Rio Pan Am Games in Milan Film Festival

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

FiveCurrents is pleased to announce that the Rio 2007 Pan American Games Opening Ceremony video has been selected by the Milan International FICTS Festival (Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs) during the first round of the awards process. During the next week, the jury will determine which of the selected videos will receive the ‘Special Merit Award’ or the ‘Guirlande d’Honneur’, the festival’s highest honor.

The Prize, created in 1983, is awarded every year to the persons who played a significant role in the promotion of sport image, cultural, and ethical values. The FICTS Festival is competitive and the works are judged by an international jury hailing from seven different countries.

The Rio 2007 Pan American Games video, a FiveCurrents production, is in the Sport Movies & TV 2008 category. The video will be shown at the FICTS festival in Milan on 4 November at 3:30pm. For more on the FICTS Festival, click here.


FiveCurrents Wins Emmy Award

Monday, June 16, 2008

FiveCurrents President Scott Givens is thrilled to announce that the Rio 2007 Pan American Games Opening Ceremony won an Emmy Award on Friday, June 13. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded the FiveCurrents production an Emmy for outstanding achievement in costume design. Costume Supervisor and Designer Rosa Magalhaes and Costume Supervisor David Profeta accepted the award.

“I am so proud of my team for this momentous achievement,” said FiveCurrents President Scott Givens, “This is the highest honor a production can receive, and a fabulous way to thank my team that worked tirelessly to ensure a successful performance.”

FiveCurrents was nominated for three Emmy Awards, including outstanding achievement in: costume design; art, set and scenic design; and lighting direction. Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of Rio 2016 Committee and the Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC), Carlos Roberto Osorio, General Secretary of Rio 2016, and Leonardo Gryner, Marketing Director for Rio 2016, were in attendance at the ceremony.

The Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast on ABC on Friday, June 20 from the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.

Daytime Emmy Awards Draw Near

Thursday, May 29, 2008

On June 13, the Daytime Creative Arts and Entertainment Emmy Awards will be awarded at The Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Our eight nominees, FiveCurrents’ President Scott Givens, Libby Hyland, Rosa Magalhaes, Luiz Stein, David Profeta, David Grill, Laura Frank, and Paul Sonnleitner are thrilled to be honored with a nomination and are very excited to attend the Awards.

The Rio 2007 Pan American Games Opening Ceremony was recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its transforming costumes, flawless art and set direction, and beautiful lighting direction. And adding to the Emmy anticipation, the team is looking forward to seeing each other again to celebrate a very successful Pan American Games.

FiveCurrents Wins Six Telly Awards

Friday, April 4, 2008

FiveCurrents won six Telly Awards for production of the RIO 2007 Pan American Games Opening Ceremony. Executive Producer Scott Givens says, “We had a fantastic team who created spectacular Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2007 RIO Pan American Games.  It was an experience I’ll never forget. We are honored to receive the Telly.” The Telly Awards “recognize distinction in creative work,” honoring outstanding local and regional productions, as well as non-broadcast video productions.

The program won top honors, a Silver statue, in three categories, including televised Live Events, televised Sports and non-broadcast Sports. The RIO 2007 Opening Ceremony also won Bronze statues for the televised Entertainment, non-broadcast Entertainment and non-broadcast Live Events categories. The RIO 2007 Ceremonies also were honored with the inaugural 2007 ISEM Awards in London.

For more information on the Telly Awards, please visit

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 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

Rio 2007 Closing Ceremony

Monday, July 30, 2007


Here are a few reviews of the Rio 2007 Closing Ceremony which brought the XV Pan American Games to a close yesterday in Rio de Janeiro. The picture above of performers forming the Rio 2007 logo appeared in a slide show at

A flamboyant closing ceremony capped two weeks of sport.

The Pan American Games had excellent venues and glossy ceremonies.

BBC News

Fireworks lit the sky and samba shook the ground Sunday night as Rio de Janeiro ended the 15th Pan American Games, whose success could boost Brazil’s status as a host of global sporting events. Samba dancers concluded the spectacle of the games that Rio de Janeiro hoped would show the world Brazil has the credentials to host the 2014 World Cup — and maybe even an Olympics.

Despite chilly weather, it was a gala ending to the hemisphere-wide event, which drew some 5,500 athletes from 42 countries, as well as 2,000 delegation members, 3,000 journalists and 15,000 volunteers.

International Herald Tribune

The 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro ended under the full moon Sunday, while fireworks shook giant Maracana Stadium as if an earthquake rumbled below.

Around the Rings

The ceremonies and sports production of the XV Pan American Games were produced by FiveCurrents. An official press release on Rio 2007’s web site details many aspects of the Closing Ceremony