UK - Tickets for the upcoming Paul MacCallum benefit concert can now be purchased via Eventbrite only, the organisers have said.
MacCallum, who founded PLASA member company Wembley Loudspeaker, has been confined to a hospice due to suffering with an advanced form of multiple system atrophy. He was the bass player for Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band and was also known as ‘The Womble’ from his days as Uncle Bulgaria in Mike Batt’s original Wombles. The entertainment industry has rallied to help fund his medical expenses through buying tickets to the charity event, taking place on 29 October at the O2 Academy Islington.
Follow this link to buy tickets (£20). The venue is capped at 250 and organisers warn that when capacity is reached, no further orders for tickets will be taken.
The PayPal donations-only page has now been closed but those wishing to donate should do so via the Eventsbrite platform. A JustGiving page may be set up for donations-only in the coming days, the organisers have said.
Last updated: 4 October 2018 at 9:37
USA - Lighting designer and creative technology expert Marty Postma is coming off the road and joining Robe North America’s sales force as regional sales manager for the Northeast.
Marty has over 20 years’ experience on the front-line of concert touring and live events, working as a lighting designer, director, programmer, operator, and technician.
Marty’s recent design portfolio includes interesting and edgy clients like Alice in Chains, Evanescence, and two ice skating shows aboard Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Symphony of the Seas.
Bob Schacherl, CEO of Robe North America comments, “I’m delighted with Marty Postma’s decision to join the Robe North America sales team. With his prestigious design career, he brings a wealth of lighting experience, product knowledge and contacts throughout the North American market. Historically the Northeast territory has consistently been one of the top performing in the US and I’m confident that Marty will be embraced by customers and have an immediate positive impact on Robe’s sales.”
Marty will be based from his home in New York City’s Queens area and will be travleling regularly to meet clients and dealers across the northeast region. “There’s no substitute for meeting people face-to-face,” he comments.
UK - Technical manager and vision engineer John Steele has joined Blitz, a GES company, as technical director.
Prior to joining Blitz, Steele specialised in providing engineering support, planning and technical solutions for large-scale, multi-camera mobile broadcasts.
Steele has engineered and managed in most areas of the video industry, including corporate presentations, concert tours and international sports coverage.
Steele is responsible for running the Blitz technical teams, including video, sound, lighting and set and staging, as well as the project management team. In this role, Steele is part of the Blitz senior leadership team and reports to Blitz managing director Mike Phillipson.
Phillipson commented, “As Blitz grows, we need to bring in the very best talent and John Steele certainly fits that bill. His wide-ranging technical experience and personable approach will ensure we continue to deliver a world-class technical production service to all our customers.”
UK - Dan Ryan has been promoted to commercial manager for Stage Electrics’ and Northern Lights’ testing and inspection division.
Previously the company’s electrical compliance and quality manager, Ryan is now responsible for ensuring the provision of compliance and maintenance services enabling customers across the UK to enjoy peace of mind about the condition and safety of their technical performance systems.
Dan Aldridge, commercial director at Stage Electrics, comments: “After a demanding 12 months with levels of business continuing to grow significantly, we have appointed a commercial manager to focus on leading the commercial, engineering and quality aspects of our testing and inspection offering. Dan has recently achieved professional recognition as an incorporated engineer from the Institution of Engineering and Technology. It’s great to be able to offer Dan this promotion and I look forward to supporting him in his new role.”
UK - Alan Jacobi of Unusual Rigging was honoured with the 2018 Gottelier Award at the PLASA Show. Named in memory of Tony Gottelier, the renowned industry innovator and commentator, this annual award recognises product developers who have made significant long-term contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology.
Voted for by his industry peers, Jacobi was this year's recipient, having worked rigorously to raise the profile and professionalism of the rigging industry and having long recognised the need for training and education in the sector. He has been a driving force behind the NRC accreditation scheme since the beginning in 2005, and Unusual Rigging is an Assessment Centre for the NRC.
