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Robert Niles

Universal Creative promotes Thierry Coup, creative director on Potter, Spider-Man

Published: January 27, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Lead the design crew for two of the greatest rides in theme park history, and you get a promotion. Makes sense to me.

Thierry CoupUniversal announced today that it has named Thierry Coup Senior Vice President of the Creative Studio at Universal Creative. The 10-year-veteran at Universal Creative most recently worked as Creative Director for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, winner of the 2010 Theme Park Insider Award as the best new attraction of the year.

Before Potter, Coup worked on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, the Islands of Adventure favorite that Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey displaced as the top-rated attraction by Theme Park Insider readers. Right now, Coup is heading the creative team for the new Transformers ride that's going into Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Hollywood.

"Thierry has a tremendous reputation of delivering unparalleled attractions and experiences for our guests," Universal Creative president Mark Woodbury said in a statement. "He is an industry leader and continues to bring strength to our team with his creativity and vision."

Couldn't agree more.

Replies (6)

Eric Malone

Published: January 27, 2011 at 11:14 AM

If anyone deserves a promotion and recognition, it's this guy.

Published: January 27, 2011 at 11:32 AM

I'm interested in what else other than Spider Man and Harry Potter type rides he does in the future. Would be nice to see him do something different, to see what other ideas he has, since those two seem a little similar to me. If he could put the passion and inovativtion he put into Harry Potter and Spider Man into some other type of rides (an indoor roller coaster.... or even a water ride?!), I'd be really interested in seeing the results.
Anthony Murphy

Published: January 27, 2011 at 1:18 PM

He would seem to be the man to have if I were Universal. His resume of attractions are impressive and they need a good head for their "Imgagineering" division.
James Rao

Published: January 27, 2011 at 5:52 PM

I would argue his promotion is way overdue. Should have received it after Spider-Man. But, better late than never!

Keep up the good work, Thierry!

(Now, if I just knew how to pronounce his name....)

Joshua Counsil

Published: January 27, 2011 at 6:49 PM

First time I've heard his name, but I'm sure it won't be the last. This gives me high hopes for Transformers.

Published: January 28, 2011 at 10:55 AM

I certainly agree!!! He's earned it!
From, "Thierry's Wife" as I've come to be known lately... and love it! Thanks everyone.

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