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RGH Hosting TEA Event on Collaboration Between Themed Entertainment Industry, Academia Jan 5

Lenny Larsen, courtesy RGH


Los Angeles, CA, USA — RGH Entertainment (Rubicon Group Holding) is opening up its new Woodland Hills, Calif. themed entertainment design studio to Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) members along with students and faculty from colleges and universities as host of “Working With Academia,” a TEA Western Division event designed to foster collaboration among the themed entertainment industry and the academic world.

Set for January 5, 2012, the gathering will feature a distinguished panel of industry experts, academic leaders, and students brought together for a discussion on such topics as recruiting new talent and providing internship programs, the creation of symbiotic partnerships with academia for research and development, as well as contributing to teaching and mentoring programs in the academic world.  

On the academic side, panelists will include Don Marinelli, who co-founded Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC); MK Haley, a former Disney Imagineer who now serves as Associate Executive Producer for the ETC and heads the Disney-sponsored research lab in Pittsburgh; and Peter Weishar, Dean of the new themed entertainment and attractions design program at Savannah College of Art & Design. John Carrozza, Professional Recruitment Leader for Walt Disney Imagineering; Amit Shalev, Technology Director for RGH Entertainment; and a number of other industry personalities passionate about connecting with the next generation of themed entertainment talent will join the discussion.

Lenny Larsen, Director of Themed Entertainment at RGH and a member of the Western Division Board of Directors for the TEA, said: “All of us at RGH are excited to be supporting what we hope will become an annual event that will foster important links between the entertainment industry and the academic world to provide opportunities for the next generation of the industry and spark innovative ideas among tomorrow’s talent.”

In addition to faculty and students from local schools including Art Center College of Design, CalArts, USC, UCLA and other local institutions, the event will host students from Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center who are participating in the university’s annual “West Coast Tour,” which brings first-year students to the West Coast to visit prominent entertainment, production and gaming companies.

Date: Thursday, January 5, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m. 
Location: Rubicon Themed Entertainment 
6160 Variel Avenue 
Woodland Hills, CA

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About RGH
Rubicon Group Holding (RGH) is a diversified entertainment company devoted to the creation of incomparable entertainment experiences and interactive educational content across all media channels.  
RGH has a team of over 300 employees in four locations: Amman (Jordan), Los Angeles (United States), Manila (Philippines) and Dubai (United Arab Emirates). Together, RGH’s world class team collaborates to provide a unique perspective into the realization of compelling digital content and immersive entertainment. Combining award winning creative and cutting-edge technology, RGH has an established reputation for innovation in four distinct business segments: Animation, Themed Entertainment, Games and Education. |

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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