UK - It was confirmed at PLASA London 2014 that White Light has appointed Lee Dennison as Head of Audio, further expanding the company's audio expertise. The move signals more growth for White Light as the company continues its strong market presence throughout the entertainment and events industries.

Dennison brings more than 20 years of audio experience to the position. He has previously worked with Autograph Sound Recording and most recently spent seven years working with Delta Sound/Sound by Design in a projects director position. In his new role at White Light, Dennison will work with Events, Sales, and Installation teams on audio elements for a variety of projects using his experience, knowledge and relationships with key manufacturers, suppliers and end clients.

Managing Director Bryan Raven explains the new addition, "We have always grown by listening to the needs

UK - Creative Technology's London operation has announced the expansion of its account management team with the return of Mick Jones.

Starting his career at Mediatech AV in the late 80s, Mick has been a well-known figure in the live events industry ever since.

During his career, Mick has had stints as a freelancer working with some of the leading technical companies in the live events sector, including Blitz Communications and Production Resource Group. Most recently Mick worked for Chaos Visual Productions where he was responsible for the development and delivery of the corporate live events market.

Having worked at Creative Technology in the late nineties, Mick is returning at an exciting period of change and growth within the company.

Mick said, "I am thrilled to be back at Creative Technology. I have always held it in the highest regard, not just as a global leade

UK/Ireland - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) reports that Aaron Cripps, a regional account manager in the company's International Sales division, will be taking on the new role of regional sales representative for Ireland (ROI) and other selected European sales territories - effective from 20 October 2014.

Aaron has been working at AC-ET for over 10 years, having joined through the company's Sales Trainee recruitment programme. During this time he has helped to strengthen the existing business relationships with key suppliers, and develop new customer relationships across Europe.

County Limerick will be Aaron's new base. He will be working in a roving sales and support capacity for his existing customers, as well as actively looking to generate new business relationships across all sectors of the company's core business areas.

(Jim Evans)

UK - PSCo has announced the expansion of its specialist LED team with the appointment of Mike Bone. Bringing more than 22 year's AV industry experience and a wealth of LED knowledge to the position, Mike has been appointed to work closely with PSCo's customers to understand their needs and build solutions utilising the company's growing LED portfolio.

Mike joins from LED screen provider Mediatec Solutions UK where he was managing director for over five years. In his previous role, Mike was responsible for developing the sales of large outdoor screens and this experience stands him in good stead to help PSCo capitalise on the increasing opportunities for the rental and sale of LED screens in the UK.

"I am pleased to be joining the PSCo team at an exciting time for the company as they expand their LED offering," comments Mike Bone. "LED technology is evolving dram

UK - On the eve of the PLASA Show in London came the very sad news of the death of Highlite UK's Sue Burlow. Highlite International issued the following announcement on behalf of Hub and Connie de la Haye, Patrick Herveille, and all the management and staff of Highlite International BV.

"On Saturday 4 October 2014, shortly before 18:00, our dear British colleague, Sue Burlow, passed away in the presence of her loved ones and dear friends.

"Many people have known her for years as our tower of strength, our strong support at the Highlite UK office. For years, many of our English customers have known her personally and trusted her, because of her sincere and honest way of treating and advising customers. People who did not know her personally, know her voice: the warm welcome message when calling Highlite International.

"It will be a major challenge for our UK sa

UK - The service to celebrate the life of Sue Burlow, managing director of Highlite UK Ltd, will be held on Thursday 23 October 2014 at 2.30pm, at Semington Crematorium, Devizes Road, Semington, Wiltshire BA14 6HL.

All are welcome to come to attend the one-hour service to show their respects for Sue, however please bear in mind that only invited guests will be able to attend the function afterwards.

Those who wish to attend are kindly asked to email details of where they are from, their association with Sue and how many people are coming, to jim@chippenhamlions.org.uk.

Sue requested that people wear bright and cheery clothes, as this is the celebration of a wonderful life and not a funeral.

No flowers please - donations can be made to Dorothy House Hospice & The new cancer ward appeal at the RUH Hospital, Bath.

UK - Production Resource Group has announced that Q Willis has joined their team in the UK as head of rigging services.

