first encounter a mysterious, misty portal that is located on the bridge itself. Passing this portal takes visitors to the Garden of Wishes. Here, seven beautifully illuminated manuscripts introduce the cast of fictional characters that inhabit the park’s nocturnal landscape. Mysterious runes tie the interactive storyline together. Each character is carefully designed and presented with sophisticated lighting, audio, mist and a variety of theatrical effects that create a moody but magical setting.


Experiences with mapped media and lighting effects gain popularity every year. The creators of Foresta Lumina were tasked to adapt these modern technologies to a living environment that calls for nuance in its scale and execution. It is the unique forest setting and local folklore, balanced with the subtle adaptation of multimedia that makes the project stand out.

FORESTA LUMINA - OFFICIAL PROJECT CREDITS Caroline Sage, General Manager, Parc de la Gorge Paul Belleville, Site Manager, Parc de la Gorge Mylene Evoy, Operation Manager, Parc de la Gorge Anne-Elizabeth Thibault, Producer, Moment Factory Marie Belzile, Director, Moment Factory Gabriel Pontbriand, Creative Director, Moment Factory Mathieu Dupuis, Technical Director, Show Devant Joel Gaudreau, Technical Operator, Show Devant Christophe Bargain, Technical Operator, Show Devant

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Disney Paint the Night Hong Kong Disneyland Park & Disneyland Park HONG KONG & ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, USA

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement Parade Spectacular This is an electrical parade lit entirely of LED lights (a first of its kind)… except these LED lights are really Pixie dust from Tinker Bell and Mickey Mouse’s magic paintbrush, pulsing with colors and sparkle. Tinker Bell’s Fiber Fairies wear costumes adorned with fiberoptic strands that can be touched by guests with special interactive wands that change their color. Pixar properties brought to life include Monsters, Inc., Cars and Toy Story. The Monsters, Inc. float features Sulley and Mike and a series of spinning peek-a-boo doors with hidden video screens that reveal scary monsters. Lightning McQueen leads the Cars contingent with the 25,000-light Mack truck followed by the glow-in-the-dark Cars Crew dancers. The Toy Story float, dubbed Electric Rodeo, features a 20-foot-long Slinky Dog with Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear sitting precariously atop the illuminated coils. The Lasso Dancers, each spinning a lighted ball on a string designed to look like a neon lasso, are joined by Jessie the cowgirl. No Disney parade would be complete without a procession of princesses. Belle from Beauty and the Beast commands the lead float dominated by a massive red rose with Cinderella and Rapunzel on trailing candelabra mini-floats. The Court Dancer performers wear color-changing costumes while the Dove Dancers look like winged ballerinas. The 25-foot-tall Little Mermaid float features a massive King 70

Triton figure with a rear-projection face. A large troupe of performers tags behind, including the electroluminescent coral fish as well as the Nemo and Marlin characters. The finale is truly spectacular, with Mickey Mouse wielding a giant paint brush to control a wild kinetic sculpture that creates an optical illusion with an array of disco balls. As the lights and geometry move, the optical illusion is truly magical to see. Technology advancement is a good thing, especially when it comes to re-imagining the Main Street Electrical Parade. The new Disney Paint the Night is a marvel of lighting technology, creative artistry, storytelling, showmanship, live performance, and interactivity centered around beloved Disney characters, both recent and classic. The parade opened at Hong Kong Disneyland in October 2014 and opened at Disneyland with several added elements in May 2015 as part of the park’s 60th Diamond Celebration – a show of massive scale, mounted twice within 12 months on two different continents. The parade has over 1.5 million lights on floats, costumes and video screens. Special guest merchandise was developed that synchronizes to the parade as it moves down the street. Along the way, homage is paid to the original Electric Light Parade – including a drum float and some of the original music score.



CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM Steve Davison, Creative Director, Core Team Sayre Wiseman, Executive Producer, Core Team Randy Wojcik, Show Director, Core Team Annie Wharmby, Producer Glades Sin, Production Manager, Special Projects Kirk Kusano, Overall Technical Director, Core Team Tracy Halas, Choreographer, Core Team Scott Shaffer, Art Designer, Core Team Barry Cheung, Art Director Paulie Jenkins, Lighting Designer, Core Team Caitlin Guyan, Assistant Lighting Designer, Core Team Mark Hammond, Music Composer, Core Team Matt Walker, Music Executive, Core Team Bruce Healey, Music Producer, Core Team Ron Colvard Healey, Music Consultant, Core Team Rony Fortich, Music Producer Jim McCormick, Associate Music Producer, Core Team Mirena Rada, Costume Designer, Core Team Wendy Benitez, Costume Designer Assistant, Core Team Phyllis Kei, Production Stage Manager Sing So, Production Assistant Wai Keung Chow, Show Director Jaime Del Prado, Choreographer


