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ola-koiOla Melzig to host Knight of Illumination Awards
Friday, 19 May 2017

UK - Internationally renowned production manager Ola Melzig - head of production for Eurovision 2017 - is set to host the glamorous tenth anniversary edition of the Knight of Illumination Awards. The prestigious ceremony will be held on 17 September at London's Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.
Throughout his career, Melzig has coordinated innumerable high-profile shows around the globe, including the Commonwealth Games, the Nobel Prize Banquet, and now no fewer than 12 Eurovision productions - all of which are a long way from his first role in the industry, working as a stagehand in 1989. At the 2017 TPI Awards, Melzig was announced 'Production Manager of the Year' as voted for by the public and his peers.
"The Knight of Illumination Awards has become a 'must attend' event in our industry," says Melzig. "Not only does it offer an entertaining evening among notable lighting designers, it's also a flat out great party!"
The Knight of Illumination Awards is the largest UK-based awards ceremony designed to recognise and celebrate the phenomenal talents of international lighting and digital content designers for their spectacular work across the United Kingdom. Melzig adds: "The only thing that could possibly make it better, is if I could win a sword!"
Nominations can be made for the Television and Concert Touring & Events categories at the Knight of Illumination website.
The Headline Sponsors for KOI 2017 are Claypaky and OSRAM. KOI 2017 is also generously sponsored by Spotlight Sponsors ADB, Avolites, d3 Technologies, ETC, GLP German Ligh

floorbox-solution-a-perfect-conversion-for-saracensFloorbox solution for Saracens
Thursday, 18 May 2017

UK - Floorbox, the new online temporary flooring hub, specified and supplied 650sq m of Rola-Trac’s iTrac pitch protection to Allianz Park stadium ahead of Jewish community event Yom HaShoah.
Home to European Rugby Champions Saracens, the £1m Allianz Park pitch combines hardcore, aggregate and carpet with rubber infill. Significant weights applied directly can cause the aggregate to bulge while the top layer, a fibre composite, has to stay upright to prevent it causing friction burns to players.
With a big LED screen and a heavy stage coming in for Yom HaShoah, the Remembrance Day for victims of the Holocaust, iTrac was the appropriate means to maintain the surface.
John Davy, founder/managing director of Floorbox, says: “We work with a range of manufacturers and the core value of Floorbox is its independence. So our advice, qualified by years of experience, is impartial and our goal is to help clients get the right product for the job and get the best out it.
“i-Trac is a quick and easy system to use. It’s equally effective on hard or soft ground, it’s incredibly strong and provides proper protection for Saracens’ state-of-the-art pitch.”
Stadium director, Richard Gregg, comments: “Allianz Park is a great stage for all sorts of events, inside and out. Looking after the playing surface is of paramount importance of course and I was delighted with the Floorbox solution ahead of Yom HaShoah. The i-Trac will serve us very well going forward too.”
Built to serve the community rather than simply Saracens, Allianz

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Love Conquers All - The Portuguese are celebrating the fact that an intimate love ballad in their language conquered a Eurovision song contest audience for the first time. Salvador Sobral's success with Amar Pelos Dois (Love for Both of Us) has made him a national hero. Previously Portugal had never got above the sixth place that it reached in 1996.
It was a triumph for "brand Portugal", music journalist and advertising executive Manuel Falcao told the BBC. "The Portuguese language is present worldwide but sometimes it's hard for the national identity to make an impression, so for the brand this is very nice - people are very happy."
The timing was fortunate for Portugal, as the nation shows signs of recovery from the 2008 financial crisis and a massive bailout from its eurozone partners.
Pop-up Opera - Opera and theatre fans can bid to have Shakespeare’s Othello or Verdi’s opera Otello performed in their living room. Pop-up company Kent Opera is auctioning off a performance of Othello or Otello to charities and individuals to raise money for a project working with male prisoners. Bids must exceed the production cost of £1,250 as well as the price of travel for the artists involved.
Kent Opera, which is a registered charity, will then perform to the winning bidder "anywhere within reason", which could include someone’s house, an office, or a church. The money raised will support the company’s Pros and Cons programme, in which it will perform and run workshops at Swaleside prison in Kent later

