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adamstanley-event-conceptEvent Concept appoints Adam Stanley as MD
Friday, 12 March 2021

UK - Event Concept has appointed Adam Stanley to the role of managing director at the company. Stanley will succeed founder Mark Beaver and assume responsibilities immediately. Beaver, who established the firm in 1994, will remain within the business in an advisory capacity.
Stanley joined Event Concept in 2013 as a producer. Working on some of the companies most prolific events, he held roles as account director and most recently, commercial director where he presided over three years of growth.
Mark Beaver comments: “I was delighted to ask Adam to take over as managing director - Adam has an unwavering passion for client satisfaction and delivering truly memorable event experiences and I’m thrilled to see where he takes the business next. Under Adam’s leadership, I know our fantastic team will be supported, encouraged and excited for the next chapter of Event Concept.”
Stanley says: “After undoubtedly the toughest year, we really can now see some light at the end of the tunnel. We’re lucky enough to work with the most fantastic clients and I’m proud of our incredible team for their endless determination over the last 12 months and what we’ve accomplished. I’m delighted to take on the new role of managing director and I can’t wait to see where 2021 and beyond takes us.”

seSenior sales appointments at SE Audiotechnik
Thursday, 11 March 2021

Germany - Loudspeaker manufacturer SE Audiotechnik is expanding its sales department, with the appointments of Manfred Sumfleth and Andreas Mayerl to senior positions.
Manfred ‘Manne’ Sumfleth is now representing SE Audiotechnik in the field as sales manager for Germany. He is a long-standing industry expert and previously worked for well-known professional manufacturers of audio products.
Based in Hamburg, he will be advising sound and lighting rental companies, installation companies and system houses throughout Germany on SE audio technology sound reinforcement solutions. In addition, he will manage his own warehouse in order to be able to organise and carry out product presentations at your premises as quickly as possible.
Since February, Andreas Mayerl has been entrusted with opening up new markets and expanding existing ones as sales director export at SE Audiotechnik. Mayerl has been in the music industry since 1986, including many years with HK Audio. As head of international sales, he was responsible for building up their worldwide distribution network.
“We are very proud to have brought on-board such high-calibre sales experts,” says founder and owner Michael von Keitz, “This allows us to bring our products to the market faster and more efficiently, internationally, and to serve our existing customers even better. Especially now, I think you have to invest in the industry and be courageous - so that together we can finally overcome these very tough times.”

 
 
billharkin-tnPyramid Stage designer Bill Harkin passes away
Wednesday, 10 March 2021

UK - Bill Harkin, designer of Glastonbury Festival’s iconic Pyramid Stage, passed away on Sunday 7th March. He was 83. 
Harkin grew up in Liverpool, attending secondary school in Sefton Park before embarking on painting and 3D construction studies, “with the occasional lunch time Beatles gig for 1 shilling at the Cavern.” Soon, Harkin was showing his work at The Liverpool Academy’s shows at the Walker Art Gallery as well as in art and architecture exhibitions for Liverpool University and The John Moores Painting Prize. “Then, somewhat briefly, I started a course in architecture,” he revealed in memoirs on the Pyramid Stage Glastonbury Festival website. “The tedium of course work was more than I could take, I was much more excited by the theatre and the new fabric structures of Frei Otto in Stuffgart.”
Having purchased two of Harkin’s constructions, choreographer and director Bill Harpe invited him to design the stage set, lighting and projection for a production of Stravinsky’s The Soldiers Tale at Liverpool’s Bluecoat arts centre. He went on to work with Graham Frood on Merseyside Unity Theatre’s in-the-round production of Boulevard Durand at St George’s Hall.
Harkin then “left Liverpool for London and the world” before returning to England in 1970 where a moment of meditation whilst helping a friend relocate to Swanage lead him to Glastonbury Tor. There he met a group of kindred spirits, including Tony Andrews (now of Funktion

 
sacha-marketing-assistantVoid Acoustics expands marketing team
Wednesday, 10 March 2021

