POSTED: Wednesday May 10th 2017

Hollywood lights up support for LA 2024

Disney, NBCUniversal and Warner Bros. lead the charge in welcoming IOC Evaluation Commission to City of Angels

LOS ANGELES - Hollywood heavyweights Disney, NBCUniversal and Warner Bros. this evening lit up their studios in support of LA 2024 and to welcome the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission to the City of Angels.
The Disney and Warner Bros. studio water towers along with the NBCUniversal building were among dozens of Angeleno institutions illuminated in the colors of LA’s iconic sunsets and the LA 2024 Angel logo to mark the IOC’s arrival. The dynamic show of support reaffirms LA 2024’s promise to partner with the city's creative and entertainment gurus to work with the Olympic and Paralympic family to help them inspire young people from around the world to engage and stay in sport.

In addition to the studios, buildings and landmarks lit in the IOC’s honor include the US Bank Tower, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Grand Park fountain, Hollywood Bowl marquee, Griffith Observatory, Greek Theater, Annenberg Space for Photography, Dolby Theater, LAX, Capitol Records building, Santa Monica ferris wheel, Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and the interior of the Hammer museum. A further highlight was the illumination of the Wilshire Grand - the tallest building on the US West Coast - for the very first time since its construction.
LA 2024 CEO Gene Sykes said: “The support of these Hollywood studios and LA’s cultural icons underlines what a spectacular setting Los Angeles would be for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024. This diverse city offers an incredible variety of entertainment, cultural attractions and natural treasures, and with the power of Hollywood storytelling we will share them all with the world in 2024. The Games should be first and foremost the ultimate celebration of sport and athletes. We believe Los Angeles will be a magnificent stage for the celebration.”

Over the three days of the IOC Evaluation Commission’s visit to Los Angeles, the LA 2024 bid team will continue to demonstrate its plans to harness California’s creativity and imagination to connect the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the future.

The Hollywood studios' welcoming of the IOC comes following an announcement earlier this year of their support for LA 2024, in which Disney, Fox, NBCUniversal and Warner Bros. threw their acclaimed creative talents behind LA’s bid with the following statements.

Commenting on NBCUniversal's support for LA 2024, NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer said: “NBCUniversal is pleased to be part of LA 2024’s bid to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games back to Los Angeles. With the city’s creative talent and imaginative storytellers, LA can bring excitement to the Olympic Movement and inspire future generations. Our diverse city is the perfect setting for a global audience to experience the Summer Games.”
Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara said: “As a global entertainment leader, Warner Bros. has a long history of developing cutting-edge technology to enhance the viewing experience of audiences everywhere. For more than 90 years, we’ve been based in Los Angeles, where the culture of innovation and creativity have not only been critical to our success but also made Southern California the global hub of entertainment. We are delighted to support LA 2024 and contribute our storytelling and technical expertise to help design an unbelievable Games experience that will capture the imagination of the next generation.”
Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO and LA 2024 Vice Chair Bob Iger said: “LA is the creative capital of the United States. It is a city where technology, entertainment and new media meet and create globally relevant, captivating content. This industry is constantly changing, but the City of Angels will always be at its forefront thanks to the pioneering people and companies who choose to make their home here. That is what makes LA such an exciting environment to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Walt Disney once said, ‘Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.’ It is a philosophy that guides the Walt Disney Company today, and a philosophy that is fundamental to every aspect of the LA 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games concept.”

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