Themed Entertainment Association

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Themed Entertainment Association
Themed Entertainment Association Logo.jpg
AbbreviationTEA
TypeMutual Benefit Non-Profit Corporation
Area served
Worldwide
Websitewww.teaconnect.org

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) is an international non-profit association that represents creators, developers, designers and producers of themed entertainment. Its mission, as stated in its bylaws, is to facilitate dialogue and communication among its members, to stimulate knowledge and professional growth, and to expand the size, diversity and awareness of the themed entertainment industry.[1] Every year since 2007, the TEA has hosted SATE (Story + Architecture + Technology = Experience), a lecture-based industry conference.[2]

Founding[edit]

The TEA was founded in 1991 by Monty Lunde, a former special effects designer for Disney who had gone on to start the special effects company Technifex with his business partner Rock Hall. Lunde was finding it difficult to negotiate contracts with large corporations and wanted to organize small businesses in the industry to share best practices, establish common contracts, and facilitate better dialogue with customers.[3]

Thea Awards[edit]

The TEA annually presents Thea Awards to projects that exemplify the highest standards of excellence and achievement, including individuals, parks, attractions, exhibits, and experiences in the themed entertainment industry. The Thea Awards began in 1994 with a single honoree: Harrison “Buzz” Price, the first recipient of the TEA Lifetime Achievement Award.[4] That award is now called the Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Outstanding Achievements in his honor.[5] The second recipient was Marty Sklar in 1995.

In 1996, the Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA) were introduced, and ten were distributed. In the years since, additional special categories of AOA have been created, ensuring a multi-award event.[5] Anyone can nominate a project, but judging is conducted by a committee that includes all past lifetime achievement honorees, one board liaison, and nine members-at-large appointed to three-year terms.[6] Award recipients are announced in November and formally presented the following spring.

22nd Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2016, Theas were awarded to the following:[7]

21st Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2015, Theas were awarded to the following:[8]

20th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2014, Theas were awarded to the following:[9]

19th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2013, Theas were awarded to the following:[10]

18th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2012, Theas were awarded to the following:[11]

17th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2011, Theas were awarded to the following:[12]

16th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2010, Theas were awarded to the following:[13]

15th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2009, Theas were awarded to the following:[14]

14th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2008, Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement were awarded to the following:[15]

13th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2007, Theas were awarded to the following:[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Themed Entertainment Association Bylaws" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-07.
  2. ^ TEA SATE conference & SATE Academy Days. Themed Entertainment Association. Retrieved 2015-09-24.
  3. ^ TEA and Fantasy: Technifex President and CEO Monty Lunde. Blooloop. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  4. ^ Thea Confidential. Live Design. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  5. ^ a b About the Thea Awards. Themed Entertainment Association. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  6. ^ Thea Committee. Themed Entertainment Association. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  7. ^ "Past Awards: Thea Awards 2016". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2015-09-10.
  8. ^ "Past Awards: Thea Awards 2015". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2015-09-10.
  9. ^ "Past Awards: Thea Awards 2014". Themed Entertainment Association. Retrieved 2015-09-24.
  10. ^ "Past Awards: Thea Awards 2013". Themed Entertainment Association. Retrieved 2015-09-24.
  11. ^ "Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Announces 18th Annual Thea Award Recipients" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-03.
  12. ^ "17th Annual Thea Award Recipients". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2014-05-25.
  13. ^ "16th Annual Thea Award Recipients". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2014-05-25.
  14. ^ "15th Annual Thea Award Recipients". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2014-02-17.
  15. ^ "14th Annual Thea Awards". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2014-05-25.
  16. ^ "13th Annual Thea Awards". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2014-05-25.

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