David Willrich becomes President of TEA E&ME Board
Our own Managing Director, David Willrich has just become the new President of the Europe and Middle East Board for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Having been on the board for several years, David has decided to take up the reins and continue to try to push the E&ME member numbers up.
The TEA is an Industry Association which supports networking of Companies or Individuals working within the Attractions Industry, with members from Manufacturers, Suppliers, Systems Integrators, Park and Attraction Owners and Operators and also students and Educational bodies. Members can enjoy organised events including Behind the Scene tours at Attractions across Europe, usually having had an input from a current TEA member; Seminars and events with Industry professionals; as well as general networking and access to all other members, with support from the industry gurus such as Disney and Universal Studios.
SATE is the TEA annual event, where Industry speakers provide different insights into Storytelling, Architecture, Technology and Experience; hence the acronym. In 2013 this was held in October at Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia; and was previously held at Disneyland Paris. SATE provides an environment to share diverse ideas and concepts, to challenge and inspire, to learn about breakthrough projects, best practices and trends, and to discover collaborative opportunities.
Titanic Belfast wins THEA award
Titanic Belfast has recently been the recipient of a THEA award for Outstanding Achievement by the Themed Entertainment Association for 2014 and DJW are very proud to have been part of the team for the project, along with Event Communications. The THEA awards are considered to be one of the Attraction Industry’s greatest accolades and 2014 marks the 20th Anniversary of the prestigious ceremony held in Los Angeles, USA.
National Football Museum AV 'Highly Commended'
DJW’s work at The National Football Museum was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Consumer Category at the AV Awards 2013. On Friday 11th October, the AV industry gathered at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane for the annual AV Awards dinner. The AV Awards are judged by key industry players and recognised as ‘The professional AV Awards’ so DJW was especially pleased to receive the accolade.
Five AV Awards Finalists!
It what must be a record, DJW has produced five finalists in the 2013 AV Awards. These projects span four different categories, with four projects from Manchester, London and Hungary.
DJW’s work at the new National Football Museum is a finalist in the Consumer Installation of the Year, and AV-IT Integration Project of the Year. The first of these categories marks out DJW’s performance in creating a great overall experience through quality integration of the AV. The AV-IT integration category highlights the integrated ticketing system created by DJW to manage visitor flow through premium interactives and provide an income stream for the museum.
DJW’s other finalist in the Consumer Installation of the Year category is The View from the Shard. DJW integrated a premium experience for visitors, from the video walls on the ceilings of the lifts to the ticketing information.
DJW’s finalist in the Business Installation of the Year is a tribute to the immersive client experience that DJW created for clients considering transmission purchases at Allison Transmissions in Hungary.
And DJW’s contribution to London 2012 rounds out the finalist list. Nearly 47,000 people visited BP’s Olympic Park Showcase during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, where they were treated to an immersive experience that was then dismantled after the games. This is a finalist in the Green or Environmental Project of the Year for DJW’s commitment to sound environmental practices.
DJW projects win at M&H Awards
DJW would like to congratulate Titanic Belfast for being Highly Commended in the Permanent Exhibition category of the Museums & Heritage Awards. Titanic Belfast also won the Trading and Enterprise Award for their shop.
The Awards were given at a gala dinner compered by Sue Perkins as part of the Museums & Heritage Show, on 15 May.
Titanic Belfast uses AV integrated by DJW to tell the story of the design and building of Titanic, right on the site of the dock yards where it happened. Projections, screens, audio and a dark ride bring the history to life, while a multi-screen theatre, with a video link to research vessels, draws visitors into the immediacy of current oceanic research.
The BP Showcase Pavilion was also shortlisted for the Sustainability Award. DJW integrated the spinning 360 degree theatre with show lighting and special effects for BP’s Pavilion at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. DJW created a system that minimised energy usage, while being simple for the client team to operate, greatly contributing to the sustainability of the Showcase Pavilion.
DJW projects on shortlist for M&H Awards
DJW is very proud to have Titanic Belfast shortlisted in the Permanent Exhibition category of the Museums & Heritage Awards. Titanic Belfast uses AV integrated by DJW to tell the story of the design and building of Titanic, right on the site of the dock yards where it happened. Projections, screens, audio and a dark ride bring the history to life, while a multi-screen theatre, with a video link to research vessels, draws visitors into the immediacy of current oceanic research.
The spinning 360 degree theatre with show lighting and special effects that was integrated by DJW for BP’s Pavilion at the Olympic and Paralympic Games makes the shortlist for the Sustainability Award. DJW created a system that minimised energy usage, while being simple for the client team to operate, greatly contributing to the sustainability of the Showcase Pavilion.
The National Football Museum is on the Marketing Campaign Award shortlist for its opening campaign. DJW helped make the campaign that bit easier with stunning AV displays and interactives in beautifully lit galleries.
DJW projects have had great success at previous M&H Awards and Titanic Belfast has already won a prize at the InAVation Awards. We wish all three clients well for the Ceremony and hope to celebrate with them at the DJW-sponsored After Awards Party! The ceremony will be on 15 May, as part of the Museums & Heritage Show.
DJW receives ISO 14001:2004 accreditation
Our commitment to continually minimising our environmental effects has been recognised in DJW being accredited with this international standard for environmental management systems. Director Lynn Willrich has formalised and enhanced our previous processes, documenting everything we do and working with the whole team to ensure that our environmental impact is considered in everything that we do.
DJW has now been ISO 9001:2008 accredited for many years, and following the latest 5-yearly major inspection, has been re-accredited. This ensures that all our quality management systems are kept at this internationally recognised high standard – essential for the international nature of our work.
Titanic Belfast wins most InAVative prize!
DJW wins the prize for the Most InAVative Vistor Attraction of 2013.
Josh Miller, one of DJW’s Directors was there to collect the award and said:
“This project used so many aspects of AV in so many different ways, and is already attracting many more visitors than predicted.”
Titanic Belfast is home to some of the most stunning immersive experiences DJW has created. The AV-led Experience runs through 9 themed galleries, drawing together special effects, a dark ride, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way; from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day with a live undersea exploration centre.
The awards were presented at a gala dinner at the Integrated Systems Europe trade show where some of the DJW team were meeting with suppliers and checking out the latest technologies.
DJW was also a finalist in the Most InAVative Leisure and Entertainment Facility Award with the AV integration at the BP Showcase for the Olympic and Paralympic games.