COMPANY PRESS RELEASE: Clear Channel Entertainment, the world’s leading producer and marketer of live entertainment, significantly grew its exhibitions business with its acquisition today of BBH Exhibits (BBH), one of the world’s leading producers of touring museum exhibits and family-oriented educational events.
Founded by Stacy King in 1992 and based in San Antonio, Texas, BBH’s exhibits have attracted over 80 million attendees since its formation. The company is responsible for such widely acclaimed exhibits as Microbes: Invisible Invaders, Amazing Allies; The Robot Zoo; Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss; Africa: One Continent. Many Worlds.; The Lost Spacecraft: Liberty Bell 7 Recovered; and Brain: The World Inside Your Head, which opened this summer to record-setting attendance at the Smithsonian Institution. In December, the company will premier Chicano, a dual art and cultural expressions exhibition, produced in collaboration with actor/collector Cheech Marin, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and more than 30 contributing artists.
The combined resources of BBH and those of Clear Channel Entertainment’s existing Exhibitions unit, including content development, infrastructure, production and touring capability, strong industry relationships and the promotional support of Clear Channel’s Radio, Outdoor and other divisions, positions the combined companies for continued growth within the museum exhibitions category, and also for long-term leadership in the broader multi-billion dollar family entertainment industry.
Clear Channel Entertainment’s Exhibitions Group is best known for producing and touring Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit, which has established attendance records at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, the Cincinnati Museum Center and Kansas City’s Science City. In 2002, the division is scheduled to bring its four Titanic exhibits to seven locations, including a return to Chicago and a first appearance at Houston’s Museum of Natural Science.
Existing Exhibitions Group staff will move from Aurora, Ohio, where it is currently headquartered, to BBH’s 45,000 square-foot headquarters offices/plant facility in San Antonio, Texas. Moving forward, John Norman and Stacy King will serve as the unit’s co-President/COO and co-President/CEO, respectively.