CASTING Jennifer Lawrence, Talent Casting Director STAGING Wendy Calderon, Staging Assistant Ronaldo Labian, Staging Assistant Irish Abejero, Staging Assistant Chito Mabaquiao, Staging Assistant CHARACTER TRAINER Grace Lai, Character Trainer Toto To, Character Trainer TECHNICAL Saul Mudd, Technical Director Savita Lam*, Technical Coordination Manager Gary Yiu, Supervising Technical Manager - Operations Simon Wong*, Technical Manager Show Support Pang Au, Technical Manager Show Support David Volz, Engineer, Core Team Nick Lau, R&M Technician Kris Tsang, R&M Technician Louis Chan*, Supervising Technical Manager - Production Man Chung, Technical Manager Kit Chung, Senior Stage Technician Koey Ko, Stage Technician Chi Ming Yip, Manager, Central Shop Facility Services James Leung, Parade Maintenance, Boris Yeung, Associate Engineer Facility Services

Wa Woo, Senior Technician Facility Services Kin Chau, Senior Technician Facility Services COSTUMING & COSMETOLOGY &

OPERATIONS Jeannie Lau, Senior Costumer, Dancer Daphane Lau*, Costumer, Dancer Elsa Leung, Costumer, Dancer Kim Ma, Associate Costumer, Dancer Venus Lee*, Associate Costumer, Dancer Elke Ho, Senior Costumer, Character Haney Yim*, Associate Costumer, Character Annie Yu*, Hair & Makeup Manager Eddie Lau, Hair & Makeup Specialist Nelson Chung, Costumer Manager Cody Ho, Associate Costumer Manager

PARADE OPERATIONS Stan Stanajic, Manager, Show Operations Virginia Sung, Parade and Atmosphere Manager Wingo Chung, Stage Manager Crystal Ko*, Stage Manager Karen Lai, Stage Manager Kristy Kwok, Project Parade Lead Ray Law, Project Parade Lead Ruby Lam*, Project Parade Lead Annie Wong, Project Parade Lead Kam Kam*, Project Parade Lead PROGRAMMING AND SYSTEMS Nick Vanhouten, Programming Systems, Core Team

Jason Badger, Programmer, Core Team Jonathan Baker, Video Programmer, Core Team Brian Larsh, Programmer, Core Team Ryan Stubbs, Costume Programmer, Core Team Pehr Hovey, WDI R&D, Core Team Ken Wagner, Interactive Technical Director, Core Team Entertainment Senior Leadership Kevin Eld, Creative Entertainment Executive, Core Team Matt Conover, Creative Entertainment Executive, Core Team Michael O’Grattan, Creative Entertainment Executive, Core Team Ted Carlsson, Creative Entertainment Executive, Core Team David Lightbody, HKDL Creative Entertainment Executive HONG KONG PAINT THE NIGHT VENDORS Artech Eric Chan Corinne Wong Ben Shiu Ptarmigan Simon Fraser Greg Pittams Meji Lau (CONTINUED...)

HONG KONG DISNEYLAND PARK PAINT THE NIGHT - OFFICIAL PROJECT CREDITS CONTINUED... Rando Mark Charackey Dan Comins Justin Hogarth Brian Jaecker-Jones Joe Rando Andrew Rubio

Birket Jo Walker Macial Godoy L&S Wigs Louis Tang

Tom Talmon Productions Terry Hud Tom Talmon

Limelight Virginia Chu Angel Wong

Flow Toy Sean Von Stade

Practical Hat Flora Chung

Super Textiles Felix Chow Top Right Jake Suen

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Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements Keith James: Family man, business leader By Jack Rouse The Thea Awards began in 1994 with a single Lifetime Achievement Award, and the first honoree was Harrison “Buzz” Price, pioneer in economic feasibility for entertainment projects. After Buzz passed away in 2010, the award was renamed in his honor. If you are in the themed entertainment business or are in any way involved with the Themed Entertainment Association, then you know the name of Keith James. And if you are like many of your colleagues, the words that come to mind when describing Keith are likely to be: honest, great integrity, thoughtful, loyal, consummate businessman, straight as an arrow. And while those words are all true, they are also part of a TEA myth, because such was not always the case. FLASHBACK TIME! When Keith was 17, he had his driver’s license suspended for drag racing with his girlfriend in a buddy’s Corvette. In 1970, he embraced then-prevalent hippie culture and - perhaps channeling Peter Fonda or Dennis Hopper - embarked on a 10-week, 15,000-mile motorcycle trip across the United States. It was on that trip that Keith visited Disneyland - is that where the infatuation with themed entertainment began? Who knows?


