Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Orange County History Center to Host Forum With Top Themed Entertainment Designers

by Joe Kleiman, IPM Online News Editor

Orlando, Florida, USA — The Orange County Regional History Center, located in downtown Orlando, will host the Third Entertainment Designers Forum on Friday, February, 24.  The Forum will be split into two panels.  Scheduled to appear at the 6:30 p.m. session are:

  • Scott Senson, Director of Creative Services, Busch Gardens Tampa
  • Mike West, Executive Producer, Universal Creative
  • David Hughes, Senor Designer, Universal Art & Design, Entertainment
  • Lora Wallace, Show Direct, Universal Entertainment Production
  • Ron Hines, Sr. Studio Director, Nickelodeon Recreation
  • TJ Mannarino, Director, Universal Art & Design, Entertainment.

Appearing at the 9:00 p.m. session are:

  • Mike Wallace, Designer, Universal Creative
  • Curtis Hopkins, Designer, Universal Art & Design, Entertainment
  • Guy Petty, Principal Art Director, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment
  • Vicki Bowlin, Art Manager, Universal Art & Design, Entertainment
  • Kenny Babel, President, White Bird Entertainment
  • Kim Gromoll, Designer, Universal Art & Design, Entertainment

Both sessions will be moderated by Mike Aiello of Universal Entertainment Production.

A Q&A session will follow each presentation and a silent auction will be held for original artwork, theme park memorabilia and Halloween Horror Nights collectibles.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society in honor of Stephanie Girard, an award-winning designer for motion pictures and theme parks, who passed away in 2010.  Ms. Girard’s credits include Universal Studios Dubailand, Universal Studios Shanghai, The Simpsons Ride, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Halloween Horror Nights, and Grinchmas.

For more information or to register, call (407) 836-7010.

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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