The nominees, clockwise from top left: David Edelstein, Paul Mardon, JB Toby, and Peter Kirkup
UK - This year’s Gottelier Award nominations have been announced, with voting now in process. Named in memory of renowned industry innovator and commentator Tony Gottelier, this special award recognises the invaluable contributions of the people behind the products.
LSi readers, registered PLASA Show visitors and PLASA members are eligible to vote for the Gottelier Award. The recipient of which will be announced during the PLASA Awards for Innovation ceremony at PLASA Show on Monday 5 September. The nominees for the 2022 Gottelier Award are:
David Edelstein – Managing Director of Triple E
David Edelstein, founder of Triple E, invented the Loose Pin Hinge in 1984 after spotting a huge gap in the market. The product went on to receive an ABTT Product of the Year award and has since inspired many imitations. David went on to design and launch UniTrack in 1988 which is now found in theatres, opera houses, cruise ships, and film studios around the world. Since then, Triple E has won five Product of the Year awards in the UK, as well as the Rigging Award for ChainTrack at LDI 2021. And since 1998, David has designed variable acoustic systems which are now staples of Triple E's product range.
JB Toby – Technical Director of Avolites
JB Toby joined Avolites in the late nineties and focused on developing the dimming range which put Avolites in a powerful position in the live touring market. In 1999, JB spearheaded a team and launched the Art 2000 dimming range which is now a well-known product in the live entertainment, film and TV worlds. Not only would it start a revolution in intelligent dimming, the Art 2000 dimming range would also act as a catalyst within the film and TV world, being put to work on the sets of the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and James Bond movies. The Art range legacy continues in the form of Art 2000+ and Art 2020.
Paul Mardon – Founder and Technical Advisor of Pulsar Light Ltd
Paul Mardon designed the Pulsar Masterpiece, which was the most popular club lighting controller for many years. In addition to this, Paul designed all of the electronics for the Claypaky scanner range, up to and including the Golden Scan 3, as well as the ChromaRange LED fixtures which led to the industry-wide use of TriColour LEDs. Alongside this, Paul serves as an important member of an industry panel which set the first ever standards for DMX control of lighting fixtures.
Peter Kirkup – Solutions Director for disguise
Starting as a control technician for Stage Electrics 20 years ago, Peter Kirkup has played a key role in pushing forward exciting new technology with a hands-on approach. Most recently, Peter was one of the first to push virtual production and metaverse technologies to a new level. Having joined the disguise EMEA Sales team in 2015, his continuous drive to push innovation forward, whilst staying close to the customer, opened him up to entirely new opportunities within the company and he now heads up Global Technical Solutions, working closely with the disguise user community to build solutions tailored to their specific project needs.

All those eligible to vote will have recently received an email containing instructions on how to cast their vote. Voting is open until midnight on Wednesday 17 August.
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