Creating compelling guest experiences around the world.

 

Tap in. To the power of nearly three decades focused solely on world-class experience design and production. Tap in. To a team of industry leaders who have designed and built some of the most successful entertainment destinations on the planet. Tap in. To high ethics and low fees. Tap in. To Zeitgeist Design + Production.

 

WHAT WE DO

Life is an experience and since 1987, Ryan Harmon and his team have been making it a memorable one for millions of people around the world.

 

Zeitgeist Design + Production tells the tales of some of the world's most successful brands, intellectual properties, and historical accounts through the creation of innovative and engaging location-based entertainment, experiential marketing, special venue media/films, live shows, touring productions, brand experiences, strategic events, and more.

 

From the initial creative strategy, planning and design, to turnkey solutions, Zeitgeist Design + Production can serve as both symphony and conductor in the creation of timeless experiences for a modern world.

 

Here’s what we do in-house and with our world-class local partners:

  • 3D & Practical Models
  • Architecture
  • Art Direction
  • Character Design
  • Computer Animation
  • Concept Design
  • Cost Estimating
  • Creative Directing
  • Detailed Design (DD)
  • Engineering
  • Illustrations & Renderings
  • Interactive/Game Design & Production
  • Master Planning
  • Media Design & Production
  • Operations Planning
  • Producing
  • Project Controls
  • Project Management
  • Schematic Design (SD)
  • Show Programming
  • Technical Direction
  • Writing

THEME PARKS

&

ATTRACTIONS

BRAND & CORPORATE EXPERIENCES

LIVE EVENTS

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ENTERTAINMENT

RETAIL & ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS

MUSEUMS & INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES

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THE TEAM

Zeitgeist works like a film production. To keep our fees low, we maintain a minimal core staff and cast the industry’s most talented and experienced players on an as-needed basis, using only the most appropriate talent for a specific project. From concept architects and master planners, to writers and illustrators, to landscape architects and engineers, we have three decades of relationships with the very best in the businesses, including individuals and companies, both in Los Angeles and worldwide, who work on Disney and Universal’s newest attractions.

RYAN HARMON
President/Chief Experience Officer

Ryan Harmon is a respected producer, creative director, and writer who understands the power of story, strategy, brand, and budget — and how to engage people emotionally through the mediums of environment, technology, theatricality . . . in a word, “experience.”

He is a proven leader on a global stage who has developed, pitched, sold, and managed unique multimillion dollar projects from concept through completion, working with Fortune 500 brands, Hollywood studios, billionaire developers, and professionals in most creative and production disciplines. He was the youngest Disney Imagineer – hired at age 20!

MIKE BRADY
Project Coordinator

Mike Brady is a distinguished executive and practitioner in the fields of planning, design, design-build, construction, installation, program/project and construction management. Before joining Zeitgeist, Brady was managing director of Saudi Arabian Parsons, Ltd., a business unit of Parsons Corporation. In this capacity, he was responsible for managing SAPL efforts in many diversified markets. Prior to 25 years at Parsons, Brady was Director of Architecture and Engineering at Walt Disney Imagineering. He built Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground and many other world-class parks and attractions.

JOHN DREHER
Project Controls Director

John Dreher serves as Zeitgeist’s project controls director with expertise in estimating, scheduling, finance and contract administration in design development through construction. Dreher spent 26 years in a similar role for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he delivered on budget and on schedule for large inttegrated complex projects. Dreher develops company organizational policies and procedures across all disciplines that establish efficiencies, which impact budgets and schedules. He ensures that all Zeitgeist concepts and designs are financially feasible from the start – a capability you won’t find at most other firms.

CAROL JOAN
Director of Finance

Carol Joans has spent the past 30 years overseeing the finances for just about every type of production, including commercials, themed entertainment, music videos, TV and motion pictures. As Chief Financial Officer, Controller, or Accountant, her prior experience has included work for such companies as Miziker Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, and Rick Levine Productions, Inc. Her most recent projects are Franz Harary’s “House of Magic” in Macau, a Keith Urban music video, and commercials for Cadillac, Weight Watchers, Google and Purina.

BECKIE KIEFER
Studio & Marketing Manager

Actress, dancer, and model Beckie King-Kiefer does double duty as Zeitgeist’s studio manager, assisting Ryan Harmon with staffing and managing the design team, while simultaneously managing marketing and social media efforts. She was instrumental in the success of Zeitgeist’s concept phase for both the Journey to the West and Lido Lakes theme park projects and helped deliver the final concept packages on time and under budget.

SHANE RHODES
Writer

Shane Rhodes has been writing professionally for nearly a decade. Under the mentorship of a former Show Writer with Walt Disney Imagineering, he learned the skill set to produce enriching stories for a spectrum of mediums from screenplays and show scripts, to written and graphic novels.

Before joining Zeitgeist, Shane spent four years with Apple, Inc., where he wrote and illustrated a weekly comic for in-house education. Rhodes then directed his focus to the theme park industry with Transformers: The Ride - 3D for Universal Studios Theme Parks.

