London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Director Danny Boyle Pays Tribute to Volunteers

(PRWEB) June 12, 2012

With 45 days to go to the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games preparations have picked up a pace, and today artistic director Danny Boyle has paid tribute to the 10,000 volunteers, cast and crew rehearsing night and day to make the Opening Ceremony a success.

[Images from the briefing will be available to download here from 10:30am]

There have already been 157 cast rehearsals for the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, with volunteer performers giving up their evenings and weekends to take part in 37 rehearsals at the new site in Barking & Dagenham where detailed preparations for both the Olympic Opening and Closing ceremonies are taking place.

3 Mills Studios remains the production base for the London 2012 Ceremonies Team where the prop store is currently looking to complete the production of 12,956 props and staff in the costume department are working hard to produce 23,000 costumes for all four ceremonies, including sewing 24,570 buttons onto the costumes for one of the opening sequences of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

In the Olympic Stadium the installation will begin shortly for ceremonies lighting which includes 1,100 automated lamps, 1,000 conventional lamps, 500 LED fixtures, and 32 follow spots. This will be accompanied by a million watt sounds system using more than 500 speakers and 50 tonnes of associated sound gear.

Work has now started to install the set for the opening scene of the Ceremony, which is called Green and Pleasant. On entry to the Olympic Stadium in East London the audience will see a scene that represents a traditional and idyllic view of the British countryside.

The whole of the field of play in the Stadium will be transformed into the rolling British countryside as the London 2012 Ceremonies Team creates one of the largest sets ever built. The set will be complete with meadows, fields and rivers, and featuring families taking picnics, sport being played on the village green and farmers tilling the soil whilst real farmyard animals graze including 12 horses, 3 cows, 2 goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, 9 geese, 70 sheep, and 3 sheep dogs. Each of the four nations will be represented by their national flower the rose of England, the thistle of Scotland, the daffodil of Wales and flax from Northern Ireland.

Danny Boyle, London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Artistic Director, said: The Ceremony is an attempt to capture a picture of ourselves as a nation, where we have come from and where we want to be. The best part of telling that story has been working with our 10,000 volunteers. Ive been astounded by the selfless dedication of the volunteers, they are the purest embodiment of the Olympic spirit and represent the best of who we are as a nation.

Seb Coe, LOCOG Chair, said: With only 45 days to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony one of the biggest sets ever built for a show is beginning to develop in the Olympic Stadium. With a worldwide TV audience of a billion people and a cast of over 10,000 talented volunteers, Im sure that Dannys ceremony will be a fantastic celebration that will welcome the 10,500 athletes from around the world and make our nation proud.

The BBC was today officially announced as the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies Featured Film Producer, with the news that it will make two short films for the Olympic Opening Ceremony. With the title Isles of Wonder, the first film will be at the very opening of the show. The other will appear later. Other than the films, working in partnership with LOCOG, the BBC will also be offering live camera feeds into the ceremony on the night.

Notes to editors:

London 2012 Ceremonies Stats & Facts

The Olympic Games Opening Ceremony:

The London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony is titled Isles of Wonder, inspired by Shakespeares play The Tempest
The worldwide broadcast of the Ceremony will commence at 21:00 on 27 July 2012, with the pre-show starting at 20:12.
The Ceremony is predicted to be viewed live by a worldwide TV audience of over a billion people.
The Ceremony will open with the ringing of the largest harmonically-tuned bell in the world, produced by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, measuring two metres tall by three metres wide and weighing 23 tonnes.
There is 15,000 square metres of staging equivalent to 12 Olympic-sized swimming pools
A flying system that can lift 25 tonnes the same as five elephants
12,956 props, over 100 times more than a West End musical
A million watt PA system using double the amount of speakers than on the main stage at Glastonbury
Services and products provided by 93 different supplier companies
10,000 adult volunteer performers
Volunteer Performers from the NHS for a special sequence that ceelbrates Britains National Health Service
900 children aged 7-9 years and 11-13 years chosen from schools in the six host boroughs engaged in the official London 2012 Get Set education programme

For all four Ceremonies there will be:

20,000 volunteer cast members, with UK-wide auditionees from 18-90 years old, including people who watched the London 1948 Games live
23,000 costumes and a total of 12 hours of music
A combined TV audience predicted to be over four billion people
2,000 staff, crew and suppliers

The Olympic Broadcast Service (OBS) produces the live global feed of TV coverage of all the Olympic Sport and Ceremonies at London 2012 whilst the BBC is the UKs domestic rights holding broadcaster.


For further information please contact the London 2012 Press Office.

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London 2012 Games partners:

The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonalds, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.

LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners – adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.

There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games-only Partner, Sainsburys and two domestic Tier Three Paralympic Games-only Suppliers, Otto Bock and Panasonic. The London 2012 Paralympic Games also acknowledges the support of the National Lottery.

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WorldHotels, the Americas Appoints News Director of Business Development for the Northeast Region of the U.S.

WorldHotels, the Americas Appoints News Director of Business Development for the Northeast Region of the U.S.

(PRWEB) October 16, 2005

WorldHotels, a leader in the global independent hotel sales, marketing and distribution industry, today announced that Parley Stock has been appointed director of business development for the Northeast region of the U.S. In his new role, Stock is responsible for seeking and securing new member hotels for the Comfort, First Class and Deluxe Collections of the WorldHotels, the Americas organization. Stock reports directly to Tom Griffiths, vice president of WorldHotels, the Americas.

“Parley will be successful in hotel development because of his extensive background in many other aspects of the hotels industry, including reservations and distribution services, customer service and training, operations and member services, sales and marketing and hotel-level revenue and production analysis,” said Griffiths. “We are impressed with Parley’s strong skills and experience, and expect great things from him in the future,” added Griffiths.

Stock has worked in the hotel industry for more than 14 years. Throughout his career, he has held several management-level positions with world-renowned companies, including Warwick International Hotels, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree Hotels and Anasazi/RezSolutions.

Most recently, Stock served as a strategic account manager for Pegasus Solutions, Inc., in which he was responsible for overseeing commercial relationships with Northeast regional supply accounts; increasing revenue performance and customers-renewal rates; and providing appropriate products and services to meet customers’ business needs.

Prior to his work at Pegasus, Stock was director of distribution at Warwick International Hotels. In this position, he educated member hotels on Internet/GDS distribution opportunities; conducted audits of hotels’ rate, availability and description information; managed marketing partner relationships; and oversaw the company’s global consortia contracting process.

About WorldHotels:

WorldHotels is one of the world’s leading hotel sales, marketing and distribution organizations. This progressive and steadily expanding corporation represents nearly 500 member properties in 70 countries spanning all continents. Unique in its approach, WORLDHOTELS meets the requirements of business travelers and vacationers alike by providing hotels in three distinct categories: “The Deluxe Collection,” hotels of refined elegance and luxurious comfort; “The First Class Collection,” hotels of casual elegance, superior class and high quality; and “The Comfort Collection,” hotels characterized by a casual ambiance, intimate atmosphere and moderate price.

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