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Cityneon Holdings has announced that its subsidiary, Victory Hill Exhibitions, has acquired multi-year licensing rights for the global touring exhibition based on James Cameron’s blockbuster film AVATAR. Cityneon will work in close collaboration with Disney Location-Based Experiences and James Cameron and Jon Landau’s Lightstorm Entertainment on this exciting venture.

With AVATAR set to release the first of four sequels next year, Cityneon looks forward to curating a uniquely engaging experience for audiences to visit worldwide. The innovative state-of-the-art touring exhibition will feature numerous interactive, multi-sensory segments where guests can explore the fascinating wonders of Pandora, the distant moon which is the setting for the films.

Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Cityneon, said: “We are honoured to work with Disney and Lightstorm Entertainment. All of us share the same vision of bringing these experiences alive with artistry and inventiveness. We are thrilled to be part of this collaboration. There’s a lot of anticipation for the film’s first sequel, and we’re excited to be part of the global effort to complement the film’s release with a truly immersive experience for fans in various markets.”

Lightstorm Entertainment’s President of Franchise Development, Kathy Franklin, added: “Our powerful new relationship with Cityneon for this global touring exhibition will play a key role in our continuing expansion of the reach and impact of the AVATAR franchise around the world.”

Released in 2009, James Cameron’s AVATAR was the highest-grossing film in motion picture history with a box office gross of nearly $2.8 billion, a record held for ten years. Captivating audiences across the globe with its otherworldly visuals and groundbreaking special effects, the film quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. AVATAR is set to be followed by four sequels, with the first sequel scheduled for release in December 2021.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — You may not know their name, but you definitely know their work. Animax Designs in Nashville does animatronic work for all the big theme parks.

“Our work is seen all around the world,” says Chuck Fawcett, President and CEO of Animax Designs. “Custom design and manufacturing of characters that are used for theme parks and visitor attractions.”

Some of their most famous work, even after completion, is still top secret. “Oh gosh, if you’ve been to any Disney or Universal Studios theme park around the world you’ve seen our work, that’s as much as I can say about it,” said Fawcett.

It’s no secret that because of COVID-19, medical protective gear has been hard to find, so that got these creative designers thinking. “We just said wow, with all the collection of awesome resources we have from sewing to mold making to machine part making, there’s got to be something we can really contribute,” he said.

So they fired up their 3D printer, about the size of your car in the garage. It can make 75 face shields a day. On the other side of the building, engineers are mixing a type of liquid plastic, then carefully pouring it into box molds to make hundreds more.

“We’re going to try to make 500-600 of the face shields per week,” said Steve Andersen, the VP of Operations for Animax.

So much of what they do at Animax Designs is based on technology, yet when it comes to making face masks, some things you just have to do by hand. Thankfully, they have a costume shop. They use that to make precise cuts and meticulous stitches, to ensure these masks are as close to medical grade as possible.

“We have a very well equipped costume shop with a bunch of very talented people in it and a lot of sewing equipment,” said Andersen.

Because their mission may be to bring dreams to life, but their work now could help this nightmare come to an end.

“We’re now taking that same passion and energy and focusing on changing people’s lives in a different way,” said Fawcett.

Animax Designs’ team is also looking into a way to make their own ventilators. They say if the Nashville region has a huge need for them, they’ll try to rise to the occasion.

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  • Making its first foray into China – a strong start for the Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition Tour in Chengdu
  • Confident of the success of the exhibition – 300,000 tickets committed in advance of opening on 25 Jan, 2020
  • Expecting to open in other major cities in China in 2020

Cityneon Holdings (“Cityneon”, the “Company”, “城贸控股(私人)有限公司” /collectively with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) is pleased to announce that Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition will be making its first-ever appearance in China, starting with Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, on the first day of Chinese New Year on 25 January 2020.

Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition is an immersive experience based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history.

Set to be launched at the iconic Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (成都大熊猫繁育研究基地·熊猫广场), special guests from the media and tourism industry were invited to an exclusive preview into Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition on 20 January 2020.

This preview event was also attended by strategic partners that made this exhibition possible, including Mr. Ron Tan, Executive Chairman and Group CEO of Cityneon Holdings, Mr. Michael Silver, Universal Parks & Resorts’ President for Global Business Development, , Mr. Liu Xiaobin, Vice President of Wanda Film Group and Executive CEO of Wanda Film, Ms. Zhou Haiyan Deputy Governor of Chenghua District and many other distinguished guests. The official signing ceremony was held earlier this month (5 January 2020) at the Wanda Cinemas in Chengdu Mid-Town.

