Creation Entertainment

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Creation Entertainment
Type Private
Industry Entertainment
Founded 1971
Founder(s) Gary Berman and Adam Malin
Headquarters Glendale, California, U.S.
Area served U.S.
Services Fan conventions
Website www.CreationEnt.com

Creation Entertainment is an American for-profit entertainment company located in Glendale, California which produces fan conventions for fans of comic books, and various films and television series, mainly in the science fiction, horror, and fantasy genres. It was founded in 1971 by Gary Berman and Adam Malin in New York.[1] Since then, it has organized over 2,300 conventions. Creation Entertainment hosts about 20 conventions annually in various locations such as Chicago, Illinois; and Burbank, California. Creation Entertainment has rights to hold official conventions for shows such as Stargate SG-1, Star Trek, and Xena. They also host the largest Star Trek Convention in the world[citation needed] which occurs annually during the summer in Las Vegas, Nevada, and previously handled Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors conventions.

Over the years, hundreds of actors, directors, producers and writers have appeared at their conventions to speak to and meet their fans. The conventions consist of on-stage celebrity appearances, Q&A sessions, parties and cabaret performances featuring celebrities and charity auction breakfasts.[2] Attendees may also purchase autographs and photo ops that allow fans to be photographed with celebrities.

Creation collects additional money through limited-attendance functions at their shows not included in the ticket prices, including celebrity food functions, photo opportunities, and slower-paced autographing sessions.

Creation Entertainment has been criticized in the past by fans for reasons including rushed autograph lines and little to no personal time with celebrity guests allowed both during and outside of the scheduled events.[3][4]

Guests that have appeared at Creation Conventions over the years include Lucy Lawless, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Lucas, Ron Howard, James Cameron, Vincent Price, Stan Lee, Tim Conway, Carl Reiner, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig, James Doohan, Harlan Ellison, Isaac Asimov, David Prowse, Joe Dante, Nicholas Meyer, Patrick Stewart, William Gaines, Frank Miller, Peter Jackson, Scott Bakula, Gillian Anderson, Chris Carter, Rob Zombie, Avery Brooks and Kate Mulgrew.

Creation Entertainment is also a licensee of merchandise for many genre television series producing souvenir items, including t-shirts, hats, mugs, autographed items and calendars. It received its first license in 1991 from Paramount Pictures for the Star Trek property, becoming the first studio licensee for photographic still reproduction. Other properties that Creation has licensed over the years include The X-Files, Xena, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Lost and Supernatural.

Guinness World Record[edit]

In the year 2013, the 12th Annual Official STAR TREK Convention held in the United States in Las Vegas, Nevada broke the previous Guinness world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Star Trek characters, having counted 1085 people.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shenker, Israel. "Comic-Book Fans Gather for 'Creation '79': The Hand Is the Ticket," New York Times (25 Nov 1978), p. 26.
  2. ^ Creation Entertainment calendar. Accessed Oct. 27, 2012.
  3. ^ "Creation Entertainment Stargate Convention". Stargate SG-1 Solutions. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Bonnie. "Xenites Do New York". Whoosh!. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  5. ^ STLV ’13: Terry Farrell & Las Vegas Star Trek Fans Break Guinness World Record, accessed August 17, 2013
  6. ^ [1], accessed August 17, 2013

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