Ezra Perez


William Alton Director of Project Management Thoughtful, versatile, and dynamic project director with 15+ years’ experience working with and guiding creative project teams from concept to delivery. Accustomed to managing multi-disciplinary teams to deliver world class one of a kind attractions on accelerated time tables in logistically challenged environments as the Owners representative. Projects completed total $1.1B over a 15 year period. NOTABLE PROJECTS  Fast and Furious: Supercharged, Universal Studios Hollywood, California The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Hollywood, California and Orlando, Florida Velocicoaster, Universal Studios Orlando, Florida Back to team

Paramount London


Paramount London Entertainment Resort London Paramount is a £4 billion theme park resort concept in Kent, England that will feature brands from Paramount’s iconic portfolio of I.P which includes the Star Trek and Mission Impossible brands. The park will also showcase characters and stories from The BBC and Aardman Animations as well as paying tribute to the UK’s legendary entertainment brands, delivering ‘best of class’ experiences. Themespace team members provided early-stage consultation to assess the opportunity, aid develop investor propositions and deliver inputs on top-line viability. Alongside helping develop the underlying vision and concept for the resort and its operational strategy. Our team were overall Creative Directors, delivering the resort master plan and all concept artwork. We also delivered concepts and detailed programming for rides, attractions, shows, retail, dining and entertainment experiences. Our Business Executive was also responsible for delivering comprehensive strategic analysis work, operational programming and business modeling on all of the resorts proposed indoor ‘Midway/Box’ concepts, theatres and live events. Themespace senior producers and cultural specialists were also responsible for overseeing the integration of the ‘Best Of British’ brands and for developing the overarching story of the park. Location London, England Industry Theme Parks More Projects

Nichole Garza


William Alton Director of Project Development As the Director of Project Development, Nichole collaborates with clients in the earliest stages of development, understanding their goals and needs, and these into phases of design that lay the foundation for creatively and commercially successful experiences. Nichole brings over 15 years of experience in themed entertainment, live theatrical productions, and world-renowned events from both Production and Business Development perspectives. She brings the blend of these experiences to her work collaborating closely with clients and project teams, guiding the design process to create unique and memorable experiences that are aligned with clients’ vision and goals. Nichole spent many years touring with Ringing Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus, eventually serving as the Director of Production. In this role, she was responsible for guiding the creative development of new shows, bridging the expertise of artists from the live entertainment community with the unique and particular needs of a real life three ring circus. This experience has given Nichole a broad perspective, experience working with exceptionally diverse teams and bridging the worlds of technicians, artists and acrobats, uniting them around a common vision and leading the path forward. Nichole has worked with a diverse array of clients throughout the themed entertainment and live entertainment communities including Dragone, Prince’s Paisley Park, Universal Studios, City Football Group, and The National WWII Museum. Back to team

Dubai Parks


Dubai Parks Theme Parks Erik Neergaard, Themespace’s CEO, was brought on to act as Sr. Creative Consultant working with the Senior Leadership of Meraas on the Development of Dubai Parks. He would go on to oversee the BRC team in Dubai and be the direct point of contact between the CEO of Meraas as well as the direct point of contact to the studios: Dreamworks and Sony as the representative of Meraas. The purview went across the entire development of Riverland, Motiongate, Lapita, Legoland, Bollywood as well as reviewing Hub Zero, Citywalk, and other Meraas ventures at that time. Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates Industry Theme Parks More Projects

Jared Peter


William Alton Senior Producer Prior to joining THG, Jared was Production Manager at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood where he worked on the integration of complex productions including the Oscars, AFI Fest, AFI Honors, and a wide range of live events, major movie premieres, and theatrical productions. Prior to that he worked as Producer on the schematic and detail design phases of Bollywood Park in Dubai. In the eight years before the Dolby, he worked exclusively with Cirque du Soleil on the production and creation of three major productions: The Beatles LOVE in Las Vegas; ZAiA in Macau, China; and IRIS in Los Angeles. NOTABLE PROJECTS Cirque du Soleil, The Beatles LOVE, Las Vegas 87th & 88th Academy Awards Bollywood Park, Dubai Back to team

