Wednesday, October 30, 2013

PGAV's Konzen, Howard & Owen get astronautical at Kennedy Space Center

Emily Howard. Photo: PGAV
Mike Konzen, PGAV
We're proud of how many member companies of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) were involved in creating the exhibits and display environments for the Atlantis Orbiter shuttle at Kennedy Space Center (KSC).

They include Delaware North (the client), PGAV Destinations, Electrosonic, The Nassal Co., Mousetrappe, The Bezark Company, Cortina Productions and Design Island.

The shuttle is an artifact - a very large artifact, but still deserving of limited, respectful and cautious handling. So when Mike Konzen ("commander") and Emily Howard ("pilot") of PGAV took a privileged turn in the cockpit, they suited up.

PGAV's Tom Owen wears no protective gear - but his turn in the cockpit was chaperoned by retired astronaut Captain Jon A. McBride. Today, McBride is a big promoter of science education and space exploration as he interacts with the public at KSC Visitors Center.

Mike Konzen. Photo: PGAV

Howard & Konzen. Photo: PGAV

Owen and McBride. Photo: PGAV
Tom Owen (center) with shuttle astronaut Greg Johnson and Jon McBride, at KSC just before the orbiter Discovery was transported to the Smithsonian
The enthusiasm with which PGAV embraces the space program and their work at KSC is visible in these photos. Recently, at the annual conference of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) in Albuquerqe, PGAV's exhibit booth showcased the Atlantis exhibit and capped it with the live presence of Captain McBride himself (final photos, below). McBride demonstrated the three primary reactions that he's observed in people viewing Atlantis for the first time in the new exhibition: Amazement. Joyous applause. Tears.
Captain Jon A. McBride. Photo: Judith Rubin
Captain Jon A. McBride. Photo: Judith Rubin
Captain Jon A. McBride. Photo: Judith Rubin

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

TEA Eastern Division PechaKucha Mixer - Nov 6, Orlando

Drinks, tapas, networking….and PechaKucha! 

Join your colleagues in the Eastern Division of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA)
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Ceviche Orlando
Free to TEA members and non-members alike!

PechaKucha 20x20 is a social, creative event where people present their ideas, dreams and interests. Watch as some of your fellow industry members present and discuss 20 images, each for exactly 20 seconds.

Complimentary tapas will be served and a cash bar will be available.
Space is limited, so please RSVP now so you don’t miss this fast-paced evening full of inspiration.

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
CevĂ­che Orlando, Upstairs Banquet Hall
125 West Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801

This event is sponsored by Technomedia 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

SATE '13: comprehensive recap

by Clara Rice of Jack Rouse Associates --  The halls of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) literally shook last week, pulsating with the energy of the Themed Entertainment Association’s 9th Annual Storytelling Architecture Technology Experience (SATE) Conference.  TEA President, Christine Kerr, and SATE Co-Chairs, exp’s Aram Ebben and Stefan Lawrence of Stefan Rules!, assembled a powerhouse slate of speakers for the nearly 200 attendees, and the conference offered 2 days brimming with presentations, roundtables and informal informational exchanges. The presenting sponsor of the conference was Christie®. While the conference was segmented into the four component’s of SATE’s acronym, story was the wellspring and foundation of each: from how stories are conceived and constructed, to how they are manifested into a physical space, to who should be scripting them.  Adam Bezark of The Bezark Company launched the Storytelling segment...
Read the full article at InPark Magazine. 

Read more: The NextGen component of SATE '13

See other SATE '13 writeups on the "SATE in the News" page.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Advertise in the 2014 TEA Directory

Click here to reference the 2013 edition
Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) member benefits include the option to promote themselves and their companies in TEA's print and online publications. The 2014 TEA Directory is now accepting ad reservations. See below for details. Contact Judith Rubin [rubin.judith AT gmail. com] to reserve your space or for more information.

Rates start at $250 for a business card size ad.
TEA Global sponsors receive a 50% discount.

To reference past copies of the Directory:  2013    2012      2011 

What is the TEA Annual Directory?
It is a print and online virtual resource published by the Themed Entertainment Association, with a directory and specialized indexes of TEA members. It debuts in November at the IAAPA Attractions Expo. 5,000 copies are printed. It circulates internationally and on the TEA website for a full year.

Why is it published?
To help your clients and colleagues find you, and to help you find them. The TEA Annual Directory is a resource for decisionmakers to consult for their project needs. TEA puts this resource into the hands of attraction operators, developers, architects, design firms, producers, museum directors and other themed entertainment partners/clients.

