Germany - Holoplot has announced the appointment of Jocelyne Bückner as its new head of marketing. Based in Germany, Bückner brings over 15 years of marketing experience gained in various senior positions, including her latest leadership role at d&b audiotechnik as director of brand and corporate communications.
Reporting to Holoplot CEO, Roman Sick, Bückner comments: “Holoplot has elevated the sound control race to a different level. But what impressed me even more was the contemporary nature of the company. Among all the brands in the market, Holoplot has such an interesting story, and the company messaging is cutting-edge and personally resonated with me.”
“Jocelyne brings a strong strategic capability and unwavering energy to the team, coupled with a growth mindset,” concludes Sick. “As we expand our market presence, manifesting and building relati

USA - The recently launched music community platform We Are Giant has announced the addition of live music and entertainment executive David Rappaport to its board of directors. The chief operating officer of global touring at AEG Presents will serve as a strategic advisor to We Are Giant founding CEO Andy Apple and his executive leadership team.
Rappaport is an industry professional who brings a deep tenure of experience across live entertainment and artist relations. Before joining AEG Presents, Rappaport also served as head of artist relations (Americas) at YouTube Music / Google, where he spearheaded new education and strategy initiatives geared towards artists, management companies, and agencies.
“David’s leadership and many years of experience executing deals - in addition to building deep relationships across genres - will contribute to our success as we co

UK - The theatre industry is mourning the loss of Martin McCallum (6 April 1950 - 14 January 2024), FRSA, who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on 14 January. Former president of the Society of London Theatre and advisor to the Arts Council, McCallum was a pioneering British theatrical producer who left a long-lasting mark on the world of theatre. With a career spanning over 500 shows, McCallum’s contributions to the theatre sector were ground-breaking and transformative.
Starting his career as an assistant stage manager at the Castle Theatre in Farnham, under the mentorship of Laurence Olivier at the Old Vic, Martin became a production manager for the National Theatre of Great Britain. His contributions were instrumental in the National’s move to London’s South Bank, where he managed notable productions such as Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journe

USA - Following its recent partnership with PK Sound, ACT Entertainment has set out to enhance its professional live sound division with the appointment of several new industry experts.
Included among them is Ralph Mastrangelo, who takes on the role of director of sales: live sound; as well as Richard ‘Rick’ Coleman, who will serve as outside sales representative: live sound and Joe Langholt, as product specialist: live sound. The new team members will be in attendance at the 2024 NAMM Show.
“We are thrilled to welcome these three experienced industry professionals,” says Ben Saltzman, CEO, ACT Entertainment. “Their experience in the live sound industry makes them all great additions to our team. We are eager for them to use their expertise and skills to contribute to ACT’s mission of helping our customers realise their creative vision.”
A New York

UK - ETC has announced the promotion of Matt Cowles to associate regional manager for the UK and Ireland. In his new role, Cowles will continue to manage sales activities for key accounts in the region whilst assisting regional sales manager, Jeremy Roberts in developing stronger relationships with ETC’s dealers and specifiers.
Matt joined ETC in 2019 as a field project coordinator, managing projects across the UK and providing technical sales for ETC’s customers. Prior to this, he had over 17 years of experience working in the industry.
Jeremy Roberts comments: “Matt has made an exceptionally positive contribution to the work of the ETC London office with his customer focus, technical ability and care for colleagues. This new role will allow him to become more proactive in the increasingly busy UK market; assisting in managing key accounts and contin

Europe - Void Acoustics has announced the appointment of Patrick Leiner as regional sales manager for Europe.
Patrick brings considerable expertise from his previous roles in B2B sales at Pioneer DJ/Pro Audio and Grundig in Austria.
Alex Skan, managing director, at Void Acoustics, said: "We are delighted to welcome Patrick to the Void team. His background and deep understanding of the industry make him the perfect fit to lead our sales efforts in the EMEA region. Patrick has an authentic enthusiasm for audio technology, an incredibly valued part of what makes Void Acoustics special."
Patrick Leiner, regional sales manager for Europe, said: "I am thrilled to be part of Void, a company that is synonymous with innovation and excellence in the audio technology space. Working in the AV sector for two decades, Void’s sound systems have a proven reputation as one of

