Developer of theme park rides draws promotion

Universal Studios Hollywood has boosted its chief theme park ride and CityWalk attraction developer Chip Largman to senior VP, Universal Creative.

Largman recently oversaw the addition of Peter Jackson’s King Kong 360 3-D to the park to replace the “King Kong” attraction that was destroyed in the studio’s backlot fire in 2008.

The ride drew an award by the Visual Effects Society for visual effects in a special venue project — a first for a theme park attraction.

Largman’s other recent projects include CityWalk’s 5 Towers outdoor concert venue, which opened last summer.

He’s shepherding Transformers: The Ride 3D, based on the Paramount and Hasbro franchise helmed by Michael Bay, who is consulting on the project. Ride opens next spring.

“We are very pleased to recognize Chip with this much-deserved promotion,” said Mark Woodbury, prexy of Universal Creative for Universal Parks & Resorts. “His extensive experience and reputation in themed entertainment production, creative development and strategic planning make him an invaluable asset to our company as we continue to build cutting-edge rides and attractions that maximize our brand positioning as the entertainment capital of L.A. and deliver an original and authentic Hollywood entertainment experience.”

Largman joined U in 1987 as project manager working on the team responsible for designing and building the Universal Studios Florida theme park. Most recently he was VP of Universal Creative.

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