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Motion Picture Academy elects theme park designer Bob Rogers to its Board of Governors

Published: July 18, 2014 at 5:20 PM

The people who bring you the Oscars each year, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, today elected theme park industry veteran Bob Rogers to its Board of Governors.

Bob Rogers and Rick Harper
Bob Rogers, left, with director Rick Harper in front of the storyboard for "Impressions de France" at Walt Disney Imagineering in 1980. Photo courtesy Marty Sklar, via Bob Rogers

Bob should be familiar to long-time Theme Park Insider readers, as he and then his firm, BRC Imagination Arts, have created some of the nation's most enduring themed entertainment attractions, from the Impressions de France film at Epcot to the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. We interviewed Bob a few years ago, and last year attended Marty Sklar's annual Ryman Arts fundraiser as his guest.

Bob replaces Disney's John Lasseter as one of three governors of the Academy's Short Films and Feature Animation branch, one of the 17 branches of the Academy. So congratulations to Bob, one of the most unflappable people in the theme park business.

Replies (3)

Anthony Murphy

Published: July 19, 2014 at 8:47 AM

I wonder why they would replace Lasseter? Conflict of interest?

Congrats to Bob Rogers, I will say Impressions did grow on me.

Robert Niles

Published: July 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM

I think his term was up, actually.
Wok Creative

Published: July 20, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Good to hear. Great guy and company (BRC).

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