USA - Yamaha Commercial Audio will host two sessions as part of the AVIXA seminar programme at InfoComm 2019.
Yamaha: Network Boot Camp for AV Professionals and Audio Insights in Hospitality and Retail will address key technical and business aspects of audio networking and installed audio systems.
Addressing the technical aspects of networking and the decisions which need to be taken for installed audio systems in hospitality, retail and other public-facing environments, these sessions will be presented by senior product specialists Andy Cooper and Karl Christmas, both well-known faces from Yamaha’s Audioversity training programme.
The seminars will be open to all InfoComm seminar and workshop package holders on a first-come, first -served basis, so advance registration is essential.
“An important part of Yamaha’s training initiative is to connect with audio professionals, to understand them, the challenges they face and be able to better respond to their expectations,” says Glenn Booth, director of marketing at Yamaha Corporation of America. “We want to share our knowledge and experience with industry professionals through tradeshow seminars, webinars and other training sessions. We hope the seminars at InfoComm 2019 will help participants to improve their understanding of best practice, to benefit both them and their customers.”
India - Waves Audio will be presenting the eMotion LV1 digital mixing solution at the upcoming PALM Sound & Light Summit. The presentation will take place between 15.30-16.30 on 30 May (Thursday) at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Goregaon.
The eMotion LV1 Live Mixer is modular and can be adjusted according to the user’s mixing and business requirements.
Involved in the presentation will be Ravisankar Nadiyam (Waves regional sales manager), Pravin Muralidhar (FOH for Neha Kakkar and Jonita Gandhi) and Supratik Subramanian (FOH for MADBOY/MINK and The Fanculos).
UK - The deadline to nominate products for the Association of British Theatre Technicians’ (ABTT) awards is fast approaching, say the organisers.
Bestowed by peers and industry experts each year at the ABTT Theatre Show in June, the awards - including Product Awards for Engineering, Sound, & Lighting and the award for Widget of the Year - are open to any company or individual whose products have been “substantially new” to the market during the last 12 months and are available for purchase, immediate delivery and use.
An award for ABTT Theatre Show Stand of the Year is open to 2019 show exhibitors only.
To be considered, the entries must be available for adjudication during the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show on 5 June (Wednesday) at London’s Alexandra Palace, either on their exhibition stand or hosted by one of the pre-registered exhibitors.
Last year’s winners included EM Acoustic’s EMS-41 (Sound Product), Martin’s MAC Encore Wash (Lighting Product), MDG’s Round Floor Pocket (Engineering Product) and Flint’s ‘6 in 1’ & ‘3 in 1’ Staplers (Widget).
Technician of the Year
The search for the 2019 Technician of the Year is also gathering pace, with deadline for nominations 31 May (Friday). Open to ABTT members and non-members, recipients have usually pursued full employment in a backstage or production management role for at least 10 years and have predominantly worked on the pres
Australia - Sydney-based event production and management company AGB Events has announced plans to expand, bringing its vision and talents to festivals, museums, cultural/heritage celebrations and other events and locations around the world.
AGB Events was founded in 2006 by Anthony Bastic, who has spent decades in the entertainment and events industry, including as creative director for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games Live Sites and the recent Invictus Games Sydney 2018. Bastic is best known as curator of Destination NSW’s annual Vivid Light Sydney.
“We specialise in imagining, producing and delivering cutting edge creative and cultural event concepts. AGB Events has a long track record of developing unique content that engages audiences in superb spectacles,” says Bastic, “and we plan to bring our extensive expertise and skills to organisations worldwide.
“Our strength is in storytelling in a way that resonates, excites and deepens understanding,” he continues, “whether that’s for governments, arts festivals, heritage sites and events or corporations - capturing imaginations in innovative ways with light and sound, creating digital stories for content from the present day to content that may be centuries old. We can do that on the largest scale imaginable - as we did recently for Parrtjima - or for the most intimate of gatherings.
