Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Thinkwell Group’s Craig Hanna & David Cobb prominent in TEA Summit sessions April 4&5

DiagonAlley_WarnerBrosStudioTourLondonTheMakingofHarryPotterThe Themed Entertainment Association’s annual Weekend of Events, comprising the 2-day business Summit (April 4-5) and Thea Awards Gala presented by AECOM (April 6), is just around the corner. As last year, the events will unfold at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. The 2013 Thea honorees include several at Disney California & Hawaii properties, but Universal Studios projects on 2 continents also came in for recognition along with numerous others not tied to the big operators, in Asia, Europe and Canada.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter, London is one of the Thea Award recipients, and prior to the awards gala April 6, the project will be showcased at Thea Case Studies Day April 5 (day 2 of the Summit) by Sarah Roots of Warner Bros. and Craig Hanna of Thinkwell Group. Case Studies Day is open to a broad industry audience, including students, some of whom receive registration scholarships via TEA’s NextGen initiative.

TEA Summit Executive Master Class, April 4, is more exclusive in nature. This limited-seating ticketed event covers a variety of issues relevant to doing business in today’s attractions market, and featured speakers include Frank Stanek and Marty Sklar. The ins and outs of creating quality, authentic branded attractions will be discussed in a panel moderated by Thinkwell Group’s Dave Cobb, including speakers Susan Bonds of 42 Entertainment, John Paul Geurts of Nickelodeon and Kevin Kiniry of DC Entertainment.

The TEA Summit co-chairs are Roberta Perry of ETI and Pat MacKay of Ones&ZerosMedia. The Thea Awards Gala is produced by Patrick Roberge. Tickets for all events are available at the TEA Box Office.




Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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