UK - Dr James Green, former head of intellectual property at specialist technology development business Ilika, has joined Flare Audio in the same role. Dr Green has over 45 years’ experience in international technology commercialisation, having negotiated numerous agreements and licences with major corporations including US and Japanese multinationals.
His new role includes managing and progressing Flare’s portfolio of patents, designs and trademarks, and advising management on competitive threats or potential patent infringements.
Flare’s Davies Roberts comments: “Dr Green has an extraordinary wealth of experience and will play a key role in ensuring Flare’s proprietary technologies are recognised throughout the world.”
“When I met Flare CEO Davies Roberts, I was very impressed with what he had created,” says Dr Green. “I like working with interesting and enthusiastic people, and I like early-stage technology-based companies where the team is determined to succeed. Flare certainly fits that definition.”
UK - Sound Technology, the exclusive UK distributor for Martin by Harman, has announced the addition of key personnel to its dedicated Martin UK team.
Ritchie Reed (business development manager, professional lighting) heads up the sales and application team and is joined by Rob Beamer and Lauren Drinkwater as area sales managers for the north and south respectively, while Chris Hale joins as product and application specialist, professional lighting.
Ritchie Reed has worked in the entertainment lighting world for over 20 years, including positions as key account manager for theatre and subsequently UK sales director at Martin Professional until April 2016.
Lauren Drinkwater worked at City Theatrical for seven years and most recently was UK channel manager at Martin Professional specialising in theatre.
Rob Beamer has been working in the entertainment industry for over 24 years, including positions as chief electrician for both the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres, and business development manager for Stage Electrics. Rob has also worked as a freelance lighting designer for theatre and touring concerts.
Chris Hale joins as product and application specialist with over 20 years of experience at Martin Professional.
Robin Young is the primary contact for Martin customers within Sound Technology's sales office team.
Sweden - Wireless Solution has recently expanded its team with the hiring of two new staff members to meet its continual growth rate and to keep improving its development and customer support.
As part of the expansion, Wireless Solution has built an in-house assembly space, where Jonas Jonsson, W-DMX’s new production technician, has started full-time. This new space will allow for quick manufacturing turnaround, along with a stricter quality control over all components. Jonas will also be involved with RMA and second-line of support and repairs of all W-DMX products.
Wireless Solution has also secured another in-house R&D engineer to support Anders Zellén in the development team. Dimitar Kolev, an electronics engineer with over 20 years of experience, brings wide knowledge of hardware and PCB design, allowing for a quicker turnaround within the department. Dimitar has previously worked for RISE Acreo, LumenRadio and Semcon.
Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution, comments: “The biggest part of our commitment to our users is keeping our manufacturing and assembly in Sweden – for 15 years we have kept that promise, and we’ll continue honouring it. We are extremely happy with securing two new team members, as they will help us to improve and grow our brand.”
This year Wireless Solution will be celebrating its 15th year as a global supplier of Wireless DMX technology - the celebrations will be taking place at Prolight & Sound in April, where the manufacturer will showcase its latest technology.
UK - Film, TV and theatre lighting supplier Flashlight has announced the appointment of Danny Tomkins, who joins the company's UK sales department as a business development manager. Tomkins will provide field-based sales and support for the company's expanding range of leading lighting brands.
He has grown into the industry over the last eight years working with Rosco (UK) focusing on the LED solutions for the film and TV market. Danny says: "I'm looking forward to the exciting challenges and learning from two of the best in Andy and Rob."
Flashlight directors Andy Dodd and Rob Williamson comment: "We're delighted to welcome Danny to the company. His enthusiasm and hunger in the film/ TV lighting market allows us to continue to be in front of end users and support new business with a strong presence."
USA - Point Source Audio (PSA), an audio equipment manufacturer specialising in the development of miniature microphones and headsets, has named pro audio industry veteran Jim Sides as vice-president of global partnerships.
Sides has served as a consultant at the company since late 2017 and has nearly four decades of experience in the entertainment industry including senior management positions at Apogee Sound, Nexo USA/SA, Meyer Sound Labs. He also co-founded VUE Audiotechnik and entertainment consultancy Eklektric.
Yvonne Ho, vice president of sales and marketing at PSA, comments: “We are extremely pleased to have Jim officially on our team. After Jim came on board as a consultant, it quickly became clear that there was tremendous potential for a fit at a time when Point Source Audio is on a growth trajectory in the U.S. and around the world.”
