|Monkey Kingdom theme park planning session|
Cross-cultural conference at UCLA Oct 20-22 will feature sessions with theme park industry leaders and a focus on China
Zhang Jizhong, currently involved in the creation of a Chinese theme park based on the Monkey King legend (opening near Beijing in 2014) will give the keynote address at The “Media & Culture in Contemporary China” conference, Oct 20-22 at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Chinese producer and director Jizhong is renowned for his TV serializations of the classic Ming dynasty novels, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, The Water Margin, and Journey to the West.
Conference session topics include the globalization of theme parks, the state of the film and TV industry in contemporary China; and recreating Chinese history and classic literature in film and TV.”
Organizers say, “This conference will explore the globalization of the China entertainment industry and the impact of film and TV on public perception of history and culture in China. It aims to bring together industry leaders, artists, scholars, students, and the public. The boundaries between Hollywood and Asia are fast disappearing.”
Theme park specific sessions at the conference:
“Beijing’s Monkey Kingdom theme park will be a world-class major destination and a unique offering in the theme park genre, possibly tied to a major motion picture” – interview with Thinkwell CCO Craig Hanna
Monkey King Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of the real estate, financial and cultural industry investment enterprise Zhonghong Real Estate has appointed Thinkwell Group as the design firm for the highly immersive Monkey Kingdom theme park slated to open in 2014. Thinkwell has been collaborating with Zhonghong on the strategy, concept, master plan and attraction development for the park since mid 2010…
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