China - UK-based Linea Research has strengthened its global presence with a series of key, strategic distribution appointments.

As Prolight + Sound Guangzhou prepares to open its doors, Linea Research has announced Guangzhou Guidance as its distributor for China. Guangzhou Guidance will manage the Linea Research product ranges across mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

The team at Guangzhou Guidance, headed by Rico Xu, will take responsibility for the full spectrum of Linea Research products in the region, from the M Series amplifiers for touring to the C Series for installation, through the XiB4 range of four-channel DSP amplifiers to Linea’s Advanced System Controller, the ASC48.

Guangzhou Guidance’s Rico Xu, said, “We are very pleased to begin the sales and technical service partnership with Linea Research with exhibition of the pro

USA - Renkus-Heinz has announced two new team members. Joe Kaveney assumes the role of industrial engineering manager and Andrew Gizara joins as electrical engineer. 

Kaveney’s career spans from earning a US patent in the solar industry to implementing approved processes in the aerospace sector. Alongside his professional accomplishments, Kaveney's lifelong passion for music includes playing instruments, producing live events, and building interactive art installations. 

“I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to leverage my passion for music and sound with my professional experience in process design and efficiency,” says Kaveney. “It is my pleasure to assist with the industrialization of our business by establishing a robust fabrication process with an optimized supply chain – ultimately resulting in a truly lossless pro-aud

UK - A celebration of the remarkable life of Richard Pilbrow - lighting designer, theatre consultant, producer, author, educator, mentor, friend, and so much more – is being held today (17 May) at the Dorfman - formerly Cottesloe - at the National Theatre.

The Pilbrow family, along with the ALPD and the ABTT invite those who knew Richard to join them at the venue from 1.30pm. “All are welcome,” a statement says. Like the great producer Richard sometimes was, we want a sold-out event, maybe even bursting a little at the seams - but not to end up with people unable to get in.”

Anyone who can’t make it but would still like to commemorate Richard is asked to do so by supporting the entertainment charities Backup Tech (in the UK) or Behind The Scenes (in the US).

USA - Bandit Lites has announced that Kelly Feild has joined the team as the director of touring personnel.

In addition, Feild will also head expanding Bandit’s college outreach as well as interviewing and hiring additional touring personnel of all experience levels and backgrounds.

Feild’s background in live events began early, in high school. She then earned a BBA in Music Business from Belmont University. Following graduation, she worked at Belmont’s event services as their Coordinator of Scheduling before joining Bandit Lites as a lighting technician. She worked on multiple tours and eventually set out as a freelancer.

“I started at Bandit with a business degree and almost no technical experience,” Feild says. “Bandit taught me everything I needed to know to successfully tour as lighting tech. I know how to do the office part

UK - The ABTT has announced that Liz Sillett will be its new chief executive officer, starting in the role later this month.

Liz joins the ABTT having been at The Old Vic where she was director of operations and external relationships since 2017, having worked in the arts in the UK for over 25 years. This has included senior leadership roles at Orion Management working in and supporting multiple venues across the UK, several senior roles at The Old Vic and various consultancy projects.

Liz’s experience spans traditional theatres, unconventional venues including immersive experiences, temporary spaces and pop-ups as well as events and hospitality.

Liz brings to the role a thorough understanding of venue operations (both front of house and backstage) as well as extensive experience of capital projects. Liz has been a member of the ABTT for ma

UK - Stage Electrics has announced the appointment of Mark Holdway to the newly created position of head of visual display systems projects. With over three decades of experience in delivering video display solutions, Mark brings considerable expertise to his new role. He has previously worked on projects for corporate clients such as the London Stock Exchange Group and broadcasters such as the BBC, Sky and ITV.

Dan Aldridge, commercial director & head of projects at Stage Electrics, comments, "Bringing Mark into this crucial role underscores our commitment to expanding the range of high-quality products and services we offer to both existing and new customers. Mark’s extensive experience and proven track record in the industry make him an invaluable addition to our team."

