RWS Entertainment Group, ted and JRA Expand Reach into Zoo, Aquarium and Science Center Markets with addition of Robby Gilbert - RWS Entertainment Group

Appointment of Gilbert coincides with launch of RWS’ all-new branded leased experiences and as JRA enjoys a year of record growth

New York, NY – August 9, 2022 – RWS Entertainment Group, the world’s exclusive full-service provider of award-winning guest experiences and attractions, has tapped zoo and museum industry veteran Robby Gilbert as its new Global Director, Business Development. Gilbert joins the team as RWS and its subsidiary JRA expand their planning, design, implementation and operations capabilities for zoos, aquariums, science centers and botanical gardens worldwide, and as RWS offers custom leased experiences and merchandise featuring iconic brands, including all-new Hershey’s and Guinness World Records™ attractions.

RWS is the only leased experience provider offering not only top brands but also fabrication, installation, operations and retail merchandise capabilities. These immersive designs encourage play, guest engagement and fun, and are designed to be scalable and flexible in nature to fit any property and space, encouraging foot traffic and demonstrating high return on investment. Current brands include Peanuts™, Play-Doh, BRICKLIVE™, Bugs…BIG Bugs! and Dinosaur Expedition. Experiences based on Hershey’s and Guinness World Records™ will be available starting this fall. In his new role, Gilbert will drive the development, production and delivery of these premium leased experiences as well as their associated branded retail products, which will be produced by RWS Entertainment Group’s London subsidiary, The Experience Department (ted).

In 2021, RWS acquired Cincinnati-based JRA, a world leader in creating cultural attractions, including zoos and aquariums such as Fort Worth Zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Cincinnati Zoo and Texas State Aquarium, and science museums including Science Centre Singapore, The Mind Museum, Space Center Houston, Ithra and MOST Science Center. The studio has also partnered on attractions with such high-profile brands as Hasbro, Warner Bros., LEGO, NBCUniversal and Lionsgate. Gilbert looks forward to leveraging JRA’s considerable expertise and experience to a broader zoo, aquarium, museum and garden audience.

Gilbert specializes in the development, management and operations of entertainment and educational attractions based on scientific and mission-oriented goals. Prior to RWS Entertainment Group, Gilbert served as Chief Executive Officer of HRG Concepts, which collaborated on the concept design, fabrication and installation of exhibit elements for Phoenix Zoo, the San Antonio Zoo, the Nashville Zoo, the Baton Rouge Zoo and multiple traveling exhibits. Other experience includes the development of over two dozen STEM/STEAM-based leased experiences around the world and supervising the production of a variety of full-scale animatronic figures.

“Robby has spent the last 14 years building amazing partnerships with zoos, aquariums, science museums and botanical gardens around the world,” said Kevin Kreczko, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Business Development at RWS Entertainment Group. “As our new Global Director, Business Development, he’ll help to deliver immersive leased experiences, dynamic science exhibits and engaging cultural attractions to our clients. With the addition of Robby to the team, and with the expansion of our leased experiences offerings to top brands like Hershey’s and Guinness World Records™, we can raise the experience of visitors to new heights across more markets than ever before.”

Robby Gilbert will be available for meetings at the upcoming Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Annual Conference, which takes place August 27 – September 1, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference, which takes place September 12-15, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To schedule an appointment, email Gilbert at rgilbert@experiencerws.com.

With offices in New York, London and Cincinnati, RWS continues to expand with full-time, seasonal and contract positions: https://rws.applytojob.com/.

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About ted – Part of RWS Entertainment Group


Founded in 2000, ted is part of RWS Entertainment Group, the world’s largest leisure and attraction experience provider. Specialising in theatre, cruise, travel, resort, and retail, ted leverages a vast knowledge of multiple industries across six internal departments: talent, production, audio visual, studio, retail and fitness. The ted team’s capabilities extend from creative character development and custom-made merchandise to original music scores and set fabrication.