UK - The Void Acoustics team has announced the expansion of their marketing team with the addition of Sacha Hodges as marketing assistant. Sacha, an audio engineer, joins Amy Harvey who has recently been promoted to marketing manager.
Sacha is a singer-songwriter and recently graduated from dBs Music - the Sound and Music Institute in Bristol with a degree in Audio Production and Sound Engineering.
“My passion for music and sonics was nurtured from an early age, as I grew up in a musical household with my parents introducing me to an eclectic and diverse musical range. This helped develop my love of singing and I have been a vocalist and songwriter for nearly five years. So it was a natural decision to go down the audio route with my studies,” she says.
Sacha’s role will be focussed on the continuing development and expansion of Void Acoustics’ audience and customer base, increasing a greater brand awareness and global recognition for the company.

 
 
eddie-thomasThomas heads Pro Media Audio Video Euro drive
Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Europe - Performance systems integrator Pro Media Audio Video is entering the European market with industry veteran Eddie Thomas charged with developing global business for new entity Pro Media Audio Video EU, Thomas brings 30 years of industry knowledge to the role.
Headquartered in Lititz, Pennsylvania, Pro Media Audio Video joined the Clair Global group of companies in 2019. The new EU office will establish a local presence from Britannia Row Productions’ Twickenham base.
Pro Media Audio Video has long established connections in live sports the company enjoys strong relationships with Major League teams in the US.
Pro Media Audio Video general manager, Ted Leamy, comments: “Each of the companies has the same working culture. Eddie shares our values and he is the person chosen to carry this global standard into Europe. Eddie is incredibly well-connected and as we begin this expansion, he is backed up by a very experienced team worldwide. Our presence in the UK will further add to our global information sharing, ultimately as one set of resources.”
Thomas says: “I enjoy working with designers and consultants to create workable solutions and I’m very excited about this new opportunity in such an impressive global business.
“There will be undoubted challenges in the UK and Europe as Brexit unfolds,” Thomas continues. “Yet I am looking forward to developing and working on a range of challenging technical projects. I really enjoy pushing the boundaries of what is expected from an integrator, and it’s a great feeling to

 
jos-ffr-picJason Osterman joins SGM architectural team
Friday, 5 March 2021

USA - Denmark based professional lighting manufacturer SGM Light A/S has announced that Jason Osterman has joined the SGM team as architectural solutions manager. Osterman, who will remain based in the USA, previously served in various management roles within the architectural and theatrical lighting industries in both the USA and UK.
“I am thrilled to be joining the team at SGM, particularly during this exciting time of creativity in the architectural lighting and media integration sectors. SGM is vastly experienced at creating powerful, top-quality solutions for outdoor environments. Working together with the teams in Denmark and the US, I’m looking forward to developing the next generation of lighting solutions for lighting and media designers,” says Osterman.
By establishing Osterman’s role, SGM is expanding its global team focused on the development of solutions, products, and resources for the architectural market.
"With such level of lighting industry experience and competence, Jason brings a wealth of knowledge and proven track record to the SGM team. Truly a tremendous and exciting addition." says Filippo Frigeri, managing director of SGM North America. "He represents another key resource to continue to fuel the impressive growth we've experienced in the Architectural installation markets worldwide,” adds Ulrik Jakobsen, CEO of SGM Light A/S.

 
 
ironsideampd2Meyer makes management moves in Australia & NZ
Friday, 5 March 2021

Australia - Meyer Sound has announced the appointment of Owen Ironside to the position of sales manager, Australia and New Zealand. He will assume responsibility for all Meyer Sound sales in the region, supporting the company’s new network of direct resellers throughout the two countries.
Meyer Sound also announced Brisbane-based Ampd Electronics as the new authorised service agent for the region.
Based in Sydney, Ironside will report directly to Chris D’bais and director of international sales Scott Gledhill. Originally from Scotland, Ironside had been working in the UK pro audio and music technology industry since 2000, before migrating to Australia in 2011. Owen brings extensive industry knowledge from his previous live engineering, venue technical management, sales, and installation positions in Europe and Australia for Turnkey/Media Tools, Autograph, Amber Technology, as well as Soundcorp/Diversified and others. Owen joins Meyer Sound from the position of technical sales and business development manager at Meyer Sound’s former Australian distributor, Audio Brands.
“At the beginning of 2021 we launched a direct, non-exclusive reseller network for loudspeaker solutions in Australia and New Zealand, and now with Owen Ironside joining our team we expect our strong sales in this region to gather even greater momentum,” says Meyer Sound sales manager, Asia Pacific Chris D’bais. “Owen’s passion for great sound and his intimate technical knowledge of our p

