Launch - Movers & Shakers - July 2018


Full-Project Consultancy Launches in Australia

Biscuit & Shaw Thing Consulting, a new full-project-cycle consultancy specializing in theme parks, attractions, tourism, and hospitality, recently launched in Australia. Mark Shaw, the former CEO of the Perth, Australia-based theme park Adventure World and former senior manager at Merlin Entertainments, is teaming up with creative, digital, and marketing duo Mark Newell and Paula Mantle, and with attractions designer Luke Fazio to lead the company that will focus on markets in Australia, Asia, and United Arab Emirates. The consultancy said its clients will be able to customize their own requirements and select from a range of services including master planning, new attraction development, immersive theming, and 2-D and 3-D visualizations.

Parc du Futuroscope Appoints New Chairman

The supervisory board of Parc du Futuroscope in Chasseneuil‑du‑Poitou, Vienne, France, appointed Rodolphe Bouin as the chairman of the board of the company that operates the park. Bouin previously held key positions in the park before becoming assistant general manager three years ago. He’s also been director of human resources and director of operations. Bouin said the expectations of visitors have changed in recent years, and there’s now an appetite for sensation and playfulness. The park has embarked on an investment plan of 67 million euros by 2022 that includes a new roller coaster and increases in the park’s capacity and attractiveness.

JR Automation Acquires Setpoint Companies

JR Automation, a custom automated equipment and robotics systems manufacturer headquartered in Holland, Michigan, acquired Setpoint Inc. and its sister company Setpoint Systems of Ogden, Utah. Setpoint Inc. develops custom rides and other attractions for amusement parks around the world, and Setpoint Systems is an automation engineering firm specializing in robotics, assembly equipment, testing, inspection, material handling, and induction heating automation. JR Automation said the acquisition will make Setpoint Inc. and Setpoint Systems even more effective by bringing together their history of excellence and innovation with JR Automation’s global footprint and capabilities.



Brandon James

Gold Medal Products, manufacturer and distributor of concession food equipment and supplies, announced Brandon James joined the company as general counsel. He will be responsible for all the legal affairs of the company as well as being actively involved in its day-to-day business dealings and operations. Well-versed in corporate law, he has more than 10 years of experience that most recently includes serving as counsel, Americas at GE Global Operations. He also served as corporate counsel at NewPage Corp.


Dynamic Motion Group Announces New Management Team

Dynamic Motion Group (DMG) announced Michael Prager has taken over the corporate and commercial lead of the company as CEO. Prager is co-founder of DMG and has broad experience in business development and international business. The company also announced Simon James, who has served as director of the Dynamic Motion Development and Production company in the United Kingdom since 2010, will act in the future as chief technology officer of the entire Dynamic Motion Group of companies. DMG also recognized the retirement of Dynamic Motion Rides co-founder David Vatcher. An engineer by education, Vatcher’s strength, according to DMG, rests in the development of new and innovative solutions based on both new and proven technologies. The company credits Vatcher for successfully implementing linear-synchronous-motor launch systems in roller coasters, creating a new standard in the attractions industry.