Video and AV News

arne-stadlerARRI CPO programme under new management
Wednesday, 24 May 2023

Germany - Under the umbrella of the Approved Certified PreOwned (CPO) Programme, ARRI offers technically refurbished products with the same warranty as new models. This globally oriented programme is now headed by Arne Stadler as business manager certified pre-owned programme camera systems & lighting.
He takes over this role from Christian Richter, who has successfully established and expanded the CPO business at ARRI over the past five years and will now focus on his role as general manager sales & solutions EMEAI.
Arne Stadler reports to Stephan Schenk, general manager global sales & solutions. Before joining ARRI, Stadler was responsible for the business development of film cameras and lenses at Canon for the DACH region.

ips-plasaPLASA Focus Leeds success for IPS
Monday, 22 May 2023

UK - IPS were delighted to exhibit again at the 2023 PLASA Focus show, returning to Leeds has become a firm date in the company calendar. “The team on the stand met lots of familiar faces during the busy two-day event and had lots of productive conversations about upcoming projects and the latest hire items in the IPS inventory,” says IPS’ Tom Warden. “There was also interest in the IPS offering from new potential customers, as well as students and others interested in starting out within the technical events industry.”
The IPS stand was consistently busy as people visited to have a look at the fixtures on display, which included the new Martin MAC Aura XIP LED Wash fixture (which was recently one of the stars of the show at the Windsor Coronation Concert) and the new GLP Impression X5 IP Bar, which will arrive in hire stocks very shortly. The X5 IP bar boasts a brighter output with the impressive colour range from the new RGBL X5 LED engines, plus a wider zoom range and faster movement, all now in an IP rated package.
Also on display and continuing the IP rated lighting theme were Chauvet onAir IP Panel 2 fixtures providing diffused stand lighting, with Chauvet Ovation Reve E3-IP profile fixtures on highlighting duty. The stand itself was a Black Prolyte H30V Truss based structure, and everything was built from standard hire stock items.
One of the most popular features of the IPS stand was the pick’n’mix stand which helped keep spirits high during the show for event attendees and fellow exhibitors alike, with the intention being to

 
 
dante-by-designad-1200x630plasaDante Dy Design sets June date for London
Friday, 19 May 2023

UK - Dante by Design is a new, one day, in person event to bring together professionals from all aspects of acoustic and audio-visual system design to hear from some of the leading acoustic consultants, technical solutions architects, AV systems designers and AV engineers - and get up to speed and hands on with the latest in Dante AV and Dante Domain Manager.
Taking place at the Museum of London (London Wall) on Tuesday 20 June, the event is free to attend. Places are limited so advance registration is required.
The event will feature contributions from the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Opera House, Sandy Brown acoustic consultants and more. The full schedule is to be announced mid May.
Dante by Design will cover network design, unified management & control, and AV & IT convergence through presentations, interactive sessions and on-stage panel discussions. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A throughout the day.
In addition to an update from the Audinate product management team on Dante AV products launching at InfoComm, highlights of advanced Dante certification training will be covered. There will also be a Dante product demonstration area where you can get hands on with product and speak to the product management, solutions sales and technical salespeople.
There will be networking opportunities for all, plus the chance to speak to a select number of Dante OEM Partners. There will also be giveaways and offers exclusive to delegates.
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creative-technology-eurovision-featuredCreative Technology lights Eurovision 2023 stage
Wednesday, 17 May 2023

UK - Creative Technology was an official supplier of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 - commissioned by Luke Mills and Gary Beestone of GBA on behalf of BBC Studios to provide a variety of LED solutions to bring together the impressive stage design by Julio Himede, realised by technical team headed up by Matthias Kublik alongside lighting designer, Tim Routledge.
With the event’s theme being United by Music, the stage design concept was created to reflect this - resembling a wide hug, the entire architecture of the set symbolises welcoming the people of Ukraine and Europe with open arms. Taking centre stage were seven ROE Black Quartz LED towers, two larger outer towers measuring 4x10 m and five slightly smaller inner towers measuring 3x10 m.
The towers were attached to an automation system supplied by Belgium-based company Wicreations. These systems not only allowed for upstage and downstage tracking of all seven towers but also rotation up to 720-degrees of the inner towers, enabling some incredibly dynamic and versatile stage sets for each of the 31 acts representing their countries throughout the two televised semi-finals and grand final show.
The two curved LED side walls enveloped the stage with custom fabricated metalwork created by Stage One, this gave the stage a visually interesting shape for all members of the 11,000 strong audience within the M&S Bank Arena as well as the 161m people watching across the three live shows from home.
“Black Quartz was chosen as it is such an impeccable looking screen and with 10-

