Everybody Love a Parade: CMD students to study live event production and planning

CMD students, as well as others, will have the opportunity to participate in Everybody Loves A Parade (GCOM 29256). The course explores the connections, processes, and best practices in building and staging a large scale entertainment event. The Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade will be used as the primary example of this type of event. The Parade combines planning for both the live audience (500,000 people on the streets) and a worldwide TV audience (177 countries). Students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of live event production, TV Production/Distribution, and planning.

Students will learn to critically analyze a large scale yearly entertainment event and how it connects to their majors, courses taken/taking, and career aspirations. In addition, students will create a breakdown of the planning of a large event.

The presenters include:

1) Barry Mendelson President and CEO MEG

2) Minnie Madden - Creative Director

3) Chuck Rounds - Production Manager

4) Cassie Collins - Director of Operations

5) Michael Barone - Fabricator - Scenic Design

In addition to his role at MEG, Barry Mendelson also serves as majority owner and President of Texas 28 Films, Executive Producer of the network television series, "Courtside Jones," Manager and Producer of Lightwire Theater and Executive Producer of the Dallas Children's Medical Center Annual Christmas Parade and worldwide TV special. Executive Producer of the annual "Nutcracker On Ice," national TV special now in its 19th year on the air.

Nearly a 40-year veteran in the industry, some highlights include: Director of Advertising and TV for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings and the Los Angeles Forum. Executive VP and GM of New Orleans Jazz of the NBA; Executive Vice President of Madison Square Garden; Chairman of Framework Entertainment, a co-producing partner with Fox Sports Network of the series, "Beyond The Glory"; Producer of the Fox College Sports Network series, "Pistol Pete Basketball Diaries”; Presenter, alongside the Dallas Cowboys, the first basketball game played between UNC vs. UT at their new stadium in 2009; Presented "Stars Wars in Concert" at AT&T Cowboys Stadium; Produced Series of College Football Legends featuring rivalries, coaches and player profiles. Promoted successful World Championship fights for Closed Circuit TV including Sugar Ray Leonard v Marvin Hagler and Mike Tyson v Michael Spinks. Produced over 30 theatrical Ice Skating worldwide TV specials in the last 17 years with many World Champions and Olympic Champions in the cast.
Executive Producer of TV Sports Network series, "Courtside Jones." Executive Producer of new boxing reality series on the CW and Telemundo, The Undercard.

As owner of Barry Mendelson Presents, the company promoted over 800 musical concerts including the then record shattering attendance for the Rolling Stones in the Louisiana Superdome in December of 1981.