 
graham-hillGraham Hill joins Elation Europe
Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Europe - Elation Professional’s European headquarters has announced that from 1 March, long-time lighting professional Graham Hill will be serving as the company’s new business development manager.
Graham is a familiar face to many in the industry, having developed many relationships over his many years in the entertainment lighting and electrical industries, including years as a key customer of Elation.
Graham comes to Elation from a position as VP of business development at 4Wall Entertainment, where he developed and maintained customer relationships in Europe and the United Kingdom. He is perhaps best known for his many years as company director of Static Light Company, the London-based supplier of lighting solutions for exhibitions, corporate events, and motor-shows.
Graham’s new role at Elation encompasses building collaborative relationships across the industry internationally, including working closely with lighting designers while communicating market insight to the Elation product team. He states, “This year is the 10th anniversary of my relationship with the Elation team globally. My experience with Elation products and support has always been second to none, from the smallest to the largest clients.”
“We have known and worked with Graham for quite a long time and are delighted that he is finally a full-fledged member of the Elation family,” stated Marc Librecht, sales and marketing manager at Elation Europe. “We’ve worked very close with him over the years and our collaboration with him as a customer has always

 
 
3lr3LR appoints film and studio liaison
Tuesday, 2 March 2021

UK - 3LR has appointed Christina Nowak as film and studio liaison. A marketing graduate, Nowak has accrued wide experience of business development in the film-technology and production sector, working with brands including Red Digital Cinema, Ncam Technologies and G-Technology.
Matthew Lloyd, MD of 3LR, comments: “Christina will act in a consultancy role for 3LR, developing relationships and raising awareness amongst the film production community of the brands and products we represent. She combines an acute understanding of technologies and their applications with the communications skills essential for developing new business opportunities. Christina’s track record of success is impressive, and demonstrates that she has a ready grasp of the culture of this sector.”
3LR recently took responsibility for representing leading US manufacturer ETC’s broadcast, film and TV range of lighting and control, including its fos/4 range of LED Panel lights and fresnels. Introducing that product’s advantages to the film production sector will be Christina’s initial responsibility for 3LR.
“I’ve enjoyed success in the industry through relationship and community driven roles, and I’m looking forward to connecting 3LR’s brands with an audience who will truly benefit and appreciate their specialised features,” says Christina.

 
av-stumpflAV Stumpfl appoints executive directors
Friday, 26 February 2021

Austria - Family-owned AV Stumpfl GmbH recently appointed two executive directors as part of restructuring measures aimed at maximising the company's management efficiency.
At the core of the new executive directors' tasks will be the operative coordination of the screen and media server departments.
In her new role as executive director, Stefanie Niederwimmer will be responsible for projection screens, with her colleague Christine Doppelmair taking over her former position as head of sales - screens.
Niederwimmer has been with AV Stumpfl since 2004 and has held a number of different positions of strategic importance during that time.
Harry Gladow, formerly a global business development manager, will become the new executive director for the company's media server department. Gladow joined AV Stumpfl in 2017 and was tasked with growing the global distribution network. His extensive previous experience with media servers led him to be heavily involved in the development of the next-gen media server software Pixera.
AV Stumpfl CEO Fabian Stumpfl comments: “Our company experienced substantial growth during the last few years, which led to quite a few changes, like the establishment of our own offices in the USA in 2018. This kind of development also has to be reflected in the management structure, in order to enable further and sustainable growth.”
Tobias Stumpfl, CEO, adds: “We used the current, very challenging times to think deeply about what we could do to ensure that we'll be able to make full use of our company's poten

