JOHN LEISNER

Prior to the formation of WorldWide Projects, John accepted an executive position in April, 1996 with Sega GameWorks L. L. C., a joint venture company of DreamWorks SKG, Universal Entertainment, and Sega of Japan. GameWorks was formed on this date to develop an international group of game theme attractions. As Senior Vice President of Operations and Construction, John's task was to build an organization capable of this rapid roll-out of several different theme formats. John completed this task, and reduced his involvement to a consulting relationship. Designed, built, and opened during his tenure were five GameWorks and a dozen Sega City and Stage 35 operations.

Previously, as Executive Vice President, Universal Entertainment (formerly MCA), Planning and Development, John was responsible for the administration and project management of all development projects at Universal Studios theme parks in Hollywood, Florida and Japan.

Prior to this position, John served as Senior Vice President for the Universal Studios theme park division from 1988 until 1994. During this time, he successfully managed the major expansion of Universal Studios Hollywood, and personally supervised design and construction of the Porto Europa theme park built in Japan by Universal for Matsushita Investment & Development Company, one of the family of Matsushita companies that owned MCA (Universal) at the time.

From 1981 - 1988, John was a Corporate Financial Restructure Consultant, owning and managing a firm that, among other projects, was instrumental in the financial restructure of two 150-unit restaurant companies and two major bank corporations.

John supervised management of all twenty-nine 1984 Olympic venues, including the food and retail programs, when he spent 18 months as Director of Spectator Services for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.

From 1975 - 1981, John worked for the Universal Studios Tour and Amphitheatre, and under his guidance as Chief Operating Officer, expanded the theme park in the 1970's from 1.6 to 4.0 million in attendance. He also headed up MCA Concerts, Inc., which operated the Universal Amphitheatre and promoted stadium concerts and shows.

Prior to his association with MCA and Universal Studios, John had a ten year career in hotel and restaurant management, culminating in the position of Vice President, State and National Parks for ARA Services, Inc. (now ARAMARK). John subsequently served as the chief executive of the Fred Harvey National Park properties, which managed the visitor services at a number of western National Parks, including all the hotels, shops, restaurants, and transportation at Grand Canyon National Park.

John's business background is in addition to his Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University.

 

NEIL MILLER

Neil J. Miller has spent the last 22 years working within the ranks of the small and talented group of professionals engaged in the business of conceiving, creating and producing large scale entertainment attractions and special events.

Prior to joining WorldWide Projects, Neil, was associated with Harrah's Entertainment Corp as the National Vice President of Entertainment. Active in virtually every facet of the casino industry - Indian Gaming, Riverboats and land-based resorts, Harrah's operates in 15 states and Australia. Neil has been responsible for the formation of the companies strategic entertainment planning, as well as the oversight and management of all entertainment and special events, as well as the specification, installation and operational planning and design review for all entertainment related physical and technical facilities.

Prior to his involvement with Harrah's, Neil worked as Executive Producer of Encore Productions of Las Vegas to head their live production division headquarters. Under Neil's direction, Encore produced over $30 million annually in corporate, special events, casino and entertainment productions.

At Six Flags Theme Park, Neil was Creative Director of Entertainment. Here, Neil was responsible for the creative direction of over 8 theme parks nationwide. Specifically, Neil was responsible to creating, producing, over-seeing and maintaining the quality of over 40 stage productions, 140 headline concerts and a myriad of special and marketing events. In addition, to the live entertainment offerings, Neil was called upon in the area of attraction design and development and the conceptual planning associated with the development of new theme parks.

Prior to his association with Six Flags, Neil worked with Imero Fiorentino Associates ("IFM") as Senior Producer and Director of Production Services. Neil was responsible for the design and construction of the 1992 World's Fair in Seville Spain, Yellow Ribbon Music Theatre facility and show for Tony Orlando in Branson Missouri and for Dolly Parton's Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Before IFM, Neil spent over five and half years with Universal Studios Florida as their Director of Entertainment. Under Neil's direction, a department of over 500 brought the world's largest and most sophisticated movie-making theme park to life.

In addition to the above, Neil has worked for Radio City Music Hall, MGM Grand, 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Caesar's World, to name a few.

Neil's extensive creative background in the entertainment and theme park industries and his vast knowledge of project management and supervision are in addition to his Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Theatre from Hofstra University in New York.

 

TIM SEPIELLI

Tim’s career has focused on the building and start up operational side of theme parks, theatres and entertainment developments in the US, Canada, India and Japan. He demonstrates a clear understanding of what is required from a planning, build and operational stand point to make an entertainment development work. Tim has been responsible for the oversight of $500 million+ in the construction, rides and attractions for a single project.

Tim, as Executive Project Director, has most recently finished a major theme park in India, based on a Bollywood theme, with over 22 rides and attractions, waterpark, hotel and a retail, dining and entertainment complex. (RD&E)

Prior to India Tim served as the Senior Vice President of Project Management for Idletime Network in Orlando Florida. For Idletime, Tim over saw both construction and commissioning of projects for Live Nation’s House of Blues and RMS Titanic artifact museum experiences in Branson Missouri and New York City.

As a founding team member for The Chimaera Group Mr. Sepielli has been responsible for directing projects for: Harrah’s Atlantic City, Casino Windsor in Ontario Canada, Boyd Gaming at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City Indiana, IBM, Intel, BMW, and many other Fortune 100 companies.

 

Tim Sepielli has served as Vice President of Construction and Project Management with Sega GameWorks L.L.C., a joint venture between DreamWorks SKG, Universal and Sega of Japan since its formation. GameWorks is a limited liability company formed for the purpose of developing and operating interactive entertainment centers with themed attractions throughout the United States and internationally. At GameWorks, as Vice President of Project Management Tim has been responsible for the oversight of $200 million+ in the construction of GameWorks facilities worldwide. In this position, Tim has been responsible for the control of all schedules, estimates, budgets, vendors and the administration of all agreements. In addition, Tim has reviewed all electrical, mechanical, safety, and facility interface requirement for all proprietary rides and attractions implemented at GameWorks. Once these rides and attractions have been installed, it has been Tim’s responsibility to review the operational, training and maintenance manuals and assist in the training of appropriate facility personnel.

Prior to this position, Tim worked as the Director of Entertainment at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Tim oversaw the design; construction and installation of a variety of themed attractions, including a 127-foot animated mining rig under a 300-foot theatrical lit dome. Also while at the Silver Legacy, Tim directed all technical support for the hotel/casino as well as all theatrical special events and performances.

For an eight (8) year period, Tim served as Technical and Entertainment Director at Universal Studios theme parks in both Florida and California. During this time, Tim was instrumental in the construction and installation of major rides and attractions including, but not limited to: Back to the Future, Earthquake, Jaws and Jurassic Park. As Technical Director, Tim also provided daily supervision for the operation and maintenance of the ET, Backdraft and Ghostbusters attractions, to name a few. This included the complex task of maintaining the control systems for the audio, lighting, special effects and animatronics for these shows and attractions.

In addition, Tim was responsible for the construction and installation of a major water flume ride with a 85 ft drop, for a Universal project based in Japan. The “Seafari” motion base attraction and a Stunt show with show action and special effects equipment were also spearheaded by Tim.

Mr. Sepielli’s theatrical experience includes senior executive positions with Radio City Music Hall Productions, Caesars Atlantic City, MGM Grand Hotels and literally hundreds of productions for producers and presenters worldwide.

In addition to the above, Tim is a licensed pyrotechnician in Florida and Nevada and has designed and executed many fireworks and special effects displays in the United States and throughout the World.