Walt Disney Imagineering's Bran Ferren to Keynote SIGGRAPH 97

For Immediate Release
24 June 1997

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Bran Ferren, executive vice president for Creative Technology and Research & Development for Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), presents the keynote address Wednesday, 6 August at SIGGRAPH 97 in Los Angeles. SIGGRAPH 97 will be held 3-8 August at the Los Angeles Convention Center, when over 40,000 computer graphics enthusiasts are expected to experience the latest in interactive technology and techniques. A comprehensive technical program, three-day exhibition, and special activities focusing on art, animation, and interactivity are planned.

Ferren is a nationally recognized, award-winning designer/technologist working in theater, film, special effects, product design, architecture, and the sciences. In 1993, he joined WDI in the new position of senior vice president, creative technology and was promoted to his current position in 1995.

Walt Disney Imagineering is the theme park master planning, research and development, and project management subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Ferren's responsibilities include a broad range of assignments including overseeing all R&D activities on both coasts. The R&D mission extends beyond Imagineering to include development of technologies that could have strategic value throughout The Walt Disney Company.

Ferren heads up the Creative Technology Group at WDI, a resource for new technology and creative input for the entire company. In addition to running this group, Ferren has been involved in many new theme park projects, including at Walt Disney World: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, The extra TERRORestrial Alien Encounter, Honey I Shrunk the Audience, Innovension, the upcoming new General Motors attraction at EPCOT, and at Disneyland: the Indiana Jones Adventure.

Born in New York City, Ferren attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining WDI, he was consultant to Disney while heading up his own firm, Associates & Ferren, founded in 1978. The company specialized in research and development, creative design, engineering, and execution of projects and systems for the visual and performing arts, as well as for industry and the sciences. He holds memberships in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.