 
 
david-bissett-powellBissett-Powell steps down at Void Acoustics
Wednesday, 24 February 2021

UK - Having guided Void through four years of growth and structural change followed by a profitable year, David Bissett-Powell has stepped down as chairman of Void Acoustics.
Alex Skan, co-founder and managing director of Void Acoustics has made a statement on behalf of the company. “We are extremely sorry to lose David as our non-exec chair. Over the past four and a half years David has brought tremendous opportunities to us all in the company, and shared with us his wealth of expertise and knowledge of the audio sector.
“The company has benefitted from David’s guidance and unending enthusiasm for Void Acoustics. We will be forever grateful for the input he has given and owe David a huge debt of gratitude for all his energy and encouragement. He will be sorely missed by the Void family across the globe.”

 
david-morbeyDavid Morbey joins Neutrik UK
Monday, 22 February 2021

UK - Neutrik UK has announced the appointment of David Morbey to the newly created position of product marketing manager, creating a full marketing role at management level for the first time within the company.
Morbey brings more than 22 years’ experience of pro-audio product marketing, across a wide range of sectors and applications to the new position. He comes to Neutrik having held UK, European and international marketing and product management roles with industry brands, including Allen & Heath, Denon Pro, Marantz Pro, Rane Contractor and Martin Audio, and across DJ, live sound, commercial AV, Custom Install and broadcast installation applications.
Managing director Mark Perrins states, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to appoint David to this key strategic role within Neutrik UK and I am personally delighted to be working with him once again.” Perrins previously worked with Morbey for a number of years during his tenure as general manager at D&M Professional.
“I am truly excited to be joining a talented team at Neutrik UK,” says Morbey. “Neutrik has a long history as a market leader and innovator in the field of connectivity, and I am looking forward to helping shape brand strategy and sales growth in new and non-traditional market sectors for the company’s expanding range of connectivity solutions.”

 
 
roy-bickelRoy Bickel to receive ESTA Lifetime Award
Thursday, 18 February 2021

USA - Roy Bickel will receive the ESTA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award on 6 April, 2021, at the virtual New World Rigging Symposium.
The ESTA Board of Directors and Technical Standards Council created this award in 2017 to recognise individuals whose technical contributions have had a significant impact on our industry. The criteria include significant and sustained technical contributions for at least 25 years. The 2021 award will be presented by Rocky Paulson and Chris Schmidt, who have made the following statements about this year’s winner:
Rocky Paulson writes of Roy’s storied career, “Roy was a circus rigger and performer prior to being hired as the head rigger for the first Disney on Parade show in 1969. He continued until 1974 when he left for Broadway to work for Pete Feller. After a time there, he went on to do the Rolling Stones tour in 1975. That was the beginning of a long career as a ‘rock & roll’ rigger. Roy currently lives in Las Vegas where he has been a fixture in the trade show world for over two decades.
“As the first head rigger on the Disney on Parade shows, he trained people like me in climbing techniques, rigging procedures, and physical fitness regimens to keep us in great shape. Though my direct experience of working for him was limited to a year in the seventies, I know his techniques were taught to many of the first-generation entertainment riggers. This training very much helped the rapid expansion of the industry during the rock & roll explosion. More recently in his career he was

 
thumbnailjdsc8686Central appoints Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE as principal
Wednesday, 17 February 2021

UK - The board of governors of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama has announced the appointment of Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE as the incoming principal of the school.
Currently the head of acting at Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden, Bushell-Mingo is an award-winning actor and director whose 40-year career has included performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Manchester Royal Exchange. She was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Rafiki in the West End production of The Lion King, a role which she originated, and she devised and starred in the internationally acclaimed production Nina: A Story about Nina Simone and Me.
As a director, Bushell-Mingo was founder and artistic director of PUSH, a Black-led theatre festival with the Young Vic Theatre. Through her work with PUSH, she was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the arts, a Judy Cramer Award for Innovation, and the Southbank Cultural Diversity Award.
For 13 years, she was also the artistic director for The National Touring Swedish Deaf Theatre ensemble Tyst Teater, where her work focused on fostering the understanding, respect and potential of sign language arts and the artistic, linguistic and cultural rights of the deaf.
Born in London and based in Sweden since 2005, she is an active spokesperson for inclusive arts and politics. She co-founded PUSH’s sister organisation in Sweden, TRYCK, which works to inspire and challenge the artistic and cultural repr

