Friday, September 29, 2023

Presenters and sessions announced for SATE Asia 2019

The TEA’s SATE Asia 2019 will take place June 14-16 at Shendi Center, Shanghai. Be it physical, emotional or technological this year’s theme of ‘Moving People’ covers a broad spectrum of how we take people on journeys within the themed entertainment industry.

NOTE: Presenters and sessions subject to change

The Evolving Process: Streamlining Efforts for Effective Project Delivery in Today’s Industry

John Lindsay, Program Director, nFusion, Christian Aaen, Principal, Entertainment + Culture Advisors (ECA), Luke Riley, Senior Vice President, International Development, Village Roadshow, Kelly Ryner, President, Thinkwell Asia, Guan Gang, Managing Director, JUMBO Attractions Creative + Product Service

John Lindsay, TEA Master of Project Management and Program Director at nFusion, will share a brief history of the TEA’s Project Development Guidelines and discuss how the process has evolved and matured for effective delivery and successful openings in entertainment destinations. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on the importance of a solid development process to maintain team alignment from the beginning concept all the way to opening day.


“Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!”

Paul Osterhout Executive, Vice President, Century Culture & Tourism Group

Immersive Technology for Next Generation storytelling

Harriet Cheng, Director of Media Production, Twentieth Century Fox World Park

From film to themed entertainment, storytelling travels across all media

Jan Heinze, COO Asia, VFX Executive Producer, Pixomondo

Homeward Bound

Louis Allen, Principal, Vice President Creative, Adirondack Studios


Moved by Design – Circulating People Through Immersive Theme Park Experiences

Cindy Sun, Head of Planning, Thinkwell Asia

Storytelling in the West and China – how to move people in different regions?

Miia Tähtinen, China Country / APAC Area Manager, Lappset Creative China

Reclamation and Reforestation to create a new performance location for “The Legend of the Gods”

Bingo Tso, Vice President, ACE

Hailongtun World Cultural Heritage Site – a Fortress

Greg Meyer, Principal, Stantec

Going Global: A Sharing Session with Imagineering Executives

Mark Schirmer (Moderator), Creative Executive, Asia, Richard Maxfield, Creative Show Studio Executive, Glendale CA, Imagineering, Ken Petersen, Executive, Show Management, Orlando, FL (WDW), Robert Braunstein, Executive, Show Design and Production, Asia (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo), Björn Heerwagen, Director, Show Design and Production, Paris, France (Disneyland Paris), Mindy Wilson, Creative Show Studio Operations Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering

Inspired by TEA SATE Asia’s theme of Moving People, Imagineering leaders from around the world will join a panel discussion to share their global approach to the industry. Executive leadership from the Creative Show Studio home office in California, and its three regional offices in Florida, Paris and Hong Kong, will discuss how the teams leverage their most experienced talent with regional resources to create experiences that inspire across generations and borders. This constant moving and blending of talent and cultures strengthens the organization’s project teams and enriches the Disney experience for increasingly diverse guests from around the world.


Critical Ride & Show Integration

Edward Marks, Founder & Co-CEO, The Producers Group

Is the indoor snow market becoming more sophisticated?

Alvina Shuo Li, Principal, China, Unlimited Snow

Moving People Safely

Eric Tam, Managing Director, ITMation

Hearing is Believing

Stephen Thomas Cavit, Composer/Principal, Iconic Sound and Music


The Power of Brand Storytelling

Louis Alfieri, Principal/Chief Creative Officer, Raven Sun Creative

Moving Milennials

Mathilde Bresson, LBE Manager, Ubisoft

Creating Worlds, Creating Connections

Jamie Tobin, Producer, Moment Factory

Lionsgate Entertainment World, Zhuhai, Hengqin Island, China. The team that made it happen.

Kelly Ryner, President, Thinkwell Asia + other project team members

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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