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14 April 2021
Top 10 Hotel Trends in 2020: Are They Here to Stay?

Back when we were all naïve enough to think that 2020’s biggest headache would be a seemingly endless year of political campaign ads, hotels and resorts in the U.S. were poised to enjoy the fruits of a robust economy. But the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic threw the industry into chaos, forcing hotels and resorts to not only rethink their strategies for the year, but in many cases to completely overhaul their operations.


30 March 2021
Scruffy Dog Creative Group appoints General Manager for Asia

Creative experience company, Scruffy Dog Creative Group has recruited industry professional Sean Cai as General Manager – Asia. Scruffy Dog Creative Group welcomes Sean Cai as General Manager for Asia. Having worked for a top tier Chinese entertainment design company in the past, Cai brings with him a wealth of knowledge. In his previous role, Cai was involved in many different aspects of the business including office operation, design, business development, and managing projects in mainland China. “Sean will strengthen our Business Development and Project Management team in this region” said Joe Bright, CEO, Scruffy Dog Creative “This appointment is key to our growth in this region, as Cai will not only strengthen our existing client relationships, he will also extend our reach with new connections and projects in this region.” Cai, who received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Jilin Architecture, has participated in many successful projects in previous roles such as Shanghai Disney Resort, Shanghai Smurf Theme park, Wanda Octonauts Theme park, Evergrande Water Park, Tencent Little Penguin FEC etc. Cai will be responsible for the overall office operation in China, which include business development, project management, and supply chain management.


17 March 2021
Technifex XR hosts simulation training course for US military personnel

Technifex XR reached another milestone last week, hosting training for some of America’s finest using our Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) 4D VR system.  Technifex XR’s JTAC-VR training environment provided military trainers and their students a unique training experience that combined an array of audio, visual and physical effects that gave trainees the feeling of being in an actual war zone environment.  The VR trainer allowed for multiple repetitions and critical debriefs on trainee performance and techniques, fine tuning their skills prior to deployment.


05 March 2021
Scruffy Dog Creative Group accepts invitation to join the OCT Alliance of Planning and Design

We are proud to announce that Scruffy Dog Creative is now a member of the OCT Alliance of Planning & Design and was awarded the certificate during the 4th OCT Alliance of Planning & Design Member conference held on the 7th December 2020. The organisation was founded by the OCT Group and brings together a network of experts in the field of planning consulting, architectural and landscape design. Members of the Alliance have priorities to participate in the planning and design of various projects of OCT Group. Current members of the OCT Alliance include 23 experts and 58 companies from the related fields. The Alliance was spearheaded by Sophie, Scruffy Dog Creatives Head of business development (Asia). Scruffy Dogs CEO, Joe Bright says “Sophie is a key to establishing our relationships in this region. The OCT Group has ranked top 3 among all theme park groups worldwide and top 1 in Asia, therefore it a privilege to be asked to join the Alliance of Planning and Design”. Alongside leading on the world’s largest indoor theme park due to open 2024 in China, Scruffy Dog Creative is already experiencing rapid growth in this region. Bright continues “We see Asia as a key area for our business, the growth we are seeing here is exceptional and we are optimistic that this will continue into 2021 and beyond.


02 March 2021
TECHNIFEX NABS FORMER WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING EXEC IAN MAC VITTIE TO LEAD TECHNIFEX XR

Technifex is pleased to announce Ian Mac Vittie has joined Technifex as Executive Vice President of Technifex XR. Ian is the most recent themed entertainment industry veteran to join Technifex’s growing executive team following earlier appointments of Duf Sundheim, Director of Strategic Planning/Legal Counsel, John Polk, Vice President, Senior Project Director, and Howard Smith, Vice President Production. Technifex is growing their leadership team, launching new subsidiaries and scaling new business verticals to take advantage of opportunities in present and new markets and to leverage Technifex’s development of new technologies.  


27 February 2021
Location-Based Entertainment Specialists Form Spider Entertainment

Firm to Provide Concept-to-Operations Services to the Out-of-Home Entertainment industry. Industry leaders Rob Hetherington, Kevin Williams, Tracy Balsz and a consortium of founding partners have established Spider Entertainment – a full turnkey location based entertainment operator and provider of strategy, design, project management services to the retail property market and to entertainment brands.


22 February 2021
Storyland Studios welcomes veteran Disney Imagineer and Universal Studios Creative Director Jason Surrell

Lake Elsinore, Calif. - Experience design and themed entertainment firm Storyland Studios is excited to welcome Jason Surrell to their rapidly expanding team as Executive Creative Director. Surrell, a veteran of both Walt Disney Imagineering and Universal Creative Group, brings a wealth of experience in themed entertainment and storytelling to Storyland.


10 February 2021
ETC introduces ArcLamp Flicker

The award-winning ArcLamp LED solution from ETC gets an upgrade with the addition of a new Flicker variant. Ideal for use in themed environments, the specialized Flicker lamp creates a 2700 K Fade to Warm effect by flickering randomly to imitate candlelight. Flicker lamps can also be used at constant brightness by changing the DMX value on its single control channel.


15 January 2021
Meet Pandoras Box V8

Christie has launched the new Pandoras Box V8 Software License, for real-time video processing and show control, featuring a host of new professional features, a simplified workflow and streamlined licensing. Now, one single license has the full Pandoras Box software family feature suite to deliver the high-level media processing performance required for fixed installations, live events, theatres and other entertainment environments, in a budget-friendly platform. 


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