April 10, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics have appointed a group of international experts as consultants on the opening and closing ceremonies of the Pyeongchang Games.

The organizing committee said Friday it has hired three men who have directed past Olympic ceremonies to work with domestic artists and help choose the director for Pyeongchang's showcase ceremonies.

The panel includes Don Mischer, who directed the ceremonies at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and 2022 Winter Games in Salt Lake City; David Atkins, who led the ceremonies in Sydney in 2000 and Vancouver in 2010; and Konstantin Ernst, director of the ceremonies at last year's Winter Games in Sochi.

Also appointed to the group was Sidney Kimme, chief creative officer at Showscan Entertainment.

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