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Legendary Imagineer Bob Gurr Newest Advisor to The Producers Group

Bob Gurr at D23 First Year Anniversary Party ©Disney

Glendale, CA, USA (February 10, 2012) — Bob Gurr, responsible for bringing many of Disneyland’s original attractions to life, announced that he has joined the Board of Advisors of The Producers Group. Headed by Co-CEOs and Executive Producers Bob Chambers and Edward Marks, The Producers Group (TPG) brings a unique, production-centric approach to attraction development, drawing on talent and expertise from around the world.

“My view, with five decades of experience creating attractions,” says Gurr, “is that The Producers Group is optimally positioned for success and innovation – to provide today’s international markets and clients what they need in themed entertainment. I’m well acquainted with the company’s mission; I believe in their vision, and I’m excited and honored to accept an advisory role.”

Bob Gurr worked as an Imagineer for decades, focusing on attraction vehicles and audio-animatronic systems for many Disneyland attractions. His career led him to major design projects for other parks and attractions including Universal Studios and several Las Vegas properties.

Gurr has received high honors from both the fan base and the professional community. The NFFC (Disneyana Fan Club) recognized him in 1997 with a lifetime achievement award; the Themed Entertainment Association presented him with the prestigious Thea Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999. In 2004, Gurr was named a Disney Legend and received his window on Main Street in 2008 (a tradition in which accomplished employees have their name inscribed on a storefront window along Disneyland’s main avenue).

“Mr. Gurr lends an unparalleled wealth of wisdom and experience in attraction design to our team,” explains Bob Chambers. “He personally mentored me in my development, and I have seen firsthand the rich quantity and quality of his experience.”

“Mr. Gurr’s vast experience aligns with TPG’s reputation as a trusted resource for turn-key production,” said Edward Marks. “He specializes in design and brings a highly informed perspective on attraction development.”

Bob Gurr joins Thomas McCann, David Snyder, Wendy Heimann-Nunes and Don Iwerks on the TPG Board of Advisors.

The Producers Group is a unique, creative, and experienced group of entertainment professionals, who have successfully worked together to provide services for entertainment projects around the world. Their combined theme park experience totals over half a century of experience, with the development and production of hundreds of attractions, casino and museum projects. They have provided creative expertise which has guided these projects from concept creation to master planning, and show design, through schematic design, design development, into bid packaging, analysis and award, into construction drawings, software/media design and production, and on-site installation right up to opening day. 

An acclaimed recent project on which TPG played a key role is the multimedia spectacular “Crane Dance” at Resorts World Sentosa. “Crane Dance” is set to receive a Thea Award in March 2012.

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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