Jacobi comments: "I am so very honoured, not just to be this year's recipient of the Gottelier Award, but to know how much support I have from industry peers, friends and colleagues. They not only voted me the winner of this year's award, but have been a source of support over the years as we strive to give riggers the credit and professional respect they deserve."
He continues: "We have just made a giant step forward, having just this month won the case for having a CSCS card for members of the rigging industry to access construction sites and carry out the work they need to do. The Gottelier Award by no means signals that my work on this issue is done – there's still lots left to do and I look forward to the challenge."
The Netherlands - The ADJ Group has announced ‘the sudden passing’ of Jo Mulders (61) on 17 September.
Described as an ‘esteemed and beloved colleague’, Mulders worked for the company for over 15 years, most recently as a general manager at ADJ Group’s European headquarters in Kerkrade, The Netherlands.
Toby Velazquez, ADJ Group president, comments: “On behalf of everyone at the ADJ Group, we are stunned and deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Jo Mulders and send our sincerest condolences to his family. Those of us that had the privilege and honour to know and work with Jo have lost an inspiring friend. Jo was a warm, infectiously positive person who really cared for others and his absence will be felt with great sorrow. Jo was always sympathetic and team-oriented, valued for his know-how and drive, and was essential in helping to lift the company over the past 15 years. He will be sorely missed as both a friend and colleague.”
Mulders grew up in The Netherlands and lived in Landgraaf. He is survived by his wife, two children and grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, 22 September, at 12pm at Heilige Jozef parish church in Kerkrade.
Germany - Absen Europe has announced the appointment of Christian Czimny to the role of R&D director, EU Business Unit. A new role for the company and the first R&D position based in Europe, it will see Christian take the lead on establishing a R&D team in the region to develop the future pipeline of LED display technologies and solutions with features that are specifically sought after by customers in the market.
Christian will be working closely with Absen Europe’s team based in the Rüsselsheim HQ in Germany, where he will also host customer visits. Christian will also travel frequently to Absen’s China-based HQ and manufacturing facilities in Shenzhen and Huizhou respectively, in order to align with all departments. The position will take Christian on site visits to customers in Europe to gather their feedback on existing and future products and what developments and innovations they would like to see, as well as to industry fairs and to suppliers.
In this role, Christian will work in partnership with Absen’s chief technology officer, taking responsibility for the overall coordination, functional management and development of the European LED display product portfolio – in close communication and cooperation with counterparts in the R&D department in Shenzhen (China) where Absen is headquartered.
Christian joins Absen from LANG AG, where he held tenure as LED product manager and event technology specialist over a 15 year period – with responsibility for creating the requirement specifications of the LED products for int
USA - ADJ Group has apppointed MI veteran Raul Resendiz as product specialist for ADJ Lighting. Raul will work directly with company staff, dealers and end users with ADJ’s growing line of technical products in ADJ Products, American Audio, and Accu-Cable.
Southern California native, Resendiz, has been in the MI industry nearly two decades in roles as technical specialist, field trainer and sales manager at Guitar Center, M-Audio, PreSonus, and most recently at Roland USA. Not only does he know the technical side of the audio business, but he’s also immersed himself in DMX lighting programming and installation. With his vast knowledge of audio and lighting, Resendiz is excited to take on new heights in AVL at ADJ Lighting.
Resendiz’s primary responsibilities will be to work hand-in-hand with ADJ’s sales and R&D departments to help train staff members, regional representatives, authorised dealers designers and end users about ADJ’s emerging technologies in video walls, moving heads and stage lighting. He will attend trade shows, ADJ Road Tours, retail stores and other educational forums offering technical training.
UK - Industry veteran Chris Hale has joined Chauvet as its new UK product specialist. Prior to joining Chauvet, Chris was the senior product specialist for Martin Professional UK. During his 23 years with that company and its predecessors, Chris worked with lighting products utilised in the touring, theatre, broadcast and film markets.