arenna-matthewsonArenna Matthewson joins Prolight Concepts
Thursday, 4 May 2017

UK - The Prolight Concepts Group, distributors of LEDJ, Equinox, Global Truss, eLumen8 and Clever Acoustics, has appointed Arenna Matthewson as regional sales manager for London and the South East.
Arenna joins the team at a time of expansion for the group and is already a familiar face, having previously worked for Avolites and TMB.
“Arenna is looking forward to meeting our existing customers, and welcoming new clients,” says group managing director, Andrew Jeffrey.
(Jim Evans)

ETCP launches new website
Wednesday, 3 May 2017

USA - The Entertainment Technician Certification Programme (ETCP) has announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of its website: Key features of the site include a cleaner and more modern design, a more engaging user experience with enhanced search and navigation.
The site's refreshed and simplified look, combined with enriched content, improved search functionality, and optimization for mobile devices allows users to better interact with ETCP.
(Jim Evans)

thewiperstimes158Hawthorn hot off the press with The Wipers Times
Friday, 28 April 2017

UK - Following a run at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury and a UK tour in 2016, satirical play The Wipers Times has arrived in the West End with a limited run at The Arts Theatre. Full technical service provider Hawthorn were chosen to provide lighting equipment for this dark comedy from the trenches.
A stage adaptation of their award-winning BBC film, The Wipers Times by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper that was created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme.
The team at Hawthorn worked with lighting designer James Smith to provide lighting equipment for the production when it toured in 2016 and were delighted to be asked to be involved once again when it arrived in the West End.
Smith, explaining why he chose to get Hawthorn on board once again, said: “After seeing the success of how Hawthorn delivered the UK tour of Wind in the Willows, of which I’m the Associate LD, it was not a hard decision to ask them to supply the lighting equipment for The Wipers Times, both on the original tour and the transfer to the Arts Theatre.

In line with technical enhancements within the industry, the rig for the West End production utilises a mixture of LED fixtures, such as the ETC ColorSource Spot, alongside more traditional tungsten fixtures such as the Vari*lite VL1000TS.
“The production required a wide variety of fixtures including framing moving lights, LED source fours, zoomable LED cans and very tight Aero cans” says Smith. “This was due to the hu

hrc-l1Hard Rock Café enjoys the Yamaha touch
Friday, 28 April 2017

France - Hard Rock Café is arguably one of the most recognised names in popular, family-orientated dining, its mixture of American style food and music memorabilia continuing to attract millions of customers across the world. One of its newest outlets is in Lyon, France, which features a Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) system.
As with all Hard Rock Cafés, the Lyon outlet features dining, live performance, a shop and public circulation areas, as well as a private dining area and a meeting room. Systems integrator Eurosono was contracted to install the audio system, choosing a zoned Yamaha CIS solution because it delivers great sound with very flexible control.
“A main requirement was that each zone and a range of audio sources had to be managed from a centralised point,” says Frédéric Borde of Yamaha Music Europe France. “A Dante audio network was installed throughout the venue, so control via Yamaha’s Provisionaire Touch iPad app was ideal, as it can be highly customised and used anywhere in the venue.”
The eight-zone system is managed by an MTX5-D matrix mixer/signal processor, with control via a bespoke Provisionaire Touch design. Six DCP1V4S surface-mount panels are located in the system rack for emergency manual control of each zone, with two more (linked via a DCH8 hub) in convenient locations. Six VXC6W ceiling speakers cover the shop, entrance and private dining area, with eight NS-IC600 ceiling speakers covering the meeting room, toilets, corridor and cellar. An XMV8140-D power amplifier drives the loudspeakers.