Australia - Jeromy Young, co-founder of Atomos, has returned to the business as managing director and CEO. Young, who was previously CEO of Atomos for over 10 years, retired from executive duties in November 2021 to pursue other business and personal interests. Several of his subsequent business activities were aligned with the broader video technology industry, and he will bring that wider perspective to his existing knowledge of Atomos and its markets.
“I feel privileged and very excited to be back at the head of the company I helped to build. I have a very clear vision of how to return Atomos to a powerful and growing tech company and I’m already working with the team to realize this,” commented Young. “The last year has been a challenging one for many companies in the broadcast and professional video industry, Atomos included, but there are some green shoots and

USA - Lighting industry professional Koy Neminathan, who joined Elation as director of business development in May of 2023, has now transitioned to a business development position with Obsidian Control Systems, the company’s lighting control brand.
Neminathan is now wholly focusing on the Obsidian range of lighting control and data distribution products. “As the company continues to invest in Obsidian, I find myself naturally gravitating towards control and I see huge potential for Onyx and Netron,” he commented. “I want to use my experience and knowledge to expand the global presence for the brand, ensuring that Obsidian is represented by the best distributors around the world and becomes synonymous within all segments of our market.”
Before joining Elation, the industry veteran served as sales director at lighting console manufacturer Avolites, where he wo

USA - Christie’s principal product developer Mike Perkins, has been awarded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award in Scientific and Engineering, along with three other recipients, for his work on the design and development of the Christie E3LH projection system, developed in partnership with Dolby Laboratories. The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards honour individuals and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant and lasting ways to motion pictures.
The Christie E3LH Dolby Vision Cinema Projection System is the first projector to bring both high dynamic range (HDR) and wide colour gamut (WCG) technologies to the viewing audience. The system can be used as a single projector head or dual projector head configuration with a patented relay lens that enables 3D stereoscopic presentations with full brightness and simult

UK - The Academy of Live Technology confers Honorary Fellowships upon individuals in recognition of their significant commitment and contribution to the live entertainment and creative industries. The 2023 Graduation Ceremony, hosted on Saturday 2 December in Production Park’s Studio 005, saw the Honorary Fellowship awarded to Sarah Rushton-Read.
Her career spans over 30 years. Having initially stepped into the creative industries as an actress, she moved into stage management in 1985 and then successfully into lighting design and management for theatre, opera and ballet, working at leading venues including The Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne Opera.
After a brief stint as a production manager at PRG, Sarah swerved into garden and architectural lighting design, whilst also co-running an events lighting company.
In 2002, Sarah became assistant editor at LSi a

Germany - Roxx has announced the appointment of Michael Staffopoulos as its new global business development manager. In this pivotal role, Michael will spearhead Roxx’ international business expansion. He will be collaborating with key stakeholders, and establishing strategic partnerships to fuel the company's growth.
"We are delighted to welcome Michael Staffopoulos to Roxx,” states Thorsten Sattler, managing director at Roxx. "Michael's extensive experience and strategic mindset align perfectly with our vision for global expansion and innovation. We are confident that he will play a pivotal role in driving Roxx success in new and existing markets."
"I am so excited to join Roxx, a young, fast growing and extremely professional company known for its commitment to innovation and quality in the lighting industry," says Michael Staffopoulos. "I was already confident

UK - Hive has announced the appointment of Nigel Sadler to the role of sales director. Sadler's background in the world of live entertainment and show business, along with his extensive career, positions him to drive Hive's vision of democratising the media engine market forward.
Sadler has dedicated more than two decades to the lighting and event industry. After working as a teacher at Mountview Theatre School and the BRIT School, Sadler began his industry career as a sales manager at M&M Lighting in 1992, before later taking on influential roles at ETC Europe and DHA. Throughout his career, Sadler has worked on high-profile projects including the Super Bowl, the Academy Awards and worldwide stadium tours of renowned bands and artists.
“Hive aspires to give storytellers, designers, architects and the wider creative industry the best tools possible to display the