“For us, technology is an extremely powerful enabler of beautiful and immersive experiences - but it’s the experience, not the technology, that is always centre stage. Our overrid
USA - Visitors to InfoComm 2019 will be able to both see and hear the new Versarray Mk III and Versarray PRO compact line array systems from Crest Audio, plus a host of other Crest and PCA product in audio demo room W224A. Hour-long demos will be running every day at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Attendees will also be able to see the products up close and meet the team to get advice on how a Crest/Peavey solution might suit their needs.
The ‘headline act’ in the Crest demo room is the new Versarray Mk III which was first seen at NAMM in January. The system comprises the Versarray 112 Mk III passive ribbon tweeter line array element featuring a 12” Black Widow Neo series woofer combined with a neodymium-based Peavey ribbon tweeter, and its companion subwoofer, the dual 18” Versarray 218 Mk III.
Designed to provide modular coverage of small to medium-sized venues, Versarray Mk III - which will be powered by Crest Audio amplifiers - combines versatility with high performance in a robust, easy-to-rig package, says the company.
Starring alongside Versarray Mk III is sister system, Versarray PRO, which offers all of the performance benefits of Versarray Mk III in a Dante-enabled, self-powered package. Both systems benefit from Peavey’s ingenious FlyQWIK fully articulated rigging system.
Also gracing the stage will be the new installation-friendly marine-grade Elements CS Series from Peavey. These fully weatherproof IP56-rated loudspeakers are specially designed to withstand the ravages of salt water. Peavey will also be demonstrating the RBN p
Germany - The latest EtherCAT Plug Fest welcomed 57 participants from eight countries and four continents.
The event, conducted by the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) in cooperation with acontis technologies GmbH, was held in the middle of May in Ravensburg.
Besides testing their own EtherCAT devices in a shared network with those of other manufacturers by using the EtherCAT Conformance Test Tool, the participants could exchange knowledge and ask for advice from the EtherCAT experts on-site. The different masters and lave products led to a balanced ratio of devices and real-life network conditions.
Christoph Widmann, managing director at acontis technologies GmbH, comments: “The EtherCAT Plug Fests are the perfect opportunity to test devices and applications in a large network together with other manufacturers. For that reason, acontis has participated in many Plug Fests in the past. As a long-term member of EtherCAT Technology Group, we’re extraordinarily happy to host an EtherCAT Plug Fest ourselves.”
Florian Hammel, one of the on-site EtherCAT experts, adds: “This Plug Fest met the customary high standard, the atmosphere among the participants was good and the location was perfect to connect the huge number of devices and work efficiently. The positive feedback from the participating device manufacturers confirms the event’s continued success.”
ETG hosts EtherCAT Plug Fests all over the world several times a year to provide practical support for its members during EtherCAT device development.
Denmark - SPOT, an annual music festival in Aarhus showcasing up-and-coming Danish and Scandinavian talents, saw 300 artists and bands perform across 25 stages throughout the city.
Lighting designer and programmer Heiða Kristín Ragnarsdóttir used a grandMA3 light console to run lighting on her stage, reserved for WILM (Women In Live Music) a European non-profit organisation that supports women working behind the scenes and backstage. For the first time, this stage was run by an all-female tech crew.
Ragnarsdóttir reports: “The MA system is my first choice for everything from theatre to concerts. It is very important for me to be able to personalize the setup to fit my needs of the moment which the grandMA2 software does easily. It is highly reliable, has intuitive controls and a lot of flexibility in programming which makes it ideal for ‘busking’ festivals.
“For a stage with a very varied genre of performers it was important that each performer had a lighting design to fit their aesthetic. A play on warm and cool along with dramatic side and backlighting gave us a good foundation to accommodate everything from Greenlandic metal to reggae for children.”