"Video display equipment is so often interconnected in its application w

UK – beyerdynamic has appointed Duncan Booth as sales manager, UK and Ireland for its consumer audio division. Booth has wide-ranging experience across retail, distribution and manufacturing within the technology and consumer electronics sector, having worked for Sennheiser, Griffin Technologies, Brightstar and Strax.

A major part of his new role will be to work closely with Polar, beyerdynamic’s exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland, to develop the market for the brand’s new range of retail and consumer electronics.

“I’m excited to be starting this new chapter in my career,” says Booth. “It’s always fantastic to be involved with bringing new products to market, especially those from such a well-established and highly-respected company as beyerdynamic. I’m very much looking forward to working very closely with the Polar team,

USA - AtlasIED has announced the appointment of Michael Bridwell as vice president of commercial audio sales.

Bridwell will report to Michael Peveler, vice president of sales, and will support the growth of AtlasIED’s performance audio segment, featuring the Atmosphere platform, Aimline Series, IsoFlare Series, AS Series, and all commercial audio products.

“I’ve known Michael for quite some time, and I couldn’t be more confident in this addition to our team,” said Peveler. “His commitment to professional development, team building, and cultural enhancement aligns seamlessly with AtlasIED’s values and will no doubt advance our mission of delivering the best possible experience to our customers.”

An industry veteran with 16 years of experience, Bridwell has previously worked exclusively on the manufacturing side of the industry

USA - Bandit Lites has appointed Matt Day as its new human resource director. Day earned his degree in Business Administration from UVA-Wise. He joins Bandit Lites with nearly two decades of expertise in human resources.

“Working in human resources is more than just a job; it’s about being part of something bigger than yourself,” said Day. “Every day presents new challenges and opportunities to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. One of the most fulfilling aspects of this role is assisting others to resolve issues that they cannot fix themselves. In HR, each interaction is an opportunity to foster a positive work environment and empower individuals to thrive professionally and personally.”

“I personally oversaw the process as the HR position is so vitally important to Bandit, as it is every firm,” said Bandit Lites chai

USA - Altman Lighting has announced the appointment of Ethan Aberg as the new regional manager for the western region of the United States.

Ethan Aberg brings over 20 years of experience in the lighting fixtures and controls industry with a proven track record at Martin Professional where he contributed to the development and execution of the annual sales strategy and objectives for the Martin by Harman Professional lighting division for the installation market. As the North American brand ambassador he contributed to supporting relationships with regional sales teams, representatives, product development teams, marketing teams, key distributors and dealers.

Other notable accomplishments and positions include his work at Illuminarc where he developed and maintained new channels of distribution for business-to-business sales of architectural lighting

Spain - The growing Avolites team has welcomed aboard Gonzalo Herranz Gutierrez as a senior product specialist, who will be based in Madrid, and will be providing comprehensive support related services to Avolites customers and distributors focusing on Europe and Latin America including training new users and their own sales and support staff.

Avolites MD Paul Wong stated, “We’ve worked with Gonzalo for many years and are absolutely thrilled he’s joining the Avolites global team.

“He brings long lasting relationships, a strong knowledge of the market, and an in-depth knowledge of both Avolites lighting and media products, all of which will be key to helping us continue to grow our international footprint with a specific focus on Europe and South America.”

Gonzalo commented, “I Love the Avolites brand. The team is amazing and the t

USA - EAW has appointed Raymond Tee as APAC technical sales manager. In this role, Tee will be the primary pre- and post-sales technical support contact for EAW’s APAC partners. He will also assist James Bamlett, the senior director of EMEA and APAC sales, with identifying, training and managing new partners to strengthen EAW’s network throughout the region. 

“I first worked with Raymond over 20 years ago when he was handling EAW for our Malaysian distributor,” says Bamlett. “With his vast experience in the field, I’m very glad that we are finally able to close the circle and get him back to EAW.”  

Tee has held sales, technical and engineering positions at several international manufacturers, was the operations manager at a large rental company and most recently served as Powersoft’s solutions engineer for APAC.