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ON THE ROAD! A few years later Taft’s theme park expansion began. In 1979 Keith was re-assigned to Toronto as the Director of Planning and Development for Canada’s Wonderland, later becoming Director of Park Operations. ON THE ROAD AGAIN!! In 1983 Keith trekked across the continent (this time not on a motorcycle) to Vancouver where he became Vice President of Operations for Expo ‘86. More importantly, it was in Vancouver that Keith and Patti’s eldest daughter, Alexis was born. ON THE ROAD AGAIN, AGAIN!!!! Keith remained with the Expo organization only a short time - in 1983 Taft recruited him back to the fold and sent him to Sydney, Australia to become Managing Director of Australia’s Wonderland. It was in Sydney that Keith and Patti’s youngest daughter Chloe was born. The James family

ONE MORE TIME ON THE ROAD AGAIN!!! (IS THERE A THEME HERE?) Wanderlust set in again in 1987 when Universal Studios hired Keith as Vice-President of Show Production for Universal Studios Florida. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Planning and Development. ON THE ROAD - OMG, NOT AGAIN! Then in 1992 Keith returned to Cincinnati to join Jack Rouse Associates. Now known as JRA, he remains there today as CEO/Owner. Keith has spent his professional life moving from gig to gig. From Cincinnati to Toronto to Vancouver to Sydney to Orlando to Cincinnati:

Patti and Keith James

In the 1960s he was a fiercely competitive swimmer, garnering numerous regional and state awards for the Cincinnati Marlins, an elite swim team. (Yes, Keith was once an “elitist”). And while doing all that, he graduated from Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, entered the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he did not study piano, but rather earned a BFA in technical theater. “Nervous nights lighting Man of La Mancha,” his brother Sandy remembers. He graduated in 1970 and shortly thereafter went to work for Taft Broadcasting. Taft had recently acquired Coney Island in Cincinnati and Hanna-Barbera in Hollywood as foundational elements for a theme park they were just beginning to build in Ohio: Kings Island. There, he became production manager for the live shows program and later assistant director of operations. While auditioning performers for the first year of the live shows program, an aspiring young performer named Patti Schmitz entered his life. Mythology has it that she may have stretched the truth about her age to get the gig; in any case, she was hired and a few years later became Mrs. Harry Keithan James. During the early years of the Taft parks, Keith and some colleagues formed Kings Productions, which for many years was the creative division of the Taft family of theme parks.


Solving problems, creating a better place, taking the best from where he worked and leaving the rest behind. In view of that first, momentous 1970s motorcycle trip that started in Cincinnati, maybe there’s some thematic symbolism here: shooting for the stars, aiming for the best, constantly learning, constantly improving…at least, that’s what his sister Carrie remembers (full disclosure: brother Sandy and sister Carrie are twins - not relevant, but interesting). Keith has always made the most of opportunities to be actively involved with the important associations of our industry: the TEA (several years as president) and IAAPA (board of directors). And in spite of the revocation of his driver’s license for drag racing, and in spite of a 1970s biker/hippie image, Keith has become one of the themed entertainment industry’s most respected leaders. His entire professional career has been in themed entertainment, and his passion for the industry is evident to all who know him. What might not be quite as evident unless you know Keith well is his passion for his wife and his two daughters. That should probably earn him an award that recognizes a lifetime of achievements in supporting those whom he loves. Jack Rouse describes himself as “longtime friend, biker-buddy, colleague and business partner with Keith James since the 1970s.” He was also the founder of Jack Rouse Associates (JRA) and a fellow Thea recipient, honored in 2008 by TEA for lifetime achievement.

Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. Congratulations on a lifetime of passionate achievement. From your friends and family.



Much deserved... Job well done.


Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements

...and to all of our 2016 THEA Awards recipients


TEA Distinguished Service Award John W. Robinett: Not just a “numbers guy” By Gene Jeffers The TEA honors John Robinett this year with the TEA Distinguished Service Award, presented annually in recognition of a TEA member’s outstanding contributions “above & beyond the call of duty.” We also thank his wife Sherry and their three sons for sharing this “numbers guy” with an entire industry and our Association. Without them, the TEA would shine less brightly today. So what, exactly, is a mild-mannered, “numbers guy” doing in the creative-infested waters of the Themed Entertainment Association? Quite a lot, it so happens. So much that John W. Robinett, Senior Vice President, Economics at AECOM, is this year’s recipient of the TEA Distinguished Service Award. In addition to his day job ensuring the financial viability and success of projects around the world, for two decades John has given time and expertise to the Association as a Board Member, sponsored events and activities through his company, presented and spoken at TEA conferences, advocated and ensured 82

the continuation and growth of the annual TEA/AECOM Theme Index publication, and chaired and served as committee member of the TEA Thea Awards Committee. And the “day job” was demanding. Everyone, from the Walt Disney Company to the Getty Museum, from the Beach Park in Brazil to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, from Universal Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Warner Bros., Ripley’s Entertainment, Merlin Entertainments and the American Museum of Natural History… the list goes on and on of companies and projects that wanted John’s attention. Attendance projections, financial viability, project valuations, development options, market reviews, a blizzard of economic reports and analyses has flown from his desk, as he found ways to maximize benefits for the owners and enjoyment for the guests. But John felt he could do more to help an industry that was just starting to recognize itself, and fortunately, he discovered the fledgling TEA.