sh-10cc-april-2017-20170408211610S+H gets Bigheaded
Wednesday, 26 April 2017

UK - LED screen, drapes and special FX specialist S+H Technical Support supplied a full Pea-light starcloth wrap as specified by designer Patrick Doherty for the new Bigheads TV series, a Primal Media production for ITV, recorded in the George Lucas 2 studio at Elstree in Hertfordshire, UK.
The show, presented by Jason Manford, follows in the footsteps of popular series Its A Knock Out, a slightly bonkers comedy games show first broadcast in 1966 which ran until the 1990s, and legendary puppet show, Spitting Image, known for its razor sharp wit and political satire.
Patrick wanted a neat and interesting finish to the studio, so decided on the more modern application of a vintage starcloth effect.
S+H “were brilliant” he comments. The Devon based company has supplied soft goods including starcloths, pea-light drapes and special FX for many of his shows including Strictly Come Dancing for several seasons.
Mark Kenyon was the LD and the series was directed by Richard Van Riet.
For the WE Day 2017 charity fundraiser in the UK, S+H supplied massive quantities of blacks and an extensive pipe-and-drape system to create dressing rooms, break-outs and green rooms plus other backstage areas at Wembley Arena. A crew from S+H installed everything for production manager Natalie Smith.
S+H’s Terry Murtha comments: “We’ve been involved as a supplier for the last few WE Days and are extremely proud to be able to support the movement and its very worthwhile goals”. These included empowering, educating and in

starboy-tour-broadweigh-1BroadWeigh provides something for The Weeknd
Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Europe - The Weeknd embarked on the first phase of his Starboy Legend of the Fall world tour in February. The Canadian musician kicked off the 46 date tour in Sweden and will stop off in some of Europe's biggest cities. The tour supports his latest studio album Starboy which sees the singer collaborate with the likes of Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey and Kendrick Lamar.
The tour's production manager Robert DeCeglio brought rigging company THiNC Worldwide on board to handle the rigging elements of the tour. Head rigger Chris Wilson specified the BroadWeigh system which consists of 46 active BW-S325 load cells. He explained: “A significant portion of the Starboy tour system is suspended over the audience with a dynamic load. We knew very early that having the load cells and monitoring the loads daily was going to be very important to maintain the safety of the audience, band and crew. The tour currently has 120 conventional motors that rig to the venue roof.
“There is a 70,000lb super grid that supports an additional 55 Tait Nav Hoists, all of which move during the show. We use the BroadWeigh system every day to balance the super grid to ensure that the loads are distributed as they were designed to be. Being wireless, the BroadWeigh system is perfect - making this process very fast and efficient."
The total weight of the Starboy tour is just over 130,000 pounds (approx. 60 tonnes) and as such receives a lot of attention from the reviewing engineers. "One of the most common questions we receive from the engineers is 'How were the weights calculate

kevin-thorborn-mojo-barriers-uk-managerThorborn appointed Mojo Barriers UK director
Tuesday, 25 April 2017

UK - Kevin Thorborn has been promoted director of Mojo Barriers UK, following his role as UK manager for the past 17 years.
Having started at Mojo Barriers in 2000 Kevin has managed the provision of stage and crowd safety barriers to over 1,000 festivals, from their local Medway Castle Concerts to Glastonbury Festival. His diverse experience spans venues from student unions to the O2 Arena, supplying concerts and European tours, which this year have included Bruno Mars, film premieres, award shows such as the Brit Awards, major public and sporting events and he has even supplied police forces in riot situations.
Mojo Barriers CEO Alex Borger states: “We are delighted at Kevin’s progression since joining Mojo, particularly over the past two years when he has delivered consistently impressive results and expanded the UK business. I am sure this promotion to UK director is the beginning of a very exciting future as we look to expand our offering to the UK market with Kevin at the helm.”
(Jim Evans)

