We eagerly awaited the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony - masterminded by Film and Theatre Director Danny Boyle - and it did not disappoint!
The Closing Ceremony tonight promises to be just as awe-inspiring. The hand-picked Creative Team has been drawn from Theatre, live television and international production, and is headed by Kim Gavin.
Stephen Daldry CBE, Executive Producer (Creative), has won innumerable Theatre awards in London’s West End and on Broadway . His production of stage musical Billy Elliot won 10 Tony Awards on Broadway, after an acclaimed London run.
Mark Fisher, (Production Design), designs the most amazing live entertainment events, including Cirque du Soleil’s scenery and acrobatic effects for their productions at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. His credits also include the Beijing Olympic games opening and closing ceremonies (2008), and numerous spectacular big-name rock concerts. He has long been a recognised expert in the field of stage lighting and live performance design.
Mark says “I never had any vision (for my future) beyond wanting to have a fulfilling creative life. Working in entertainment has allowed me to pursue my design interests and have a lot of fun.” (source: tpimagazine.com).
Hamish Hamilton (Broadcast) is a highly accredited live television director, brought in to make sure that the creative ideas for the ceremony are designed to work on television.
Catherine Ugwu (Production) has been a consultant for some of the world’s largest international arts festivals and high-calibre public events.
(Sources of this information and photograph include the official London 2012.com website)
With such a massive undertaking, the success lies in putting together the right team each playing to their strengths, but dovetailing together to produce a whole. We can learn a lot from this about running a creative business, or putting together a creative project for our business.
For more information, see my earlier blog on creative business lessons to be learned from the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, part 1 and part 2.