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I was wondering if anyone was familiar with which production companies work with the Creative Directors to actually put the ceremonies on for the Olympics and other major sporting competitions in the world.

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It really varies and to isn't always one company.

The ones that come to mind that tend to be regular players around the world

- Spectak (more so in the past and hasn't done toooo much recently. Most famous for Sydney 2000)

- Jack Morton Worldwide (The Commonwealth Games tend to get stuck with this mob nowadays , however had also produced the likes of Athens 2004)

- David Atkins Enterprises ( Vancouver 2010, Doha 2006 etc )

- Don Mischer Productions (Atlanta 96 and involved with Salt Lake 2002)

- 5 Currents ( headed by Scott Givens who cut his teeth in card students. Involved with London and Sochi)

- Ballich Worldwide (Rio 2016 and Torino in it's previous names of Filmmaster Group)

Pretty sure those are the main ones around. It's also becoming a little more common to have 2 production companies coming together to form a specialised ceremonies company (which in a way is what happened in Barcelona ).

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/\/\  Yes, it seems that the first 3 (Spectak, Atkins and JMWW) have slowed down a bit.

There's also:

- Cirque du Soleil  (uncredited consultant for Atlanta 1996 and openly produced Toronto 2015);

- Betty Productions (by Catherine Uguwu, Exec Producer).  Baku 2017 was her company's first major production but she was a top producer on the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 teams (and probably on the Baku 2015 team as well).  

(Marco Ballich began with Barcelona 1992; and lately,  as Matty outlined above, worked successively on Sochi 2014 (primarily with Closing & the Paras); and for Rio.))

Salt Lake had Mischer (who's done a few Super Bowl halftime shows and many Kennedy Center Award shows) as the official production company for the Main Olympics, reporting to Scott Givens (who was an in-house employee as Head of Imagery and Ceremonies for SLOOC, before he set up his Five Currents company after 2002); and Joedy Lister produced the Para O's w/ Jack Morton Ww debuting on the Paralympic stage.   Givens/5 Currents probably has the inside track for LA 2028 at this point; while, I'd guess Ballich could be a factor for Paris 2024.  

China, Japan and Korea have used their own home-grown talents.   

ShowCanada has built MANY of the major Olympic show props; and Peter Minshall and his T&T costume makers worked with the Olympic shows in the '90s.  

Nearly all these companies have their own websites, Anthony. 

Edited by baron-pierreIV

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Thank you Matty and Baron!  I wouldn't know where to look for this stuff and all this info helps so much!  Hoping to get my foot in the events industry!

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1 hour ago, Hightowerio86 said:

Who will be doing production for Tokyo 2020?

The Japanese have assembled their own team.  (Check out the Ceremonies topic in the Tokyo 2020 folder.) 

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Also wouldn't be surprised if ECA2 was involved in some capacity for Paris. Their avant-garde style may suit if they want to go into that direction. If not as a main player, I imagine they will part of it somehow. 

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On 9/11/2018 at 10:51 AM, Anthony said:

Thank you Matty and Baron!  I wouldn't know where to look for this stuff and all this info helps so much!  Hoping to get my foot in the events industry!

Hey Anthony, yeah it's a super exciting but a DEMANDING industry to work in. I use to be a event executive for a 4000+ venue. Make sure you go with a company that has a proven track record and 200+ employees. The larger the company, the more events they have under their belt. Also if they own a few of their own venues, that's even better.

BTW, Google these guys. They took care of the Rio Olympics: Cerimonias Cariocas 2016.

All the best!

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23 hours ago, Messishadow said:

Hey Anthony, yeah it's a super exciting but a DEMANDING industry to work in. I use to be a event executive for a 4000+ venue. Make sure you go with a company that has a proven track record and 200+ employees. The larger the company, the more events they have under their belt. Also if they own a few of their own venues, that's even better.

BTW, Google these guys. They took care of the Rio Olympics: Cerimonias Cariocas 2016.

All the best!

Thank you so much!

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Anthony, for you, I'd recommend you apply, either with: (1) Five Currents; and (2) Cirque du Soleil.  You might get/build a lot of experience in staging spectacle at Cirque; and those would be good credentials for applying at the other, smaller Special-Event Production Companies later on.    

Edited by baron-pierreIV

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