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Themed Design: Thinkwell Names Danny Hartigan as Director of Creative


One of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the United States Adds Longtime Creative Collaborator to Its Team

Thinkwell, a leading creator of experience-based entertainment for theme parks, museums, casinos and retail and resort destinations worldwide, has added theme park industry veteran Danny Hartigan to its team in the role of Director of Creative, the company announced.

Hartigan is a themed entertainment industry veteran and brings more than two decades of experience as a writer, director and performer for a myriad of entertainment genres from improvisational comedy and audience participation theater to film, video, and theme park attractions. For the last 12 years Hartigan served as a Principal of Hartigan Wade, specialists in writing, directing and development for the theme park market, creating attractions for Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan, Epcot Center in Orlando and Disneyland Paris. Hartigan began his career with SAK Entertainment, where he developed “Murder, She Wrote–Live” for Universal and collaborated with Walt Disney Imagineering on projects for the Disney/MGM Studios.

Hartigan’s previous Thinkwell collaborations include the traveling interactive, multi-sensory museum experience “Sesame Street Presents: The Body” and the THEA-award-wining Templo del Fuego attraction at Universal Studios PortAventura in Spain.

Most recently, Danny worked in conjunction with BRC Imagination Arts as the Creative Director for the new Heineken Experience in Amsterdam.

“I’ve worked with Danny over a decade on wide variety of projects, ” said Craig Hanna, one of Thinkwell’s founding Principals and the company’s Chief Creative Officer.  “He’s an amazing talent, extraordinarily versatile and a consummate professional.  As Director of Creative Danny will be both overseeing creative and content development and will also serve as Creative Director on a wide variety of projects.”

“He is dynamic and strategic in his thinking and creativity, ” said Cliff Warner, one of Thinkwell’s founding Principals and the company’s CEO.  “It’s very exciting to have someone as respected, talented, and great to work with as Danny on our team.”

Thinkwell was recently recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States by both Inc. magazine and the Los Angeles Business Journal. The company tripled its revenue between 2004 and 2007 and has quadrupled the size of its team in the past year to meet the demands of client projects around the world. Hartigan joins a staff of 175 in Thinkwell’s Burbank headquarters.

Thinkwell is known throughout the entertainment, corporate and hospitality industries for creating state-of-the-art events, attractions, exhibits and experiences for major brands and is now at work on high-profile projects at multiple destination resorts around the world. As Director of Creative, Hartigan will collaborate with both in-house writers and designers and outside consultants to generate the innovative, experience-driven entertainment on which Thinkwell has built its reputation.

For more information on the Thinkwell Group’s companies and services, including its award-winning creativity and phenomenal pattern of growth, visit

About Thinkwell Group

Thinkwell Group is the umbrella company born of one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, Thinkwell Design & Production, to support the creation of new business entities that serve a growing clientele worldwide.  In addition to its headquarters in Burbank, California, the company operates two regional offices: Thinkwell Europa in Barcelona, Spain and Thinkwell Arabia, in Media City, Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. Thinkwell Project Management is the company’s newest business arm, formed to serve clients seeking project supervision expertise. Together, the Thinkwell companies specialize in the turnkey design and production of one-of-a-kind experience-based theme parks, resorts, destinations, attractions, museums, exhibits, live shows and environments that have won widespread popular and critical acclaim, in addition to industry recognition. Thinkwell’s clientele is comprised of top international entertainment corporations, museums, professional sports teams, Fortune 500 companies and destination resorts including Harrah’s, Nike, the Atlanta Falcons, Universal Studios, MasterCard, Warner Bros., and other premier retail and entertainment organizations worldwide.

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