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L-Acoustics strengthens Latin America team

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Latin America - L-Acoustics has announced the appointment of Alex Soto as applications engineer, supporting the rental and install markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. Working in close collaboration with regional sales manager Tim McCall, Alex’s expertise will benefit the dynamic and growing network of partners and clients in the LATAM region.
A well-known and well-liked figure in the Latin American professional audio industry, Alex bring to L-Acoustics extensive experience in all areas of sound production and deep knowledge of L-Acoustics systems. Having global experience with high profile touring artists such as The Rolling Stones, Chayanne, Rammstein and Maroon 5, Alex is also renowned for his sound designs for festival stalwarts Hell and Heaven Fest, Electric Daisy Carnival or MTV World Stage.
He’s worked for and with the most prominent sound providers throughout the region and honed his L-Acoustics expertise as a consultant and trainer since 2007. Alex is ideally-based in Guadalajara, Mexico, giving him quick and easy access to partners and clients throughout the region.
“The appointment of Alex is the greatest indication of the strength of our commitment to the Latin American and Caribbean markets,” affirmed Tim McCall. “His in-depth knowledge of and experience with L-Acoustics systems, having performed as system tech across the r


ASM Steuerungstechnik appoints sales director

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Germany - ASM Steuerungstechnik, an innovative producer of lifting equipment, has announced the appointment of André Bragard-De Naeyer as international sales director.
His primary mission is to develop the international presence of ASM in collaboration with distributors, dealers, integrators and to promote the ASM product range with consultants.
“I’m very excited to be joining ASM and this incredibly talented and innovative team” André asserted,” ASM has a reputation of being an innovative manufacturer of hoists and controls for use in performance productions. I have admired their highly-engineered selection of steel band and chain driven hoists for some time and it is a pleasure to be their ambassador.”
Maurycy Sowka, CEO of ASM, adds, “I’m very enthusiastic of welcoming André into the ASM family. With his extensive experience in international sales and market development he will enable ASM to strengthen our position in existing markets and with existing customers, while allowing ASM to expand into new markets and new projects.”
The ASM range of hoists includes point-hoists, stage and scenery hoists, chain hoists and control.
(Jim Evans)


VDC Trading streamlines team structure

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

UK - VDC Trading has made a number of new appointments and implemented a re-structure of its London-based team. Designed to offer more streamlined services to clients in the UK and overseas, the new approach centres on customer experience.
Cain Cookson has been appointed to the role of senior relationship development manager, heading up the UK pro-active sales team. With over five years’ B2B sales experience, Cain combines commercial expertise with technical capability, having achieved a first--class honours degree in Audio and Music Technology from the University of the West of England.
Herpreet Kaur Sing has taken on the role of customer service manager, with responsibility for delivering the highest level of customer service to VDC Trading’s growing international client base. With more than three years’ experience in pro-audio sales, Herpreet is also a qualified commercial solicitor and is pursuing a masters’ degree in engineering focusing on electrical and audio technology.
Adam Jafrabadi takes on the role of export / technical consultant. With over 17 years’ experience working within VDC Trading in a variety of roles, most recently as technical manager, Adam will drive VDC Trading’s continued international expansion and extend VDC Trading’s distributor network globally.
Commenting on the appointments, Niall Holden, CEO of


Blitz|GES promotes senior players

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

UK - Blitz|GES has promoted two of its senior team - Carol Gibbs and Mark Watson - to newly created roles as the business plans for growth in 2017. The new structure underlines Blitz|GES’ key strengths and supports a robust pipeline for the year ahead.
Carol Gibbs takes on responsibility for the company’s growing venue portfolio in the newly created role of director of venues. Mark Watson is promoted to creative director with a brief to expand Blitz|GES’ strong reputation for high-quality design.
Blitz|GES is the preferred technical production partner to many of the UK’s major venues and recently won official status for the new Hall 1 at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre – due to open in 2018.
Gibbs will be working closely with the Blitz|GES teams at the venues to identify and capitalise on new business opportunities in the rapidly growing corporate live events sector.
Watson’s elevation to creative director is an extension of his current role and reinforces a crucial differentiator for the business - combining cutting edge technical knowledge with high-quality creative – all from a single account team. With clients increasingly requesting digital content and creative execution, Watson will lead this exciting area of the business.
Both Gibbs and Watson will report directly into Blitz|GES managing d


