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Thea Awards & TEA Summit

The prestigious Thea Award is considered one of the attraction industry's greatest honors. The awards were founded in 1994 by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). TEA's annual Thea Awards Gala is an elegant, black-tie dinner event held in the spring in Los Angeles, following TEA's annual, 2-day industry Summit. Together, TEA's Summit & Thea Awards comprise the Association's most important weekend of events. They are also vital business networking gatherings. Learn about programming and speakers, awards recipients, past events and how to become an attendee, participant, volunteer or sponsor.

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24 February 2015
Disney presence at TEA Summit & Thea Awards Gala 3/19-21: "it's a small world" showcase, Kim Irvine, Marty Sklar & more

Disney projects celebrated at the 2015 Thea Awards Gala and TEA Summit - March 19-21 at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. USA - include "it's a small world," Bistrot Chez Rémy (Disneyland Paris) and Wilderness Explorers (Disney's Animal Kingdom).

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16 February 2015
Futuroscope's Time Machine attraction honored with Thea Award, showcased at TEA Summit March 20-21

It took a lot of audacity to welcome the demented world of the Cretins into a park with set goals such as Parc du Futuroscope. But in response to changing demographics and the need for a different brand of “fun,”, a partnership was formed with Ubisoft, creators of the popular Lapin Cretins franchise. The result was The Time Machine: a new "5D" attraction and a fresh direction for this specialized, media-oriented theme park in Poitiers, France. 

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16 February 2015
Chimelong Ocean Kingdom principals to join TEA Summit March 20, accept Thea Award March 21 - at Disneyland Resort

Mainland China's explosion of cultural attractions, theme parks and resorts has a radiant new standard-bearer: Chimelong Ocean Kingdom. The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), will honor Chimelong Ocean Kingdom on March 21 with a Thea Award - a top prestige within the global visitor attractions industry. The previous day, March 20, a Chimelong case study will be a feature of the annual TEA Summit conference.

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10 February 2015
Roberta Perry, Pat MacKay, Christine Kerr & Ann Hathaway co-chair 2015 TEA Summit March 19-20 in Anaheim

"Our goal for TEA Summit Day One (March 19) is to present the kind of information that should be considered as part of the project development process. We'd like attendees to leave prepared and inspired to start their next themed entertainment project. There's a great deal of potential appeal to owner operators." 

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04 February 2015
The value of original stories in a brand-centric, IP-driven world: Chris Conte, Ron Miziker & Joe Lansizero at TEA Summit March 19 in Anaheim

"Got IP! The value of original stories in today's brand and IP driven world" is the topic of a session led by Chris Conte, VP of New Business Development, Electrosonic Inc., on March 19 as part of the TEA Summit, an industry gathering hosted annually by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). TEA is the international, non-profit alliance for the makers of compelling places and experiences worldwide. 

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04 February 2015
Thierry Coup and Universal Creative team talk Harry Potter at TEA Thea Case Studies Day March 20 in Anaheim

New Harry Potter attractions inspired the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) to create a new Thea Award category: the Paragon Award, specifically for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando. The award recognizes the entire land, integrated retail and food and beverage, and the Hogwarts Express, in addition to the wand technology.

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01 February 2015
Phil Hettema and The Hettema Group to produce 21st annual Thea Awards Gala, March 21 at Disneyland Resort

"Phil Hettema and his colleagues at The Hettema Group (THG) will produce the Thea Awards Gala (March 21 at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim) for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), and we're thrilled," said TEA president Steve Birket of Birket Engineering. "We know that we're in good hands and can expect a show of the highest caliber, in keeping with TGH and TEA standards of excellence and creativity. Not only is Phil one of the top creative figures in themed entertainment, he's also been an active and valued leader within the Themed Entertainment Association for many years, including TEA's annual Summit and SATE conference, and service on the Thea Awards Committee. There's no one better to create the themed entertainment industry's most magical night of the year."

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26 January 2015
Sessions & Speakers: TEA Summit 2015, March 19 & 20 at Disneyland Resort

2015 TEA Summit: links to session and speaker info

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26 January 2015
Pat MacKay to be honored with Themed Entertainment Assn Service Award at Thea Awards Gala March 21

Anaheim, Calif. USA, Jan 26, 2015 – “At Disneyland Hotel on March 21 the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) will present the annual Thea Awards to 16 recipients, and grant an additional honor - the TEA Distinguished Service Award - to Patricia MacKay of Ones&ZerosMedia,” said TEA president Steve Birket of Birket Engineering. “An industry pioneer in her own right, Pat has supported TEA since its founding, sharing the vision for crediting and celebrating the under-acknowledged creative suppliers to the industry and the synergy between themed entertainment and theater - especially in her roles serving on the Thea Awards Committee and now as a TEA Summit co-chair.”

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