Lighting trainee Louise Bagger adds: “Being a self-taught lighting technician and coming from a different type of console I was excited and a little bit nervous to try out the grandMA3, but thanks to Heida, I quickly gained an understanding of the console, and of how easy it is to personalize a setup to your exact needs. The console design offers a nice straightforward outlook of
USA - The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest organisers have announced today that an Introduction to RDMnet will be broadcast live on Sunday 21 July from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 P.M., CDT. This event is being offered free of charge to both ESTA and non-ESTA members.
Officially known as E1.33, Entertainment Technology – (RDMnet) Message Transport and Management for ANSI E1.20 (RDM) compatible and similar devices over IP Networks, the RDMnet standard was recently approved by ESTA’s Control Protocols Working Group (CPWG) as a consensus standard and is now on track to obtain approval by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) later this summer.
RDMnet is a generational step forward, extending the functionality of RDM to Ethernet networks. As draft standard testing began in the summer of 2018, we would expect to see products with RDMnet features to begin to appear at trade shows later this year.
This educational discussion will illustrate the challenges solved by RDMnet as well as explain how it works from both a user perspective and within the protocol itself. The recommended “best practices” approach in implementation for developers will also be discussed.
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the CPWG subject matter members that authored this standard.
Registration for this round-table may be made by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructions for logging in will be emailed to all pre-registered attendees a few days before the live broadcast. Qualified attendees may also receive 0.5 ETCP renewal cr
UK - The Knight of Illumination UK (KOI) Awards, which celebrates the creative and technical talents of video and lighting designers, welcomes a number of new judges to each of the panels across the three disciplines of Theatre, Television, and Concert Touring & Events for the 2019 Awards.
The Awards boast three panels comprised of arts critics and industry experts, with specialist knowledge of their sector, to ensure well-rounded coverage and expert insight during the judging process.
In the Theatre category, each judge serves a two-year term on the panel, which is chaired by critic and broadcaster, David Benedict.
"Given the breadth and depth - and length - of the annual judging session for the Theatre KOI Awards it is essential that our judges, all critics viewing work live in performance, are as passionate as they are articulate about their specific art form," says Benedict.
"It's a particular pleasure to welcome back Louise Levene, now dance critic for the Financial Times, to re-join the panel. Louise was a founding judge in 2007 and has since been a tireless advocate for the role of lighting in dance. By contrast, it's great to be harnessing the fresh perspectives of Tim Bano, joint lead critic for The Stage, to judge musicals and plays, and Neil Fisher, classical music editor of The Times, for the opera award. I look forward to all three joining the returning judges Zoë Anderson, Michael Billington and George Hall for a typically fiercely fought round of discussions."
Levene says, "Even the most bread-and-butter lighting will
UK - PLASA Focus Leeds returned to the Royal Armouries from 14-15 May for its 11th edition. With an 8% increase in visitors, the show once again proved to be a key social and business event in the entertainment technology calendar, welcoming professionals from across the industry over two days.
With a popular capped stand format, the show provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, as Davie Bell from Stage Electrics explains, “That’s where PLASA Focus Leeds is particularly relevant – with smaller stands you can get close to all sorts of people. As a result, we have been fantastically busy.”
Peter Condron, UK sales manager for Martin Audio confirms this sentiment: “It’s been a great show, due to the family feel which the show is known for. It’s just the right size and the fact it’s spread over two halls also makes it feel more spacious and relaxed. It has been really busy with both valued clients and potential customers coming by our stand. The show has been very positive.”
The show floor spanned two halls, offering products and solutions from a mix of audio, AV, lighting, staging and rigging brands, with several new faces who were keen to capitalise on their debut.
“As we are new to PLASA Focus Leeds we tried to do things a little differently” says 2B Heard’s director, Sam Nankivell. “We achieved this by installing an immersive audio system at our stand which included twenty speakers for a full 3D soundscape. This surprised many visitors and we had a number of new enquiries.”
Following their debut appearance
The 11th edition of PLASA Focus Leeds will open its doors from 14-15 May at the Royal Armouries Museum, unleashing the world of live entertainment technology on the north of England.
