Previous Conference Programs (2020)

Special Sessions [English / Japanese]

≪ Live Concerts & Staging Production ≫

【Date】February. 5 (Wed) 16:00~16:45

Artist / Music Producer

Norihisa Hiranuma
Director / Writer / Producer

Synergistic Effect Created by 360 Entertainment Business

< Abstract >
VERBAL from m-flo, also a director and producer of international affairs at LDH, and director / writer / producer Norihisa Hiranuma talk about the unique entertainment contents which incorporates Japanese culture that LDH has been sending out to the world.

≪ Amusement Industry Worldwide ≫

【Date】February. 5 (Wed) 14:00~14:45

Dennis Speigel
President & Founder
International Theme Park Services, Inc. (ITPS)
Past Chairman
International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA)

Global Trends in the Theme Park and Amusement Industry

< Abstract >
The theme park and amusement industry has greatly evolved in the last several years.  These changes have impacted our culture, the way we socialize and communicate, and the way that families plan vacations.  Following a brief historical review of the fascinating evolution of theme parks, this speech will further explain how themes and brands have had the most impact, and how the theme park and leisure industry has created a substantial economic impact across the globe.

< Profile >
Internationally recognized as a leader and expert in the amusement industry with over 50 years of experience, Dennis Speigel founded International Theme Park Services, Inc. (ITPS) in 1983.   His vast experience in analyzing, developing, planning, designing, opening, and managing theme parks and attractions has made Dennis a sought-after speaker, consultant, teacher, and advisor.  He is past Chairman of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).  During his tenure, Dennis led the charge to bring Japan into the IAAPA.  He has been awarded not only IAAPA’s Meritorious Service Award, but also its Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrious service to the global industry.  ITPS has worked on over 500 projects in 50 countries.

≪ International Theme Parks ≫

【Date】February. 7 (Fri) 12:00~12:45

Paul Rivet
Entertainment & Costuming,
Walt Disney Attractions Japan/
Disney Parks Live Entertainment

Disney Entertainment Show Engagement

< Abstract >
Theme-park visitors want to see and experience live entertainment in a way that transcends visual imagery and spectacular effects. Today’s activations compete with multiple media content platforms and delivery devices and must continue to differentiate to truly engage audiences emotionally.

< Profile >
Entertainment industry professional with over 25-years experience in a variety of entertainment-related roles including creative show development, theme park operations, live show production, event design, production management, and department management. Project scope ranges from seasonal event planning, live theater performances, purpose-built venue development to parades and spectaculars, stage shows and character activations. Your Entertainment memories should be the lasting souvenir you take away from your theme-park experience.

≪ Digital Promotion ≫

【Date】February. 5 (Wed) 12:00~12:45

Cesare Polenghi
Managing Director
(also Founder and CEO)

An Assessment of European Football Clubs Activities in Japan

< Abstract >
The speech will detail how European football clubs present themselves to the Japanese fans and potential partners and sponsors. The discussion will touch on topics such as friendly matches and tours, fans events and focus on the use of social media in Japanese.

< Profile >
Born in Milan, Italy, Cesare Polenghi lives and works in Japan since 1994. He has been the managing editor of three major football websites in Tokyo, including the Japanese edition of He has also appeared in over 300 football-themed TV programs. Since 2016, he focuses on the promotion of European Football Clubs in Japan, mostly creating digital platforms and events for fans through his company, Ganassa.

* Honorifics omitted. / Programs & speakers are subject to change.
* Recording and photography are strictly prohibited.