Europe - Owing to the continued growth of the business, and the imminent move to the new HQ in Colne, Bradley Jeffrey has recently been appointed as group operations director at Prolight Concepts.

In this new role, Bradley will help bolster the business logistically and strategically. Bradley has been in the business for over 10 years, and has worked in all areas, which has provided him with the knowledge and understanding to streamline and grow the business with other directors, managers and workforce.

UK - TV, broadcast and event lighting rental specialists, Version 2 Lights has announced the promotion of Joe Marter to general manager.

Marter joined V2 four years ago this week as a project manager, and has since worked on a number of high-profile productions, most notably the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

"Interestingly it was also this week, 10 years ago that Joe joined Aurora as a technician," the company says. "The progression is a testament to Joe's hard work, dedication, broad skill set and attention to detail which has seen him come through the ranks. Joe’s new role at V2 will see him assume full day to day internal responsibilities at our Childs Court Farm Campus. Joe will continue to project manage a small number of long-term clients, with Simon Perrott taking on a senior role within the rental team."

UK - Brompton Technology has appointed Sebastian Kanabar as technical sales consultant, focussing on the broadcast and film industries.

Based at the company’s headquarters in Chiswick, Kanabar brings over two decades of experience in senior technical, sales and product management roles at Prokit Europe, Holdan (part of the Midwich Group), NM Productions, and Pixel Engine.

He has had the opportunity to work with many well-known companies including Panavision, Sky, NBC Universal and CNN, as well as leading lighting and camera manufacturers like ARRI. Most recently, he was technical director at a UK-based VFX company, handling projects for high end technology and automotive brands. 

“Working in a variety of roles has given me an understanding of the entire production cycle,” he explains. “I wanted to delve deeper into product management

USA - Bandit Lites has announced the promotion of Craig Richter to project manager- designer. With more than 14 years at the company, Richter began his touring career at Bandit as a lighting technician on Rascal Flatts, and then progressed as an LD for various artists, including Seether, Miranda Lambert, Chevelle and Halestorm. He’s also acted as crew chief for countless productions such as Bonnaroo’s Main Stage, Firefly Festival Main Stage and Nashville’s NYE Mainstage.
“One of the best things I have always liked about working at Bandit is the stability and ability to grow through the company,” said Richter.
“Craig and I have worked closely during his entire tenure at Bandit,” said Jake Tickle, Bandit’s vice president of business and innovation. “He brings bold ideas, a truck load of passion and well-seasoned knowledge base that will help Bandit to

USA - Elation has announced William Irwin as a new regional sales representative for the U.S. Mountain States region.
William has been involved in production and systems integration since 2006, including as business development director for Clearwing Productions. Prior to joining Elation, he worked at GLP as a brand manager and product developer for Scenex Lighting, the company’s custom LED solutions division. He has also been active with IATSE, specializing in atmospheric and pyrotechnics for film.
William comments, “I’m looking forward to being a driving force behind a company that values cutting-edge excellence and innovation, while building relationships with our clients and end-users.”
John Dunn, director of sales at Elation, adds, “With William’s ambition and know-how, he’s set to play an instrumental part in forging a path of continued succ

Finland - Genelec has announced the appointment of Steen Tychsen to the position of international sales manager, with responsibility for SE Asia, Eastern Europe and Canada. With over 25 years of professional audio experience in a succession of senior roles, Tychsen brings with him a deep knowledge of the industry.
Tychsen’s previous high-profile roles at both DPA and Neumann have given him extensive experience of overseeing sales and business development in both EMEA and the US.
“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to represent a brand synonymous with excellence in audio technology,” comments Tychsen. “Genelec's commitment to innovation and superior sound quality aligns with my passion for delivering exceptional experiences to customers around the world.”
Genelec international sales director Ole Jensen adds: “I’m delighted to welcome Steen to the team