DWR Distribution strengthens DiGiCo team

Thursday, 16 March 2017

South Africa - Thanks to considerable growth with DiGiCo sales in South Africa, DWR Distribution has welcomed Jaco Beukes to the family. He will officially join the company on 20 March 2017.
“We had no idea that DiGiCo would grow as fast it has,” said Duncan Riley of DWR. “It has been less than a year that we acquired the agency and the only way we can continue to support this great product is to invest in great people.”
Jaco Beukes will be assisting Kyle Robson, who handles DiGiCo sales. “I want to take this opportunity to say well done to Kyle and the DWR team so far. It’s an honour that this brand has grown the way it has, and it’s going to be great to have Jaco here,” added Duncan.
Hosting DiGiCo roadshows, revealing new products, training and supporting festivals, Kyle has been the face behind DiGiCo in South Africa. “With the growth of a product comes a lot more meetings with clients and it’s important to continue offering the same support,” said Kyle. “I have known Jaco for many years and I have had opportunity to work with him. I am really looking forward to his appointment,” said Kyle.
Jaco sees this new chapter of his life as an opportunity to grow, learn a new skill and see a different side of the industry. “I’m excited about the challenges to come,” he said.
(Jim Evans)


Chris Pyne joins Allen & Heath APAC team

Friday, 10 March 2017

APAC - Allen & Heath has strengthened its team in the Asia Pacific region with the appointment of technical marketing director, Chris Pyne.
Born in Australia, Pyne has three decades of experience in the pro touring and event industry as sound engineer for artists including Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez, IL Divo, Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Westlife, and the Asian artists Jacky Chueng and Chueng Hui-Mei. Pyne also has extensive live and studio recording experience. Most recently, Pyne has worked in a technical training and support role at Martin Audio.
Pyne will be providing technical expertise and training via Allen & Heath’s partner network, as well as supporting the growing community of touring engineers and rental companies in the region who have adopted Allen & Heath digital systems.
“With our digital mixing systems gaining great momentum in Asia and the Pacific region, this is the perfect time to strengthen our presence in this key market,” explains Allen & Heath’s sales & marketing director, Christian Luecke. “With his experience and knowledge, Chris will make a dynamic contribution and deliver world class support to our customers and partners.”
(Jim Evans)


Audiologic strengthens technical support

Thursday, 9 March 2017

UK - Audiologic has announced the appointment of Diogo Scutti to the position of technical support engineer. Diogo will be working alongside existing engineer Yavor 'Max' Yanakiev to strengthen the team in response to rising demand for in-house and on-site support from its growing customer base. He trained at Brazil's top institute of Audio and Video (IAV) and joins Audiologic having gained wide experience in every aspect of project management, co-ordinating AV system installations in a wide variety of settings.
Familiar with all the major professional audio brands, Diogo is a specialist in digital processing systems, with an extensive knowledge of audio over IP, including the development of projects with multiple digital audio protocols. In his 13 years as a professional, Diogo has worked on the front line of AV support from large fixed installations to events such as The Olympic opening ceremony and stadium gigs featuring iconic artists like Sir Paul McCartney.
Andy Lewis, marketing manager at Audiologic offers a very upbeat assessment: "Diogo brings a wealth of knowledge and finely developed skills to Audiologic. He is accustomed to working on projects of all scales and is comfortable with all the attendant pressures of the industry - in fact he positively relishes any and every technical challenge."
Diogo Scutti looks forward to the challenge: "I am


Chris Fearn joins RCF UK

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

UK - RCF UK has recruited the experienced Chris Fearn as its new regional sales manager, responsible for the Midlands and South. Fearn has a long and distinguished career in audio, dealing with HiFi, MI and pro products.
After 12 years in the HiFi industry he joined CIE Group, selling commercial audio products, before spending 13 years with Wharfedale Pro supplying retail products to the MI/DJ markets, as well as servicing the installation sector. More recently he spent two years with Adam Hall Group looking after the whole of the UK and Ireland with their audio, lighting and stage equipment ranges.
Speaking of his latest move, Chris Fearn said, “Throughout my career selling audio products there has always been a brand which seemed to excel in the markets that it has focused on.
“In the case of RCF products, these are designed and engineered in Italy by a great team of people, with an excellent pedigree. Joining RCF is a great opportunity for me, and I look forward to introducing their products to a broader market.”
RCF UK director of sales, Dean Davoile, added: “I look forward to working with Chris again and seeing RCF continue to move forward.”
(Jim Evans)


Group One announces key personnel changes

Monday, 6 March 2017

USA - Last year represented numerous significant milestones for Group One Limited, the Farmingdale, New York-based US distributor for DiGiCo, Avolites and several other well-respected audio and lighting manufacturers, Not only was it the company’s 25th anniversary and its best sales year ever with double-digit growth across the board, but 2016 also brought the addition of Calrec, KLANG:technologies and DTS Lighting to the distributor’s line card - plus an investment in the company by Audiotonix, the parent company of DiGiCo and Calrec.
To position the company for continued growth, the US distributor has now implemented a number of managerial changes.
DiGiCo national sales manager Matt Larson has been promoted to the position of Group One vice president, professional audio, and is now overseeing all of Group One’s audio brands for the touring, theatre and install markets. “Matt is a great asset to Group One and deserves much of the credit for the growth of DiGiCo here in the US,” says Group One president Jack Kelly. “I rely heavily on Matt’s advice, and as we continue to grow and look for new opportunities, it is time to recognize the key role that he continues to play for us as well as to set the stage for Group One’s next growth phase.”
Sales and support associate Ryan Shelton has now been named Group One’s national sales manager fo


d&b audiotechnik appoints chief sales officer

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Germany - d&b audiotechnik has announced the appointment of Stephan Greiner as chief sales officer. From 1 March Mr Greiner will serve as a member of the Managing Board, reporting directly to Amnon Harman CEO. Mr Greiner succeeds Hans-Peter Nüdling, taking responsibility for global sales and sales operations, as well as Education, Application Support, and Product Services.
With a degree in electrical engineering, Mr Greiner’s professional career spans more than 25 years, having held senior management positions at Siemens, Osram, Everlight, and most recently as vice president sales EMEA at the international LED manufacturer, Cree.
Commenting on the appointment, Amnon Harman CEO said: “Stephan’s impressive professional background and passion for technology will be a great asset to d&b at a time of significant development and innovation. His dedication to creating and strengthening business partnerships, and his expertise in building global sales structures will be a driving force as we continue to grow and enter new markets.”
“d&b is an outstanding brand and a technology leader in the pro audio industry. The company’s passion to provide the best sound solutions to its customers appealed to me instantly,” says Greiner. “As d&b has successfully done so in the past, we want to continue to innovate and grow. Our goal is to br


TA Dunleavy joins PRG XL Video as MD

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

UK - PRG XL Video, the UK operation of Production Resource Group (PRG) has announced a new management structure which includes the addition of Teresa-Anne “TA’ Dunleavy as managing director, United Kingdom. TA will take-up her new position on 13 March 2017.
TA brings more than 10 years’ executive leadership experience to PRG XL, joining the company from Concerto Group where she served as CEO from 2012-2016. Prior to Concerto she was CEO of Good Relations, part of the Bell Pottinger Communications Group, where she was responsible for wins of major global brands that transformed the agency such as Nintendo, TalkTalk and Subway.
Her focus will be on further growing the commercial aspects of PRG XL’s business. She will report directly to Stephan Paridaen, PRG’s global president and chief operating officer. Stephan commented: “We are delighted to welcome TA as managing director of PRG XL Video. Her leadership experience and commercial success speaks for itself, and she is the ideal candidate to build on our plans for growth, strengthen our commercial operations, and to promote our wide range of innovative technology solutions.”
TA Dunleavy commented: “This is a great time to be joining PRG who are demonstrably committed to pushing the boundaries to exceed client and audience expectations at every turn. It’s clear there are great foundation


Really Creative Media strengthens team

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

UK - Digital and live production specialist, Really Creative Media has welcomed motion designer Alex Vipond to the team to support the company’s fashion and music client portfolio.
Vipond, working alongside creative director Jack James, will help in the delivery of live performance visuals and digital content for a range of music and theatre clients including Clean Bandit, Charli XCX and the Wedding Singer UK tour.
As a motion designer, Alex will be responsible for the creative design of digital media assets, ensuring the smooth delivery of visual content within live performance environments as well as technical post production support.
Vipond explains, “Having been initially introduced to the RCM team during one-off projects, I jumped at the chance to join the team full-time and get the opportunity to work on projects spanning such a wide breadth of genres – from corporate, theatre to working with music artists. My lighting design background will lend brilliantly to the company’s integrated AV expertise.”
Nick adds “Alex’s appointment will help us to service a growing portfolio of fashion and music clients, serving both live and online audiences. His skills will help us expand our creative delivery and push the boundaries on emerging technologies and immersive audience experiences.”
Vipond’s background includes video des


Pete Heffernan joins Christie Lites Rentals

Monday, 27 February 2017

USA - Longtime industry veteran Pete Heffernan has joined Christie Lites. Heffernan was president of Bandit Lites for eight years prior to joining Christie Lites and his career spans more than three decades including as promoter of an Elvis Presley concert, lighting designer, production manager and finally as corporate executive.
Heffernan said, “Christie Lites is a company that puts the client first and has a methodology that in my opinion is tops in the industry. I have always placed the client’s needs first and then provided the support to make the production a success. Christie Lites is the perfect place for me to take this approach to the next level.”
Heffernan has relocated to Nashville and will focus on customer relations and market development for Christie Lites, whose scope includes concert tours, special events, corporate/industrial presentations, theatre, and television & film.
Heffernan has already been introduced to the Christie Lites business model which calls for all offices in the Christie Lites rental network to work together for support - a model he admires, he said. “I am totally knocked out by the warehouse structure of Christie Lites. I have been in two and they are strikingly similar in setup, which allows the consistency of service from one shop to the next. With the many locations of Christie Lites, a job can be pre


Outback names Ed Pagett as commercial director

Friday, 24 February 2017

UK - Outback Rigging has announced that Ed Pagett, formerly MD of Panalux Broadcast & Events has been appointment commercial director from 1February 2017.
Ed commented, “My role at Outback is to help diversify their product/service offering as well as increase market share and profile of the established core business – which traditionally has been rigging services to the events, exhibition and corporate presentation markets throughout the UK.”
He continued, “I initially took a six-month sabbatical after 11 years at Panalux to step back and evaluate where new, fresh and exciting opportunities lay. It wasn’t a complete break however because I remained (and continue to remain) heavily involved with the PLASA Board in my capacity as chairman. I have known Mark Surtees – MD of Outback Rigging for several years through PLASA and after an initial discussion, it didn’t take much persuasion for me to join Outback as part of their management team.”
With a career spanning 35 years in the entertainment and events industry Ed is a respected and recognized business leader and has developed an unusual mix of technical, creative, commercial and business skills with four leading industry brands – Strand Lighting, Vari-Lite, Panalux and PLASA.
“I have had the benefit of an incredibly broad range of experience and from that developed a thorou


Andy Mahaffey re-joins AC-ET

Friday, 24 February 2017

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has announced that Andy Mahaffey has re-joined the company in a key external UK sales role.
Andy brings a wealth of all-round lighting technical knowledge and experience to the position, having worked in customer-facing roles on both the sales and event production sides of the industry.
Most recently he worked at Blitz|GES (formerly known as Blitz Communications) for four years as head of lighting. Whilst in this role, Andy was responsible for building the company's Lighting department, which provides full service production for large-scale corporate and other live events. In addition, he provided lighting design and project management solutions to a wide range of events.
Andy also got first-hand experience utilising products from AC-ET's portfolio of popular and leading lighting brands - including Chroma-Q LED fixtures and Jands lighting & media control systems - and the chance to see how they compare with other technologies on the market.
Prior to this, his roles included working for over a decade in AC-ET's Lighting Technical Sales & Support department, giving him an in-depth technical knowledge of these and many other popular brands available from the company.
Andy commented, “I've been both an employee of AC-ET and one of its many clients working in the busy event productions


Valère Huart-Gyors, 1979-2017

Thursday, 23 February 2017

France – Leading entertainment lighting manufacturer Ayrton has announced the tragic death of its export manager, Valère Huart-Gyors. The company’s statement said:
“It is with a heavy heart that we report the heart of Valère stopped beating last Sunday. He was 37 years old.
“Valère Huart-Gyors, our collaborator and dear colleague, was responsible for exporting Ayrton throughout the world. Since 2011, from Las Vegas to Sydney, he has spread our values with a rare commitment because Valère was an authentic fan of Ayrton.
“Methodical, organised and precise, he advanced quickly and well, exercising a detailed knowledge of his market. Societies and their politics, people and their past, excited him in addition to his many interests such as history, politics, music . . . Valère was both brilliant and cultivated. His humour, sharp and often caustic, made us laugh. He was also a rascal, and Norman . . .
“It was with the enthusiasm of a young graduate of higher education that he arrived in Paris at the age of 22, first as a salesman at AVLS, then as purchasing manager for La BS, before joining Ayrton to develop international sales. “It’s Ayrton’s second life,” he said humorously when he arrived in 2011, and success, which first struck in the US, spread throughout the globe.
“Now, sadly, Valère will no longer get angry at h


Tommy Stephenson, 1963-2017

Thursday, 23 February 2017

USA - TMB has issued the following tribute to its first employee Tommy Stephenson who sadly passed away this week . . .
“TMB fondly remembers our first employee, Tommy Stephenson, the loudest man in show business.
“After a record breaking stint as PA for Greg Lake (of ELP fame) Tommy joined TMB around 1984 (who kept track in those days?). He transformed the fledgling organization from Two Men in a Bedroom to Three Men and a Dog. Tommy’s primary role then was, and always remained, Confusion Analyst, but his early duties also included cable coiler, driver, shipping/receiving expert, and ace booth builder (specializing in the afternoon shift). Later, in the spare time between his ongoing confusion analysis, he grew to become TMB’s Sales Manager. His heavy focus on confusion was the origin of TMB’s famous Rule Three: “Do Not Believe A Word Tommy Tells You.” In 2013 Tommy sadly retired from TMB for health reasons.
Tommy was infamous for not listening – ever! Known far and wide as “Large and Loud,” his blustery voice carried like a foghorn, irrespective of the environment or situation, or the choice language he was also known for. A demure patron in a London Indian restaurant put it succinctly: “I want to thank you for sharing your entire evening with the entire restaurant. You sir, are an a***hole.” Once, during one of many long fligh


Susan McGuirl joins BTS Foundation Board

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

USA - Susan McGuirl, the Head of North America Entertainment, Entertainment Division, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, has accepted an invitation to join the Behind the Scenes Foundation Board of Directors.
Susan has been in the insurance industry for over 25 years holding various leadership positions in both claims and underwriting. Allianz Entertainment is the largest entertainment insurance writer in the U.S. focusing on providing specialized insurance solutions for the entertainment industry
Upon accepting the appointment, Susan commented, "I am honoured to serve on the Behind the Scenes Board of Directors. BTS’ dedication to the entertainment industry is important and necessary in serving those who need our help and support."
Rick Rudolph, the chair of the Behind the Scenes Foundation, welcomed Susan to the Board saying, “We are extremely honoured to have Susan join us in our work. Her desire to support entertainment technology professionals in need is a natural extension of her longstanding commitment to making our industry a safer place. We look forward to breadth of experience and new ideas she will bring to the Board.”
The Behind the Scenes charity provides entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured with grants that may be used for basic living and medical expenses. For more information about Be


