RWS Entertainment Group to Produce All Mainstage Live Entertainment for IAAPA Expo November 14-18, 2022 - RWS Entertainment Group

RWS Creates World-Class Entertainment for Show as it Celebrates Year of Record Growth, Including Two International Acquisitions

New York, NY, USAOctober 4, 2022 – For the second year in a row, RWS Entertainment Group (RWS) has been selected by IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, to provide full creative and production services for the organization’s annual international conference and trade show in Orlando, FL November 14-18. Services provided by RWS will range from scripting and staging to music, media, lighting design and installation. The four-day premier event includes educational programming, receptions, keynote presentations, the award reception and numerous special events.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with IAAPA yet again to produce the global attractions industry’s premier event,” said RWS Founder and CEO Ryan Stana. “From serving on committees to sharing best practices to developing engaging education sessions, RWS Entertainment Group has enjoyed its ongoing partnership with IAAPA and its members. We look forward to again providing world-class production services for this year’s Expo as we celebrate an unprecedented year of growth, in which we acquired Cincinnati-based JRA and UK-based The Entertainment Department (“ted”). The combined expertise of RWS, ted and JRA expands our capabilities to captivate audiences at events such as IAAPA Expo and broaden our reach to markets across the globe.”

RWS will provide stage design and construction, media, graphic and video elements, scripting, music, entertainment, technical, lighting and AV services for all of the events in the IAAPA Theater, including the Lunch and Learn, Opening Ceremony, Welcoming Reception, Leadership Breakfast and Brass Ring Awards.

“We are delighted to bring RWS Entertainment Group back to produce our IAAPA Theater programming,” said Michael Shelton, Vice President and Executive Director, IAAPA North America. “As the attractions industry continues to rebound and rebuild, we are ready to bring industry professionals together to share best practices, gain new perspectives and generate eye-opening ideas that will move our industry forward.”

As part of its Platinum Sponsorship of IAAPA Expo, RWS Entertainment Group will host the Sponsor Spotlight session “RWS Entertainment Group: One Company. Endless Possibilities.” on Wednesday November 16th from 12:35pm-12:55pm on the EDUTalk Stage. In this dynamic, fast-paced session, RWS is excited to introduce IAAPA Expo attendees to its newest subsidiary, ted, which expands its portfolio of services to include AV, fitness and wellbeing, media production, custom merchandise and more. The RWS team will highlight how the acquisitions of JRA and now ted create a complete client trajectory – from planning and design to production and operations – yielding endless possibilities for inspiration, innovation and success.  Attendees will also get an exclusive sneak peek at RWS, ted, JRA and Binder Casting’s 2023 anniversary celebrations.

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About The Experience Department (ted)

Founded in 2000, The Experience Department (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: guest acts, production, technical, fitness & wellbeing, merchandise and music & media. The ted team’s capabilities extend from creative character development and custom-made merchandise to original music scores and set fabrication.

Offering a wealth of design and production expertise; a global talent pool of more than 8,000 world-class creators, artists, musicians, trainers and technicians; and the entertainment industries’ most modern studios, ted ensures that for every project and 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 delighted such clients as Bourne Leisure, TUI Group, Marella Cruises, Roompot, David Lloyd Clubs, Away Resorts and Hoburne.

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About RWS Entertainment Group

RWS Entertainment Group is a global, Emmy Award-winning experience company with headquarters in New York, London and Cincinnati. Together with its subsidiaries, RWS designs, fabricates, installs and operates custom entertainment, live events, exhibits, destinations, décor and branded attractions. On land, at sea, and everywhere in between, RWS produces over 500 live experiences and employs over 8,000 performers and technicians annually.

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 Binder Casting serving the stage, film and commercial markets; RWS Décor Products and RWS Leased Experiences.

In 2021, RWS acquired JRA, an award-winning creative studio providing master planning, writing and content development, attraction/exhibit planning and design, graphic design, executive media production, art direction and project management. In 2022, RWS acquired ted, Europe’s largest leisure entertainment experience company. Specializing in theatre, cruise, travel, resort and retail, ted leverages a vast knowledge of multiple industries across six internal departments: guest acts, production, technical, merchandise, fitness & wellbeing and music & media.

RWS Entertainment Group and its subsidiaries have supplied groundbreaking productions for an impressive roster of clients that includes Warner Bros., Lionsgate, The Coca-Cola Company, Apple, Disney, O, the Oprah Magazine, Vera Wang, Azamara, MSC Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Hard Rock Resorts, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Europa-Park Resort, Paultons Park, Marella Cruises, TUI Group, Roompot, Bourne Leisure, Six Flags, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, Science Centre Singapore, Space Center Houston, Original X Productions, Crayola, Hershey’s and many more.

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