PRG's offering to the various markets is fortified with valued rigging and venue expertise. This will be reinforced with the knowledge and proficiency Q brings from 19 years in the industry.

In his new role, Q will be focusing on developing existing customer relationships in the rigging industry and also looking for ways to promote new opportunities.

"We have always maintained a good position within the rigging market but we are well positioned for growth. With Q joining the team he plays an important role in moving us forward," says Rich Rowley, chief sales officer.

"PRG have the platform for developing their valued rigging service," explains Q, "I'm excited about the opportunities ahead and look forward to developing and bringi

Belgium - Creative lighting and visual design practice Painting With Light has announced a restructure, with Luc Peumans becoming the majority shareholder and CEO with immediate effect, taking over all the company's day-to-day management.

Luc founded Genk based Painting With Light in 1999. He comments, "To move forward on the same trajectory for the next 15 years, I needed to be fully in control and accept responsibility for our future strategies, investments and direction ... and so the deal was negotiated on that basis".

He adds that he and his former business partners - Dimi Theuwissen and Jim Stas - are looking forward to new challenges and horizons and that they have parted "on the best possible terms", and very proud of what the award winning company has achieved to date.

Painting With Light specializes in creating lighting, set and visual designs f

USA - Following the highly-successful 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which took place 9-12 October at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, the AES is pleased has welcomed new president Andres Mayo as he takes over the leadership role from Dr. Sean Olive.

Mayo currently serves as owner and senior mastering engineer at Andres Mayo Mastering and Audio Post in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and, as an award-winning producer and engineer, he is set to guide the AES into the coming year and through AES138 in Warsaw, Poland and the Convention's return to New York City for AES139 in the fall of 2015.

Mayo's skills in the studio have earned him professional success and renown throughout the industry as an audio engineer and producer.

Commenting on the recent AES137 Convention in Los Angeles, California, as well as his new role as president, Mayo states, "I strongly feel tha

Latin America - ARRI Inc has appointed Wilson Zeferino as its new director of sales, Latin American markets. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English, Zeferino will further develop business and strategy in the Caribbean, Central America and South America. He will also oversee sales efforts and customer service in these territories to strengthen ARRI's presence across the region, the company says.

Zeferino previously worked at Fujifilm in the Optical Devices Division as sales and marketing manager for North America, Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Says ARRI Inc CEO Glenn Kennel: "ARRI continues to grow our business in Latin America's thriving market. I am happy to welcome Wilson to the team."

"ARRI is one of the most highly regarded brands in the world. I'm excited to join such a pioneering technology company and intensify further support in Latin Ameri

UK - Leading European flightcase manufacturer 5 Star Cases has announced the appointment of new account manager Jeremy Ruggles who joins Keith Sykes and the team.

Jeremy will spend his time between a desk at 5 Star's HQ in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire and being on the road around the UK seeing customers, developing new business, networking and keeping an ear-to-the-ground.

His background includes a wealth of experience in the worlds of pro photography, video and broadcast - so he knows a thing or two about the necessity of having good road cases!

He worked as a freelance photographer in London for over 10 years as well as a sales and product manager for photographic retail giant Calumet in their professional and corporate divisions.

Crossovers between this and the live production industry including being highly customer-focused, and understanding the importance of delivering or

China - Noelle Liu has joined FaitalPRO as sales development manager for China. Noelle is already well-known in the industry and will focus particularly on the area of Guangdong, the core region for the Chinese Pro Audio Industry.

Noelle, who will cooperate closely with the FaitalPRO sales department in Milan, will be responsible for all FaitalPRO accounts in China, working closely with major audio wholesalers, retailers, top enclosure manufacturers and will be able to carry on the already excellent reputation of FaitalPRO products in China.

Noelle's efforts will be fully supported by the entire Pro-Audio division at Faital's headquarters and assisted logistically through Faital ASIA (FaitalPRO's Gateway to Asia) based in Hong Kong, which makes FaitalPRO products readily available to the entire South East Asian region.

(Jim Evans)

China - Music Group has appointed Karan Kathuria to the post of senior manager, Professional Division for Asia Pacific, which includes the key business segments of China and India. Karan will report to Graham Rowlands, who heads global sales for the Professional Division.