This exhibition spans a total area of approximately 30,000 square feet and is poised to bring the ground-breaking film franchise Jurassic World to life. Visitors will feel as if they have entered the films as they walk through the world-famous Jurassic World gates and explore the experience through an interactive journey. Guests will come face-to-face with a Velociraptor, step behind the glass into The Hammond Creation Lab; and be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking animals as they visit a majestic and family-friendly Brachiosaurus, and get a rare up-close look at the most vicious dinosaur of them all, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

The Jurassic World franchise has been entertaining audiences around the world with powerful stories and characters for more than 25 years – from film to TV to video games and toys to rides at Universal theme parks. In fact, Universal Beijing Resort is scheduled to open in 2021 as Universal’s newest theme park destination and will feature seven highly themed and immersive lands – including Jurassic World Isla Nublar. Guests of all ages will be able to explore Isla Nublar, an island of wonder and thrills where dinosaurs roam the Earth again.

Speaking at the event, Universal Parks & Resorts’ President of Global Business Development Mr. Michael Silver said, “I am indeed excited to see Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition opening here in Chengdu. We strongly believe that this exhibition’s first foray into China is only the beginning, and we are confident that Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition will be presented in many other Chinese markets in the future. We are delighted that our licensee Cityneon Group, together with Wanda Films, are presenting such a world-class exhibition that is such a credit to the iconic Jurassic World franchise, and we are pleased that the many Jurassic World fans in China will have the opportunity to experience this wonderful exhibition.”

Adding to that, Cityneon’s Executive Chairman and Group CEO Mr. Ron Tan said, “We are honoured and thrilled to have forged strong and strategic partnerships with Universal and Wanda to bring Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition to Chengdu, our first stop in China. We are highly encouraged by the committed ticket sales of 300,000 tickets even prior to the start of the exhibition and deeply hope that this exhibition can bring the same excitement to the Chinese audiences here as well.”

Reiterating his commitment to create high-quality and unforgettable experiences, Mr. Tan added, “We will continue to leverage on our expertise, credentials and relationships with existing and new partners to deliver more unique exhibitions and compelling experiences in markets with high growth potential.”

Wanda Film Group and Wanda Film’s CEO Mr. Zeng Maojun, said, “We are very impressed with Cityneon’s licensed portfolio of leading global IPs and its iconic exhibitions that captivate audiences around the world. It is our great pleasure to collaborate with them to bring this exclusive exhibition to China. We are confident that the audiences will be wowed by the magnificence and interactive experiences, leaving them with unforgettable unique memories like never before, especially during this festive Chinese New Year.”

Details of the Jurassic World: The Movie Exhibition @ Chengdu

Date: 25th January 2020 – 30th August 2020
Venue: Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (成都大熊猫繁育研究基地·熊猫广场)
Ticket pricing: Adults – RMB168, Children – RMB108, Family (2 adults + 1 child) – RMB338
Ticket Sales Available online at Chengdu Express (成都景区直通车)、Damai (大麦)、Maoyan (猫眼)

For more information about Wanda Group, please visit www.wanda-group.com.
For more information about Cityneon Holdings Private Limited, please read more here.

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万达影视集团与新加坡国际化的娱乐和展览公司城贸控股宣布合作,将《侏罗纪世界电影特展》引入中国。 与环球影城联合制作的《侏罗纪世界电影特展》是基于电影史上最卖座的电影之一的沉浸式体验。展览将于2020年1月25日在中国成都大熊猫繁育研究的基地·熊猫广场开幕。

1月20日,《侏罗纪世界电影特展》在成都大熊猫繁育研究基地·熊猫广场举行体验专场活动启动仪式。万达影视集团副总裁兼万达电影执行总裁刘晓彬、环球影城度假村全球商务总裁迈克·肖法、城贸控股执行主席兼集团首席执行官陈益智、成华区政府副区长周海燕及诸位领导嘉宾共同出席本次活动,并对,《侏罗纪世界:电影特展》的展出成功送上美好祝愿。在主办方的邀请下,众位媒体代表、旅游达人作为首批观众率先踏上互动体验之旅。

展区占地约2700平方米,能让各年龄段的观众都可以沉浸在这部具有开创性电影《侏罗纪世界》的场景中,将现实世界的科学教育与高品质的娱乐体验融合在一起。

从电影到游戏,从玩具到环球主题乐园的骑乘,侏罗纪系列在过去超过25年以来,一直以生动的故事和角色娱乐着全世界的观众。计划于2021年开业的环球最新的主题乐园北京环球度假区,将推出包含侏罗纪世界努布拉岛在内的七个主题性沉浸区域。各个年龄阶段的游客可以探索努布拉岛这个充满奇幻的岛,岛上恐龙的吼叫再次在地球上响起。北京环球度假区抓住了这部传奇系列电影的精髓,结合场景及冒险打造了前所未见的巨型体验。游客将在侏罗纪世界努布拉岛上感受到霸王龙、迅猛龙和甲龙的力量以及暴虐霸王龙的恐怖。

