On March 28, 2011, the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee announced the beginning of the process to open the international bidding to determine the Mega-Events production company which will win the contract to organize the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Games.
As mentioned on the Organizing Committee webpage (www.rio2016.com), “the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games launched an international selection process to hire a mega-events production company. The awarded firm or consortium will be in charge of the production and executive management of the ceremonies and large live events for the Rio 2016 Games.
Bidders are asked to register on the Rio 2016 official site (www.rio2016.com), and will be required to prove prior experience in the production of Olympic or Paralympic Ceremonies. The winner will be selected by an Evaluation Commission formed by members of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, representatives of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other experts yet to be announced.xx The first presentation to be produced by the Organizing Committee is a show of approximately 8-minutes during the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, in just over a year, when the Olympic Flag will be handed over to the Mayor of Rio.
The executive production company will be involved in other large projects besides the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Rio 2016 Games, such as the Delivery of the Paralympic Flag at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the Tour of the Olympic and Paralympic Flags, the Live Sites in Brazil and at 15 international locations, the Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relay, the Medal Ceremonies, the Reception of the Delegations at the Olympic and Paralympic Villages and the Sports Presentations during the Rio 2016 Games.
The mega-events of the Olympic and Paralympic Games are superproductions attracting the attention of billions of people all around the world. The Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Games involved 20,000 professionals, 30,000 fireworks, 300,000 lighting devices with an estimated global audience of two billion people.
“The events and ceremonies will be critical components of the spectator experience, and an essential tool to awaken the interest of the largest number of people possible for the Rio 2016 Games. Projects such as the Olympic and Paralympic Flag Tour and the Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relay will result in greater public engagement and participation throughout Brazil. The ceremonies will convey images of Brazil that will be remembered forever all around the world, and it is critical to partner with a top level organization in their production.