 
 
harmanMartin Pro appoints relationship managers
Wednesday, 17 February 2021

UK - Harman Professional Solutions has announced that Martin Professional has appointed Michael Straun and Nick Hansen as EMEA lighting designer relationship managers for Martin Professional.
Created specifically to facilitate close working relationships with end-users throughout the region, the EMEA lighting designer relationship manager role involves collaborating with lighting designers, Martin distributors and the rental market in all sectors, including television, theatre, touring and more. In addition to bringing real-world experience, first-hand product knowledge and industry connections to the position, Michael and Nick will also provide insight for research and development at Martin.
“We are excited to welcome Michael Straun and Nick Hansen onto the Martin team, especially in the current business climate,” said Ben Payne, head of lighting, Martin EMEA. “As working lighting professionals, they each bring valuable first-hand industry experience to the role. Having used Martin and competitors’ products in the field, their insight and perspective will be indispensable for forming relationships with end users and contributing to product development.”
Michael Straun is a two-time Knight of Illumination Award-winning lighting designer and director from the UK who has toured the world for the past 15 years while working with artists such as The 1975, Shania Twain and Björk. Passionate about the environment, Michael recently received a grant from Arts Council England to fund a study on sustainability within lighting design.
Nick Ha

 
esta-tsp-2020Above & Beyond Award winners announced
Monday, 15 February 2021

USA - The Entertainment Services and Technology Association's (ESTA's) Technical Standards Programme (TSP) has announced the 2020 recipients of the annual Above & Beyond Awards.
The TSP exists because hundreds of individuals from across the industry volunteer their expertise and significant amounts of time to write and improve standards that increase safety, provide interoperability between different manufacturers, solve problems, and make life easier. The awards are a chance for volunteers to celebrate those of their peers whom they feel have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the programme.
The 2020 Above & Beyond Awards were presented to:
Ethan Gilson, Entertainment Rigging Services, LLC (Rigging Working Group). Ethan was praised for his expert knowledge of rigging and his unique approach to both analysing rigging challenges and coming up with their answers. His method of evaluating the relevance of a subject and converting it into an ANSI accredited rigging standard is extraordinary. Ethan's enthusiasm about the TSP has also inspired many people to volunteer, which has helped the program flourish.
Wayne Howell, Artistic Licence (Control Protocols Working Group). A long-time consistent contributor to the CPWG, Wayne was lauded for being a task group leader on the E1.20 Remote Device Management (RDM) revision project. Working late hours across international time zones, Wayne has demonstrated exceptional leadership in guiding the task group and has exhibited an admirable determination to make certain that every voi

 
 
robe-marco-bartoliniRemembering Marco Bartolini
Monday, 15 February 2021

Italy - The industry has been paying tribute to Marco Bartolini, a popular and well-known industry face in Italy and internationally, who passed away on 10 February 2021 following a short battle with cancer.
Marco started working with Robe in 2004 when at SR Consulting, and since 2007 he has headed the team at Robe’s Italian distributor, RM Multimedia. Earlier in his career, he had worked with other notable industry brands and companies including SGM, always living and breathing the entertainment technology world that was his passion and in which he became a key figure.
His kindness, generosity, affable personality, and laid-back humour touched everyone he met, while his natural charisma and direct, honest approach to business impressed and earned respect, even from competitors! He possessed the wonderful ability and had a big enough heart to see positive attributes everywhere and in so many people.
Everyone wanted to hang out with Marco at shows, gigs, events, and exhibitions.
In his wide circle of loyal industry and personal friends, he was a person of integrity, vision, tolerance, and was an open and non-judgemental spirit. His trademark infectious smile – which cemented so many friendships and business deals – was widely loved.
Robe s.r.o. CEO Josef Valchar stated, “Marco was a beautiful person and one of a kind. I and all the international team at Robe who were lucky enough to work and spend time with him over these last 17 years will miss him greatly. His understated and cheeky wit, his attention to detail, his love of