“Chris is a valuable addition to our team,” comments Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “He has a broad and deep understanding of many different lighting applications. We’re confident he will be able to make good contributions to Chauvet as we continue to expand and serve more markets with our products.”
Working out of Chauvet’s UK office, Chris is involved primarily in the company’s professional product range. “We feel there is an excellent match-up between Chris’s experience and our company’s mission,” says Michael Brooksbank, general manager of Chauvet Europe. “Not only does he have a great deal of expertise, he also shares our value and customer service driven philosophy.”
Chris echoes this enthusiasm. “I’ve already experienced first-hand just how far Chauvet goes to give the customers the very best experience,” he states. “With such a broad product range, we have the right products for every application and deliver this with passion and care.”
UK - Lighting and rigging specialist TSL Lighting has announced the appointment of respected head rigger Ali Morris to the team as rigging project manager.
Morris brings a wealth of rigging experience to TSL, having worked in the live events industry since the mid-90s. His work has encompassed many disciplines, from theatre, television and rock & roll to festivals, sports, corporate and political events, both in the UK and abroad.
During the 2012 Olympics, he looked after the rigging of specialist cameras in many of the venues across London including both vertical and horizontal tracks in the iconic Aquatic Centre.
He has also served as head rigger at Glastonbury, Wireless and V Festivals, supervising the main stages. His most recent challenge involved touring a 4.5t custom built gantry crane for Matthew Bourne’s new production of The Red Shoes.
Morris’s appointment coincides with TSL’s investment in a further 36 x Litec EXE Rise SF8:1 30m HOL hoists, supplied by Adam Beaumont at Area 4 Industries. This takes stock levels to well over 200 hoists, all rated at D8 or D8+ level.
TSL's managing director Sam Tamplin, says: “Ali is a fantastic rigger and all round great guy. He already shares a close working relationship with so many of our project management team and works on many of our projects in a freelance role. Welcoming him onto the team on a more formal basis is a no-brainer. We’re really looking forward to working more closely with him in the future.”
Belgium - Patrick Van de Sande, founder and CEO of Belgian pro audio manufacturer PVS, has announced his son Tom will succeed him as CEO.
The company is also finalising an investment of €12m in new buildings for R&D, quality control and distribution in Stevoort, Hasselt.
Tom Van de Sande comments: “A few years ago, PVS invested heavily in its own experience centre at the Veldstraat in Hasselt. In the meantime, the company has bought the buildings and land of a former transportation company in Stevoort, Hasselt. We have invested 12m euro in our new logistics centre, complete with new testing facilities and R&D centre. From this location our products are shipped worldwide, to every continent.”
The own brands Audac (audio equipment), Procab (cables and accessories) and Caymon (flightcases and racks), all developed in Hasselt are finding their way to 83 countries. “We are proud to collaborate with several leading brands worldwide”, says Van de Sande. Today the PVS equipment can be admired at branches of Nike, Starbuck, IKEA and many others. There is even more than 70 kilometres of Procab cables in the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.”
The company celebrated its 35th anniversary along with over 200 clients from all parts of the world.
Europe - To support the growth of Luxibel, AED has announced the appointment of Damon Crisp as the new international sales manager for the Luxibel brand and for the VMB Show Lift.
Damon's wealth of industry knowledge and contacts spans almost 30 years. Recently he has been running his own UK distribution company (DAC Pro-Media LTD) and prior to this he was managing director of Numark Alesis Europe LTD (now In-Music Group).
Damon comments: "I have watched over the past decade the incredible growth and achievements of AED group. It is with this unique insight that it was clear to me that any development of own brand products would be as a result of demands requested from our vast rental business. It was an easy decision for me to join AED. They understand and know that dedicated and unique products are the future. It is for this reason that I wanted to be part of this extensive operation.”
Hans Vanderheijden, MD of Luxibel, comments: “The last two years, AED invested heavily in the development of the entire new Luxibel range. Damon will contribute to the expansion of Luxibel in the international markets. We’re delighted to welcome Damon in the Luxibel team and to the AED family.”
UK - Event production and equipment specialists Light Fantastic Production Services has appointed Andy Vere to the role of director of production at their Borehamwood headquarters.
A well-established member of the Light Fantastic production team, Vere joined the company in 2014 and has been instrumental in building the company’s reputation as a premier provider of technical production equipment and support services.
With a background in theatre lighting design, Vere has a wealth of experience covering a broad range of production disciplines, including theatre, live music and corporate events. Vere’s depth of technical understanding and artistic skills have proven to be invaluable in the successful delivery of a wide range of projects.
In his newly expanded role Vere assumes responsibility for supervision of the LFPS project management team, overseeing all aspects of project delivery.
He comments: “Being part of a growing, successful business has been a great journey for me. Our team is committed to providing the highest levels of client support and together we have helped take the company from strength to strength. I’m looking forward to this new chapter, both for myself and the entire Light Fantastic team.”
Canada - Solotech has announced the appointment of Jason Howard as director of operations for the Ottawa office, effective 5 September 2018.
In this role, Howard will lead the operational activities, including the integration of advanced equipment and technology for clients for all the segments of expertise (government, business, cultural and sports facilities) of the sales and integration division.
Jason has been working in project and operations management for almost 20 years and his areas of expertise include quality assurance, strategic planning and process improvement.
Germany - Phil Myers has joined German IP video, audio and control specialist Lawo as senior director of IP Systems. In this newly created role, Myers will coordinate the IP product portfolio and core technology development across the Lawo business as well as supporting the Advisory Board with strategic and technology direction during this fast-changing transitional period in the broadcast industry.
Myers previously held the role as IP product manager for SAM (Snell Advanced Media) and Grass Valley, a Belden Brand. Additionally, Myers has undertaken technical product management and head of technology positions at Pinnacle Systems Inc. (now part of Avid Technology), Sony and CVP.
Myers comments: “It’s great to be part of a team with such a great vision about the future of our industry and that has the commitment, passion, right people, and leading-edge IP audio, video, networking and control technologies to achieve this vision, for the benefit of our clients. The inspiration and inventiveness of Lawo people, coupled with their drive and determination, are revolutionizing the way broadcasters work.”
USA - Meyer Sound Laboratories co-founder John Meyer will deliver the AES New York 2018 Convention’s Heyser Memorial Lecture on 19 October (Friday) at 6:30pm. Speaking on the topic Taking the Room Out of the Loudspeaker: New Tools for Transparent Reproduction, Meyer will share his expertise on loudspeaker design and applications from his lengthy career the industry.
Meyer first got involved in pro audio in the late 1960s when he started out as designer of custom amplification systems for guitarist Steve Miller. Meyer created the Glyph very large horn loudspeakers and he was the in-house loudspeaker designer at San Francisco’s McCune Sound Service.
In the 1970s, his audio research at the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in Switzerland led to his first patent awarded for a low-distortion horn design. In 1979 he co-founded (with his wife, Helen) Meyer Sound Laboratories.
Throughout his career, Meyer has focused on development of linear loudspeaker systems, with his R&D team most recently achieving phase linearity from 20 kHz down to 27Hz with the Bluehorn System studio monitor.
The Heyser Lecture series were established in 1999 by the AES Technical Council and the Board of Governors, in conjunction with the Richard Heyser Scholarship fund.
The 145th AES International Convention is held on 17-20 October at the Jacob Javits Centre in New York City.
Europe - RTW has announced the appointment of Thomas Valter as the company's new director of product management and marketing. Valter, who has more than 20 years of experience in the audio industry, will be at IBC 2018 (RTW stand 8.D89).
He comments: "I am pleased to be joining RTW, a highly focused, professional and strong brand. I look forward to taking part in further developing and strengthening the company's position within the ever-changing global broadcast market."