In his new role, Karan will be responsible for growing the Music Group's Professional Division brands Midas, Klark Teknik and Turbosound, as well as taking an active role in managing the distribution networks across multiple countries in APAC region.

Graham commented, "Joining from Harman, Karan's is a strong addition to our global sales team due to his impeccable track record. Karan's extensive experience in the A/V industry will play a key role as we continue to strengthen our position within the APAC market."

Karan described the Music Group as, "a well-respected manufacturer with a strong

Italy - The De Sisti organisation has announced, with deep regret, that the company's founder, president and CEO, Mario De Sisti passed away on Friday, 31 October 2014. His funeral takes place today in Rome.

The company says: "The lighting industry has lost a true pioneer, inventor, and true ambassador. There was no-one more charismatic or passionate about his family, business or the industry.

"Mario was highly dedicated and inhaled lighting with every breath. His enthusiasm and vigour was contagious.

"Mario travelled the World and considered most of his friends as if they were family. There was no one with a bigger heart and higher level of excitement and dedication to the lighting industry.

"The entire De Sisti Organization expresses its immense gratitude and admiration to Mario, for his genius contribution and unrestful dedication to achieve the pres

USA - PLASA has announced that Dinna Myers will receive its highest honour, the Eva Swan Award, which recognizes exceptional long-term commitment to the association. The award will be presented at PLASA's Behind the Scenes Happy Hour on Thursday evening, 20 November, the evening before the LDI Show. The event will take place from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Westgate Las Vegas (formerly the Las Vegas Hotel).

The Swan Award is presented to a member who has put forth exceptional efforts in time, expertise and personal resources, and has been instrumental in shaping the strategic direction and contributing to the realization of the association's mission. Dinna Myers has gone above and beyond this criteria to create a stronger, better industry for all. Please join us in honouring her.

Dinna, the director of sales & marketing at Musson Theatrical, has made a significant impact on the Assoc

USA - PLASA will present the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award to Bill Ellis for his work with the Control Protocols Working Group (CPWG) and the ad-hoc Technical Marketing Group (TMG) on Saturday, 22 November on the PLASA Booth #1469 at LDI.

The award to Bill Ellis, owner of Candela Controls, will be presented by Mike Lay, chair of the CPWG. Bill Ellis spends many volunteer hours on work for the CPWG and the ad-hoc TMG, which promotes the work of the Technical Standards Programme. He has put in an extraordinary amount of work in the preparation, set up and running of the Technical Standards portion of the PLASA booth at LDI, first with the Control Protocols Pavilion and most recently with Standards on the Stage.

Bill's contributions also include presentations on DMX512 and RDM at various trade shows and conferences. Recently, he assisted in completing assembly of an equipment

USA - ARRI Rental has announced that Ed Stamm will oversee the new ARRI Rental office in Atlanta. Besides promoting the ALEXA 65 system exclusively available at ARRI Rental, Stamm will ensure that the company's extensive inventory of digital, film, anamorphic and spherical camera equipment is available to this vibrant production community.

Craig Chartier will fill Ed Stamm's previous position, taking over ARRI Rental Miami as General Manager. Chartier will focus on strengthening ARRI Rental's strategy and operations, as well as growing the business in Florida and the South American market.

Ed Stamm's extensive experience spans 35 years in the professional production equipment rental business. After his graduation in film production at the Columbia College Chicago, Stamm served as rental manager for Victor Duncan (VDI), a film camera and lighting rental house in Dallas, Texas.

USA - Meyer Sound has appointed John McMahon to the newly created position of vice president of solutions and strategy.

Working closely with CEO John Meyer and executive vice president Helen Meyer, McMahon will oversee the broad-based strategic planning for new products, product management, and multi-product solutions across various vertical markets.

McMahon's new Solutions and Strategy Division aligns product management, design services, technical support, and education under one umbrella with a goal of creating a common understanding of strategic initiatives amongst Meyer Sound's renowned technical and customer support teams. In addition, McMahon will continue to spearhead the digital product concept group in accelerating new digital solutions into the market.

A high point of McMahon's leadership at Meyer Sound is his work on the Constellation acoustic system, which has be

UK - TC Group has announced the appointment of Andy Rust as its VP of Marketing for Install & Tour, with responsibility for the marketing of TC Group brands - primarily Tannoy, Lab.gruppen, Lake and White Acoustic - in installed sound and touring markets.

