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Hallmark stores in Merlin Entertainments properties will deploy Thunder Ridge greenscreen video

BURBANK, Calif., USA /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Merlin Entertainments Group and Hallmark announced a multi-year cooperative deal with Thunder Ridge Entertainment, an amusement-based video entertainment company, to provide the company’s newest green screen greetings to Merlin’s amusement park-based Hallmark stores throughout Europe.

The deal calls for Thunder Ridge to provide Merlin Entertainments Group’s 41 European attraction parks with the company’s latest i-Bobble Holiday Greeting Card System as well as the company’s signature attraction, Bopping Heads, a green screen amusement which features guest’s heads superimposed on dancing and animated bodies all to the beat of their favorite music.

“Previously we have had a couple of systems scattered throughout Europe, however, this alliance is fundamental to our strategy to gain presence in Europe and the rest of the world. This deal puts Bopping Heads on the map in Europe,” said George Domaceti, chairman of Thunder Ridge Entertainment. “Because we have arrangements with independent owner/operators in the US and Canada, we cannot bring forward this same deal in their U.S. locations, however we will be speaking with our independent operators here in the U.S. and Canada in order to procure their interest in these types of locations. We now have almost 150 locations in the U.S. alone.”

The plan calls for the subsequent implementation of these video entertainment systems to additional theme parks on 4 continents.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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