Valter recently served as vice-president of business management for the broadcast and production division of TC Electronic. Previous roles at TC Electronic include international public relations manager and product manager, in which he drove product development, UI/UX specifications, sales and marketing for the company.
USA - ETC has announced the promotion of four ETC employees into vice-president roles.
Fred Foster, ETC CEO says: “Each of our new VPs bring fresh viewpoints to our executive group which is something we constantly encourage across the entire company.”
Jake Dunnum is the new vice-president of commercial and industrial operations. Dunnum started working for ETC 18 years ago as a technical support specialist, later moved into marketing product management and most recently became the general manager of business development. In his new role as vice president, Dunnum will continue his duties in business development for all ETC companies around the globe and oversee the management of the commercial and industrial companies of Echoflex and Penko.
Vice-president of human resources, Val Farace, will focus on the global employee experience at ETC. Farace joined ETC 22 years ago in the London office as a receptionist.
Durrell Ramer is the new vice-president of ETC international operations and responsible for directing the international offices in Asia, Germany, the UK.
Bob Tollefson has accepted the position of vice president of business resources. He will oversee the business needs of the overall corporation including the IT departments as well the facilities and quality departments on a global level.
Dick Titus, ETC president says: “As ETC continues to grow, it is of the highest importance that we maintain quality leadership at the top levels. I believe our new vice presidents are an exemplary group that deeply understand the past hi
UK - Bristol-based specialist LED lighting manufacturer GDS has added two new staff members.
Following a recent management restructure and the ongoing establishment of important new areas of business, the company has appointed Charlotte Fenwick to the position of marketing manager and Katie Dyer to the role of business development executive. Charlotte brings wide experience of growth-marketing from the property development and engineering sector, whilst Katie has a strong sales background, developed across the IT industry.
Managing director Richard Cuthbert comments: “These are very exciting times at GDS. We’re moving forward on a number of new fronts, so it’s essential that we keep pace with progress as we continue to expand the business. Charlotte’s appreciation of engineering and technology and her previous work in taking forward projects in the architectural field, makes her a great fit for our principal marketing role. Katie’s proven sales skills will support our recently created on-site service operation, as well as reinforcing the wider GDS team as we open up new channels.”
Italy - Powersoft has appointed Thiago Terra as application engineer (rack amps). Terra joins the team to support the company’s business growth - acting as a bridge between the market and Powersoft’s product development unit.
Thiago joined Powersoft in June and is based at the company’s Italian headquarters in Scandicci, near Florence. The role will also see him travel around the world to conduct training and seminars and to support other engineers, as well as visiting distributors, customers and trade shows to deepen knowledge of Powersoft’s Touring and Install line and Armonía software.
At HQ, Terra will work side-by-side with the research and development team to strive for constant improvement to Powersoft’s hardware and software products - identifying and fixing bugs, bringing new ideas to the table and providing worldwide support for Rack Amps.
An award-winning sound engineer and musician, Terra has mixed, mastered and worked on tours as FOH Engineer and System Engineer for many well-known artists and at some of the most renowned festivals in Europe.
Thiago also owns mastering and mix studio WoC Studios, and is production team leader at Sabaoth Church. A graduate in Audio Engineering from the SAE Institute in Milan, he was certified Instructor of Music Technologies at the Italian Institute of Music Technologies and MidiWare Educational in Rome, in addition to holding additional accreditations in his craft.
UK - LSi is sad to report the passing of Australian lighting designer Richard Pacholski – perhaps better known to many in the industry as R2 – on 19 August after a brief and intense battle with cancer.
Fellow lighting designer, and LSi journalist Rob Halliday remembers his friend and colleague: “For many people taking shows, particularly musicals, down under, R2 was the friendly face that welcomed you to Australia. You immediately knew, from the ‘Hey mate’ said in that calm Aussie voice, the big open smile and that sparkly twinkle in his eye, that everything was going to be alright.
