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Yves Pepin

Paris, France


Designer/producer of groundbreaking multimedia experiences, Yves Pépin has built a worldwide reputation as one of the most innovative designers and one of the most successful artistic directors of ground-breaking entertainments. 

Photo: Yves Pepin as a presenter at the 2017 TEA Thea Awards Gala. Photo for TEA by Martin Palicki.

Within the framework of the company ECA2 which he founded in 1974, and since 2008 working as an independent, Yves Pepin’s goal has remained unchanged: to bring dreams to life, take the public on a journey through fantastic stories and breathtaking surroundings.

He was Artistic Adviser for the worldwide acclaimed Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Ceremonies. Also, he produced the worldwide applauded pyrotechnic show on the Eiffel Tower for the Year 2000 handover. Yves Pépin invented and developed, in the late 1980s, the film projection on waterscreen technology, adopted since then by several theme park operators including Disney, Universal Studios and others.

He designed and produced numerous very successful multimedia spectacular shows around the world, using water, lasers, fire and pyrotechnics, as well as dancers, musicians and performers. Among them, Osaka Expo 90, Sevilla 92 Universal Expo, Lisbon Expo 98, Yamaguchi Expo 2001 in Japan, Swiss Expo 02, as well as Aichi World Expo 2005. 

He has also created and produced famous multimedia permanent night shows for theme parks such as SeaWorld in USA, Tokyo Disney Sea in Japan, Sentosa Island in Singapore and Futuroscope in France. 

He was consultant and advisor to the Yeosu Expo 2012 Committee for the concepts and artistic achievement of the Big-O project. 

Yves Pépin founded and ran the company ECA2, specialist in multimedia achievements, for more than 25 years. He is now an independent show producer and creative director for major projects. 

His achievements have been honored with many awards over the years. He received no less than six Thea Awards from the Themed Entertainment Association: for the Lisbon Expo 98 night show, for the Millennium Show at the Eiffel Tower, for the historical multimedia show in El Tajin in Mexico, for the Toyota Pavilion Show in Aichi 2005 in Japan, and for the "Songs of the Sea" Show in Singapore as well as a Thea Award and the Artistic Directors Club Prize for his role in the Beijing 2008 Olympics Ceremonies. 

In 2006, Yves Pépin also received the Thea Award honoring a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements, in recognition of his entire work and career.

In 2012, he co-chaired (with Joe Rohde) the TEA SATE conference on Experience Design, held at Disneyland Paris.