Friday, September 26, 2014

When TEA went to Cincinnati: OkTEAberfest report from Clara Rice

Clara Rice and Henry Winkler
Hanging out with Henry "The Fonz" Winkler was just one highlight of "OkTEAberfest," Sept 19-20, 2014 in Cincinnati. Some 30 members of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) traveled from New York, Sacramento, Orlando, Nashville, Chicago and LA to attend the pairing of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and the Cincinnati Comic Expo.... 


Many thanks to the TEA Eastern North America Division, Clara Rice, the event sponsors, the attendees and all who contributed to make TEA's first-ever event in Cincinnati a success.

At left, Melissa Ruminot of The Nassal Company enjoys her first taste of Cincinnati's Skyline Chili.

Monday, September 22, 2014

TEA backstage event at The Gravesend Inn, Oct 24, Brooklyn


Gravesend Inn, the high-tech haunt with a networked interface that responds to visitor cues, will host TEA members and their guests on Oct 24 at this Halloween event organized by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), in collaboration with the Entertainment Technology Dept of City Tech (The New York City College of Technology) in downtown Brooklyn.

Many thanks to the event sponsors: Weiglworks, Audinate, Medialon, and Figure 53

The Gravesend Inn is produced annually by City Tech's Theatreworks performing group and Entertainment Technology department. It is designed by professional faculty members, (including John Huntington, author of Show Networks & Control Systems) and assembled and operated each year by students. Effects are hidden in detailed scenery and props throughout the sprawling, multi-floor attraction, and sensors are monitored and effects are controlled over a sophisticated, managed network and industry-standard control systems.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Storytelling speakers announced for TEA's SATE design conference Oct 2-3 at FSU

Phil Hettema
Chairing the Storytelling segment of the SATE design conference, Oct 2-3 in Sarasota, FL, Phil Hettema of The Hettema Group announced speakers: Denise Weston of WhiteWater West, Joe Garlington, and Raul Fernandez of Brainwave ThoughtProducts, and Kenneth Feld of Feld Entertainment Inc.

"A Conversation with Kenneth Feld," in which Phil Hettema interviews the CEO of Feld Entertainment Inc., will headline the conference on Oct 2.  

For details on SATE speakers, program and registration, click here.

SATE '14 is the annual design conference of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), hosted Oct 2&3 by Florida State University (FSU) at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. SATE '14 presenting sponsors are Christie and Electrosonic.

SATE (Storytelling, Architecture, Technology, Experience) brings together creatives, producers, owners and operators in the visitor attractions industry. SATE explores issues, opportunities and possibilities relating to the creation of compelling guest experiences for entertainment, education, retail and branding.


 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TEA launches webinar series for tomorrow's themed entertainment creatives

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) is launching a new webinar series Oct 7, entitled "TEA Talks: A NextGen Web Series," to help students and others learn the professional side of the attractions business. The webinar is free, but pre-registration is required and tickets are limited. Click here for registration info.

"These webinars are for students or anyone with an interest in joining the themed entertainment industry," says Clara Rice of Jack Rouse Associates, who chairs the TEA NextGen Committee. "They may wonder how theme parks are designed, museum exhibits created or roller coasters engineered. They may think, 'I'd love to do that for a living, but don't know where to start.'"

Five industry leaders will share knowledge in the Oct 7 webinar: TEA president Christine Kerr of BaAM Productions, TEA president elect Steve Birket of Birket Engineering, Marissa Blake of VOA Associates, Alex Korting of Alex Korting Themed Entertainment Design and Jason McManus of Lightning in a Bottle.

Representing more than 50 years' combined experience, the speakers will define themed entertainment (it's more than just roller coasters) and share stories on how they chose their careers (or how their careers chose them)!

They'll also offer tips on how a student or person making a career change can enter the industry, even if their studies or experience aren''t an exact match.

Advance registration is required for the free Oct 7 webinar. Attendance will be capped at 250, but a single registration can be shared with an entire classroom, conference room or other shared space. Presentations will use GoToWebinar, and a session link will be sent via e-mail after registration. For those unable to attend, a recording will be available via the new TEA website launching later this year.

TEA is a non-profit business association representing creators of compelling experiences worldwide, with members ranging from Walt Disney Imagineering to Universal Parks and Resorts to the Museum of Science and Industry to design, fabrication, engineering, writing and media production companies around the world.

Within TEA, the NextGen Committee works to connect students, faculty and recent graduates to the industry, organization and community, supporting and fostering the next generation of TEA members and themed entertainment industry professionals.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SATE '14 Architecture & Technology sessions announced


SATE '14 is the annual design conference of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), hosted Oct 2&3 by Florida State University (FSU) at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. SATE '14 presenting sponsors are Christie and Electrosonic.

SATE (Storytelling, Architecture, Technology, Experience) brings together creatives, producers, owners and operators in the visitor attractions industry. SATE explores issues, opportunities and possibilities relating to the creation of compelling guest experiences for entertainment, education, retail and branding.

Architecture segment
Chair: Al Cross of PGAV Destinations. Speakers will include Dr. Timothy Parker of Norwich University, Abbey Rosen Holmes of NYXdesign, Zack Zanolli of Fisher Marantz Stone. Read more

Technology segment 
Chair: Mk Haley of FSU and Walt Disney Imagineering. Speakers will include Peter Weishar of FSU, Prof. Mark Francis of UCLA, Tommy Bridges of All Things Integrated, Stephan Villet of Smart Monkeys, Eric Cantrell of Medialon, and Martin Palicki of InPark Magazine. Read more

Coming soon: Updates on SATE '14 Experience and Storytelling sessions, chaired by Adam Bezark of The Bezark Company, and Phil Hettema of The Hettema Group. SATE '14 is co-chaired by Aram Ebben of exp and Stefan Lawrence of Rethink. More info about SATE '14

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sept 10, Orlando: TEA Eastern N.A. mixer at Bar Louie

Members of the visitor attractions industry and their guests are invited to an informal, no-host mixer Wed Sept 10 in Orlando, at Bar Louie, 7335 West Sand Lake Road, #101, 32819.

RSVP please, at this link.

This networking event is organized by the Eastern North America Division of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA).


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sept 4: Color Kinetics hosts TEA in its New York showroom

Color Kinetics, 
refreshments, 
themed entertainment 
and you! 

Join your professional colleagues for a Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) industry mixer in New York City at the Color Kinetics showroom. This event has been organized by TEA's Eastern North America Division and is sponsored by Philips, Color Kinetics and Blue Telescope.

Sept 4, 5:30-7:30 pm
Color Kinetics showroom
267 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor
RSVP required in advance: Click here.