Featured in the April 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine, producer Steve Disson said the recently televised “Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular” presents an organically appealing match of artistic and athletic merits.
“I think the two sports together are terrific because they both have high entertainment value, they’re both very athletic and also artistic,” said Disson, who has produced the show for the last 28 years. “If you had to put two sports together, I can’t think of a better match.”
Disson, who earned a master's in marketing from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, commented on whether skating and gymnastics targets different people.
"Skating audiences are primarily older females," he said. "Gymnastics is a little bit different because you’re really going after younger moms and their daughters."
Simone Biles headlined the cast for the Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular in March.
He also shared a funny story from 1989, the first time he had worked with Bart Conner, Nadia Comaneci and Paul Ziert.
"I always kind of take, even though I don’t deserve it, a little credit that they kind of got together socially at my show back in ’89," he begins. "Nadia always tells the story that ‘Steve Disson asked me to dance at the post-show party, and I told Steve after dancing with him, the next guy that comes along, I’ll marry him.’ And that was Bart."
Read the complete interview with Disson in the April 2017 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions or to purchase back issues, click here.