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SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC

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SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT, INC. : Change in Directors or Principal Officers, Other Events, Financial Statements and Exhibits (form 8-K)

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07/19/2019 | 08:44am EDT

Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

(d) On July 19, 2019, the Board of Directors (the "Board") of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (the "Company") increased the size of the Board from seven to eight directors and elected Mr. Charles Koppelman to serve as a director of the Company.

Mr. Koppelman, 79, serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CAK Entertainment, Inc., an entertainment and leisure consultant and brand development firm that he founded in 1997. Mr. Koppelman served as Executive Chairman and Principal Executive Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. from 2005 to 2011. Mr. Koppelman served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EMI Records Group, North America, from 1994 to 1997, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EMI Music Publishing from 1990 to 1994. Mr. Koppelman currently serves on the board of directors of Las Vegas Sands Corp. (Chairman of Compensation Committee) and he previously served on the board of directors of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (2010-2016), Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (Executive Chairman) (2004-2011), and Steve Madden, Ltd. (Executive Chairman) (2000-2004).

As described in the Company's Form 8-K dated May 27, 2019, the Company entered into a stockholders agreement with Hill Path Capital LP (the "Stockholders Agreement") that became effective upon the closing of the stock purchase described in the Stockholders Agreement.

Under the Stockholders Agreement, the Company agreed to appoint up to three Hill Path Capital LP ("Hill Path") director designees to the Board in proportion to Hill Path's ownership. Scott I. Ross and James Chambers currently serve on the Board as Hill Path designees. Hill Path recommended Mr. Koppelman as their third designee under the Stockholders Agreement. Under the Stockholders Agreement, two directors appointed by Hill Path may be affiliated with Hill Path and one Hill Path designee must be considered to be independent under the standards of the New York Stock Exchange. Hill Path is also entitled to have one Hill Path designee on each committee of the Board, as determined by Hill Path and subject to the approval of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Mr. Koppelman is not a party to any transaction that would require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

In accordance with the Company's "Outside Director Compensation Policy," as amended included in the Company's Form 8-K filed on June 13, 2019 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mr. Koppelman's compensation for his services as a non-employee director will be consistent with that of the Company's other non-employee directors, subject to pro-ration to reflect the commencement date of his service on the Board.

Mr. Koppelman has been appointed as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board and the Revenue Committee.

Item 8.01. Other Events.

On July 19, 2019, the Company issued a press release announcing that Mr. Scott I. Ross was elected as non-executive Chairman of the Board. Mr. Yoshikazu Maruyama will remain a Board member, however, he asked the Board to elect another Director to serve as chairman due to new outside professional obligations. The full text of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference in this Item 8.01.

Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)Exhibits



Exhibit No.   Description
99.1            Press release of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., date July 19, 2019,
              announcing the election of Mr. Koppelman as a Director and Mr. Scott I.
              Ross to serve as non-executive Chairman


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