 
 
tdm-news-room-studio-3Macau TDM expands network with BroaMan
Tuesday, 16 May 2023

China - Macau TDM (Teledifusão de Macau) provides public broadcasting news services in this special administrative region (SAR) of greater China. Running five digital terrestrial television channels, a satellite television channel and two radio channels, it has extended its HD network with the addition of four BroaMan Mux22 interfaces, provided by Hong Kong-based system integrators, ProHarmony Technology (PHT).
Macau itself is situated on China’s southern coast, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong, and the new installation is specifically to service requirements at their Macau HQ. PHT is a long-term service partner of the broadcasters, having worked with Macau TDM over the past 10 years; the latest provision of Mux22s expands the existing system, giving them six in total.
The multiplexer itself supports every signal in use in the professional environment, combining 3G/HD/SD-SDI I/O with Optocore and SANE digital audio networks, to create an elegant solution to transport video, audio and data, on duplex fiber.
One of the advantages of the Mux22 is its ability to handle these multiple system protocols in a compact 1RU system, and in this application it transports signals over distances up to 1km.
With Chinese and Portuguese its two official languages, since Macau TDM specialises in news, two of the Mux22’s are used to transport audio, video and intercom between the Master Control Room and the main news room studio.
A further pair are used similarly for broadcast of the Macau Grand Prix Formula 3 Racing every year through the

 
leedsPLASA Focus Leeds 2023 brings business and buzz to the north
Tuesday, 16 May 2023

UK - With record attendance, PLASA Focus Leeds 2023 proved itself yet again as the go-to trade event for the entertainment technology industry in the north of the UK as it returned to Royal Armouries from 9-10 May.
This year’s show saw a strong 20% increase in attendance from 2022 and a 5% increase from 2019, confirming the rising importance of in-person connections. Furthermore, this year saw 18% more students attending – a promising sign for the long-term prospects of the live sector.
Always popular for its inclusive layout and friendly atmosphere, PLASA Focus Leeds welcomed a diverse array of visitors, with organisers reporting that one in five were business directors or owners. The most common professions represented by visitors were engineers, technicians and programmers. Moreover, a third of visitors were final decision makers.
Tony Torlini, general manager for Optikinetics, comments: “PLASA Focus Leeds was a great success. Attendees from diverse backgrounds and experience levels - including seasoned professionals and those contemplating a career in entertainment tech - contributed to the event's buzz. We are proud to have been a part of this vibrant and dynamic industry event.”
Matt Wiseman, sales and brand manager for MDG FOG UK, adds: “We've always found PLASA Focus Leeds to be very welcoming and productive. There's not a show gone by that has not yielded opportunity; PLASA Leeds show has played its part to our increasing success.”
Big brands and new products
The event’s two halls were brimming with

 
 
creative-technology-coronation-concert-2Creative Technology supports Coronation Concert
Monday, 15 May 2023

UK - Creative Technology delivered the main LED screens and projection mapping of Windsor Castle for the Coronation Concert of King Charles III.
“It is always a huge honour to work on such high-profile live events, from the 75th commemoration of VJ Day, to the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It is incredible to see not only the public’s overwhelming response but also the entire live events industry showing such high praise and support for the people behind the scenes who make all of it possible,” says Graham Miller, head of music/entertainment at Creative Technology UK.
With over 10m viewers watching the celebration at home, with many more worldwide and a 20,000 strong audience gathered within Windsor Castle grounds including King Charles III and the Royal Family, the Creative Technology team worked hard throughout the entire planning and delivery stages of the event to ensure a seamless and spectacular show for everyone.
Working for BBC Studios to Stufish’s stage design, a 315sq.m curved flown video screen took centre position - displaying stunning imagery and video as well as live playback of the many performances throughout the evening. For the mesmerising projection mapping that covered 4,000sq.m of Windsor Castle East facade, Creative Technology utilised VYV Photon to generate the projection mapping alignment of 28 30k Panasonic projectors to technically deliver the beautiful content created by NorthHouse Creative.
Senior project manager, Stuart Young, has been delivering events of this calibre for over 25 years and played an int