Spanning two sold-out halls, the popular show provides a platform for 175+ leading brands, all geared up to showcase the very best the industry has to offer, including a variety of products arriving on UK shores directly from international launches.
Lighting will make an impression with Robe, Chauvet, Elation and Avolites; huge audio will be delivered by Bose, d&b audiotechnik, Funktion-One and Sennheiser; and event specialists include SFL Group, UK Rigging and Hawthorn.
Beyond the show floor, the programme will see industry leaders present content that is both insightful and entertaining, guaranteeing visitors will depart from the show with ready-to-apply knowledge and endless inspiration.
Future-proofed audio systems
Audio professionals can look forward to seeing for the first time the Vero VX from Funktion One which promises to bring Vero sound to a wider range of venues. KV2 Audio will debut their ESD CUBE which offers a high quality, compact solution. Bose are presenting their ArenaMatch loudspeakers which bring improved sound and flexibility to outdoor events. Also, Martin Audio are displaying their BlacklineX series which proudly claims to be the next level of loudspeaker.
Additionally, a plethora of wireless systems will be at the show including Shure’s Axient Digital, Trantec’s newly launched S5 series of Rack ‘n’ Ready, and the new gener
UK - The first week of May saw Creative Technology UK’s Festival of Technology 2019. CTFest19, as it is known, sees the company welcome innovation partners to its Sussex base to showcase the latest in event technology and creative ideas. This year, Brompton Technology took the opportunity to give attendees a close up look at its high-end processors and new HDR technology.
HDR video offers a new approach to delivering better image quality, without requiring finer and finer pixel pitches to achieve it and brings a trio of image quality improvements that are particularly well placed for LED screens.
“The response to HDR at CTFest19 was extremely positive,” says Brompton business development manager Rob Fowler. “We’re always keen to get involved with companies who prize innovation and want to showcase leading edge technology. CT understands the benefits of our system and how it can be used to best effect. CT Fest offered us a broad reaching yet intimate platform to demonstrate the benefits of our technology to a wide range of event producers and technicians.”
As well as Brompton’s own dedicated area, CT also took advantage of Brompton processing power for CTFest19’s main stage show, which featured a 6152 x 1760 pixel, 2.8mm ROE Black Pearl LED screen run by two SX40s.
France - Pioneer Professional Audio has invited the audio installation, rental and club sectors to attend a technical audio demo at the Djoon Club facilities on the 21 May (Tuesday).
Attendees will be able test Pioneer’s XY Series (comprising the XY-3B and XY-2 models) and experiment with the XPRS amplified speakers by bringing their own test tracks.
The XY-3B and XY-2 models are designed for fixed installations and touring. The XY series loudspeakers feature in top venues including Djoon, Fabric London, and Halcyon. The XY-3B has performed at festivals such as I Love Techno (Montpellier) ADE (Amsterdam) Ultra (Singapore) and Lovebox (London).
The XPRS active speaker range features Powersoft Class D amplifiers and comes with a seven-year warranty as standard and is designed for both audio rental companies and mobile DJs.
Spaces at the Djoon demonstration are limited, so those interested in attending must register via this link.
France - Details of Showlight 2021, the unique lighting colloquium organised for lighting professionals by lighting professionals, have been announced. The next gathering for this quadrennial event will take place on 22-25 May 2021 in the French town of Fontainebleau. The main sponsor for the event will be the 100-year old French manufacturer of followspots and theatrical luminaires, Robert Juliat.
The Showlight committee searched long and hard for a setting worthy of Showlight’s reputation for fascinating locations, and settled on the historic town of Fontainebleau which lies 55.5km (34.5 miles) south east of Paris.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its medieval Château de Fontainebleau, a royal and imperial residence for more than 800 years, and surrounded by former royal hunting park, Fontainebleau Forest, Fontainebleau is a picturesque setting full of characterful bars and restaurants which will provide an entertaining backdrop to the main activities of Showlight 2021.
