KAEL ELLIOTT CREATIVE PRODUCER LEAD - NORTH AMERICA MERLIN MAGIC MAKING
Today, we’re stoked to be sitting down with Kael Elliott from Merlin Magic Making, the creative arm to Merlin Entertainment, known for amazing attractions and experiences such as Madame Tussauds, Legoland, and Sealife Aquariums.
Where inspiration meets aspiration, we’re chatting with creatives, designers, musicians, and creators of culture and experience to find out why and how they do what they do.
It drives humanity forward and creates the fabrics that bind us. Everyday life is predicated on culture, and our curiosity and dedication for growing culture is broken down and explored with every conversation we have.
Experience makers and curators are driven by a force not shared by many. We look to these rogue creatives in a constant pursuit of creating awesome and leaving a WOW factor with clients, friends, colleagues, and the random person we just met at the brewery.
ABOUT OUR HOSTS:
FOUNDER / CEO - OPENEYE GLOBAL
Bryan is the CEO of OpenEye Global, a firm that creates meaningful digital experiences, which he established in 2002. OpenEye quickly emerged as an industry trailblazer at a time when the use of interactive visual media had not yet been accepted as mainstream. Bryan saw the potential to blend his passion in design and fascination with technology to establish a creative agency that pushed the boundaries of experiential design.
With over 17 years of experience, Bryan has been recognized as a global industry leader in experiential design. Bryan maintains an active involvement as both President of the SEGD Board of Directors, and member of the Digital Signage Expo Advisory Board, helping to further educated the design community on digital engagement. He has been recognized by both Design:Retail and Commercial Integrator magazines as one of the most influential young professionals in both the retail design and digital signage industries.
MARKETING DIRECTOR - OPENEYE GLOBAL
Steven Picanza is an award-winning brand strategist, interim CMO and educator with a core purpose centered around helping businesses and organizations make smarter branding and marketing decisions. He runs a brand + marketing consultancy with his wife Melissa while also being a strategic advisor and Marketing Director with OpenEye Global.
In addition to his Executive Board seat with the San Diego Entertainment & Arts Guild, a non-profit organization he helped found in 2009, Steven is also an adjunct instructor at Drexel University in Philadelphia as well as being a yearly guest instructor at IED - The European Institute of Design in Milan, Italy.