A deep understanding of design and production; more than 6,500 world-class creators, artists, musicians, trainers and technicians; and the entertainment industries’ most modern studios ensure that for every project, for every client, everything is tailor made.

With a global client base, operations in 50 countries and offices in 4 countries, there is a ted team member delivering spectacular experiences at a resort, on a cruise ship, as part of a technical trade event, in a branded-themed retail shop or at a sunrise yoga class in every corner of the world. By delivering a 360-degree experience design, ted has served clients such as TUI Group, Marella Cruises, Roompot, Bourne Leisure, David Lloyd Clubs, Away Resorts and Hoburne.

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About RWS Entertainment Group


RWS Entertainment Group is a global, Emmy Award-winning entertainment company with headquarters in New York, London and Cincinnati. Together with its subsidiaries, RWS designs, fabricates, installs and operates custom entertainment, live events and branded experiences delivering over 500 live productions and providing more than 6,500 career opportunities each year. As the world’s largest, full-service provider of visitor attractions and experiences RWS also delivers fitness programming, audio visual services, retail and studio production services. With projects on six of the world’s seven continents and all the oceans in between, RWS provides services for theme parks, attractions, cruise ships, zoos, aquariums, museums, theater venues, casinos, hotels and resorts, botanical gardens, visitor centers, port of call destinations, retail and real estate, municipalities, airports, corporate and branded experiences.

Founded in 2003, RWS operates the largest live production facility in New York City which includes 56,000 square feet of office space, a rehearsal studio complex and performer housing. RWS properties include a Theatrical and Ticketed Experiences division; Binder Casting serving the stage, film and commercial markets; the innovative RWS Fun Crew™: Staffing Reimagined; RWS Décor Products and RWS Leased Experiences.

RWS has supplied ground-breaking productions and custom brand experiences for an impressive roster of clients that includes Warner Bros., Apple, Disney, NBCUniversal, Hasbro, O, the Oprah Magazine, Vera Wang, Holland America Line, Disney Cruise Lines, Azamara, MSC Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Hard Rock Resorts, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, The Galleria Al Maryah Island, Europa-Park Resort, Paultons Park, Six Flags, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, The Denver Zoo and many more. 

In 2021, RWS acquired JRA, an award-winning creative studio with headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. JRA plans, designs and delivers exceptional visitor experiences for theme parks, museums, brand experiences, children’s experiences, attractions, theater venues, visitor centers, cruise ships and port of call destinations. Services include master planning, writing and content development, attraction/exhibit planning and design, graphic design, executive media production, art direction and project management.

For more than thirty years, a diverse group of clients has trusted JRA to turn their dreams into successful realities. Clients include Warner Bros., Lionsgate, The Coca-Cola Company, Universal Studios Florida, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, National Comedy Center, Science Centre Singapore, Space Center Houston, The FRIENDS™ Experience by Superfly X, Toyota and more.

In 2022, RWS acquired ted, Europe’s largest leisure entertainment experience company. Specialising in theatre, cruise, travel, resort, and retail, ted leverages a vast knowledge of multiple industries across six internal departments: talent, production, audio visual, studio, retail and fitness. The ted team’s capabilities extend from creative character development and custom-made merchandise to original music scores and set fabrication. 

A deep understanding of design and production; world-class creators, artists, musicians, trainers and technicians; and the entertainment industries’ most modern studios ensure that for every project, for every client, everything is tailor made. 

With a global client base and operations in 50 countries and offices in 4 countries, there is a ted team member delivering spectacular experiences at a resort, on a cruise ship, as part of a technical trade event, in a branded-themed retail shop or at a sunrise yoga class in every corner of the world. By delivering a 360-degree experience design, ted has served clients such as TUI Group, Marella Cruises, Roompot, Bourne Leisure, David Lloyd Clubs, Away Resorts and Hoburne.

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