The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) has announced the team that will oversee the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2012 Games. The team will be made up of Stephen Daldry, Oscar-winning film and theatre director, as Executive Producer, Creative; Mark Fisher, concert, theatre and Beijing 2008 Games production designer as Executive Producer, Design; Hamish Hamilton, Grammy and BAFTA award nominated TV director, as Executive Producer, Broadcast; and Catherine Ugwu, Producer for the 15th Asian Games in Doha in 2006 and the XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002, as Executive Producer, Production. Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning British filmmaker and producer, was also announced as the Artistic Director for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. Artistic directors for the Olympic Closing and Paralympic Ceremonies will be announced later this year.
The new Artistic Director for the Opening Ceremonies and director of films such as Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle, said following the announcement, “I’m honoured to have been invited to be the Artistic Director for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. It’s a completely unique opportunity to contribute to what I’m sure are going to be a fantastic Games. I’m really excited to be involved.” LOCOG Chairman Sebastian Coe underlined the quality of the Ceremonies team that LOCOG had selected, “These Games are bringing together world-class British talent. Each one of these individuals would hold their own on the worldwide stage and they are joining names like children’s author Michael Morpurgo who has created the story behind our highly successful mascots. We are delighted with the team we have brought together to deliver our ceremonies in 2012.”
The production centre for the creative team will be 3 Mills Studios, which lies in the shadow of the new Olympic Stadium. The centre, which is being taken over by the Olympic Park Legacy Company, will be a key site for the London 2012 team, with staff moving in later this year, in order to focus on the ceremonies, as well as the production of the victory ceremonies and torch relays. In order to help with the production of the ceremonies, LOCOG is creating a stand-alone company called London 2012 Ceremonies Ltd. This is being done in collaboration with a consortium of mega event professionals, who will work alongside the LOCOG-appointed Executive Producers and Artistic Directors to create four innovative and visionary world-class ceremonies.
London was elected as the Host City for the Games of the XXX Olympiad on 6 July 2005 at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore. London eventually succeeded in the fourth round of voting taking 54 votes from a possible 104. London faced stiff opposition during the vote from the other four candidate cities: Paris, New York, Moscow and Madrid. There will be 26 sports on the Olympic programme in London in 2012 and around 10,500 athletes.