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 25 April 2017

World Fringe Day - Edinburgh Festival Fringe is uniting with other international arts festivals to launch World Fringe Day in July. The event, which will take place on 11 July, is supported by £100,000 from the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo70 fund. It will bring together more 200 different fringe festivals from around the world, according to its organisers.
The aim is to reflect on the collective power and worldwide reach of the fringe movement. Participants and audiences are invited to take part on the day "by sharing their love for all things fringe" on social media. Shona McCarthy, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: "This is an incredible opportunity for fringe organisers, venues, participants and audiences to take part in a truly international celebration of creativity that will transcend national boundaries, demonstrating the power of arts and culture to bring people together."
Fringe On Top - Oklahoma! by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein will be revived as part of this year’s BBC Proms programme. A semi-staged production will be directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, whose recent credits include the West End production of Half a Sixpence, with music by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, as well as the forthcoming production of The Wind in the Willows, also by Stiles and Drewe.
The Proms programme also includes a staged performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, a dramatic monologue exploring the disintegrating mind of King George III.

backuplogoCrewsaders to swim English Channel for Backup charity
Tuesday, 25 April 2017

UK - Between the 15th - 19th August 2017, four very brave employees from Crewsaders will attempt to swim the English Channel to raise funds for Backup.
Kieren Stephens, Matt Tector, Jon Selwyn and Will Nutbeen will swim in a relay with each one of them taking one hour long stints in the water. The 21 mile wide channel is the busiest shipping lane in the world, but the team will also have to contend with very cold water, shoals of jellyfish and diesel fumes from the pilot vessel that will accompany them.
The team have collectively worked in the events industry for close to 40 years, and decided that it was time to give something back to the industry they love. They are currently undergoing a rigorous training regime to build strength, endurance, long distance swimming techniques and tolerance to the cold.
To find out more and to sponsor the team, click here.
(LSi Online)

scottrooneyashbyScott 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.”
(Jim Evans)

jcj-pls-tent-stand-2017Crowds roll up to J&C Joel’s circus stand
Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Germany - J&C Joel demonstrated they were the ringleader of fabrics when they showcased their big top circus tent stand at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt.
The tradeshow stand was inspired by the Madagascar themed circus tent the company created at Motiongate Dubai, a theme park within Dubai Parks and Resorts.
As visitors rolled up to the stand they were transported to a circus complete with a red and blue Deko Molton big top, sand effect digitally printed Joelmat flooring, an 8m by 4m seamless canvas digitally printed with a big top tent and popcorn for everyone to enjoy.
People were also able to view an impressive black and silver Reefer String drape, a seamless projection screen with video content about the company’s recent work and a variety of tracks.
The company also continued their successful partnership with Backstage Academy which saw their students design the lighting and projection arrangement for the stand to create the perfect atmosphere.
During the event, the company announced their new sales team structure which sees sales manager Oliver Marns move into a new role heading up Creative Sales. This marks a strategic approach to further the develop the company’s creative manufacturing and bespoke solutions for the events industry. Whilst continuing to produce the traditional flame retardant drapery and stage engineering solutions they have become renowned for.
Roland Rizk, J&C Joel’s Europe and Russia business development manager, said, “Prolight + Sound again verified that it is a great platform for interna

past-meeting-future-gmm--bsgBroadsword cuts it at Royal Museums Greenwich
Wednesday, 19 April 2017

UK - The Broadsword Production Group has been awarded a contract by Royal Museums Greenwich as a production supplier. Based in the heart of Greenwich, the sites are suitable for large gala dinners and awards ceremonies, inspiring daytime conferencing, epic product launches and intimate private dining.
The five historic venues include the National Maritime Museum, the Queen’s House, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Peter Harrison Planetarium and Cutty Sark.
Broadsword has a flair for the theatrical and are thrilled that their crew are about to learn the ropes and produce live event experiences with “such versatile and luxurious backdrops”. They have an innovative Set Building Department and are excited about how they can put a new slant on event branding within the different spaces, with stage sets, custom theming, props and bespoke items.
The in-house design team has already begun work on 3D visualisations of the space, which will help illustrate the lay of the land and how ideas will work for the live and virtual audience.
(Jim Evans)

bruce-and-duncan-riley-andrew-rodgers-and-robert-izzett-of-dwrRodgers 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)

chrisb2017Burke 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 adds international distributors
Tuesday, 18 April 2017