“In the early days when I first joined, the TEA was filled with competing viewpoints and positions,” John remembers. Not unusual for a new organization comprised of creative and passionate people. Elected to the TEA International Board of Directors, John found himself acting as an intermediary between various competing positions, helping different perspectives to be heard and easing a number of the young association’s growing pains. “I like to feel I brought some business calmness to the TEA,” he recalls of his two terms on the Board. Through conference presentations, John shared his expertise with TEA members, helping others to better understand market conditions and economic realities in China, the Middle East and wherever projects were being created. He successfully lobbied ERA (Economics Research Associates) - and AECOM, after it acquired ERA - to be active regional and international event sponsors, helping to provide additional benefits for TEA members and to help ensure the financial viability of the association. John plays a critical role in producing the TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index, an annual report documenting the top-attended theme parks, water parks and now museums worldwide. While an entire team at AECOM works on collecting, compiling and presenting the data, he has led the effort to develop, expand and improve this essential industry reference. “It is important to understand the numbers behind the business,” John says about the Theme Index, “- to provide some transparency to an industry that is growing, maturing, becoming more important and more complex every day.” John has also helped make the TEA Thea Awards possible, serving on the Thea Awards Committee for nearly a decade, and chairing that auspicious body twice. “What a pleasure to serve with such amazing people,” he says. “People now aspire to receive a Thea Award, they encourage operators and vendors to create better, more engaging attractions, to improve their guests’ experiences. Every time that happens, the entire industry benefits.” Indeed, there is quite a lot for a numbers person to do in themed entertainment, and in the Themed Entertainment Association. After all, an economic feasibility analysis helps move a project successfully forward. But like most people in this industry, the interest and pleasure go beyond the purely professional. It’s a business on which one gets hooked. “Well, first, TEA members are great people, incredibly creative, great ideas, very good to work with from a business perspective, be friends with, have good relationships with,” John says. “They appreciate one another’s gifts and talents. It is really rewarding to work with TEA members.” Perhaps more important, he adds, “In what can be a complex, difficult and challenging world, this business, these people bring hope and joy and escape. Those things are necessary for humanity. For all of us to thrive we can’t lose hope, we can’t lose joy. Without them, the world would be a much darker place.” Gene Jeffers is past Executive Director of TEA, and was the first recipient of the TEA Distinguished Service Award.

CONGRATULATIONS & PRAISE FROM JOHN ROBINETT’S COLLEAGUES AND A CLIENT I have known John from his early days in this industry, and have watched as he has grown into a true professional in the field. It is gratifying to see him sharing his wealth of knowledge with others to help the industry. In particular, his work with TEA has had a positive impact. Ray Braun, Entertainment + Culture Advisors For over 25 years, I have had the pleasure to work with John, a great source of advice and deep history in the industry. Chris Yoshii, AECOM Vice President, Global Director of Economics, Design Planning+Economics Asia When John Robinett hired me out of investment banking in London back in 1997, I had no idea how much I would learn working with him, and how much fun I would have at the same time! We at AECOM are very fortunate to have John as a colleague and leader. Brian Sands, AICP, AECOM Vice President – Economics John Robinett has been mentor and friend. Way back in 1995, shortly after he launched ERA in Europe, he took a chance on me as a graduate consultant. John is wise and well-connected, and has a strong moral compass and faith that shape his approach to work and life. He has plenty more to give, but it is wonderful and fitting that TEA is celebrating his contributions. Ben Martin, Principal, AECOM Economics It is a pleasure working with John Robinett for his experience and knowledge of the market. He has helped us in our development over the years, facilitating our sustainable growth. I consider John a great professional as well as a good friend and partner of several journeys. Murilo Pascoal, General Director, Beach Park Resorts As a professional in the field of economic analysis, John has advanced the art by applying his creative problem solving skills to many new attraction concepts in ever changing market environments. As a consultant, he has maintained the highest standards of objectivity and professional integrity. As a colleague, John has been a supportive leader, always willing to share ideas and encouragement. Bill Owens, Principal, Owens Economics, LLC


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AECOM congratulates John Robinett, our Senior Vice President of Economics, on receiving the Themed Entertainment Association’s (TEA) Distinguished Service Award, for his long-time contributions with TEA. We’re proud of John for his leadership and achievements.


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