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TEA Announces Presenters for 2012 Thea Awards – industry celebs such as Pixar’s Pete Docter will be on hand

by Joe Kleiman, IPM Online News Manager

The Themed Entertainment Association has announced the first group of celebrity presenters scheduled for the Thea Awards Gala, March 17, 2012, in Anaheim, CA, USA at the Disneyland Hotel.  Confirmed for the event are:

  • Pete Doctor, director of Disney Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. and Up! and a consultant to Walt Disney Imagineering.
  • Jonas Rivera, producer of Disney Pixar’s Up! and production coordinator on Cars.
  • Michael Giacchino, composer of a number of major motion pictures, including Disney Pixar films, television programs, video games, and theme park attractions, including Thea recipient Star Wars: The Adventures Continue. 
  • Charles Phoenix, American humorist who leads guided tours of downtown Los Angeles from a Disneyland point of view.
  • Joel Manby, Chair, President, and CEO of theme park and attraction operator Herschend Entertainment and participant on the CBS television show Undercover Boss.  

More presenters will be announced soon. Executive producer for the 2012 Thea Awards Gala is Ron Miziker. The Thea Awards Gala is the culminating event of three days of TEA meetings and sessions, beginning with the TEA Summit on March 15 and 16.

The Thea Awards Gala is open to the public and tickets are on sale now at the TEA Box Office.

Detailed information on this year’s Thea Awards recipients is available here.

Official Thea Awards blog; Thea Awards on Facebook; Thea Awards on Twitter.

    Joe Kleimanhttp://www.themedreality.com
    Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, 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 has been News Editor and contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, and MiceChat. His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @themedreality Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancé, two dogs, and a ghost.

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