在侏罗纪世界电影特展中,观众们仿佛进入了电影,穿过举世闻名的侏罗纪世界大门,并通过互动体验开启探索之旅。游客们将与迅猛龙面对面接触,走进哈蒙德实验室内部。可以想象,当游客们参观巨大但温顺的腕龙,难得地近距离观察其中最凶猛的恐龙霸王龙,走在这些令人惊叹的生物身旁,将是一场怎样的体验。

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Cityneon Group is proud to announce our patron sponsorship of Singapore’s very own theatre company, Pangdemonium! The proudly Singaporean company celebrates its 10th-anniversary by releasing a slate of provocative productions this year. Pangdemonium’s mission is to tell stories on the stage which are challenging, inspiring, relevant, accessible, and above all, of the highest artistic, entertainment and production values, in a league with the very best of theatre internationally.

For more information about Pangdemonium!, please visit pangdemonium.com.

 
 

Photo of DPM Heng Swee Keat, Mayor Desmond Choo,Cityneon Group CEO Ron Tan with a centrepiece created by Artist Mr Gary Ang

DPM Heng Swee Keat and Mayor Desmond Choo unveiled a centerpiece created by Artist Mr Gary Ang. Mr Ang’s work pieces together the various artworks created by the participating Social Service Agency (SSA) beneficiaries and artists, signifying the integration of communities within the North East District.

Art Market @ North East, SSA beneficiaries helped showcase artistic talents and abilities at Our Tampines Hub’s Festive Walk East. The Art Market, organised by the North East Community Development Council (NECDC).

The event aims to create a platform for SSAs and their beneficiaries to showcase their work, display their skills and raise awareness of their causes. The SSAs include Ain Society, Bizlink Centre Singapore, Care Corner Singapore, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS), Club HEAL, Friends of the Disabled Society, Metta Welfare Association, Singapore Anglican Community Services, Singapore Association of Mental Health (SAMH), The Singapore Cheshire Home and the TOUCH Centre for Independent Living.

Cityneon’s Corporate Social Responsibility event was held at Tampines Hub’s Festive Walk East supporting the Art Market @ North East.

At the event, DPM Heng Swee Keat and Northeast CDC Mayor Desmond Choo presented the centerpiece created by Artist Mr Gary Ang to our Executive Chairman & Group CEO Ron Tan.

Cityneon is glad to support this Arts event and the various charities and return to the very society what we have benefited so much from.

 
 

Guest-of-Honour, Mr Ron Tan, Executive Chairman & Group CEO of Cityneon Holdings addressing the students from Republic Polytechnic at the 2018 Graduation Ceremony

Cityneon’s unwavering belief in investing in the education, acquisition and retention of talents is the leading factor that has spurred our growth as a Company to who we are today. We believe strongly in the importance of educating the younger generation to develop a greater breadth of skills to evaluate and apply knowledge in ways that meet the new demands of our changing social and economic landscape.

Cityneon is privileged to be an enabler for aspiring artists and professions through our Bond-Free Scholarships. We have partnered with Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Republic Polytechnic (RP) to offer various programs for its deserving students to pursue their dreams.

Over the years, Cityneon has continuously supported and awarded Republic Polytechnic students in the School of Hospitality who have done well in their studies to further their interests in the field of their study. In 2018, Cityneon’s Executive Chairman & Group CEO, Ron Tan, was invited as Guest-of-Honour for the graduation ceremony where he spurred on the 2018 graduating cohort in an inspiring speech.

Our support to RP year after year continues and in 2020, we are happy to present the Gold Medal Award to Andre Tan Teng Yan. Due to the Covid-19 situation, RP was not able to hold the Graduation Ceremony for the 2020 graduating class. Nevertheless, Cityneon is happy to have contributed towards the success of Andre and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors!

Read more about our RP Scholarship here:
RP Graduates from Diploma in Integrated Events Management
Message from Andre Tan Teng Yan, Cityneon Events Gold Medal Awardee

Read more about our SUTD Scholarship here:
Cityneon Holdings — SUTD Scholarship

Read more about our SP Awardee here:
Interview of Muhammad Alfiz Kambali, Cityneon Events Gold Medal Awardee
Student Success Stories — Muhammad Alfiz Kambali, Cityneon Events Gold Medal Awardee

 
 

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  • Animax Designs在动画电子互动角色、动画服装和木偶方面处于世界领先地位,为华特迪士尼公司、NBC环球、华纳兄弟和菲尔德娱乐公司等主要电影制作公司提供服务
  • 城贸是Animax的主要客户,Animax为城贸的侏罗纪世界巡回展打造恐龙模型
  • 此次收购完善并增强了城贸为全球消费者提供世界级体验的能力,进而提升了集团实力
  • 查克-福塞特继续担任Animax总裁兼首席执行官