 
christieChristie showcase at Integrate Middle East
Friday, 12 May 2023

UAE - Christie is exhibiting at the inaugural Integrate Middle East show, 16-18 May at Dubai World Trade Centre, United Arab Emirates. At booth #AR-F20, Christie will demonstrate how its technologies form end-to-end visual solutions, from its RGB pure laser projection and LED video wall range to content management and processing technologies.
“We are delighted to exhibit at Integrate Middle East. This is a key region for Christie and we’re seeing significant growth in the Middle East,” says Mahesh Singh, regional sales manager, Middle East, Christie. “It will be an excellent platform to showcase how our complete solutions can solve customer challenges and help our partners to deliver exceptional experiences. We look forward to welcoming attendees to our feature-packed stand at this inaugural show.”
On show will be a selection of projectors from Christie’s RGB pure laser range, including the Griffyn Series all-in-one RGB pure laser projectors. The Griffyn 4K50-RGB is the lightest, brightest, and most energy-efficient 50,000 lumen laser projector available to illuminate any surface with bright visuals while operating at 55dBA at full brightness.
A creative display using Christie MicroTiles LED 0.75mm will be seen at the booth, with the enhanced model offering improved visual acuity and energy-efficient options. A live MicroTiles LED demonstration will also showcase just how easy it is to install configure in near-limitless ways - from curves and corners to architectural displays.
Christie’s 1DLP projection range will also be repre

 
 
saw-namibiaSAW Namibia upgrades operations
Thursday, 11 May 2023

Namibia - Stage Audio Works (SAW) Namibia recently moved into new offices in Faraday Street, Windhoek. Leaving behind their old headquarters in Diesel Street, the new facility will help focus and improve operations in the long term and provide a demo space for clients to experience SAW’s application-ready solutions.
The office changeover was carried out in multiple phases to ensure that SAW Namibia’s service to active clients remained unaffected. The new office offers a streamlined, professional design, whilst retaining the functionality required for SAW Namibia to serve its core markets. Furthermore, clients within the corporate, media and entertainment industries will benefit from hands-on experience with products in the new experience centre. Naturally, the technology deployed at Faraday Street was implemented by SAW Namibia’s own integration experts.
"We couldn't be more thrilled with our new headquarters. Our decision to move was motivated by the desire to separate our traditional musical instrument (MI) vertical from our physical showroom. Whilst the showroom played a crucial role in our business's foundation and growth, we recognise that times have changed,” says Joppie Maritz, managing director of SAW’s Namibian branch.
“We continue to provide excellent service to the MI industry, but we have shifted to an online retail model, which has proven to be a win-win solution for everyone involved. This has enabled us to streamline our showroom experience and showcase our corporate installation and communication solutions more effectivel

 
ayrtonAyrton makes magic for PepsiCo in Barcelona
Wednesday, 10 May 2023

Spain - Lighting designer and technical director of PepsiCo Worldwide Events, Steve Nield, brought plenty of magic to the Ballroom of The Hotel Sofia in Barcelona for the PepsiCo International Franchise Forum.
He chose 112 Ayrton MagicPanel R fixtures to introduce an exciting, colourful and versatile element to the backdrop for the evening’s presentations that took place in front of an audience of 400 people. The MagicPanel Rs were rigged in a side orientation, in clusters of 14 units – two wide and seven high - filling the space between large LED screens which formed the backdrop for this 40m x 21m ballroom.
“The intention was to incorporate the MagicPanels into the scenic design to carry complimenting colours and tone across the whole visual canvas,” explains Nield. “The fixtures were run in full channel mode to allow some pixel mapping, however the inbuilt FX macro proved to be more than sufficient to create the dynamic effects.”
Some of these effects proved to be a happy accident: “The client was PepsiCo and as part of a brand presentation for PepsiCo’s 7Up, the internal FX macro that produces an ‘Up’ arrow was utilised,” says Nield. “This was not a predetermined idea and we had no knowledge of the presentation content, however the presenter noticed this macro while we were programming and requested a mixture of the number 7 and the Up arrows on alternate fixtures at a certain moment in his presentation. It was perfect.”
Nield was able to take advantage of MagicPanel R’s square shape and versatility for this e

 
 
breast-cancerWL delivers for Science Museum fashion show
Thursday, 4 May 2023

UK - Breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now chose Illuminate at the Science Museum as the host venue for its annual event, The Show by Breast Cancer Now. As Illuminate’s in-house production service partner, technical solutions specialist White Light (WL) delivered the 360° event production services to transform the multi-purpose venue for a special fashion show concept.
The Show celebrates the strength and courage of 23 models, living with or beyond breast cancer, taking to the catwalk for the first time. The purpose of the flagship special event is to raise awareness and engage with new and existing supporters to showcase Breast Cancer Now's research and support for those affected by breast cancer.
The organisers were looking for a venue that would provide the ‘wow’ factor for guests, as well as being able to accommodate the main catwalk and the requirement for a backstage area for a hair/make up station, quick-change and chillout area for models. Accessibility was also a key aspect to consider as one of the models is a wheelchair user.
Illuminate’s fully accessible Level 4 was used for the backstage area, and the floor to ceiling windows on Level 5 with panoramic views of the London skyline provided the ‘wow’ factor the client was looking for and had the capacity needed for the main catwalk show. The blank canvas nature of the space and its versatility meant the organisers could create the layout for the runway that they wanted.
To maximise space in Level 5, WL designed a bespoke floor-based catwalk solution using an array of

