Articles tagged “blackfish”

SeaWorld, Ex-CEO Agree to $5 Million Settlement in Blackfish Fraud

SeaWorld, Ex-CEO Agree to $5 Million Settlement in Blackfish Fraud

Hannah Sampson , Skift

More than five years after the Blackfish documentary made a splash, SeaWorld is finally facing the music for lying to the public about the impact. In a way, though, the company has been paying a price for years: A $5 million settlement is a drop in the bucket compared to quarter after quarter of lost revenue.

5 months ago

Free Beer Is Helping SeaWorld Recapture Some of Its Crowds

Free Beer Is Helping SeaWorld Recapture Some of Its Crowds

Hannah Sampson , Skift

SeaWorld is rebounding, with higher attendance and revenue than a year ago. Will it last? And how much free beer will the continued recovery take?

7 months ago

SeaWorld Expects SEC Sanction in Blackfish Disclosure Case

SeaWorld Expects SEC Sanction in Blackfish Disclosure Case

Hannah Sampson, Skift

One investigatory shoe is dropping on SeaWorld. Now eyes turn to the U.S. Department of Justice.

10 months ago

SeaWorld Executive Exodus Accelerates as Chief Creative Officer Leaves

SeaWorld Executive Exodus Accelerates as Chief Creative Officer Leaves

Hannah Sampson, Skift

SeaWorld brought in a lot of fresh new leaders when the company was looking for ways to recover from the Blackfish effect. After years of flailing, the operator is turning to the old guard for ideas — at least for now.

12 months ago

SeaWorld Is Under Federal Investigation for Post-Blackfish Commentary

SeaWorld Is Under Federal Investigation for Post-Blackfish Commentary

Hannah Sampson, Skift

SeaWorld has been trying hard to assure shareholders that it is moving beyond the controversy and financial woes that followed the Blackfish documentary. This investigation — whatever it entails and however it turns out — is a major setback.

2 years ago

SeaWorld’s Tilikum — the Orca Made Famous in a Documentary — has Died

SeaWorld’s Tilikum — the Orca Made Famous in a Documentary — has Died

Mike Schneider , Associated Press

Tilikum showed the power Hollywood has to make or break a business. Without the documentary, "Blackfish," it's possible SeaWorld never would have been forced to change its model.

2 years ago

SeaWorld Is Building New Rides as Killer Whale Shows Take a Back Seat

SeaWorld Is Building New Rides as Killer Whale Shows Take a Back Seat

Hannah Sampson, Skift

We don't think these announcements will solve all of SeaWorld's woes, but new rides, attractions, and events should drive some visitors to the parks.

2 years ago

SeaWorld Attendance and Revenue Continue Decline

SeaWorld Attendance and Revenue Continue Decline

Associated Press

It's true that tougher competition is hurting SeaWorld, but so is having a product that guests don't find as acceptable as they once did.

4 years ago

The CEO That Blackfish Beat: SeaWorld Changes Leader After Attendance Drops

The CEO That Blackfish Beat: SeaWorld Changes Leader After Attendance Drops

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

SeaWorld is losing indeed this year -- so soon after its IPO. But let's remember that in markets where it competes against Disney and Universal it's still a little fish in a big pond.

4 years ago

Interview: SeaWorld CEO on Getting Beat by ‘Blackfish’

Interview: SeaWorld CEO on Getting Beat by ‘Blackfish’

Sandra Pedicini, Orlando Sentinel

SeaWorld and many zoos seem more and more like a relic of the 19th century every day. Even the best CEOs have trouble going against a sea change in opinion.

5 years ago

The Blackfish Controversy Makes Waves at National Aquarium

The Blackfish Controversy Makes Waves at National Aquarium

Yvonne Wenger, Baltimore Sun

How big will the ripple effect be? And will it change how destinations promote animal attractions?

5 years ago

Skift Asks: Post Blackfish, Are You Now More Or Less Likely To Visit SeaWorld?

Skift Asks: Post Blackfish, Are You Now More Or Less Likely To Visit SeaWorld?

Rafat Ali, Skift

A lot more work needs to be done to raise awareness for the issue, even if in one swoop slightly less than one-third of Americans are less likely to visit SeaWorld. If the documentary makers and activists want to build up a larger movement, they need to start by looking at America's heartland.

5 years ago