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08 January 2015

Ron Miziker, Amy Weisser & Bryan Abelowitz join speaker roster for TEA Thea Awards showcase March 20 at Disneyland Resort

Ron Miziker

Ron Miziker of Miziker Entertainment Group is the keynote speaker for TEA Summit Day 2: Thea Case Studies Day, organized by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and taking place at the Disneyland Hotel March 20, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. USA. Miziker was named to receive the Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Outstanding Achievements. The award is named in honor of Harrison "Buzz" Price, who was the first Thea recipient in 1994. (Scroll down to see Ron Miziker's bio.)

Showcasing the National September 11 Memorial Museum, confirmed presenters are the Museum's vice president for exhibitions, Amy Weisser, and Bryan Abelowitz, CTS-D, senior systems consultant at Electrosonic. The Museum will receive a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement. (Scroll down to see speaker bios.)

More presenters for Thea Case Studies Day will be announced soon at the official Thea Awards & Summit blog.

Thea Case Studies Day is part of the annual TEA Summit (March 19-20) followed by the annual Thea Awards Gala (March 21) at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. Thea Case Studies Day, co-chaired by Roberta Perry of ETI and Fresh Juice, and Pat MacKay of OnesandZerosMedia, will highlight some 15 projects and people set to be officially honored with Thea Awards the following evening. Hashtags: #TEAsummit, #TEAtheas

Ron Miziker, Miziker Entertainment Group

TEA's Thea Awards Committee unanimously selected Ron Miziker for the Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Outstanding Achievements.

Miziker has created and produced an impressively broad variety of shows on all continents, and continues to do so. Miziker founded his own production company in 1984 and his clients have included television networks, leading corporations, Presidents, Kings and Queens, a Sultan, the Olympics, the World Cup and Super Bowl, attraction and hotel developers, Disney, Universal Studios, Radio City Music Hall, Lotte World, Spain’s Expo ’92, Port Aventura and most recently, a major casino in Macao. Those projects have spanned the globe: Japan, Australia, Oman, Central and South America, China and the USA.

Miziker started his career in advertising, producing a daily variety show in Cincinnati before he joined the Disney Company as Director of Entertainment and Show Development, in 1971. At Disney, he was responsible for the planning and production of all shows for the opening of Walt Disney World and thereafter was responsible for shows at all Disney parks including Disneyland, Epcot Center and Tokyo Disneyland.

During his tenure at Disney, Miziker was responsible for the development of many original shows, parades, revues, dinner theater shows, celebrity headliner specials, character and animal shows, fireworks, and laser extravaganzas. One of the most popular productions Miziker produced was The Main Street Electrical Parade. He also participated in the master planning of some of Disney's largest outdoor entertainment projects. After a period away from the company, Miziker returned to Disney Studios as Producer of Television Programs, including the Wonderful World of Disney. He was eventually named Vice President of Original Programs and Productions for the launch of the Disney Channel.

Whether developing show concepts, writing or producing – or passing on his know-how and entertainment ideas to new generations – Ron Miziker has earned this Thea recognition for over 40 years of creating first-class fun and spectacle for audiences around the world.

Amy Weisser

Amy Weisser, Vice President for Exhibitions, National September 11 Memorial Museum
Amy Weisser led the internal and consultant team that created the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibitions. She managed the multi-year effort to tell a sensitive story, using a vast array of exhibition content and display techniques, which bridges recent history and memory. Since the Museum's May 2014 opening, she and her colleagues continue to develop exhibitions that explore the impact and ongoing meaning of the terrorist attacks. Previously, Amy helped open the contemporary art museum Dia:Beacon and the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center. An adjunct professor in NYU’s Museum Studies department, she earned a Ph.D. from Yale University.
 

Bryan Abelowitz

Bryan Abelowitz, Sales Consultant, Electrosonic, Inc.
Bryan Abelowitz has more than two decades of experience in entertainment and museum technology service and video production. Bryan played a large role in the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and is currently working on the One World Observation Deck. Bryan joined Electrosonic in 2001 and project managed several key projects and has since migrated to a more sales focused role. In 2004, Bryan earned his CTS-D Certification, a specialized certification for audio-visual systems design professionals. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications. 

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