January 31, 2003
Jack Morton Worldwide Wins 2004 Olympic Ceremonies
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Liz Bigham
Jack Morton Worldwide, 212-401-7212
NEW YORK, January 7, 2003 — Jack Morton Worldwide has been appointed producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the next Olympic Games, to be held in Athens in 2004.
Jack Morton will support Dimitris Papaioannou, the concept creator and artistic director of the Games’ Ceremonies.
Dimitris Papaioannou said: “Jack Morton Worldwide has an impressive track record and I am looking forward to working with them. We are all very honored to deliver the Ceremonies celebrating a special occasion: the return of the Games to their birthplace.”
The appointment was announced by the ATHENS 2004 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (ATHOC) this week after a seven-month bid process, which involved agencies from within Greece and throughout Europe.
The European office of Jack Morton, based in London, led the bid with an international team most recently responsible for the successful production of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for both the Salt Lake Paralympic Games and the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in the spring and summer of last year.
Lois Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Regional Director, Europe & Asia-Pacific, said: “We are delighted by the appointment and excited about working with Dimitris Papaioannou, a leading artistic influence within Greece.”
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Jack Morton Worldwide creates experiences that help the world’s leading companies improve performance, increase sales and build brands, integrating live events, branded environments and interactive experiences that engage, educate and entertain employee, business and consumer audiences. The company has produced major events of global prominence including: The XVII Commonwealth Games Ceremonies in Manchester (2002); The Salt Lake 2002 Winter Paralympic Games Ceremonies (2002); and The Special Olympics World Summer Games Ceremonies (1999). Headquartered in New York, Jack Morton has a staff of over 600 employees in locations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The company is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (NYSE: IPG), and operates within IPG’s Interpublic Sports and Entertainment Group, comprised of best in class IPG companies from the world of sports and entertainment. For more information, visit Jack Morton online at www.jackmorton.com.
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