PSA president James Lamb adds: “With roots as a working musician, sound engineer and producer, and senior management for several of the industry’s leading brands, I can’t think of anyone who can better support our mission than Jim."
Sides comments: “Point Source Audio not only has a line-up of top-notch products, but also a commitment to collaborative partnerships and customer experience that’s unmatched in the audio industry. I’m proud to be a part of it and look forward to helping manage the company’s continued growth in the coming years.”
PSA, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, has leading pro audio partners such as Autograph Sales in the UK, Avon Lyd in Norwa
Denmark - AV equipment supplier Neets has announced today that Aske Korsgaard Hejlesen has joined the company in the newly created position as chief experience officer. Hejlesen will be responsible for integrating design thinking in the organization to ensure that new products and solutions address actual user problems and needs. He comes with an educational background in industrial design and more than 10 years of experience working with user involvement and design research. Most recently, he worked as a design researcher at the international roof window manufacturer Velux Group.
“I am excited to join Neets and for this opportunity to help the company deliver a seamless and consistent user experience across products and digital touchpoints,” said Hejlesen. “I am passionate about user-driven innovation, and I will be working across all teams to ensure that design thinking permeates the entire organization and is reflected in all products.”
“Exceptional user experience design has always been at the heart of our development philosophy,” said Neets CEO, Michael Jarl Christensen. “I’m therefore delighted to bring on Aske Korsgaard Hejlesen, who comes with the skills and experience we need to bring Neets even closer to users. It is important that we cultivate a user-centered approach across the company in order to create an environment in which design thinking is an integral part of our product development strategy. He will be instrumental in helping us accomplish that goal.”
USA - Scott Fisher will receive the ESTA Technical Lifetime Achievement Award at the closing of the New World Rigging Symposium on 14 March in Fort Lauderdale’s Hilton Marina Hotel (Grand Salon).
Established in 2017 by the ESTA Board of Directors and Technical Standards Council, the award recognises individuals with ‘significant and sustained’ technical contributions to the entertainment industry over at least 25 years. Last year’s recipient was Robert Goddard of Goddard Design.
Fisher began his career in automation in the late 1980s in Las Vegas with Siegfried and Roy, the first of the mega shows at the first of the Las Vegas mega resorts, The Mirage. From this vantage point at the crest of the wave of huge Las Vegas productions and attractions of the 1990s and 2000s, he got to see what stage automation could be and just how far it had to go to get there.
Fisher has worked in a wide variety of venues and jobs, from rock’n’roll and Broadway touring shows to performer flying to special effects to rigging automation to large scale attraction design and construction, building a knowledge base along the way for what worked and what didn’t. In 1997, he founded Fisher Technical Services (FTSI) with the goal of making a truly integrated automation system specifically for live entertainment shows and attractions of all types.
UK - JHS has announced the appointment of Ben Chapman to the position of media and artist coordinator/product demonstrator, joining the publicity team at the JHS head office in Garforth, West Yorkshire.
In addition to being a main point of contact for the press, artists and endorsees, Ben will promote the many brands under the JHS umbrella via digital and social platforms, be available to provide our stockists staff with product training, put on instore clinics and be a regular feature at the many trade and consumer shows at which JHS promotes its brands.
USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Paul Peace as senior director of engineering.
Peace has three decades of experience in the pro audio industry, including the design and development of loudspeaker systems and real-world hands-on experience as a systems installer. He comes to Community from Harman/JBL Professional where he was senior manager in systems engineering. Previously Peace has also held technical leadership roles at Renkus-Heinz and IMAX.
Leading all engineering efforts at Community, Peace will oversee product development, production engineering, product management and vendor research, while directing research in advanced directivity control, equalization techniques and loudspeaker specifications.
Community’s CEO, Steve Johnson, commented, “We’re really happy to extend a warm welcome to Paul. In addition to his extensive research and development expertise, he has the innovative approach to development that forms a core philosophy of Community. Paul will be a key member of Community’s leadership team, providing valuable input for our future success.”
UK - FBT Audio (UK) has announced Mike Roissetter as its business development manager for South Wales, the Midlands and the South West of England. A well-known figure within the UK industry, Roissetter is described by FBT Audio (UK) managing director, Mark Parkhouse, as "the right man with the right ideas as we continue to grow".
Roissetter brings considerable experience to his new role, having worked in both audio retail for the Soundpad chain of stores, and distribution for a number of global brands including EAW. He was also responsible the launch of the Dexibell digital piano in the UK. His arrival at FBT Audio (UK) represents something of a reunion with Mark Parkhouse, with whom he previously worked closely at Proel Group, though the relationship goes back much further.