KATHLEEN COHEN
Director of Business Development

As Director of Business Development, Kathleen brings over 20 years of integrated media & entertainment experience. A highly creative, innovative, business savvy, big-picture thinker, Kathleen is a subject matter expert focusing on building innovative visitor experiences. She specializes in both physical and virtual environments, emerging media, loT, VR/AR/MR, data and business intelligence. Kathleen's background includes: DreamWorks Interactive, IBM Centers for Innovation, as well as Walt Disney Worldwide parks and Rsorts Online.

OUR CLIENTS

Ryan Harmon and the Zeitgeist team have been humbled to be invited to conceive, write, design, creative direct and/or produce major projects for some of the world’s most beloved entertainment conglomerates and design firms.

PORTFOLIO

After almost 30 years, your portfolio gets rather thick. Instead of listing the hundreds of projects we’ve conceived, written, designed, creative directed and/or produced together and/or as individuals, here’s a selection of projects one or more of us played significant roles in.

AWARDS

Thea Award Best Touring Attraction 2000

TITANIC OFFICIAL MOVIE TOUR

Co-Creative Director/Writer

 

Thea Award Best Library 2001

CERRITOS LIBRARY

Creative Director/Writer/Producer - All Media & Interactives

 

Thea Award Best Children’s Attraction 2005

WANNADO CITY

Creative Director/Writer

 

Thea Award Best Attraction 2009

THE SIMPSONS: THE RIDE

Concept Designer/Writer

 

T.I.L.E. Award - Best Seminar 2001

PROJECTS FROM HELL

Producer/Writer/Panelist

PRESS

BLOOLOOP

Leading creator of compelling guest experiences, Zeitgeist Design + Production, has been tasked with designing guest experiences for two of the BBC’s most popular brands.

The BBC Earth and Top Gear attractions in Wenchang, China, will be part of a massive new resort currently under construction by Shandong-based real estate and new energy developer, Luneng Group.

 

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THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Ex-Disney Imagineers are now imagineering for others

What do Disney Imagineers do when there is no Disney theme park to create? They form their own companies to create theme parks for others around the world.

 

Ever since Walt Disney changed the amusement park business with his park in Anaheim, others have looked on with envy at his success – and have wanted to match it.

 

Now, more than 60 years later, many are doing just that.

 

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CLAD NEWS

Nature, storytelling and technology combine to create Indonesia's answer to Narnia

Themed entertainment specialists Zeitgeist Design + Production (ZD+P) have promised Indonesia’s first world-class theme park, using a combination of a dramatic natural setting and cutting-edge technology to create a “Narnia-like” immersive experience never before seen in the region.

 

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IN PARK MAGAZINE

Zeitgeist Designing US$500 Million Theme Park Celebrating Indonesia’s Landscape and Culture

Pasadena, CA, USA — Themed entertainment industry veteran Ryan Harmon and his team at Zeitgeist Design + Production have been retained by Indonesia’s top integrated media company, Media Nusantara Citra (MNC) Group, to design an immersive US$500-million theme park for the Lido Lakes region on the island of Java.

 

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BLOOLOOP

Ryan Harmon’s Zeitgeist to Develop USD500m Theme Park in Indonesia

Zeitgeist, the company founded by themed industry veteran, Ryan Harmon, has been appointed by Media Nusantara Citra (MNC) Group, to design an immersive USD500-million theme park for the Lido Lakes region on the island of Java.

 

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ENTERTAINMENT DESIGNER

Indonesia May Be the Next Hot Theme Park Destination

International markets are the fastest point of growth for theme parks today. While China immediately comes to mind, another Asian destination is quickly heating up for theme park development: Indonesia. The team at Zeitgeist Design + Production, headed by industry veteran Ryan Harmon, has been hired by Indonesia’s top integrated media company, Media Nusantara Citra (MNC) Group, to design an immersive US$500-million theme park on the island of Java.

 

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ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT

Nature at the Heart of US$500m Indonesia Theme Park Plan

A massive new attraction is coming to Asia after plans were revealed for a US$500m (€464.5m, £331.5m) theme park and resort development just outside the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. Created by themed entertainment specialists Zeitgeist Design + Production (ZD+P) the immersive theme park experience in the Lido Lakes region of Java will be set across 40 hectares of land.

 

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EDWARDS TECHNOLOGIES

Zeitgeist Designing $500 Million Theme Park Celebrating Indonesia’s Landscape and Culture

Pasadena, CA, USA — Themed entertainment industry veteran Ryan Harmon and his team at Zeitgeist Design + Production have been retained by Indonesia’s top integrated media company, Media Nusantara Citra (MNC) Group, to design an immersive US$500-million theme park for the Lido Lakes region on the island of Java.

 

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CONTACT US

CORPORATE OFFICE:

Ryan Harmon

ryan@zeitgeist-usa.com

(+1) 626.794.2665

MEDIA & JOB INQUIRIES:

Beckie Kiefer

beckie@zeitgeist-usa.com

(+1) 917.575.2456

NEW BUSINESS INQUIRIES:

Kathleen Cohen

kathleen@zeitgeist-usa.com

(+1) 310.995.3995

ADDRESS:

Zeitgeist Design + Production

2944 Santa Anita Ave.

Altadena, CA  91001

 

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