The highly-anticipated conference will take place in the town’s Théâtre Municipal, directly opposite the Château de Fontainebleau, where delegates can enjoy the varied programme of conference papers delivered by professionals across many lighting disciplines. A small supporting exhibition will take place in the theatre’s foyer and courtyard between papers sessions, offering superb opportunities to network and exchange ideas with other lighting professionals. And of course, the event will close with a resplendent Gala Dinner in a
UK - Designed and developed specifically to address the demand for environmentally-conscious power within the film and TV industry, VOLTstack provides crews with easy access to clean power.
Completely emission free, with a proven track record powering sets of all sizes, the VOLTstack range includes a number of power units ranging from 2kW and 5kW to 13kW and 200kW variants.
The entire collection is suited to handling all manner of applications within the lighting, electrical and camera departments. With a rapid charge time of just 2.5 hours and available with a solar panel recharge option, the systems’ continuous power delivery is enough to handle almost any temporary application. For added convenience, units can be series linked to provide for extended operating times. The compact, rugged design which features an IP54 rating plus wireless monitoring, making VOLTstack a suitable solution whether on set or location.
David Sinfield, gaffer on Alladin and Wonder Woman comments: “These battery powered units deliver robust, convenient and emission free power, they are an excellent power source, wherever you are. Used in conjunction with the latest LED technology VOLTstack can easily handle all manner of lighting installations, with no compromise in performance, no fumes and no noise.”
Suitable for use in emissions sensitive areas and noise restrictive locations, VOLTstack delivers quality performance when paired with the growing number of highly effective, low energy and LED light sources which have become such a prominent featu
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) knowledgeable staff will be on hand to demonstrate a number of leading brands and technologies from its one-stop portfolio at PLASA Focus Leeds next week (stand N-E02).
Continuing Chroma-Q’s celebration of 15 years in LED innovation, the multi award-winning Color Force II will be on show to demonstrate stunning colour blending for a multitude of cyc, wash and effects lighting applications. The award-winning Space Force LED space/soft light will be illuminating the stand. It combines a powerful output with tuneable white control in a lightweight, internally ballasted design featuring low heat convection cooling. Using a homogenised LED source capable of delivering variable colour temperature, plus/minus green shift control and the ability to produce deep saturated colours when needed, the Studio Force II is specifically designed for TV Broadcast and film applications.
Showing at PLASA Focus Leeds for the first time, the Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting & media control system provides simple, visually-based programming and control which is scalable from small venue up to large concert tour applications.
Making their UK tradeshow debuts, a range of new Prolights fixtures will feature on the stand including the Panorama IP Spot, a powerful IP65 rated moving LED spot; the Pixie Wash XB, a 280W single source LED wash luminaire and the RA2000, a powerful, silent LED moving profile with high CRI ideal for theatrical, touring and broadcast productions.
First unveiled at Prolight + Sound, the Luminex Lumino
USA - Online Early Bird registration is now open for the Audio Engineering Society’s 147th International Pro Audio Convention, taking place 16-19 October at the Javits Centre in New York City.
This year’s convention will “inspire” attendees with “a diverse gathering of top minds in the audio engineering industry, leading technical programme presentations and events tailored to offer attendees the ultimate professional audio education and networking experience”. The best housing options and registration pricing are available during Early Bird registration.
This year’s AES New York convention is being organised by convention co-chairs Agnieszka Roginska, Valerie Tyler and Jonathan Wyner, who have assembled an expert team of to hone a programme covering “the most talked-about topics in the industry”.
By popular request, this year’s convention introduces several new technical programme tracks, including Electronic Dance Music (co-chaired by Alexandra Bartles and Rick Snoman); Electronic Instrument Design & Applications (chaired by Michael Bierylo); and Hip-Hop and R&B (chaired by Paul Womack). Special events co-chairs for AES New York 2019 are John Krivit and Lisa Roy.