USA - Ushio, parent company to Christie, has announced the appointment of Takabumi Asahi as chief executive officer of Christie Digital Systems USA. Effective 1 April 2024, Asahi will assume his new role, succeeding Koji Naito. Asahi previously held the role of managing executive officer and chief financial officer, Ushio. He has held positions of increasing responsibility since joining Ushio in 2017 as deputy general manager.
Previous to Ushio, Asahi worked for Oki Electric Industry, a Japanese information and communications services company, where he acquired global business management experience in various cutting-edge technology fields, including semiconductor, information and telecommunication technology, as well as office automation.
Asahi brings over 30 years of experience to the role, with a commitment to moving forward Ushio’s mission to promote the use of

USA - The American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC) has announced that Keith Friedlander, Kascey Haslanger and Paul Whitaker have been approved for membership in the organisation. The Board of Directors admitted the new members at the ASTC annual meeting which occurred during the 2024 USITT Conference in Seattle. In addition, new directors of the board have been elected and new officers have been selected.
The three new members are experienced theatre consultants and meet the qualifications for membership.
Before joining Schuler Shook Theatre Planners in 2015, Keith Friedlander spent 15 years working as a lighting/video supervisor and master electrician at major regional theatres in addition to technical direction at the college level. As a theatre consultant, he has planned and developed theatre systems for venues ranging from significant major performing arts c

Australia - Andy Ciddor’s passionate and committed career in technology, production and live performance of over five decades came to an end on 30 March after taking advantage of Tasmania’s Voluntary Assisted Dying programme to end his struggle with stage-four bile duct cancer.
Starting in high school, out of frustration at the state of a school production his career spanned theatre, broadcast, production, teaching, consulting writing and editing – sharing his passion and mentoring the next generation of designers and technicians. He was followed into the industry by his brothers Jonathan and Braham and most recently, his daughter Rivka.
From working at GTV9 on productions like Hey Hey It’s Saturday and various tonight shows, he moved to Perth to join STW9 where he earned the title ‘Captain Kilowatt’. Andy’s teaching career began at the WA Academy

UK - Event technology and production services company Encore has named Stefica Divkovic as managing director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
Divkovic has extensive experience driving business growth, managing operations, and transforming corporate cultures in highly competitive environments. Additionally, she has a strong focus on delivering excellent customer experiences. She previously served as the senior vice president of the EMEA region at Everbridge Inc., focusing on scaling customer and partner relationships across the region. Prior to that, she led Verizon's DACH and EMEA businesses and held senior leadership positions at other large global organisations, such as T-Systems.
“Stefica exhibits the best leadership characteristics for the managing director role in EMEA,” said Dustin Worley, SVP of international at Encore. “Her experience acros

Europe - Absen has announced the retirement of Ross Burling, its European industry development director OOH & sports and the appointment of James Cook as industry development director, Europe
Having worked for Absen Europe for a number of years, Ross has headed up the OOH & sports division, growing its team and securing a range of projects throughout Europe. He has devoted over 34 years to the AV industry, working for a range of leading AV manufacturers, specialising specifically in DOOH and sports for the last 25 years.
“I would like to thank all of the great friends, colleagues, and mentors who have guided and supported me during my time in the industry, and made it such a fantastic, educational, enjoyable and fun filled experience. I’m delighted that James Cook is replacing me at Absen to further strengthen and grow the Absen relationships and presence

Germany - Yasmine Riechers is to become the new CEO of Georg Neumann a subsidiary of the Sennheiser Group. In her new position, she takes over from Ralf Oehl and will be responsible for further expanding Georg Neumann's global business and driving forward the company's strategic direction.
Yasmine Riechers was previously head of the corporate development office of the Sennheiser Group.
"We are very pleased that Yasmine is taking over the management of Georg Neumann with immediate effect. Together with the Neumann management team, Yasmine will be responsible for the focus and further strategic direction of Neumann," says Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO of Sennheiser. "Yasmine brings a strong combination of strategic thinking and international experience that will help Neumann continue to grow and strengthen the global footprint of the world-renowned brand," adds Daniel Senn

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