"Mike actually sold me my first PA, when I was 14," explains Parkhouse. "Since then we’ve had the pleasure of working closely together and I've also had the opportunity of watching Mike from afar as he has continued to excel in often challenging circumstances. He's a true professional who will raise our already excellent level of customer service to new heights. I’m very pleased to welcome him to the FBT Audio (UK) family."
Germany - Following an expansion of its presence in Germany, DPA Microphones has announced details of the new sales team that will be responsible for handling the company’s extensive product line in this market.
The microphone manufacturer is also introducing a new service process to speed up product service and maintenance for all customers.
The Germany team is headed by Martin Kaaber, DPA’s VP of sales for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Benelux countries. He is supported by business development manager Florian Kresse and account managers Reinhard Stelter and Mike Brühl who will respectively handle the north and south of the country. As well as sales and support, they will also play a key role in providing customer feedback, which will help DPA deliver high levels of service and products.
Kaaber comments: “Your success is our success - that is my philosophy. I believe in integrity and want our business partners to know that they can rely on my word. My aim is to be their ambassador within DPA and create fruitful co-operations, built on trust.”
CEO Kalle Hvidt Nielsen adds: “Having this incredibly strong team on the ground will allow us to exploit the great potential we see in this important market and develop even closer links with our dealer network and customers.”
UK - Jo Beirne has joined the account management team of London-based lighting and visuals rental and production specialist Colour Sound Experiment.
Beirne will be based at the company’s Park Royal office. She previously worked at XL Video for over 15 years, where she coordinated video worldwide for internationally acclaimed touring acts including The Killers, James Blunt, The Kaiser Chiefs and many more.
Colour Sound founder Haydn Cruickshank comments: “Jo is a fantastic addition to the company. Her enthusiasm, drive and personality is a perfect fit with our core values of ensuring outstanding customer service, great personal attention to detail and encouraging innovative designers to explore their ideas and imaginations.”
UK - tvONE is expanding its EMEA sales team by adding Jon Hubery as regional sales manager for the Middle East and India.
Jon has spent the last four and a half years working with a UK distribution partner, Holdan.
Frithjof Becker, EMEA sales director of tvONE, states, “Jon Hubery is an experienced sales manager working in the AV Market for years. He will lead our expansion into the Middle East and India. Our local partners in the region are looking forward to working with Jon.”
Hubery adds: “After working four years in the UK with AV Integrators, I am looking forward to working internationally again and introducing tvONE to India and the Middle East. I am delighted to be back at tvONE and cannot wait to get started with our partners from across the region to help and support them with their existing and future projects."
France - APG has announced the appointment of Alexis Reymond as sales engineer for Western France and the UK. Based at the company's HQ in Nantes, Alexis will be in charge of business development for both regions, as well as providing consultancy and technical support.
With a strong background as a sound engineer for live events in France and abroad, Alexis also worked for many years as an audio consultant and auditor for the design of loudspeakers, providing sonic insight and expertise to public institutions and Houses of Worship.
Alexis comments, “France’s Western region has very strong growth potential and already benefits from an active pool of users and a well-established partner network. A number of recent prestigious installations combined with satisfied end users are an excellent starting point for our growth in this region, allowing us to strengthen our partner network and increase the visibility of the APG brand.
“The UK also has great prospects in the short and medium term: in a market that is almost saturated by ubiquitous brands, the Brits have an entrenched audio culture, yet remain very open-minded when they see innovative and different products”.
Grégory Dapsanse, APG’s marketing and business development director comments: “Alexis is a fantastic addition to our team. His appointment coincides with major growth for our brand, so we expect to further accelerate this trend. Alexis brings the perfect mind-set for our newly reorganised structure: his experience as both a sound engineer and a sound designer enhances our
UK - Dutch architect Francine Houben, the creative director of mecanoo architecten has been announced as the first keynote speaker of the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference 2018 to be held on London on 3-5 June.
Houben has gained international acclaim for her work on theatres, museums and libraries to neighbourhoods, housing and parks, with each design founded on the observation of people, location, culture and climate. She holds Honorary Fellowships of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and was granted lifelong membership of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
Booking for ITEAC 2018 is now open and as interest to attend the conference has been very strong, those wishing to attend are urged to book as soon as possible.
Presented by the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) at Savoy Place, the global engineering hub of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), latest information regarding sessions and speakers will be posted on the ITEAC website as announced.
