SHANGHAI — Hot on the heels of their success producing the opening and half time shows at this year’s Super Bowl, Don Mischer Prods. is gearing up for its next big challenge: the Special Olympics World Summer Games, due in October in Shanghai.
DMP’s creative team, which will work alongside exec producers Don Mischer and David Goldberg, will consist of local talent including director Lu Chuan (“Kekexili: Mountain Patrol”) as artistic director; Zhang Xiaohai, a senior director at state broadcaster China Central Television, as co-director; and cellist Yo-Yo Ma as music adviser.
Writer Yu Qiuyu has been named artistic adviser, musician Liu Tong is music director and stage designer Yan Wenlong is scenic director.
Pianist Lang Lang was confirmed last week as the first performing artist booked for the opening ceremony event (Oct. 2). International talent including Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell and Eva Mendes are set to attend the Special Olympics.
The Special Olympics World Summer Games, which celebrate the achievements of intellectually disabled people, have never been held in Asia before, and have only once left the U.S. (2003, Ireland).
Shanghai event also marks the first time that the Special Olympics Summer Games have based themselves in the same country as the Olympic Summer Games and Paralympics, both due to take place in Beijing in 2008. In 2005, Nagano in Japan became the first city in the world to host the Olympics, Paralympics and Special Olympics World Winter Games.