“Richard began his career at the Adelaide Festival Centre, then joined the Australian Ballet. He wasn’t the first Richard there and so soon became R2, a name that just stuck. In the late 1980s, when Cameron Mackintosh set up an Australian office, R2 joined as lighting manager, touring with Cats, Les Misérables, Five Guys Named Moe, Phantom, Miss Saigon and Rent!. He then went freelance; his biog continued to read like a list of theatrical greatest hits, continuing his relationship with Cameron’s shows, but adding Mamma Mia!, Billy Elliot, We Will Rock You, Mary Poppins, Matilda, War Horse and more; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was due next.
“In every case, he’d figure out the show in fastidious detail, then assemble and lead a brilliant team who would deliver it with the utmost skill, dedication, delicacy and refinement. But a great time would be had by all along the way, while working hard in the theatre and then af
Germany - Adam Hall Group has announced further expansion to its international sales team.
Markus Jahnel, COO and managing director, will assume responsibility for the Group’s global business development with immediate effect. Bodo Falkenried, who has headed that department since 2013, is retiring and will complete the handover to Jahnel by the end of September.
Jahnel comments: “The long-term development of new business areas and partnerships and the development and personal maintenance of our global networks are important priorities for the immediate future. I am looking forward to being even closer to our marketplace expansion.”
He adds: “We would like to thank Bodo for his great work and wish him all the best for the new chapter in his life. He was a valued employee who was greatly appreciated by the entire team.”
Marcel Mieger will be Adam Hall’s new sales director for Europe, assuming the role at the start of September. He will look after the expanding European sales network of the event technology solutions provider.
Gabriel Medrano takes over as COO of Adam Hall North America, Inc., the New Jersey subsidiary founded in January. Together with Steven Savvides, president of Adam Hall North America, Inc., Medrano will be responsible for the development of the entire business in North America. He was most recently international sales manager for Southern Europe & South America.
UK - Bandit Lites has appointed Jerry Archer as an installation and service specialist to its sales and installation team. Archer will work from the company’s base in Charlotte, North Carolina. His responsibilities will include helping organise and provide support and ideas for the creations of new lighting systems, installing those systems and then maintaining those systems over time.
Chris Barbee, Bandit Lites Director of Sales and Installation: “We have spent the better part of a year looking to add this position in Charlotte in order to support our work in the Carolinas as well as nationally. We have a very diverse portfolio of projects which demands a person with a wide skill set and a great personality. We wanted to find the right person for our team and Jerry is definitely the right fit.”
Archer adds: “I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Bandit team. I'm honoured to be a player on such a strong roster of system integrators and project managers. My skills and knowledge have already grown day by day and I couldn't be more excited!”
He received his BA in Theatre Arts from Catawba College in Salisbury and attended the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas where he took advanced lighting classes in lighting technology. Following graduation, Archer accepted an entertainment technician position for the Walt Disney Company, where he spent four years working on many installations including Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular and Happily Ever After as the Installation Lighting crew chief.
USA - Electro-acoustics specialist Audio Precision (AP) has announced the passing of its co-founder and former president Bob Metzler, aged 84.
Metzler founded AP in 1984 alongside Dr Richard Cabot, Bruce Hofer and Robert Wright. He served as the organisation’s president until his retirement in 1999 and was the face of the company in its early days, taking up marketing and sales duties as well as travelling internationally to engage with customers.
His legacy includes authoring the Audio Measurement Handbook in 1993, which was widely read throughout the audio community and was used as a text in university-level courses. Metzler also wrote numerous magazine articles and application notes, edited AP’s newsletter, Audio.TST, and conducted seminars and training sessions.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics (University of Louisville) and his Master of Business Administration (University of Portland), as well as fulfilling roles as diverse as marketing manager, radio broadcast station engineer, and development engineer for telemetry, display systems, antenna design, meteorological instrumentation and mobile radio. He was a licensed amateur radio operator and an accomplished photographer.
An AP statement reads: "Bob was a respected colleague and leader, appreciated for his dry sense of humour and his ability to be direct but tactful.