The Netherlands - Kramer has expanded its senior leadership team, with the appointment of experienced AV professional Lukasz Czajkowski as its new EMEA customer service director.
Based at Kramer’s EMEA HQ in Amstelveen, Netherlands, Lukasz brings considerable senior management experience to the Kramer team, having held top-level customer support, care and experience-focused positions at several leading global organizations, including IBM, Unisys, and Sonos, where he spent more than 15 years.
Reporting to Peter Baxter, senior vice president (SVP) for EMEA, Czajkowski will be responsible for refreshing and overseeing all of Kramer’s customer service operations, which are a key part of the company’s ongoing business transformation and ambitious growth strategy.
Lukasz is the latest high-profile addition to Kramer’s growing and evolving senior EMEA executive

USA - Bandit Lites has announced the promotion of Tyler Veneziano to client representative. With more than 13 years of experience on the road as one of the premiere Bandit team members, his skillset will bridge the gap of connecting clients’ visions to real, practical lighting applications.
“I look forward to creating strong relationships with new clients while emboldening current ones,” said Veneziano about his new position. “Bandit has never let me down. I’ve found an environment that I can professionally thrive in, and I couldn’t be on a better team.”
“I have never seen a person with a better personality and better suited to be a client rep,” elaborated Bandit Lites chair Michael T. Strickland. “Ty is a real people person, and he has a work ethic and dedication second to none. We all know Ty will succeed at a high level and his clients will lov

USA - Elation has announced the hiring of Tiffani Bryant as the company’s digital marketing creative specialist, a new position designed to help drive visibility across online digital media platforms, as well as provide creative input across all of Elation’s marketing channels.
Tiffani brings with her seven years of experience as a digital marketing professional, having managed media and created digital content for top brands in the sports and entertainment industry including UFC, Team USA, ESPN and multiple professional boxing brands. She also worked as onsite creative manager for Team USA Shop at Athlete Week in Washington DC following the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
“Elation is continuously evolving and innovating and I want to showcase that in the best way possible,” says Tiffani.
Eric Loader, global vice president for sales & marketing at Elation

UK - Shure is expanding its spectrum & regulatory affairs capabilities. Led by Prakash Moorut, global head of spectrum & regulatory affairs at Shure, the team has added two additional experts in Europe. Based in France and London, respectively, they join Shure representatives in the U.S., Germany, China, and Dubai focusing on this important part of audio communications.
Guillaume Mascot joins Shure as senior manager, global regulatory policy, in Paris to support its presence in the French and international arenas where issues related to spectrum use and new cybersecurity and AI regulations are debated. With nearly 20 years of leadership experience in government and public affairs within multinational telecommunications companies, Guillaume Mascot will bring his expertise, network, and in-depth knowledge of the European and Asia-Pacific markets to the development of S

USA - AtlasIED has announced the hiring of Simon Godfrey as director of sales for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
In a newly created role, Godfrey is responsible for sales of all AtlasIED product lines in the three regions, including loudspeakers, the AtlasIED Atmosphere audio processing and control system, the GLOBALCOM enterprise communications platform, and the AtlasIED IPX Series of audio and visual IP endpoints. Godfrey will report directly to Executive Vice President Matt Czyzewski.
"Simon is a sales pro with an impressive background in international sales and extensive relationships," said Czyzewski. "With a proven track record of creating and implementing successful customer success strategies, Simon will play a pivotal role in elevating our sales efforts and driving sustained growth in the region."
"It's an honour to join a forward-thinkin

Germany - Astera has announced the establishment of a new product management department as part of its ‘ongoing commitment to enhancing product development and customer satisfaction’.
Simon Canins, newly appointed CTO of Astera said: “We are thrilled to welcome Ben Díaz to the Astera family and embark on an exciting journey of growth and innovation together. Ben’s ability to listen to and understand the evolving needs of our customers makes him the perfect candidate to head up our busy product development. Being able to delegate responsibilities to someone of Ben’s calibre gives me strong confidence in reaching our company’s goals. Together we will create a seamless integration of product excellence and user-centric strategies, aligning with our ongoing mission to remain at the forefront of technological advancements."
Since 2014, Ben Díaz has been work

