(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Jam Productions has been selected to produce the ceremonies for the Gay Games VII in Chicago this month after a five-month review process of bids. Jam’s production team will produce the opening ceremony at Solder Field on July 15, the closing ceremony at Wrigley Field on July 22 and the medal ceremonies July 16-21 at Millennium Park. Both opening and closing ceremonies will be televised live on the Q Television Network in at least 150 US and international markets. More than 12,000 athletes and artists are expected to participate.
Longtime Jam employees Producer Matt McGinn and Executive Producer Donna Sue Van Cleaf will lead the Gay Games Ceremonies Production Team at Jam. New Yorker Kile Ozier is the creative director and was the producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the 1994 New York Gay Games.
“We are so excited to be working with a Chicago-based firm with an international reputation for high-quality events,” said Greg McNitt Ceremonies Committee co-chair of the Chicago Games, Inc. board of directors. “Top entertainers want to work with experienced producers, and Jam knows how to produce events that remain on budget. We can’t wait to begin working on the entertainment lineup with Jam.”
“Jam understands the commitment to a fiscally sound, yet visually spectacular experience for the participants and fans,” said Van Cleaf. “With Kile Ozier on our team, we establish a connection to the legacy of past Gay Games and ensure that these stunning ceremonies comply with Gay Games protocols.”
The first Gay Games was held 25 years ago in San Francisco. – Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner