by Morgan Lee And Thomas Peipert, The Associated Press Posted Jan 4, 2018 10:09 am PDT Last Updated Jan 4, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email $30M Denver kaleidoscopic exhibit planned by arts-tech firm SANTA FE, N.M. – Creators of a popular immersive art entertainment project in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Thursday announced a push into a major metropolitan market with plans for an interactive exhibit and music venue in downtown Denver.The for-profit arts company Meow Wolf said it will launch the new business venture to build a kaleidoscopic walk- and crawl-through exhibit for all ages, under a 20-year lease in partnership with Denver-based commercial real estate developer Revesco Properties, which operates a nearby urban amusement park.A new five-story building, spanning an area larger than a football field, is scheduled for completion in an industrial neighbourhood by early 2020, offering the offbeat public attraction near stadiums for Denver’s major league sports teams, the Children’s Museum of Denver and the city’s Downtown Aquarium.The Denver venture will provide a major financial and creative test for Meow Wolf and its growing staff of about 200 artists, technicians and project developers. CEO Vince Kadlubek describes them as the “corporate version of an art collective.”He estimated overall investment will reach $30 million or more and compared it to the budget of a major motion picture.Meow Wolf plans to seek additional investors later this year in an offering that could involve equity in the company or debt obligations or both.The company last year raised nearly $1 million by selling off-exchange shares to employees and small-scale internet investors to fuel its expansion and equip a manufacturing and video production facility in Santa Fe.In Santa Fe, the company invented a new brand of family entertainment that combines eye-popping psychedelic design work that lends itself to shared images on social media with narrative storytelling.Ben Davis, a national art critic for artnet News, said Meow Wolf has succeeded in creating a new model for big, fun visual entertainment that borrows from science fantasy and thriller films and rewards visitors as they explore labyrinthine exhibits.Scaling up high-tech exhibits for larger audiences will likely put the business in competition with museums and theme parks that have major financial resources, he said.Artistic details of the Denver exhibit remained largely a mystery because the company did not disclose specifics. The attraction will be three times larger than the Santa Fe project.___Peipert reported from Denver.
NBC Sports launching series of Premier League fan events by Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press Posted Aug 28, 2018 6:52 am PDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – NBC Sports and the Premier League are launching a series of live fan events around the United States beginning in late September in the nation’s capital.The network will debut “Premier League Mornings Live” on Sept. 29 in Washington as a follow-up to its initial event in New York last November. The series is expected to be announced later Tuesday.Washington became the natural choice for the first outing because it’s tied with Richmond, Virginia, for second in Premier League ratings on NBC Sports, behind only Baltimore. It’s unclear how many other stops the show will make this season or where they will be.NBC Sports chief marketing officer Jenny Storms called it an opportunity “to grow the touch points in the United States for Premier League fans as they don’t traditionally get it.”“This is an evolution,” Storms said. ‘This is now partnering with the Premier League given how strongly they feel about the U.S. market and given how important the U.S. market is to them as an organization.”___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports