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Scott Rooney-Ashby joins Hawthorn

Friday, 21 April 2017

UK - Event professional Scott Rooney-Ashby has joined Hawthorn as account director to support the development of new and existing business for the company’s live event technical production service.
Formerly head of account management at mclcreate, Scott’s 20-year career has taken him through various roles from a technical project manager through to his current role as account director at Hawthorn. Clients he has worked with include: Royal Mail, JTI (Japan Tobacco International), RBS, Network Rail and the Olympic Delivery Authority.
Scott said: “I’m thrilled to have joined the Hawthorn team at such an exciting time for the company, which has seen eye-catching growth over recent years. It’s clear over the short time I’ve been with the business that I’ll be working with a team of talented, experienced and dedicated technical event professionals and I’m very much looking forward to working with them to deliver incredible events for existing and new clients.”
Simon Wood, group director of projects at Hawthorn added: “We’re delighted to welcome Scott to the team. With his in-depth experience of working across delivery, project and creative teams, Scott knows how to create truly memorable experiences for his clients and shares Hawthorn’s commitment to working collaboratively every step of the way to deliver amazing results.”


Simon King flies solo with La Traviata

Thursday, 20 April 2017

South Africa - Simon King is flying solo after working at the State Theatre in Pretoria for 28 years. He recently took a seat behind the grandMA2 to light La Traviata, performed at The Joburg Theatre by the Joburg Ballet, and complimented with the music of Giuseppe Verdi.
“The ballet is by Veronica Paeper, a renowned South African choreographer from Cape Town, and Peter Cazalet, the set designer,” said Simon. “They have specific looks so when I create something they will say ‘yes or no’, or perhaps ask me to tinker. These are classic productions but I’m also given the liberty to play. Having worked with the ballet company since 1993, it’s like working with old friends.”
Simon programmed the lighting on a grandMA2, what he describes as his happy desk. “It always works for me –it’s like my other limb and I’m very comfortable on it. It never gives me problems, is easy, fast and never crashes.”
Simon also made use of the venue’s in-house Robin 800s and MMX Spots. “The Robin 800s were used to dress the set, as side lights and for little effects. They were very busy,” he said. “The MMX spots were used for soft gobo lighting and set and dancer specials.”
(Jim Evans)


Rodgers to head DWR Install department

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

South Africa - Andrew Rodgers has joined South African based DWR Distribution. With his considerable experience in project management, technical skill and maintenance contracts, Andi will head the DWR Installation Department.
Born and raised in Liverpool, Andi did various maintenance and repair contracts at recording studios such as the Ezee Studio and prior to that the Pink Studio in the UK before moving to South Africa in 1990 where he was offered a maintenance positioned at Sun City’s Superbowl.
His colourful career has seen him working at Prosound in electronics design and maintenance, and he also did a stint or two as a freelancer in South East Asia where he worked on various projects including the project management for an audio recording studio for Taffix Solutions of Brunei.
“Andi has been a wonderful friend for close to 20 years now, where we often worked on the same projects,” said Duncan Riley of DWR Distribution. “He is respected for his great workmanship and importantly for his humanity. This has been a calculated decision as the installation department has been laden with installs for now and for the future. We feel that if the correct people are in place, we will have a successful installation at the end of the project, and a happy client. It’s a privilege to welcome Andi to the family.”
(Jim Evans)


Burke appointed MD of CT Asia Pacific

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

China - Creative Technology (CT) has announced that with immediate effect Chris Burke will take on the role of managing director of Creative Technology in Shanghai. Chris will also continue as managing director of CT in Hong Kong and Singapore. This appointment now puts all of CT’s Asia Pacific Business under his control.
Chris has been with Creative Technology since 2009 and in that time, he has developed the necessary skills to effect the changes that will be needed to further develop the China business and expand CT’s operation in this region.
Chris replaces Simon Tibble who passed away suddenly at his home in Shanghai just over a week ago. Simon was a key part of the China business and a true industry veteran whose skills helped develop the business into what it is today. He will be missed by all.
Graham Andrews, president of Creative Technology North America and Asia Pacific said, “I am delighted that Chris is taking on this additional responsibility and hope you will join me in congratulating him on his appointment.”
(Jim Evans)

Green Hippo grows international team

Green Hippo grows international team

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

UK - Green Hippo has made four additions to its UK-based team. Jacqueline Attard is the UK HQ’s new financial controller, while Phil Blue joins as sales manager, expanding the technical sales team. Rob Moss enlists as junior production engineer, and Anastasia Nikolaou is the latest member of the London-based marketing team, securing the role of PR and marketing executive.
Jacqueline Attard’s remit as Green Hippo financial controller sees her help manage the financial complexities of a global business; one with offices in the United States, as well as the UK. Jacqueline’s previous experience includes senior roles with large European and US companies, including Deloitte, Jones Lang Lasalle and AstraZeneca.
Rob Moss brings significant technical expertise, having previously held the position of broadcasting engineer at the BBC, as well as time with Orange Amplifiers where he was senior technician.
Anastasia Nikolaou’s passion for media and entertainment has its roots in her five years spent working in the TV industry. This enthusiasm, and urge to expand her knowledge of the video industry, sees her swap Athens for London.
Phil Blue has also now joined the company with a remit covering technical sales in a mix of international territories. Phil is well-known in the industry and his contacts and expertise have already yielded significant


VER appoints commercial manager

Thursday, 13 April 2017

UK - VER has announced the appointment of Katie Skelton to the position of commercial manager on their UK broadcast team.
Having begun her career as part of the BBC’s Outside Broadcast team, Katie has extensive commercial management experience in all aspects of the broadcast market. Tasked with assisting in the further development of VER Broadcast, this new appointment will allow Katie to make good use of her considerable industry experience and strong relationship management skills to further enhance the support and service enjoyed by the company’s growing clientele.
This newly created role continues VER’s global commitment to investing in expertise, service and innovation throughout its businesses, including the company’s recently expanded, full-support, London based operation.
VER Broadcast director David O’Carroll comments, “Having the opportunity to bring in Katie as part of our UK team is fantastic. Katie has an in-depth understanding of our industry and a superb track record focussed on customer experience. I’m delighted to welcome her as part of the VER Broadcast Division.”
Speaking on her new role, Katie says “Joining VER is an exciting opportunity for me, particularly at a time when the company is undertaking significant investment to help grow all aspects of its global business. The team are committed to the continued


DPA names US marketing manager

Thursday, 13 April 2017

USA - DPA Microphones has announced that Evan MacKenzie has joined the team as the new marketing and communications manager for the United States.
In his new role, MacKenzie will be strategically planning all aspects of marketing and communications for new and existing product lines. His responsibilities will include branding execution, augmenting marketing collateral for the region, media planning and buying, event planning and artist relations.
"DPA is one of the rare companies in our industry that has always put attentive focus on the end user experience using the highest quality materials, forward thinking technology and precise, uncompromising workmanship," says MacKenzie. "DPA is an authentic demonstration of what a 21st century brand can and should be in this era of instant and multiple customer touch points. I am grateful and inspired to be chosen to join the DPA team."
(Jim Evans)


New sales structure for J&C Joel

Thursday, 13 April 2017

UK - J&C Joel, has announced a new sales structure. The changes come as the company looks to position itself for future growth.
Oliver Marns, previously the UK, Europe and Russia sales manager, has now been appointed to the newly created role of sales manager to head up creative sales and focus on key accounts within the business.
Marns has worked for the company for more than five years, and during this time has been involved in delivering several of the key creative projects the company has provided. His new role is designed to enhance J&C Joel’s existing offering to new and existing customers by giving them a dedicated person to deal with and ensure the firm offers innovative solutions whilst continuing to deliver on specification, budget and on time.
Marns said: “I am delighted to take on the new role and I am genuinely excited to work even closer with our amazing clients to deliver more world class projects. In carrying out this role, I also get to work alongside our fantastic Creative Manufacturing team to ensure they can focus on what they do best; making the impossible, possible.”
Roland Rizk will take over responsibilities for Europe and Russia and will now report directly into the sales director, Stuart Coomber. His support team includes UK based Joshua Trueman, the business development executive for the region and Abbie Wa


Gene Brian returns to Bandit Lites

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

USA - Gene Brian, a former long-time Bandit Lites team member, has returned to the family, as Bandit announces his rehiring as production manager.
Gene was a key member of the Bandit family in the 1990s and early 2000s when life took him to another city and away from Bandit.
Gene was a vital part of Bandit his entire prior career; following a stint on the road, Gene moved into the office and eventually assumed the role of general manager.
“I am looking forward to returning to Bandit Lites and working with a team that specializes in the lighting field to the degree that Bandit does,” Gene said. “Bandit is known for delivering a quality product and I hope to further develop my skills as well as contribute to the firm’s respected reputation.”
(Jim Evans)


LTM restructures entertainment division

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

UK - LTM – Lift Turn Move has announced a new structure for the Entertainment side of the business, appointing Stuart Fraser as head of entertainment products. He took up his new position in March and has made a dramatic impact on the business.
Stuart brings more than 10 years’ experience in the entertainment industry, in engineering, product development and technical sales to LTM. His focus will be on further growing the entertainment market, as he brings a wealth of technical experience from his previous positions. Stuart will be the face to face contact for our key accounts, offering technical advice and helping to create solutions.
John Jones commented, “We are delighted to welcome Stuart as our new head of entertainment products, with the experience and knowledge he brings we hope this will help serve our customers more efficiently and provide the expertise and advise needed to assist in this very complex and high pressure environment.
“We are hugely excited for the launch of our new LP hoist, which main advantage is its compact frame size with high capacity to weight ratio - perfect for stage engineers and riggers a like.”
The new hoist offers 60% increase in lifting capacity on D8 Models in comparison to the LG50 Hoist. The LP500/1 D8 Model can offer a lifting capacity of 800Kg in comparison to the LG50, were the lifting capacit


Focusrite UK sales & marketing manager

Monday, 10 April 2017

UK - Focusrite has announced the appointment of Richard Johnstone as UK sales & marketing manager.
Richard joins from Propellerhead where he was partner marketing manager for UK, Benelux and Germany. Johnstone formerly played UK management roles at Steinberg, Line 6 and Yamaha.
Johnstone will manage the UK sales & marketing team, and work as part of the wider European team. He will report into the director of global marketing & sales Damian Hawley.
Richard Johnstone says, "I am delighted to be joining Focusrite as UK sales & marketing manager. With a fantastic product line-up and exciting plans for the future, I am looking forward to working with Damian and the team to further grow and develop the UK business."
Damian Hawley adds, "Richard’s extensive experience in channel marketing and management will further strengthen the partnership with our Authorised Reseller network and help to create additional demand for our brands and products.
“Our aim is to provide Focusrite and Novation customers with the best experience, whether in store or online, enabling them to properly evaluate our offerings and select the solution that best fits their requirements."
(Jim Evans)


CT’s Simon Tibble passes away

Friday, 7 April 2017

China - Simon Tibble, managing director of Creative Technology in Shanghai has passed away,
CT paid tribute: “We are shocked and saddened to announce that Simon Tibble, managing director of CT in Shanghai passed away suddenly earlier this week.
Simon leaves his wife Brooke and four children Samuel, Emma Jane, Jamie and Olivia. Our thoughts and sympathies are with them all.
Simon was a dedicated and unflappable character that will be sorely missed by all those to have met, worked or socialised with him over the years. Simon’s career in the event industry spanned 40 years including time in the UK and six years building CT’s Shanghai operation.”
A JustGiving page has been set up by friends of Simon to help raise money for his daughter's education.
(Jim Evans)


Axiom names UK sales manager

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Germany -Proel UK has announced the appointment of Richard Powell to the position of sales manager, taking over sales responsibility for its Axiom professional audio division. Richard has 20 years’ experience in sales management up to director level across international, commercial and retail markets.
A highly competent jazz musician, Richard’s career has focused very much on professional audio – including two years as manager of Sound Control in Leeds, where he was responsible for overall performance of the large retail environment; five years in charge of the national sales team at Tascam before moving on to sales manager at Source Distribution; and most recently he was professional audio director at Production Room, the professional wing of Red Dog Music, where he headed up the UK team in branches across the UK in London, Leeds, and Edinburgh.
His experience in audio installations, acoustic design, systems integration, and studio design will enable the AXIOM brand to reach its potential and achieve the same success in the UK and Europe as it already has done in many countries around the world.
Richard’s appointment coincides with the introduction of the new high technology column array system, the AX12C, that is being exhibited this week at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.
“I am delighted to be joining Proel at this exciting stage in


DiGiCo appoints general manager

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Germany - Digital audio solutions company, DiGiCo has announced the appointment of Austin Freshwater as its general manager.
Austin joins the DiGiCo team from Canon, the world-leading innovator and provider of imaging and information technology solutions, where he spent the previous 10 years working in sales, latterly becoming sales director for UK and Ireland.
“During my time with Canon I developed sales into the professional broadcast sector working with the likes of NEP, the BBC and Sky as well as the AV market via their range of projectors. This gave me a valuable insight into some of DiGiCo’s markets before I joined the company.
Austin will be working closely with DiGiCo’s VP sales, Ian Staddon who says, “It’s great to have Austin on-board as he brings different expertise and a new perspective to the team. I am sure he will be an asset to the business and provide an additional level of support to both myself and the sales team.”
“The role of general manager is also a wider remit for me,” Austin concludes. “Although there’s still a lot for me to learn on the technical side of things, the rest has fallen into place quite quickly, and the DiGiCo team are a great group of very passionate people.
“I’m very much looking forward to the challenges ahead to meeting many of DiGiCo’s distributors and customers at Proligh


Lee Baldock joins The Fifth Estate

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

UK - The Fifth Estate Ltd has announced the growth of the company, with the arrival of well-known entertainment technology editor and journalist, Lee Baldock, who joins the group of experienced marketing content producers and strategists. Baldock, who left Light & Sound International (LSi) magazine this spring, joins The Fifth Estate as senior account director.
Based in Sussex, Lee will work from the company's seaside office near Brighton. Working closely with creative director Sarah Rushton-Read, his focus will be on business development, alongside helping existing clients craft their brand stories for the variety of audiences and platforms that today's marketing communications need to reach.
Baldock's long career has seen him spend 22 years representing the entertainment technology industry working on leading B2B publication LSi, gaining experience under the editorships of both John Offord and Ruth Rossington, before becoming editor and head of PLASA Media, a position he has held successfully for the past 13 years.
"I'm excited to be joining the team at The Fifth Estate," says Baldock. "I've known the company since its inception, and have always been impressed by its output and its role in helping connect some really innovative technology producers to the creative people who use that technology out in the marketplace.”
Sarah Rushton


JHS confirms new chairman

Friday, 31 March 2017

UK - The Board of John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd has announced that effective 1 April 2017, Mrs Linda Drumm will be taking up the role of chairman, bringing a wealth of knowledge of the company and our industry, maintaining what the board feels is absolutely crucial family continuity and ensuring that JHS retains the personal touch which has always been at the heart of its interactions with customers, suppliers and staff.
Linda commented, “I’m looking forward to taking up the chairmanship at JHS enormously. After forty years of involvement with the company in a variety of roles, I’m confident that with the support of an exceptional and talented Board of Directors, dedicated managers and so many loyal and hard-working staff, we have a professional team which can drive the company forward and continue to build on the wonderful ‘family company’ legacy that my parents John and Madge Skewes worked so hard to create.”
(Jim Evans)


Neets aims to expand international footprint

Friday, 31 March 2017

Denmark - Scandinavian supplier of AV equipment Neets has announced two new additions to the company: Bo Jordansen joins as head of sales and Michael Rumph as the new product manager for the company’s AV offerings.
Together, these new appointments will strengthen the company’s focus on placing customers at the heart of its products and expanding the company’s international footprint.
As product manager, Michael will be responsible for leading cross-functional efforts to develop innovative and customer-centric products. He will support Neets in its continued efforts to make life easier for presenters around the world and stay focused on customer needs. With over 20 years’ experience working within both sales and systems design in the AV industry, Michael is well equipped to take on this new role.
Michael said, “Neets is well-known for delivering high-quality products, and this product manager role is a unique opportunity within the AV industry. I believe I bring a strong understanding of what customers are looking for in AV products, and I look forward to helping Neets continue to deliver products that meet and exceed customer expectations.”
As head of sales, Bo will be responsible for all direct sales and reseller functions outside of the EU, as Neets continues to expand into markets throughout the Americas, the Middle East and Asia Pa


Hawthorn expands scenic department

Friday, 31 March 2017

UK - Creative technical production expert Hawthorn has expanded its in-house scenic department to enhance its set design and manufacturing service and meet increasing demand from clients.
To support the ongoing development of the department, Daniel Carden joined the company in October 2016, taking up the role of head of scenic. Having previously worked in Dubai, Dan brought with him a wealth of experience in set building for exhibitions, events and theatre. Having been in position for six months now, he has already made a significant impact on the six-man strong department, including overseeing the purchase of a new CNC machine.
CNC (Computer Numerical Control) involves the use of computers to control machine tools. The machine enables much more precise manufacture than manual machining and can produce complex shapes that would otherwise be impossible to achieve. The new machine expands Hawthorn’s offering to its clients, allowing them to manufacture complex sets in-house, removing the need for additional suppliers.
“I’ve used CNC machines for many years and have seen the difference it can make, especially when a high-end finish is needed,” explains Dan. “It can be very labour intensive for the team to reach the required standard, whereas a computer driven machine can do it a lot easier and in a lot less time.”
And it’s not just lar


David Claringbold joins d&b audiotechnik

Friday, 31 March 2017

Germany - d&b audiotechnik has appointed David Claringbold as chief marketing officer. The former director of Sydney Opera House, and member of the d&b audiotechnik Advisory Board, joins the management team effective 29 March, reporting directly to CEO Amnon Harman. Claringbold, who has relocated from Australia to Germany, succeeds Sabina Berloffa in the role.
As chief marketing officer, Claringbold’s leadership covers marketing communications, public relations, brand management, market intelligence and product management. His appointment will support the company as it further develops its segment strategy particularly within the installation market, while maintaining a strong position in mobile sectors.
At the iconic Sydney Opera House, Claringbold held several senior management positions over a period of almost 20years, most recently as director theatre and events with responsibility for commercial performance, presenter marketing, technical direction and event operations.
“David is a leader with an exceptional track record of achievement at the highest level of the arts, technology, and business, globally. For decades he’s not only been familiar with the international pro audio industry but also with d&b systems, and with our values,” says CEO Amnon Harman.
“David has a clear vision of how markets around the world will ch


GLP strengthens UK operation

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

UK - GLP has announced two new members of its rapidly expanding UK operation, set up 12 months ago from a base in Exeter, Devon. The recruitment of seasoned lighting professional Simon Barrett is designed to give the company more direct contact with premier lighting designers and specifiers.
In recent years Simon has coordinated technical sales in Melbourne for Show Technology, before returning to the UK via a six month stint in New Zealand, to help set up a new office for the company there. Prior to that, he had occupied Technical Sales and Training roles with both White Light and MA.
Simon, who has a BA (Hons) degree in Lighting Design, says: “My priority will be to get the product in front of the key people who will be using it.”
Since Show Technology had been a distribution agent for GLP in Australia and New Zealand, he already has a wealth of GLP brand knowledge. While in Australia, he was also closely involved in the installation of GLP Spot One and Wash One fixtures into the Adelaide Convention Centre.
Meanwhile, in order to harness the growth, and keep the office running efficiently, GLP has also recruited Sintija Ruza in an administrative capacity. Sintija resumed her career after taking a break to study a degree in accountancy, and responding to a recruitment ad, was soon being interviewed by GLP UK Director, Mark Ravenhill.


Christie Lites Coventry announces UK team

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

UK - Christie Lites Coventry has put its UK team in place at its newest - and first overseas - location for the North American stage lighting and rigging rental company.
The warehouse doors open earlier than previously announced to accommodate its first UK/European tour with longtime client KISS. Limited business begins 1 April, with full operations expected to be running by 1 May.
Temporarily serving as setup team are Dan Souwand, vice president of operations, and Mark Wolverton, operations manager of the CL New York office. Both are on location to ensure the shop and staff are compliant with Christie Lites standards.
Staffing the new UK office are operations manager Andy Mitchinson, along with account reps Roy Hunt and Andy Strachan.
Andy Mitchinson’s 25-year lighting industry career started in 1990 at The Oxford Apollo Theatre, then The Shepherds Bush Empire where he designed for various dance bands. In 1996 he moved to Australia as touring crew for Jands and Bytecraft for the next nine years. His personal highlight was as crew chief for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony. Mitchinson returned to the UK in 2005 as PRG crew chief for stadium world tours including The Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Oasis, and Sam Smith. He just finished with Drake’s world tour in Paris before joining Christie Lites Coventry.
“Over the years I


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


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