Ted King Tapped For MSG Sphere Studios, Will Oversee Content At New Venues
– Ted King
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. today announced that 35-year entertainment industry veteran Ted King will join the Company as President of creative content and studio productions, effective June 22, where he will lead MSG Sphere Studios.
MSG Sphere Studios is a bi-coastal creative studio focused on developing compelling content for MSG Sphere – the world’s first large-scale venue to combine cutting-edge technology with multi-sensory storytelling to deliver fully immersive experiences.
King will oversee the creation of a full slate of content for MSG Sphere, as well as other commercial clients, as well as design immersive experiences for MSG Sphere, including using its fully programmable LED exterior, as well as its main atrium.
The first MSG Sphere is being built in Las Vegas. MSG Entertainment has also announced plans to build its first international venue in London, pending necessary approvals. King will report to MSG Entertainment’s Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, James Dolan.
Dolan said in a statement: “With MSG Sphere, we’re using cutting-edge technology to transform the entertainment venue and construct an entirely new platform. As an experiential storyteller, Ted understands how to build powerful environments, making him ideally suited to help us unlock MSG Sphere’s potential and create experiences that truly transport audiences. Ted has spent the last year as a consultant on this project, and we are thrilled to make him an official part of our MSG Entertainment family.”
King adds, “This is a tremendous opportunity to be part of an exciting vision for the future of entertainment – fully immersive experiences on a grand scale. I am excited to be joining the team and look forward to building on the rich legacy of the Company.”
King’s experience includes ground-breaking projects like the Warner Bros. World Theme Park in Abu Dhabi, where he recently supervised the development, production and installation of all music and soundtrack content for the billion-dollar park, as well as creative development and production of attractions such as “The Starquest Adventure” for Samsung; “King Kong;” “The Ghostbusters Show;” “The Funtastick World of Hanna Barbera” for Universal Studios, Florida; “Jurassic Park, The Ride” for Universal Studios Hollywood; and “Caesar’s Magical Empire,” at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
MSG Entertainment is also opening a new, 48,500 square-foot space in the legendary Burbank Studios that will be used by MSG Sphere Studios, MSG Ventures and other MSG Entertainment employees. It will feature a 10,500 square-foot soundstage that was originally home to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, which is currently being transformed into a state-of-the-art, full-service studio that includes production, editing, camera testing, and recording space.
The Burbank, Ca., location also allows MSG Entertainment to take advantage of the depth of skills, talent and technology available on the West Coast.