UK - Green Hippo has confirmed three new international distributors. These new members of the Green Hippo family, respectively covering Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa, extend the influence of Green Hippo’s video playback technology, including its award-winning Hippotizer range of media servers.
In Italy, Spotlight, the Milan-based distributor, will use its 50 years of design and production experience, to help see the Green Hippo gear at work in Italy’s celebrated collection of opera houses and theatres, as well as auditoriums, conference rooms, and TV studios.
Nicolo Oliva, partner and CEO of Spotlight, said, “It’s a short time since Spotlight have started the distribution of Green Hippo, and we’re already very fond of the brand. These media-servers are really powerful and easy to configure, and the new software interface of Hippotizer V4 is a step forward in live video management. We are looking forward to a bright future.”
DWR Distribution, a leading player in the installation sector, takes on responsibility for giving Green Hippo a run out in South Africa. Building on 11 highly successful years since launch, DWR Distribution operates out of bespoke premises in the sweetly named area of Honeydew, just outside Johannesburg.
“We are looking forward to a great future with the product, and will be committed to supporting clients who already have Green Hippo products,” commented Duncan Riley of DWR Distribution. James Roth, head of sales & marketing for Green Hippo said, “We are excited about this new partnershi

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Creative Strategy - Creative companies are becoming increasingly important to the UK's future economic success and should be at the heart of the government's new industrial strategy, a trade body says. The Creative Industries Federation says film-making, music, advertising and video games are all big export earners but are often overlooked by ministers. It says enterprise zones, tax breaks and access to finance could help firms.
The role of the UK's creative industries, which also includes theatre, architecture, broadcasting, fashion, museums, and galleries was recognised when the government unveiled its industrial strategy Green Paper in January for boosting the post-Brexit economy. The Creative Industries Federation says ministers need to "overhaul" their approach. The federation has unveiled a blueprint of policy recommendations for the creative industries which it says is "the fastest growing sector of the UK economy".
It said the creative economy supports 2.9m jobs, a rise of 5.1% between 2014 and 2015. Brexit means it is now "even more crucial" for the sector "to deliver more jobs, trade and exports", it adds. The federation's chief executive, John Kampfner, said: "There has been a tendency to dismiss the creative industries as something lightweight while claiming the glory of billions of pounds in trade that comes from hits such as War Horse, Sherlock and Slumdog Millionaire." Business Secretary Greg Clark said creative industries contributed nearly £90bn to the economy in 2015.
Radio Silence - Radiohead had to abandon the stag

CEG moves to Cambridge
Thursday, 13 April 2017

UK - East Anglia-based CEG Hire & Productions has recently moved to new premises, as well as relocating their rental operation from Norfolk to Cambridge. From 1 March, CEG started operating from their new base – allowing them to push forward with their long-term growth strategy.
CEG's director, Ben Bowles explains, “Since starting the business, we have continually looked to improve the service that we offer and one big way we can do that is by being situated conveniently for all of our customers.
“Our new location is five minutes from the M11 and 10 minutes from the A14. This will provide fantastic access to both London and the South, as well as the Midlands and the North. We will now be within 45 minutes of the North Circular and 90 minutes of Park Royal. Beyond the improved journey times, our new premises will have better access, facilities and, most importantly, better truck loading.”
Ben concludes, “for all of our existing customers in the East Anglia area, you will find that our new location will allow us to serve you even better than we did before.”
As well as moving premises, CEG has also been busy renewing and reinvesting in their growing inventory – with many additions from leading brands including Robe, Martin Professional, MA Lighting, ETC & Luminex.
(Jim Evans)