Who will see my ad?

Your colleagues and potential clients: the TEA membership, industry leaders and decisionmakers within the Experience Industry - in the US, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

I'm a TEA Global Sponsor. Do I receive a discount? 
TEA Global Sponsors receive a 50% discount on ad placements in the Annual Directory. If you would like information on the TEA Global Sponsorship program, please contact Kathy Oliver at the TEA office, kathy [AT]

Where and when will readers see my ad?
Your ad in the TEA Annual Directory is visible all year long and around the world at key trade shows in the US, Europe & Asia, including IAAPA, AAM, EAS & the Asian Attractions Expo, at TEA events and online. 

Will my ad appear online?
Yes, it will be in the virtual edition published online. Here is a link to the most recent (2013) edition.

Who can place an ad?
Any member of the association in good standing can advertise in the Directory. The opportunity to do so is a TEA member benefit.

How do I reserve an ad or request more information?
Email Judith Rubin with your space reservation or any questions: rubin.judith [AT]
Then send in the order information (see below) with your payment to the TEA office.

NOTE: If you need to update your listing in the TEA Directory, contact Gene Jeffers,

Space reservations & payment due Oct 15, 2013 -- Art due Oct 15, 2013
  • Full page size is nominal (8 ½” x 11” trim 8¼” x 10¾”)
  • Business Card US $250 € 185 (2" x 3-1/4")
  • Quarter Page US $600 € 470 (3-1/4" x 4-5/8")
  • Half Page Vertical US $1000 € 780 (3½" x 9½")
  • Half Page Horizontal US $1000 € 780 (7-1/4" x 4-5/8")
  • Full Page US $1650 € 1300
  • 2-Page Spread US $2995 € 2375
  • 2-Page Center Spread US $3695 € 2900
  • Front Cover Inside US $2495 € 1950
  • Back Cover Inside US $2495 € 1950
  • Back Cover Outside US $3495 € 2750

Ad specifications
2014 TEA Annual Directory ads
  • Files MUST be submitted in digital format using the following specifications.
  • Ad artwork: Prefer EPS, TIFF, PDF acceptable.
  • Nominal resolution of 300 dpi.
A few basic reminders:
  • Please save text as curves AND include all fonts. 
  • Use black & white or CMYK only. 
  • Please send a sample pdf file of output.
  • Bleeds are only available for full page, covers, and two page spreads.
  • Full page size is nominal 8 ½” x 11”

How to place your order for an ad - 2014 TEA Annual Directory
(For camera-ready artwork delivered according to the chart and specifications given here.)
Please indicate the size and placement of your ad.

By email:
Send details of your order and digital art files to rubin.judith [AT] and copy gene [at] The TEA office will telephone you for credit card information.

By fax:
Fax the ordering information with credit card account details to TEA at 818-843-8477.
You have until the submission deadline to provide your artwork by email or regular mail.

By mail:
Send your artwork, order form, and payment (in full) to:
TEA Network Ads, 150 E. Olive, Suite 306, Burbank, CA 91502 USA
Make check payable to the TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) or fill out the following credit card information. You must be a TEA member in good standing to advertise in the Annual. California residents pay sales tax of 9.25%.

Ad ordering & payment information - 2014 TEA Annual Directory

Please provide the following details:
  • Ad size
  • Any special placement or notes
  • Company name
  • Contact name
  • Mailing address
  • City/State/Country/Zip code or postal code
  • Email address/telephone/fax
  • Payment Choice:  Check/Money Order  Visa  MasterCard  American Express 
  • Credit card account number and expiration date

Saturday, October 5, 2013

TEA reaches 1,000 member milestone

Speaking for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) membership committee, David Aion (The Weber Group) and Klaus Sommer Paulsen (ADVENTURELAB) announced today that the association has reached 1,000 members.

Many thanks to Aion and Paulsen and their colleagues on the membership committee as well as the TEA regional Divisions, for their hard work and collaboration enabling the TEA to attain this significant milestone!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Official TEA pronounciations and hashtags

  • TEA is pronounced T-E-A (each letter sounded out just as in the alphabet)
  • Thea, as in Thea Awards, is pronounced "thee - uh" with the accent on the first syllable
  • TEA is all caps, but Thea is not
  • SATE (as in TEA's annual SATE conference) is pronounced like the English word "sate" (rhymes with eight) and written with all caps
  • The official SATE hashtag is #TEAsate
  • The official Thea Awards hashtag is #TEAtheas
  • The official TEA Summit hashtag is #TEAsummit