城贸控股(Cityneon Holdings)(简称“城贸”或“该公司”,或与其旗下子公司统称“该集团”)今天宣布,公司已完成对动画电子角色领域的全球领导者和全球提供商 Animax Designs, Inc.(简称“Animax”)的收购。

Animax Designs, Inc.总部位于美国田纳西州纳什维尔,由查克-福塞特(Chuck Fawcett)1989年创立,致力于创作顶尖的动画电子互动角色、动画服装和木偶,公司不久前庆祝其成立30周年。Animax拥有150名技艺高超的员工,为全球最大的主题娱乐、现场景点和移动娱乐运营商们提供服务。凭借丰富的历史、多年的创新努力和对尖端技术的使用,Animax在市场上树立了良好的声誉,如今,公司与很多全球客户建立了合作,包括华特迪士尼公司(The Walt Disney Company)、 尼克国际儿童频道、NBC环球、华纳兄弟、芝麻街工作室(Sesame Workshop)、维亚康姆公司(Viacom)、菲尔德娱乐公司(Feld Entertainment)以及海洋世界公园和娱乐公司(SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment)。

Animax总裁兼首席执行官查克-福塞特表示:“我对我们公司过去30年来所取得的成就感到非常自豪,我坚信,随着城贸继续引领这一充满活力的行业的发展,此次合并将为股东带来更大的价值。收购交易还将显著扩大我们的国际影响力,使我们能够为全球更具战略意义的市场提供世界一流的产品。”查克-福塞特还是主题娱乐协会(TEA)国际理事会的成员,TEA是一个国际非营利性协会,其成员包括世界领先的创作者、开发者、设计者和生产者,他们在全球范围内打造具有吸引力的地点和体验。

城贸执行主席兼集团首席执行官陈益智(Ron Tan)称:“这对城贸来说是一次战略收购,令我们感到高兴的是,此次收购正值公司发展的关键时期,我们正在从一家实力型企业发展为行业领导者,为全球游客带来新的创新体验。此次收购还使城贸的内部管理和执行团队变得更加多元化,团队成员来自不同文化和民族。我们将沿着这条道路继续发展,为城贸集团打造世界一流的领导团队,并增强和提升该团队的实力。”

在此次交易中,城贸通过现金和股票的形式收购Animax,后者有望在收购完成后直接为集团贡献收入和利润。

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Due to rapid growth in the past three years, Animax Designs prepares for facility expansions to keep up with industry demand for their highly-sophisticated animatronics and expertise in puppetry. These changes provide the opportunity to make a wonderfully synergistic contribution to the local community and encourage further development of Nashville’s ‘Maker Culture’.

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Cityneon Holdings is an experience entertainment company specializing in transforming customer and brand experiences, encompassing 4 independent yet integrated business divisions – Interior Architecture, Experiential Environments, Events and Exhibitions. The group also comprises Victory Hill Exhibitions, which focuses on delivering engaging educational and interactive “ready-to-showcase” exhibitions, designed to wow the senses.

Animax Designs, Inc., which is based in Nashville, Tennessee in the US, was founded by Chuck Fawcett in 1989 and just celebrated its 30th year anniversary in the creation of cutting-edge animatronic and interactive characters, animated costumes, and puppets. With a workforce of 150 highly‐skilled employees, Animax serves some of the largest operators in the world in themed entertainment, live attractions, and locationbased entertainment. Its rich history, years of innovation and use of leading-edge technology has gained Animax a respectable reputation and today, its global clientele includes The Walt Disney Company, Nickelodeon, NBC Universal, Warner Bros., Sesame Workshop, Viacom, Feld Entertainment, and SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. Cityneon is an existing major client of Animax, which builds the dinosaurs in Cityneon’s Jurassic World: The Exhibition touring sets.

“I am extremely proud of all that we have accomplished at Animax over the last 30 years, and I firmly believe that this combination with Cityneon will unlock even more value for shareholders as Cityneon continues to set the pace in what is an exciting and dynamic industry. This transaction will also substantially expand our international reach, allowing us to offer our world-class products to more strategic markets around the world,” said Chuck Fawcett, President and CEO of Animax. Fawcett also sits on the International Board of the Themed Entertainment Association.

“This is a strategic acquisition for Cityneon, and it is exciting that it is happening at a time when the Company is growing from a position of strength to becoming an industry leader in the creation of new and innovative visitor experiences around the world,” said Ron Tan, Executive Chairman and Group CEO of the Group. “This acquisition also brings along further diversification of the management and executive teams within Cityneon, which is varied across different cultures and nationalities. We will continue on this path to build, strengthen and add depth to a world-class leadership team for the Cityneon Group,” Mr. Tan added.

The Animax transaction was based on a combination of cash and shares in Cityneon and Animax is expected to contribute immediately to the revenue and profits of Cityneon Group post acquisition.

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