Dragons Wild Shooting


Dragons Wild Shooting Interactive Dark Ride Lotte World contracted THG to design, produce, and build an interactive dark ride that combines the excitement of a shooting gallery with the fantasy of a story-based dark ride. Smoldering ruins, a castle’s towers glowing with dancing firelight, dragons, and jesters are all part of the excitement. The setting of this one-of-a-kind dark ride includes practical targets, media-based targets, and highly themed sets and props. Dragons Wild Shooting was the first interactive ride utilizing media and practical targets. One of the most exciting aspects of the project was that Lotte World challenged THG to produce a completely original IP. THG gladly accepted that challenge (a rarity in the attractions business generally) and set to work designing a raft of whimsical dragon characters of all shapes and sizes. THG also produced all other aspects of the ride, including graphic design, themed architecture and sets, charming animated media, and an exciting musical score. CLIENT Lotte World Location Seoul, South Korea Industry Theme Parks More Projects

USA Pavilion Expo 2012


USA Pavilion Expo 2012 World Expo Pavilion In May 2012, THG completed the design, production, installation, and opening of the USA Pavilion at Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea. The theme of the expo was “Our Living Oceans and Coastlines,” and THG worked with Philippe Cousteau and his non-profit Earth Echo International to craft the message and call to action. The Pavilion was designed to welcome and engage guests even before they walked through the door. Spread throughout the queue, guests found a series of QR tags they could scan with their smart phones, unlocking an interactive game to play while waiting. In addition to a giant water screen in the pre-show, a 70-foot-wide film screen in the main theater displayed impressive, inspiring visuals, from smaller image collages to vast panoramas. Based on research and collaboration with Earth Echo International, the theater showcased a visually and emotionally powerful exploration of America’s relationship to the ocean, the challenges we face, and the power of the human spirit to achieve great things. The USA Pavilion was awarded Honorable Mention by the Expo 2012 award committee. Client United States Department of State Location Yeosu, South Korea Industry Cultural More Projects

Annie Cantele


William Alton Project Manager Annie started her career in theme park project management where she developed a reputation for strong partnership and a diverse skill set. Known as the swiss army knife of her previous teams, Annie dives headfirst into every challenge thrown in her direction as she focuses on enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of project management workflows. Career highlights include delivery of VelociCoaster wearing many hats: construction management, project controls, graphic design, fabrication, and install management. Annie is now pivoting her focus to design project management, bringing her interdisciplinary background and passion for process improvement to deliver client projects on-time and on-budget. EDUCATION Dual B.S. Design, Innovation, & Society/Industrial & Management Engineering; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute NOTABLE PROJECTS Pandora: The World of Avatar, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Raptor Encounter, Universal’s Islands of Adventure VelociCoaster, Universal's Islands of Adventure Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast, Universal Studios Florida Back to team

Beth Semler


William Alton Design Manager Beth Semler is a passionate designer of scenic and interactive experiences for theme park attractions, museum exhibits, theater, and anything else that can immerse an audience. She is comfortable designing for both the physical and digital world, with past roles including Set Designer, Exhibit Designer, Art Director, 3D Modeler, CAD Manager, Interactive Designer, Game Designer & Media Producer. Beth loves not only creating a world for people to enjoy, but then pushing to find ways for them to interact with that world through gameplay, media, and physical experiences. She takes the many requirements and constraints of a project (including accessibility, safety, operational, technical, facility, budget scale, intellectual property, and of course artistic goals) and incorporates them into one coherent and exciting design that always puts the story and guest experience first. EDUCATION Bachelor of Drama, Scenic Design Carnegie Mellon University Master of Entertainment Technology Carnegie Mellon University NOTABLE PROJECTS Super Nintendo World and Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge,  Universal Studios Hollywood The Secret Life of Pets,: Off the Leash, Universal Studios Hollywood Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Universal's Islands of Adventure Toy Story Midway Mania, Disneyland and Magic Kingdom Back to team

The Simpsons Ride


The Simpsons Ride Dark Ride THG worked closely with the Universal Creative team to help transform the iconic Back to the Future: The Ride attraction at both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Florida into The Simpsons Ride, based on the hugely popular animated show. THG provided blue sky creative development, ride vehicle design, concept art, and show set design. The Simpsons Ride continues to delight audiences worldwide and remains one of the most popular attractions at the resorts. Location Orlando, Florida & Hollywood, California Industry Theme Parks More Projects

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