Following the three days of conference, ITEAC delegates may then join up with exhibitors and visitors to the 40th anniversary annual ABTT Theatre Show at London’s Alexandra Palace on 6-7 June.
UK - Graham Murray has been appointed to take charge of international business development and channel management for JoeCo, with a remit to deepen the UK manufacturer's ties into key export markets.
Having previously worked extensively in both Asia and the Middle East, Murray brings more than 35 years of industry experience and expertise to his new role. He is described by JoeCo founder and managing director Joe Bull as "a world-class audio professional with a reputation to match his considerable experience".
A well-known figure within the global audio community, he most recently held the position of sales director, EMEA for the Harman Pro brand, Studer, while in the past he has served in leadership positions for brands including Calrec, Fairlight and AMS Neve.
As part of his new remit, Murray will spearhead international sales delivering increased visibility and success for JoeCo products including the Blackbox range of multi-channel recorders and players, and award-winning Bluebox audio interface recorders.
"Graham has spent years at the forefront of the broadcast and pro audio markets and because of that experience he understands why professionals choose JoeCo," said Joe Bull. "Our company is not the largest in the industry, but we know that our products are the best. With Graham on board, we're going to take that message to the global market and give everyone the opportunity to understand the difference that JoeCo makes."
Germany - John Roberts-Davies has joined German audio console and IP video specialist Lawo AG as head of pre-sales & projects. In his new role, he will lead and develop the team that delivers technical consultation, solution design and system delivery to customers across the entire range of live production applications.
The appointment comes at a time of rapid growth in demand for Lawo products and solutions, which are expertly designed to help gain maximum advantage from new technologies in the fast-changing world of live production.
Roberts-Davies has over 30 years’ experience in the industry. He worked in operational and technical roles in radio and TV stations in several countries, as a sound recordist, radio engineer, ENG cameraman and radio and TV system engineer, before moving to the manufacturer side with various technical, commercial and professional services management roles within Sony, Quantel and SAM.
“We are very excited to have John join our team," says Ulrich Schnabl, director of operations at Lawo AG. “His broad knowledge of the industry, coupled with his ability to ensure suppliers consistently deliver the best services possible, make him a strong asset for Lawo at this time of rapid growth."
UAE - Sennheiser has announced the appointment of Arif PK as its new area sales manager for the System Solutions Channel in the UAE and Qatar.
Arif will report directly to Mig Cardamone, director of sales and marketing at Sennheiser Middle East who comments: “We feel that the Middle East - with special focus on Qatar and the UAE, given the upcoming major events - continues to prove that it is a very crucial market with a demand for high quality audio equipment and international expertise. With over a decade of experience in large scale AV projects specifically in those key markets, we feel it is a great synergy to have Arif join our team and build momentum for Sennheiser.”
Prior to joining Sennheiser, Arif was the country manager in Qatar for Mayflex/Excel Networking, a converged IP solutions provider. He has also held senior sales positions in CGC (Qatar) and Pixel Projects AV.
Commenting on his new position, Arif says: “My focus is to build relationships in the region based on our brand’s core values of innovation and excellence. I will be working to strengthen ties with our existing customers and partners, while making headway into new avenues in the UAE and Qatar.”
South Africa - The South African entertainment industry bid farewell to Peter Anthony Crowther, a popular Durban-based electrician, who has passed away. Messages on Facebook poured in as tributes were made to a ‘very special and caring gentleman’.
“The news came as a shock to the entertainment industry, losing a friend, a colleague and good drinking buddy,” says Nicholas Barnes from DWR Distribution. “Peter was always there to help when help was needed and will be missed by friends, colleagues and family. So, here's to Pete, may you rest peacefully bud!”
DWR Distribution’s SOS Charity fund joined hands with the industry to contribute to Peter’s funeral cost. A celebration of his life was held on Friday, 16 February at the Slip Inn, which was Pete’s local for the past 17 years.
UK - L‑Acoustics has announced the creation of a purpose-built sales and application team for the UK, with additional support from L-Acoustics Marcoussis headquarters.
The UK team comprises sales manager Paul McMullan, who has been with L‑Acoustics since 2016 and continues to expand the brand’s traditionally strong association with the UK market. He is now joined by new team members Sergey Becker, application engineer, touring, and Jeff Woodford, application engineer, Install. Continuing to support the UK market are Nathalie Prade in sales support, and Alex Linn in customer service.