Based at Tannoy's headquarters in Scotland, Andy has assumed the lead role in the marketing of the Install and Tour verticals, the managing of the core I&T marketing team at Coatbridge, as well as the delivery of the marketing strategy and co-ordination of other marketing teams within TC Group offices in North America, Japan and China.

In congratulating Andy on his new role, Andrzej Sosna, CEO of TC Group's Install and Tour verticals, said: "Andy has a wealth of experience of marketing and the audio industry having spent 13 years at Peavey and the last nine of those as their European marketing manager. His diverse experi

UK - ProLight Concepts Ltd has appointed Rob Armstrong as 'Area Sales Manager' for the North of England and Scotland.

Rob joins ProLight from Northern Stage Services where he held the role of 'Designer & Estimator' for 5 years: Designing, specifying and estimating for a range of small to large installations around the country. In this role, Rob gained an excellent understanding of, and worked with, an extensive range of products, including; specialist lighting, sound, AV and stage engineering systems.

Andrew Jeffrey, managing director of ProLight Concepts Ltd, said: "Rob's extensive experience within the industry and his knowledge of the product make him the ideal choice to support our customers and continue ProLights rapid growth. We are pleased to welcome Rob to the ProLight team."

UK - Louise Jeffreys, the Barbican's Director of Arts and ABTT Chairman, was honoured along with her Barbican colleague Toni Racklin, the venue's Head of Theatre, at the Empty Space... Peter Brook Awards 2014. Together they accepted the Peter Brook Special Achievement Award for turning the Barbican Theatre into the most important international arts centre in London for foreign companies.

Louise Jeffreys, Director of Arts at the Barbican said: "I am absolutely thrilled that Toni Racklin and I have been presented with the Peter Brook Special Achievement Award.

"At the Barbican we are committed to bringing the very best international theatre companies to London, as well as providing a platform for emerging artists to showcase their work, so we are delighted that our work has been recognised with this very special honour at the 25th anniversary of the Empty Space Awards.

USA - Czech Republic-based lighting manufacturer Robe Lighting has appointed Craig Burross as regional sales manager of the Western United States, effective 17 November 2014. Burross, based in Austin, Texas, was most recently with Barco/High End Systems as the national sales manager for North America.

Due to customer demand and increased popularity, Robe Lighting is expanding its reach in the US under CEO Bob Schacherl. This is one of several strategic steps the company is making to provide Robe clients with better sales support and enhanced customer service.

"About a year ago Bob Schacherl and I were speaking and I said, it would be great to work with you again," said Burross. "Along with Bob, I have also known Harry von den Stemmen for many years as well. I've always had the utmost respect for both Harry and Josef and their collective accomplishments globally

UK - David Ferreira has joined Pioneer Pro Audio as technical sales specialist, adding to the growing team responsible for sales and installation of the brand's sound systems for clubs, bars and restaurants. David brings with him seven years of pro audio experience, most recently as UK sales executive for Martin Audio. Prior to that he worked at Loud Technologies as European service supervisor and technical support specialist.

"It's an exciting time to be joining Pioneer Pro Audio," says David. "With Pioneer DJ's legacy of innovation and Pioneer/TAD's heritage in speakers, I'm looking forward to helping to develop and expand the Pioneer Pro Audio brand."

Alex Barrand, Pioneer Pro Audio manager comments, "We're delighted to have David on board. His experience and understanding of the pro audio market will be invaluable in taking our versatile sound syst

USA - UK motion control specialist Kinesys is continuing to expand its Kinesys USA Inc. operation by welcoming David Bond to the team in the role of Head of Sales for North America.

Kinesys USA has received huge interest and many enquiries since being unveiled at the beginning of August, and bringing David to Kinesys is key to the company's planned medium term expansion strategy.

David will be leading the Kinesys USA sales department and travelling extensively to meet with and talk to customers throughout North America. He will be working closely with David Martin based at the Kinesys USA Inc. headquarters in Atlanta who will be focusing on the operations and training aspects of the company. Together they will continue to develop the company's US brand and expand its market coverage. Both David Bond and David Martin will also work closely with the relevant departments at Kines

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