Sunday, April 14, 2024

Giant Screen Cinema Assocation Names Officers, Committee Members and Chairs

The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) 2012 board of directors has unanimously elected officers, executive and governance committee members, as well as committee chairs and co-chairs.
Jeffrey Kirsch (Reuben H. Fleet Science Center) will serve a one-year term as chair of the association. Berend Reijnhoudt (Omniversum) will serve a two-year term as treasurer. Don Kempf (Giant Screen Films, D3D Cinema) will serve a two-year term as secretary. The position of co-chair is yet to be determined.

The GSCA board accepted the resignation of board member Glenn Newland (Technicolor), effective immediately. The board unanimously agreed to appoint Mike Lutz (IMAX Corporation) to fill his spot on the board.

GSCA’s bylaws require the executive committee to be made up of the four officers, plus three other individuals representing specific segments of the industry. In addition to officers Jeff Kirsch, Berend Reijnhoudt, Don Kempf, and the yet-to-be-determined vice chair, the executive committee will include John Wickstrom (National Geographic) representing production/distribution; Michele Canto (Canadian Museum of Civilization) representing institutional and commercial theaters, and Mary Nucci (Rutgers University) representing manufacturers/suppliers/other related businesses.

GSCA’s bylaws also require the board to appoint a governance committee will consist of John Wickstrom (National Geographic), who will chair the committee; Jeffrey Kirsch (Reuben H. Fleet Science Center); Laurent Dondey (La Geode); and Paul Fraser (Blaze Digital Cinema Works).

Per GSCA’s bylaws, committees must have at least one co-chair who is a board member. Committee chairs, co-chairs, and staff liaison are as follows. Technical committee co-chairs: Tim Hazlehurst (Marbles Kids Museum) and Andrew Oran (FotoKem), with Tammy Thurmon as staff liaison. Marketing and Member Services co-chairs: Jackie Mollet (Saint Louis Science Center) and Berend Reijnhoudt (Omniversum), with Kelly Germain as staff liaison. Conference committee co-chairs: Glenn Shaver (Ontario Science Centre) and Tammy Thurmon (GSCA). Lifelong Learning committee chair: Mary Nucci (Rutgers University), with Kelly Germain as staff liaison. Professional Development committee co-chairs: Daniel Ferguson (Cosmic Picture) and Paul Fraser (Blaze Digital Cinema Works), with Tammy Thurmon as staff liaison.

As previously announced in November, the full 2012 board consists of:

Representing Institutional Theaters:

  • Steve Bishop, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
  • Jeffrey Kirsch, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • Michele Canto, Canadian Museum of Civilization
  • Tim Hazlehurst, Marbles Kids Museum

Representing Commercial Theaters:

  • Gil Perez, Destination Cinema
  • Laurent Dondey, La Géode

Representing Distributors:

  • Bob Harman, MacGillivray Freeman Films
  • Don Kempf, Giant Screen Films

Representing Manufacturers/Suppliers/Other Related Businesses:

  • Paul Fraser, Blaze Digital Cinema Works

Representing Producers:

  • Lisa Truitt, National Geographic Cinema Ventures
  • Shaun MacGillivray, MacGilivray Freeman Films

Representing Euromax:

  • Dennis Laws will represent Euromax in an ex-officio board position

They will join the following board members, who still have one year left on their board term:

  • Mark Bretherton, World’s Biggest Screens
  • Charlotte Brohi, Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Daniel Ferguson, Cosmic Picture
  • Jackie Mollet, Saint Louis Science Center
  • Mary Nucci, Rutgers University
  • Berend Reijnhoudt, Omniversum
  • Glenn Shaver, Ontario Science Centre
  • John Wickstrom, National Geographic and Museum of Science and Industry
  • Andy Wood, Giant Screen Films


Founded in 2006, the GSCA boasts membership of more than 250 organizations in 30 countries engaged in the production, distribution, and exhibition of giant screen film experiences. Member organizations include giant screen filmmakers, distributors, theaters, suppliers, manufacturers, and students from around the world.

    Joe Kleiman
    Joe Kleiman
    Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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