“The UK is a seismic centre for both the touring and installation markets and is recognized for its cutting edge performing arts centres. It is also home to many of the globe’s most important consultancies,” explains Jochen Frohn, L‑Acoustics director of business development. “As such, it is a key territory for us, which is why we made the decision to strengthen the UK team with the addition of Sergey and Jeff, both experienced application engineers whose extensive knowledge will help to expand the brand in the robust UK touring and install markets.”
Sergey has spent almost 20 years designing and implementing PA systems and their control infrastructure, as well as being an experienced FOH and monitor engineer. He joins L‑Acoustics from Delta Sound, where he gained experience in high profile events such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, as well as at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.
Jeff Woodford joins from RG Jones Sound
Spain - FENIX Stage has announced a new staff member joining its export department. Juan Bautista joins after a long international career in the industry.
“I have always tried to contribute with effort and passion everywhere I have been working at, as purchasing analyst, legal advisor or trade advisor in many industries in different countries,” says Bautista. “Now I have the chance to work on the other side, on the sales department, and FENIX Stage offers me the opportunity and the confidence to begin this new challenge thanks both to its great professional team and its formidable range of products, with continuous innovation and improvement processes. The complete trust in our products is a key point for me.”
“For FENIX Stage, Juan’s incorporation is an important bet for new and unexplored markets, within the ambitious, but realistic, expansion strategy during the coming years”, says Alex Bryan, export manager at FENIX Stage. “In addition, he will be a valuable support to develop and consolidate some of the existing markets, enriching the relationships with our customers.”
USA - D.A.S. Audio of America, Inc., the North American division of parent company D.A.S. Audio, has announced the appointment of Leandro Jose Arguello to the position of retail sales manager - Latin America. Arguello’s appointment commenced in January 2018. He is based at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Miami.
In his new position, Arguello will be responsible for driving retail sales for the MI marketplace by developing customized strategies for each Latin American country. Arguello will travel extensively throughout the Latin American territory to meet with current and potential new distributors—all with the goal of increasing D.A.S. Audio’s brand awareness throughout this important region.
Prior to joining D.A.S. Audio, Arguello served in several capacities that have well-prepared him for his new position. Most recently, he was the principal and owner of PA Sound & Solutions Corporation of Medley, FL
Jaime Villegas, general manager at D.A.S. Audio of America, Inc., comments, “Leandro has a wealth of experience in the Latin American retail market and I’m confident he will do a terrific job helping us take our business to the next level throughout this vital and potentially lucrative territory. All of us at D.A.S. welcome him aboard.”
UK - Cardiff-based events services provider, 11th Hour continues to expand its team. Rising demand for its wide-ranging services has seen the company appoint a number of experienced professionals to key positions, to keep pace with continuing growth.
Simon Baker brings 30 years of sales and hire experience in the technical services sector to his role as 11th Hour’s warehouse manager and new administration assistant, Rachel Burbidge, adds the skills developed during 15 years in the areas of construction, insurance and health.
11th Hour director John Davies comments, “Last year saw us significantly increase the size of our team and our investment in equipment. Events such as the visit of The UEFA Champions League to Cardiff, demonstrated our capacity to provide services on a large scale and for very diverse requirements. It’s essential that we have the expertise, commitment and energy to deal with every demand that come our way.”
The Netherlands - Astro Spatial Audio has announced the appointment of Graham Murray to the position of global business development manager, effective immediately.
A highly respected figure within the professional audio industry, Murray brings 35 years of industry experience and expertise to his new role, alongside the determination to "raise Astro Spatial Audio's profile on a worldwide level and cultivate the success that this astonishing technology deserves".
With both technical expertise and a deep knowledge of the global audio industry, Murray has attained experience across a broad spectrum of market sectors within the pro audio sphere, from high-end broadcast and post-production to the studio sector and live sound. Most recently he held the position of sales director, EMEA for the Harman Pro brand, Studer, while in the past he has served in leadership positions for brands including Calrec, Fairlight and AMS Neve.
Murray joins Astro Spatial Audio during a period of rapid expansion, with a string of high profile reference projects having taken place over the last 12 months. They include the completion of a landmark object-based immersive audio installation within the Berlin Opera House, and the creation of a fully immersive audio experience for The Band's Visit, the hit new musical on Broadway. From Europe to the United States and in Asia, Astro Spatial Audio's 3U, rack-mountable SARA II Premium Rendering Engine is delivering new creative possibilities in object-based 3D audio, room acoustics and more.