UK - PLASA hosted its 2019 Members’ Day and AGM at the Royal College of Physicians, London, on 1 May to reflect on a year of stand-out projects and on-going industry initiatives. PLASA chairman Adam Blaxill opened proceedings with news of the Association’s key developments and achievements over the past year, while PLASA treasurer Mark Surtees reported a strong financial performance, and success across the membership, events and media divisions.
PLASA MD Peter Heath then welcomed a series of active members who have helped to steer the Association and wider industry. ETC’s Adam Bennette provided an update on the single lighting EU Ecodesign regulations, followed by Peter Willis (Howard Eaton Lighting) and Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence) who celebrated the success of PlugFest, the annual event for lighting interoperability. Board members Matt Lloyd and Koy Neminathan then reported on PLASA’s recent Manufacturers’ Forum event, while Steve Giudici discussed the importance of ASPEC’s work for the film industry. Jessica Allan (Productionomics) and Trevor Wilkinson (Purple Market Research) followed with an update on the recent research commissioned by PLASA for the industry. Meanwhile, John Simpson of technical entertainment charity Backup revealed the indispensable work done by the charity for industry professionals in crisis.
Additionally, Heath reported on the continued growth of the PLASA Show, before welcoming Mary Beth Henson (L-Acoustics) to the stage. Henson discussed how L-Acoustics had successfully returned to the London show in
UK - AV and event production company Blitz has announced that Zak Roby has joined as commercial director.
Roby, who has more than 16 years’ worth of industry experience, will focus on driving and strengthening the commercial strategy for Blitz. He joins Blitz from TMB Events. Roby will report in Mike Phillipson, managing director for Blitz.
Roby says: “I am delighted to be joining Blitz at such an exciting time. The team are fantastic and at the top of their game when it comes to their creative event production and technical knowledge, so I look forward to helping to grow the business.”
Roby will also be joined by Phil McMichael as new business development director. McMichael joins Blitz from 9 Yards Creative, a creative digital agency, a division of Future AV. He will report into Zak Roby.
USA - In a recent move to strengthen their executive management team, Elite Multimedia Productions has appointed Shana Devine to the position of director of corporate sales and business development. With over 20 years of experience in the live event and hospitality industry, Shana will now oversee the development of worldwide strategic corporate partnerships for the Nashville-based production provider, while also assisting with the evaluation of the latest emerging trends and technologies for the live event and production industry.
“Understanding their level of commitment to providing the highest quality customer support for any live event or production, I am very excited to to be joining the team at Elite Multimedia Productions,” says Devine. “This is a wonderful opportunity to utilise both my sales experience and event industry knowledge to help build many new partnerships, while at the same time maintaining the Elite Multimedia Productions commitment to excellence for all our current partners as well.”
Prior to joining Elite Multimedia Productions, Shana most recently served as the director of sales of audio visual with PSAV for the newly opened JW Marriott Nashville.
UK - Shure has announced its official sponsorship of the audio at this year’s Unified Communications (UC Expo), which takes place on 15-26 May at the ExCel, London.
As official audio sponsor, Shure will be providing a selection of microphones to equip the various theatre spaces, seminars and presentations taking place throughout the two-day London event.
Along with audio sponsorship, Shure is the headline sponsor of the AVIXA Diversity Council seminar, How Do We Attract, Recruit And Retain A Diverse And Inclusive Workforce? which is being held on 15 May (Wednesday). The seminar will focus on solutions to facilitate the development of increased diversity and inclusion within the AV/IT industry and features insight and discussion by a selection of industry heavyweights, including Kevin McLoughlin, AV manager, Royal Society of Medicine.
There will also be a Shure presentation on Thursday, 16 May entitled Make Connections Feel Effortless, hosted by Shure’s market development manager Richard Knott. The presentation aims to improve companies’ conferencing experiences by early planning of networked audio requirements and the discussion of reliable and effective systems needed.