Lorraine Nugent joins GDS architectural lighting team

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

UK - GDS has announced the appointment of Lorraine Nugent as business development manager for its architectural lighting team. Lorraine is a highly qualified and widely respected architectural interior designer, who has worked with a host of high profile companies including Concord Lighting and Jaguar Cars. Her role will comprise a whole-project approach which will see her involved on both the sales and design side of the team.
Matt Lloyd, managing director, GDS, comments, "As we expand the scope of applications for GDS products, it's essential that we bring on board team members with both technical expertise and specific market experience. Lorraine is exactly the person to take GDS's products further and deeper into the architectural lighting sector.”
Lorraine Nugent looks forward to her role, "GDS's status in the theatre-lighting world is of the highest order and the products are superb - a fact reinforced by their many awards. The potential for their placement within the architectural lighting field is huge and I believe that my know-how and understanding of this sector can really take GDS forward. I'm full of enthusiasm for the task and really pleased to be joining what is clearly an excellent team."
(Jim Evans)


New general manager at Nashville’s Gear Park

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

USA - Gear Park, Nashville’s full-service facility that specializes in storage of musical and stage equipment for artists, has announced Steve Powell as the new general manager.
Steve joins the team following 18 years of working at Bandit Lites. “I have always enjoyed new challenges and have been given many rewarding opportunities at Bandit Lites,” he says. “I am excited to be part of Gear Park and am looking forward to growing this business.”
Gear Park's goal is to provide clients with a safe, protected, and comfortable space, to not just store equipment, but to work on the gear all while in a user friendly environment.
“Our location is quiet and secure, away from the traffic of metro Nashville but with easy access to I-24,” says Powell. “There is a large amount of space to pull gear out of a locker and work on it. We have secure lockers, climate controlled suites, and open floor space for large sets and other gear.”
(Jim Evans)


Dylan Jones joins DWR Distribution

Monday, 13 February 2017

South Africa - Dylan Jones has joined DWR Distribution as both draftsman and IT support, and in time will also assist in media server development.
“I love drawing,” said Dylan, “It’s taking nothing and making it into something. Drawings help you set up everything before you do a project or event, and saves so much time.
“Over the last year, Dylan had attended Vectorworks training sessions at DWR and on all occasions, was one of the top students. When our previous draftsman at DWR, Callie du Preez, let us know that he wanted to further his studies in a different direction, Dylan immediately came to mind. He fits in like one of the family. We will all miss Callie but know that he is a talented individual who will hopefully always be in our lives and we wish him well.”
(Jim Evans)


Lee Baird joins DWR Distribution team

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

South Africa - DWR Distribution has appointed Lee Baird as marketing coordinator. No stranger to the industry, Lee worked alongside her partner, Rob Young, at Theatre and Studio for six years, during which time she visited various theatres in the country and maintained the day-to-day running of the office. “Working with Rob was the best part of the job,” smiles Lee. “And it’s great to work alongside him once again at DWR.”
Lee will be positioned in the marketing department and she will also be instrumental in helping to arrange projects like DWR’s Mediatech exhibit (Johannesburg, 19-21 July 2017), fundraisers for the SOS Charity fund and ensuring the industry has t-shirts to wear!
“It’s really an honour to welcome Lee to our team,” said Duncan Riley of DWR. “She is an organised and diligent person whom we have known for a few years now, and I know she will be a tremendous help in the marketing department. We hope that Lee will be very happy here.”
(Jim Evans)


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