skunkClaypaky Scenius Spot on Skunk Anansie's tour
Thursday, 13 April 2017

Europe - The Claypaky Scenius Spot is being championed for its output, colour and optical quality by lighting designer Dan Williams who is using the fixture as the main lighting workhorse on British rockers Skunk Anansie's current European tour, Anarchytecture.
Lighting supplier for the tour, Buckinghamshire- based lighting design and rental outfit Siyan, recommended Dan the spot fixtures to work alongside the production's dominant LED video package, that includes both floor and flown LED screens.
"The main issue with working with such a strong video element is getting a fixture that is bright enough to stand out against the LED screens," says Dan. "The Scenius Spot has absolutely no problem with this."
To create the show's saturated colour pallets and punchy back and beam light Dan is utilising the fixtures advanced CMY and linear CTO colour systems.
"Even when the entire video wall is displaying full camera content, the Scenius Spot still provides great colour tone," says Dan. "As well as their colour output optically the fixtures look great. They have a fantastic bright, sharp beam with an impressive zoom range (8°-48°). The gobos are strong and the light output remains punchy even when the fixture is zoomed completely out."
In addition to the Scenius Spots, Dan is using one strategically placed A.leda B-EYE K20, Claypaky's pioneering LED wash, beam and effects fixture. The B-EYE K20 sits upstage centre behind lead singer Skin where it delivers majestic silhouetted air effects that complement the onstage LED screens' evolving graph

sales-teamNew 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 Wadsworth, Europe and Russia sales executive.
The structure of the internal UK sales team has also been changed with each member of team now responsible for a specified region in the UK. To ensure

extremeLe Mark movie makes gaffer tape the star
Wednesday, 12 April 2017

UK - How do you make Gaffer Tape a rock star? You take a breaking rock band called Star from Ivy plus a great range of Gaffer tape and link the two together and you get
The video was produced, filmed and edited by the St Ives Cambridgeshire based Le Mark team, in time to be showcased by Le Mark at the world largest trade show for music and entertainment products, ProLight + Sound held at the famous Music Messer Frankfurt.
Le Mark has combined a Brexit beating innovative marketing ‘first’, take an everyday consumable product and project it as ‘the’ No 1 rock & roll accessory. Magtape - the professional’s gaffer tape, has a backing track that is fully downloadable and is being played around both central & eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Promoting the product range and a new British band.
Marketing & managing director Stuart Gibbons says, “As a multi-award winning company, Le Mark like all British exporting companies must become even more innovative to survive the difficulties of Brexit. Not only must you have excellent products, we must be able to catch the eye of potential new world markets. Creative video content with an amazing back track that clients can now can buy and download are working incredibly well for us.”
(Jim Evans)

fountain-studios-equipmentFountain auction brings worldwide interest
Tuesday, 11 April 2017

UK - An online auction of production and broadcast equipment which brought the curtain down at Fountain Studios raised over £670,000.
The sale, organised by auctioneers Charterfields on behalf of Fountain Television, attracted worldwide interest with more than 450 bidders registering from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, USA, Italy and the Netherlands as well as the UK.
Among the range of sound, lighting and camera equipment, the Calrec Apollo 72 fader digital audio console item led to the highest winning bid in excess of £85,000.
Fountain Studios closed in December and is described as ‘the birthplace of TV talent shows’ after being home to some of the UK’s most popular programmes since the launch of ITV in 1955. They include TV classics such as On The Buses, Upstairs Downstairs and Opportunity Knocks to modern family favourites such as Britain’s Got Talent, Pop Idol, The Cube, The Voice, All Star Mr & Mrs and The Last Leg.
Ian Maycock, director of Charterfields, said, “We had more than 100 bidders attend the two viewing days as this was seen as a unique opportunity to acquire the highest specification technical equipment. There was also strong interest in the catering equipment and furniture from the numerous hospitality rooms which brought to a close the long and illustrious location in British television history.”
The only remaining items are a number of bottles of champagne and wine signed by among others Simon Cowell, Ant & Dec, Louis Walsh,


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