Rob was a guest speaker at the Thrive International convention on 20 October 2011. For one whole day on October 20 business people from throughout the world will be soaking up the wisdom and the lessons from 17 international business leaders at Thrive International in Auckland, New Zealand.
Thrive is about celebrating NZ business success and innovation. It is an entertaining, action packed experience, which showcases Kiwi businesses that have achieved success locally and internationally. Thrive incorporates a powerful line up of industry leaders and experts who will share years of knowledge and experience in managing finances, people, marketing and technology. Icons of Kiwi enterprise will inspire, inform and give you the essential drive to take your business to the next level. This year THRIVE will have an International twist and will take place in October taking advantage of the International business leaders who will be in New Zealand at the time
His presentation was on Big Dreams & Silver Screens: Spartacus and the Business of storytelling
Spartacus, Xena, Hercules - the story behind the heroes
Business & creativity - making the ends meet
Understanding a global marketplace & seizing your moment
Lucy Lawless has posted a review of her husband's presentation on her official site. Check it out here
His Bio on the Thrive Site reads:
Rob Tapert is the longstanding producing partner of acclaimed director Sam Raimi. Tapert and Raimi have been working together since they met at Michigan State University. After producing the horror cult classic Evil Dead, they collaborated on Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn, Darkman and Army of Darkness.
Tapert was the executive producer on Hard Target and Timecop. He also executive produced the worldwide sensation TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.
In 2002, Tapert and Raimi formed Ghost House Pictures which was conceived to produce feature films that would deliver great scares and offer horror fans a thrill ride experience. Tapert has since produced a string of #1 box office hits; The Grudge, Boogeyman, The Messengers and 30 Days of Night and Drag Me To Hell.
Tapert recently produced the TV series The Legend of the Seeker. He is currently producing the second season of the hit series Spartacus.