Olympics Live! featured in Around the Rings

Sunday, November 18, 2007

FiveCurrents’ and Scott Givens’ new project, Olympics Live! was featured in the Olympic-insider magazine, Around the Rings. Rio de Janeiro is the first city to sign on to the exciting project, which will take the live experience of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games to cities around the world. Here’s the article:

Rio First to Olympics Live
The city of Rio de Janeiro will host an Olympic festival during the Beijing Games, created by a ceremonies veteran. Scott Givens, the man behind the 2007 Pan Am ceremonies, the Salt Lake 2002 opening ceremony and a range of other celebrations, is launching his Olympics Live! festival concept for the 2008 Games in Rio and other cities.

Rio was the first city to confirm it will host one of Givens’ Games-time live sites. Giant
televisions showing broadcasts from Beijing, concerts, sport demonstrations and a festival atmosphere are part of his plan. Several other cities are in negotiation to link up with the party. An announcement of the entire list of cities is expected at the beginning of 2008.


FiveCurrents award-winning production of RIO 2007 featured in Lighting and Sound America

Sunday, November 4, 2007

The work of David Grill, Lighting Director, and Patrick Batzell, Audio Designer for the RIO 2007 Pan American Games Ceremonies is featured in the November 2007 issue of respected trade magazine Lighting and Sound America.

The FiveCurrents production recently won the inaugural ISEMS Award for Ceremonies, and the production, led by Executive Producer Scott Givens, has been praised in publications from the Los Angeles Times to O Globo as “spectacular,” “second to none,” “magnificent,” “colorful,” “energetic,” “stellar,” “grand,” “brilliant,” “gold,” “emotional,” “glittering,” “rousing,” “inspired,” “lush” and “lavish.”

Download the full Lighting and Sound America article in pdf form below. The Lighting and Sound America article

FiveCurrents and Executive Producer Scott Givens Win Prestigious ISEMS Award for RIO 2007 Ceremonies

Thursday, November 1, 2007

On 31 October 2007, FiveCurrents won top honors at the inaugural International Sports Event Management and Security Awards, held in Wembeley Stadium, London. “We are delighted to have won the first ISEMS Award,” said FiveCurrents President and RIO 2007 Executive Producer Scott Givens. “We were excited to make the short list, and coming here tonight, as seeing the other amazing and talented teams vying for the award, we are thrilled to have won. We are honored.”

Other nominees included the team who produced the Asian Games Ceremonies in Doha, and the Ryder Cup team.

The RIO 2007 Ceremonies were held in July 2007, to rave international reviews:

“Brazil welcomed the Americas to dance last night, a lush and lavish opening ceremony to kick off the 15th Pan American Games that outdid many an Olympic kickoff” – Globe and Mail

“Fireworks exploded and the wave went around Rio’s cherished Maracana soccer stadium as Brazil launched its biggest show on Friday—and a test of its ability to become a major player on the global sports stage.” —International Herald Tribune

“Rio 2007 put on a stellar opening ceremony of the XV (15th) Pan American Games in the iconic Maracana stadium in the nation’s capitol, which easily rivaled any other world sporting event.” —The Jamaica Observer

“Maracana caught fire!” —Globo

“It was incredible!! I actually think that was the best opening ceremony I’ve ever seen.” —USA Water Polo player and two-time Olympian Heather Petri, quoted in the LA Times

“A flamboyant closing ceremony capped two weeks of sport. The Pan American Games had excellent venues and glossy ceremonies” —BBC News