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

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


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