Shure will also be exhibiting at the event, showcasing the complete range of Microflex Advance, Microflex Wireless (MXW) and ULX-D systems. Visitors are able to experience a live demo of the MXA910 Ceiling Array Microphone from the Shure booth.
Now entering its 13th year, UC Expo is Europe’s largest unified communication and collaboration show, attra
Italy - On 5 May (Sunday) the curtain will be officially raised on Music Inside Rimini. The industry event runs for three days.
The event organised by Italian Exhibition Group over the years has managed to become a reference point for the world of national and international show business, thanks to a format at European level that integrates all sectors of the product chain - in the light & sound, professional video, integrated systems and music & DJ producer sectors. New exhibitors, training and entertainment will feature across eight pavilions of the Rimini Expo Centre.
The Live You Play format, officially incorporated by the MIR brand, will give space to the rock and theatre world with three dedicated pavilions, in which participants will be able to immerse themselves to experience technological innovations live through Virtual Check and Live Show.
Among the scheduled side events, there will be workshops, conferences and meetings that will feature leading international professionals.
Lighting Designer @ Work is dedicated to the world of lights, with artists such as Jo Campana, Giovanni Pinna and Mamo Pozzoli, creators of light shows during the concerts of Vasco Rossi, Ligabue, Gianna Nannini and Cesare Cremonini.
Aerial Imaging will be presented by Tommaso Codolo, one of the leading experts in aerial and terrestrial video productions, as well as ENAC pilot, instructor and examiner who will offer an exhaustive overview on the use of DJI professional drones.
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EMEA - Production Resource Group (PRG) is integrating its global research and development efforts into a new operating group, PRG Innovation.
Joining under PRG Innovation will be PRG Projects, PRG Research and Development, and the VER product development initiatives. The new operating group will encompass operations in Belgium, China and the USA, which include facilities in Dallas, New Windsor, New York and Los Angeles.
Jere Harris, chairman and CEO of PRG, comments: “PRG Innovation brings all of our talent focused on product development into a single, global team, allowing us to anticipate market trends, move with agility and align product development with our larger strategic objectives. I believe that our investment and performance in market-driven innovation is one of the most powerful points of difference separating our brands from the competition. Now, that advantage will become even more significant.”
PRG Innovation will be led by Chris Conti in his new role as the company’s chief innovation officer. Conti has experience in concert tours, tradeshows, corporate events, TV shows and special events like the Olympics and Super Bowl Half-time shows. As product manager for PRG proprietary luminaires, he led the development of the highly successful Bad Boy Spot and Best Boy Spot fixtures, as well as PRG’s Emmy-award winning GroundControl Followspot System.
Additionally, Clay Powers will become chief operating officer of Innovation, overseeing all financial and logistical aspects of both proprietary product development and custom show s
UK - London and Dubai based event design and technical production company Maestra Group has added several new staff to the London team.
The company has also doubled the size of its premises in east London by acquiring the warehouse space next door, creating a brand-new environment from which to service and administer a diversity of shows and events.
The new staff joining the team include two project managers, two production designers and another technical manager.
Maestra London’s managing director Justin Hammond comments: “I’m always very energised to see new talent coming onboard and am really looking forward to working with all our new colleagues, offering them opportunities to flourish as individuals and to excel at their work in a friendly and inclusive atmosphere”.
Michaela Welford (senior project manager) worked in Dubai’s vibrant and a high-pressure events bubble for five years.
Matt Appleby (senior project manager) used to work as a sound engineer. He’s worked in most sectors of the events industry in recent years.
Technical manager Alex Hardie brings the lighting element of technical design to the fore with a career that started as a theatre ASM working his way up through being a technician, an operator and then an LD.
Production designer Adrian Powell’s previous employment was in exhibition design, and he engages in a lot of videography and photography skills which are definitely transferable to his work at Maestra London
Assistant production designer Kat Fung is an interior architecture grad