ABOVE PHOTO: Mertz Theater, home of SATE ’14 presentations. Courtesy Florida State University College of Performing Arts.
Burbank, CA, USA — Chairing the Technology segment of TEA’s SATE conference, Oct 2-3 at Florida State University, Mk Haley of Walt Disney Imagineering and FSU has announced sessions & speakers.
Tech me out to the Ballgame
Mark Francis will moderate a panel on technology and guest engagement in sports venues. Prof Francis teaches The Business of Sports at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and is a sports management consultant.
From Vegas to Theme Parks
Tommy Bridges of ATI, Stephan Villet of Smart Monkeys and Eric Cantrell of Medialon will address how newer AV and show control technologies seen in Las Vegas nightclubs and media installations can be applied to theme parks. Panel moderator: Martin Palicki of InPark Magazine.
Peter Weishar, Dean of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance at Florida State University (FSU) will lead a showcase of new themed entertainment curricula at FSU and other colleges.
Prof. Mark Francis, MBA, MA
UCLA Anderson School of Management Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports (MEMES)
A life-long educator, sports enthusiast and high-performance coach, Mark is a specialist in the areas of Sports Management & Marketing with significant interests in Fan Experience & Engagement, Brand Management, Marketing, Business Development, Law and the exciting field of Social Media Marketing. In addition to his teaching role at UCLA he also serves as a Sports Marketing Consulant for BaAM Productions, a major player in sports experience design and project management.
Executive VP, All Things Integrated
Tommy Bridges is a 26-year veteran of the audio-visual and broadcast product industry who helped Alcorn McBride become a global powerhouse. Bridges has worked with Walt Disney Parks, Universal Studios, and many other theme parks, visitor attractions, and museums throughout the world. In 2012, he was elected to the International Board of the Themed Entertainment Association.
Owner, Smart Monkeys Inc.
Smart Monkeys provides advice, project management and programming for show control design and engineering. Services include project-based consulting, control systems development and project specific system programming. The company interacts with AV design teams to incorporate show control into projects.
North America Sales Manager,Medialon
Eric is a lighting, video, and show control designer/programmer with a background in theatre, specializing in interactive environmental controls for museums, themed attractions, and specialty venues. He has been with Medialon since 2008. Prior to that, he was projections operator for Wynn Las Vegas, and technical director for The Jordan Experience. He also freelances as a lighting designer on shows for various theaters in South Florida.
Editor-in-chief, InPark Magazine
Having worked in the theme park and entertainment industry throughout high school and college (Six Flags Great America, Walt Disney World, Adventureland, Rink Side Sports and Family Entertainment Center), Martin founded InPark Magazine in 2004. InPark grew to cover theme parks, waterparks, museums, world expos, specialty cinema, technology, design and more. InPark shares multiple perspectives: those of owners, operators, designers and vendors, as well as the guest experience.
Dean of College of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance
Florida State University
Peter Weishar comes to FSU from the Savannah College of Art and Design’s School of Film’s Digital Media and Performing Arts, where he served as Dean since 2004. Previously, he was a full-time professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts department of Film and Television and graduated from Union College with a B.A. with honors in Studio Art in 1983. On top of his career in academia, Weishar has published three books discussing computer art and animation. He is an innovator in video and media technology and has worked for creative firms and advertising agencies.
Entrepreneur in Residence
College of Visual Arts, Theater and Dance
Florida State University
SATE ’14 is a professional, international dialog on Experience Design, Oct 2&3, hosted by Florida State University at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. 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.
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