Europe - Pro lighting sales and technical specialist Jeroen van Aalst has joined the Robe International sales team as key account manager where he will be energising and coordinating sales in several important markets including The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Slovenia, Malta, Turkey, Israel, and South Africa.
Aalst will be working closely with the Robe distributors in all these regions, overseeing and supporting their initiatives, coordinating information, ensuring all communications channels are fluid and fully functional, assisting in client relations and exploring new ideas and markets in conjunction with their teams.
Already a well-known industry figure across The Netherlands, Jeroen has made many friends and contacts working long-term for the dynamic sales, distribution, installation, and project management company, Controllux, which is also Robe’s B

UK - Focusrite Group chairman and founder Phil Dudderidge has received the honour of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Years Honours List.
An OBE is awarded for having played a major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area. In Phil’s case this commendation is in recognition of the contribution he has made to the professional audio industry over several decades.
Phil has enjoyed a distinguished career, initially working as Led Zeppelin’s touring sound engineer in 1970. He set up RSD Systems in a partnership of three in 1971, building bespoke PA systems with custom-built mixing consoles. This evolved into Soundcraft Electronics a company specialising in live and studio mixing consoles, which was sold to Harman International in 1988.
Phil acquired the assets of Focusri

Europe - RCF is saying goodbye to a sales leader as Bertrand Delbar steps down from his role as France sales manager to pursue new projects after 25 successful years of service. Delbar has played a pivotal role in establishing RCF as a leading provider of professional audio solutions in the French market.
Starting with RCF in 1999 in a commercial audio role, Delbar dedicated a quarter of a century to the brand. In 2006, he took on the role of sales agent, later becoming sales manager and the main point of contact for customers and dealers across France. His dedication and expertise have been invaluable in growing RCF's presence and reputation locally.
Alberto Ruozzi, RCF commercial director, comments: "We praise his passion, expertise and relationships within the industry. Bertrand leaves behind a legacy of success, having established RCF as a foremost supplier to the

UK - At the annual Lighting Lunch held last Monday, the ALPD took the opportunity to make an award to Kelli Zezulka, outgoing editor of the association’s magazine Focus.
Alongside teaching and design work, Kelli took over the magazine at very short notice, after the sad passing of the then editor Andy Collier. Kelli volunteered to do a few issues whilst studying for her MA. ‘A few issues’ turned into 10 years: Kelli steered Focus to its 100th edition in July this year
Now a full-time teacher of lighting, Kelli has recently written a book on the history of the Association of Lighting Designers (now ALPD) which is soon to be published. She is co-editor of Contemporary Performance Lighting, published by Bloomsbury in February this year.
Kelli was presented with a special gobo and a gobo encased in glass as well as life membership of the ALPD. Th

Singapore - Lightware Visual Engineering has announced the appointment of Candice Siow as regional director for Southeast Asia.
Based in Singapore, Candice joins Lightware with more than 15 years of sales management experience in the audio-visual industry. In her new role, she will be responsible for the company’s operations in Southeast Asia and will focus on expanding Lightware’s presence in the region, working in close collaboration with key stakeholders to deliver a unified corporate message and go-to-market approach.
Prior to joining Lightware, Candice spent 15 years with Kramer Electronics, most recently serving as regional sales director ASEAN.
“I am delighted to join Lightware at a very exciting time in the company’s development,” commented Candice. “My goal is to build our presence in the region by working closely with our partners to deliv

UK - LSi is sad to report that Richard Pilbrow, the pioneering lighting designer and theatre consultant, passed away on 6 December, peacefully, at home, surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer, writes Rob Halliday.
Richard’s remarkable 90-year life was truly a life well lived. He took a passion for theatre developed at an early age and turned it into a career through the formation of his company, Theatre Projects, as a way of subsidising and supporting his lighting design work. In doing that, he played a large part in creating the profession of lighting designer in the UK from 1957 onwards.
The timing of this meant that Richard was perfectly placed to be selected by Laurence Olivier as the lighting designer for the opening of the National Theatre company in 1963, which put him in the right place to become the theatre consultant for the new Nation

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