 
20091010-rupert-neveRemembering Rupert Neve
Monday, 15 February 2021

USA - We are sad to report that Rupert Neve, an innovator and business owner whose analogue audio equipment designs have become an essential component in music recording, live sound production and home hi-fi systems, passed away on February 12, 2021 in Wimberley, Texas, due to non-Covid pneumonia and heart failure. He was 94.
A statement from Rupert Neve Designs reads: “Rupert Neve’s impact on the audio industry can hardly be overstated. It’s no exaggeration to say that millions of people worldwide listen to music every day that was produced using equipment incorporating Rupert’s designs somewhere in the process, from the vocal recording to the final mix, if not from beginning to end.
His designs, ranging from large-format mixing consoles to compact 500 series modules, are ubiquitous, and may be found anywhere from the largest production facilities to the most basic home studios. His audio hardware designs have also been reproduced as software plug-ins, making them available to anyone with access to a computer.
Rupert and his wife, Evelyn, moved to Wimberley in late 1994 and became US citizens in 2002. In 2005, they acquired premises near where they had settled in the Texas Hill Country and established Rupert Neve Designs (RND).
Born in Newton Abbott, England, in 1926, Rupert showed an enthusiasm for electronics from an early age, repairing and building radios as a boy while growing up in Argentina. At the age of 17 he volunteered to serve during World War II, joining the Royal Signals, which provides communications support to the Br

 
 
craig-mcqueenLightware strengthens development team
Friday, 12 February 2021

UK - The team behind Lightware Visual Engineering UK & Ireland has announced the appointment of Craig McQueen as head of business development.
“I’m very excited to be joining the Lightware family,” says McQueen who has 26 years’ industry experience. “As a brand that is very well known for its quality and reliability, I look forward to sharing a number of exciting developments with our customers and partners.”
McQueen will be responsible for furthering the growth of the brand in the UK and Ireland and will partner with the sales team.
“Craig McQueen joins us at an exciting time as we continue to grow the Corporate business,” says Craig Storey, sales director UK & Ireland. “Craig will play an integral role in further strengthening our presence in the UK market. His wealth of industry and product knowledge will serve him well in his position and I look forward to his success in the role.”

 
rachel-calumSenior appointments at String and Tins
Wednesday, 10 February 2021

UK - Sound design and music production studio String and Tins has announced that Rachel Hough, who joined as EP in summer 2020, has stepped up to the position of managing director and award-winning sound designer and composer Culum Simpson also joins the team.
With over a decade of experience, Culum Simpson has worked in advertising, long form, feature film and video games, procuring a long list of loyal clients spanning agencies, production companies, and developers on both independent and global scales.
“Having worked with Mike at Jungle many years ago,” says Simpson. “I feel like I've always had an eye on String and Tins’ success. It's been amazing to see the studio gaining traction over the years, growing from its humble beginnings to the creative powerhouse it is today. Having the opportunity to work alongside Mike, Will and the rest of the team here is very exciting indeed.”
In her new role as managing director, Rachel Hough will continue to offer support to clients and the production department, finding solutions and assisting in delivering the best creative work possible. She will also look to drive further business growth whilst supporting and nurturing talent.
String and Tins partner Mike Bamford comments: “Culum’s sound and music skills are second to none and Rachel is such an awesome human being, I’m super happy to be leaning into 2021 with these new appointments.”

