2017 EAS

TEA Present: “The Art of Storytelling and Creation, with New and Existing IP”

Date    Wednesday, 21 September 2016                               
Time    14:00 - 18:00                                                          
Location    Fira Barcelona Gran Via Convention Centre 
   Room CC 5.3

Working with I’s and P’s

Session Description

Explore the entire scope of Intellectual Property (IP) practices and case-studies with experts and operators. Get to know the importance of IP numbers to know your market, increase guest satisfaction, revenues and more. Learn everything you wanted to know about adding, creating or owning an IP.


Participants include international ride manufacturer, Vekoma Rides Manufacturing, Disneyland Paris and Bobbejaanland.   


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Paul Kent is the moderator for this session.



paul kent
Paul Kent, Senior Consultant Electrosonic, UK

Paul is a senior consultant at Electrosonic, where he consults on Entertainment business; museum, theme park, visitor center and resort destinations. Paul has an education in technical theatre, and prior to joining Electrosonic, he worked on live event production, attraction design and operation companies. Paul originally joined Electrosonic in 1996 as a project engineer. In the following years he moved to Orlando and the Middle East as a Project Consultant. Following a brief hiatus away from Electrosonic, Paul re-joined the company in 2012. He has an extensive experience in master planning, entertainment technology, construction management and operations, which he brings to all of the projects he is involved in.Paul is the President of TEA for Europe and Middle East division (EME)

margreet papami
Margreet Papamichael , Director Economics, AECOM, UK
Margreet has over 20 years of consulting experience in theme parks, waterparks, visitor attractions, Family Entertainment Centres, both urban and resort hotel developments, leisure real estate developments, mixed use resort developments, conference venues, operational reviews, and tourism development strategies. Margreet has undertaken numerous consultancy assignments in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, for private sector companies and public setor bodies. Many of her assignments required close cooperation with the various large operating companies, private equity funds, and major banks.  Some of her clients have been RBS, Whitbread, Parques Reunidos, Intu, Istithmar World, the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, University of Kent, the Strategic Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, MAF Retail, Solidere International, Cottrell Park, Precis Holdings, NBGI, Dolce Hotels, Happold Consulting.

Danielle Tanton, Global Live Events & Attractions Manager, DHX Brands, UK
Danielle has worked within the Licensing industry for five years, solely within the children’s entertainment sector, managing various licensed live shows, experiential events, and theme park attractions Worldwide. Having previously worked for Mattel, Fisher Price, and HIT Entertainment, project leading the expansion of Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Theme Park which opened in 2015, and Mattel Play! Liverpool operated by Heritage Gb. which opened in Spring 2016, Danielle has a wealth of experience. Since the start of 2016, Danielle has been responsible for singlehandedly developing a new attractions and live entertainment programme at DHX Brands for iconic children’s brands including Teletubbies, In the Night Garden, and new preschool property Twirlywoos.

Jakob Wahl, Director of Communications EuropaPark, Germany
(member of the Iaapa Emea Education sub-committee)

Jakob Wahl is Director of Communications at Europa-Park, Germany, the world’s largest seasonal theme park. He also works closely with the Mack family, owner of Mack Rides and creator of the park, a family-owned business. Jakob is involved in the daily operations of the park but also in the current development of the Europa-Park resort. Beforehand, he was Programme Manager for IAAPA Europe working in the Brussels office.
Johan Granholm, Director of Themed Attractions Division, Lappset Group, Finland

Johan Granholm was appointed as Sales Marketing Director at Lappset in the beginning of 2010. In 2014 Lappset Group established a new division called Lappset Creative, which is specializing in the Themed Attractions business. Johan is leading this division since. Before joining Lappset, Johan had a long and extensive career as director of sales and marketing with Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., in which he lead the European, Middle-East and African business operations based in Switzerland. Johan has an MBA and is also the Honorary Consul for Denmark in the area of Northern Finland. 

Rosalind Johnson
Rosalind Johnson, UK, Guardian of Wishes – Turning whispered wishes into reality

Rosalind is co-founder of a Different View and of Timbalaya and has been instrumental in creating the compelling vision and brand. She has over 20 years experience of developing visitor attractions and their brands helping and inspiring others to make their dreams come true. Working around the world but mainly in Europe and the USA, she has worked with the likes of The Tower of London, The National Trust, Arts Council England in the UK ; Shedd Aquarium Chicago and the American Museum of Natural History in the USA. A natural strategist, Rosalind helps inspire big ideas to create ambitious projects in themed entertainment, cultural organisations and those safeguarding the natural environment.

Nick Farmer
Nick Farmer, UK, Guardian of the Stargazers – Conjuring wisdom and wonder

Every great visitor attraction needs a creative sorcerer to sprinkle the magic dust that transforms those brilliant ideas on-paper into spell-binding experiences in-park. Step forward, Nick Farmer, co-founder of Timbalaya. Former President of Themed Entertainment Association, Nick has more than 25 years of taking projects from concept to commissioning – across Europe, Scandinavia and south-east Asia.  Gröna Lund and Liseberg in Sweden, Linnanmäki in Finland, Hunderfossen in Norway and Park Astérix in France just about sum up the diversity of Nick’s clients – and the fact his work stands the test of time. Yes, expect something very special in the design of Timbalaya!

James Kennard
James Kennard, Associate at Leisure Development Partners, UK

James joined LDP in 2012 from Knight Frank and brings a wealth of experience across the leisure and entertainment sectors, as well as strong experience across the commercial and residential property sectors. While working for ERA,WS Atkins and LDP James has developed numerous cultural & heritage projects, worked on World Cup stadia, specialty attractions and family entertainment centers; he has completed a number of mixed-used development assignments, from conducted Economic Impact Assessments and residential-focused research consultancy to feasibility studies. James holds an Honours degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social and Market Research. His career made him travel from Europe to UAE, Africa and Asia.

Natalia Bakhlina
Natalia Bakhlina, Senior Associate at Leisure Development Partners, UK

With ten years of consulting experience, Natalia Bakhlina brings an incredible depth of real estate economics knowledge with her. Natalia’s project experience emphasises entertainment, as well as complex mixed-used developments. Natalia began her career as an analyst at Knight Frank in Moscow, where she led the office real estate market analytics. She moved to the UK in 2006 and joined ERA (acquired by AECOM in late-2007), where she completed a wide range of leisure and attraction assignments including feasibility studies, reviews of operational performance, and economic impact analyses for theme parks, water parks, cable cars, viewing towers and platforms, entertainment destinations, zoos, family entertainment centres, and large expos. Natalia holds an Economics Degree and a Degree of Russian-English Interpreter in Professional Communications.