 
 
jon-popeIn memoriam: Jon Pope
Tuesday, 9 February 2021

UK - LSi is sad to report the passing of respected lighting designer Jon Pope earlier this month.
Having worked in rock’n’roll and corporate lighting, in recent years Jon was well-known for his work lighting productions for simultaneous live and TV audiences, including Crufts and the Windsor and Olympia horse shows. He leaves behind wife Barbara, daughter Sam and son Lewis.
Jon’s son Lewis has issued the following statement:
“Dear friends and colleagues, it is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of my father, Jon Pope. He passed on Wednesday evening after a sudden and catastrophic brain haemorrhage. His family were able to be at his side until he passed.
“He was such a big man, not just in terms of stature but kindness and talent too, that there is now a great void left in all of our hearts. We know that he impacted many people during his lifetime. Many of his friends have described him as 'one of the kindest men I know' which is a simple and beautiful summary of him.
“With the current restrictions, the funeral will be limited and we are looking at ways to live stream the service and have a more inclusive online gathering at some point. We have also opened a memory book for any wishes, comments or thoughts. Please email his daughter Sam on samantharyder668@outlook.com if you wish for details of the memorial services or wish to contribute to the book.
“One of the brightest lights on Earth has now departed only to be rigged in the heavens above. May its warm and loving glow (because Jon was an old-sc

 
si-uk-teamCT launches systems integration team
Monday, 8 February 2021

Europe - Creative Technology (CT) UK has announced the formalisation of its new dedicated systems integration team for the UK and European integration market.
This long-term planned expansion that CT UK have been working towards over the last few years was accelerated by the rapid growth in customer demand for support in implementing permanent solutions and strengthened with the acquisition of Ion Solutions (now CT Ireland) back in 2019, says the company. Graeme Bunyan and Jack Strong are joining the CT team.
As director of technology, Graeme led the design development and technology strategy on major international projects including the UAE Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 and the Opportunity Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020, V&A Dundee (2019) to name just a few.
“Joining CT is an opportunity of a lifetime,” says Bunyan. “I am looking forward to working with so many talented people and helping develop and grow the integration business further.”
Jack comes to CT with a well-established reputation in the integration systems industry. He notes, “Ever since being introduced to CT during my time at Panasonic, I have been a huge admirer of their work and this is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside some of the most creative minds in the industry.”
John Roche, managing director of Creative Technology Ireland, says, “In recent years we have seen a marked convergence in services within the audio-visual industry, many clients now wish to bring the same levels of technical innovation into their permanent installations as they adopt in

 
 
renkus-heinzRenkus-Heinz confirms senior US promotions
Thursday, 4 February 2021

USA - Renkus-Heinz has appointed Dudley McLaughlin to the position of national sales manager and Garrison Parkin to the position of western regional sales manager effective 1 February. The positions both cover the North American region.
McLaughlin has been with Renkus-Heinz since he was hired as western regional sales manager in 2018. Parkin joined the company in 2019 as southwestern territory sales manager.
“Dudley and Garrison are both important members of the Renkus-Heinz family,” said Harro Heinz, chairman and co-founder of Renkus-Heinz. “And while their success is well documented prior to 2020, it took commitment by everyone on our team to ensure we continued shipping product and supporting our partners over the past year. Dudley and Garrison are prime examples of that commitment. Their promotions will help us better serve our partners going into 2021 and beyond.”
“There are reasons to be optimistic as we enter 2021,” McLaughlin said. “With this new team structure, we will be able to better support everyone who relies on our solutions. These moves mean dealers, integrators, consultants and end-users across North America will each have an additional point of contact with Renkus-Heinz. And we believe offering that increased level of support and collaboration will be key moving forward.”
The moves come one month after the announcement of a new director operating across Asia, Oceania and SAARC, and in the midst of multiple new product announcements from Renkus-Heinz.
“We have worked diligently over the past year to ens

 
prolightsProlights strengthens film & TV division
Thursday, 4 February 2021

Italy - Prolights has expanded its film and television division with the appointment of film lighting veteran Davide Bernarello as business development manager. Bernarello brings over three decades of experience across manufacturers, distributors and technical operator, having worked previously for companies including ARRI and Desisti.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming Davide to our team as we look ahead to 2021 with a positive outlook into the future of our company,” comments Fabio Sorabella, managing director at Prolights. “Davide will certainly be able to bring an important contribution within product and business development in a growing division for our organisation, through his extensive international experience.”
“I'm truly excited to be joining an emerging family company such as Prolights,” comments Bernarello. “Their dynamic attitude is very stimulating, with lots of product development happening in Italy, and a careful focus on quality and performance.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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