 
mokonomika-lithuaniaGreen-GO system connects Mokonomika crew
Wednesday, 3 May 2023

Lithuania – Schoolchildren across Lithuania participated in the country’s largest-ever remote learning lesson this spring, as the 2023 Mokonomika initiative streamed interactive educational sessions online and via the national TV station. The operation involved the creation of four separate programmes filmed and produced in a studio in the capital, Vilnius, with a crew using Green-GO products for clear and robust digital communication.
Organised with support from the Swedish financial company Swedbank, this year was the third consecutive Mokonomika, which is staged in collaboration with the Lithuanian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, the patronage of the Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO and Lithuanian national radio and TV.
Vilnius-based Video Projektai was challenged with producing the video aspects, as inspiring teachers gave lessons on the future of artificial intelligence, finance, and sustainability.
“For the event we had four operators to control streams, a camera director, a virtual stage operator, a camera technician, system engineers, an online connections technician, director, director assistant and technical director,” explains Julius Norusis from Video Projektai.
“We chose a Green-GO system to connect the crew because of the system functionality, quality and price. The idea was to have system which could be easily split to two different locations without the need for a master station, and the possibility to connect with other signal types, such as Dante, analogue audio, and two-wire intercom.
“We

 
 
hippoprasetraining-20231Green Hippo and Prase deliver Hippotizer training
Tuesday, 2 May 2023

Italy - Distributor Prase Media Technologies has delivered its first Hippotizer training sessions, in collaboration with Green Hippo. The two-day course was designed to showcase some of the features of the Nevis+ and Boreal+ MK2 Media Servers and the new Hippotizer 4.8 software.
Prase became a Green Hippo distributor for Italy in spring 2022, working with the entire range of Green Hippo’s award-winning Hippotizer Media Servers and in addition, tvONE products. Prase is now working to extend the influence of Green Hippo’s video playback technology, furthering Green Hippo’s global reach and enhancing customer service.
Hippotizer product specialist Leon Dickens provided training at the event, held at the Prase office located in the northern Italian town of Noventa Di Piave, alongside Prase’s Sonny Laurano and Enrico Fodde. Attendees learned how to manage, send, manipulate and sync video content on any surface. The visuals were displayed on two 40" displays and a much larger Absen 4K LED screen.
“With Hippotizer as a new product in Prase’s catalogue, they recognised that a key component for product exposure throughout Italy would be comprehensive training sessions for AV users,” says Dickens. “Prase has fantastic facilities for demonstrating the capabilities of the Hippotizer software and going forward aim to continue access to Hippotizer training.
“Many of Prase’s existing customers, who attended the training session, were interested to have a hands-on experience with the Hippotizer hardware available. Attendees ranged from fre

 
bromptonBrompton’s Tessera G1 wins NAB award
Friday, 28 April 2023

USA - Brompton Technology’s Tessera G1 receiver card won the Product of the Year Award, following a live awards ceremony on 18 April at the 2023 NAB Show in Las Vegas.
The G1 marks a significant milestone for the industry by being the first-ever receiver card to support 10Gb Ethernet over fibre direct to the panel, says Brompton. It is capable of supporting one million pixels, ready for a new era of ultra-fine pixel pitch panels, but is also capable of driving panels at refresh rates up to 1,000 fps (frames per second).
“Receiving The Product of the Year Award for our Tessera G1 is a proud moment for the entire Brompton team, as it validates the tireless efforts and unwavering commitment we put into developing G1,” concludes Richard Mead, CEO of Brompton. “With its ground-breaking capabilities, G1 has the potential to transform not only the live events and virtual production sectors but other industries as well.
“Moreover, the immense processing power of the G1 has opened the door for TrueLight, which offers an industry-changing solution for scenarios where the LED panel serves as a lighting source. We are excited to see the industry adopt these new technologies to achieve even more realistic in-camera visual effects, and we look forward to exploring a whole new realm of possibilities for applications that demand uncompromising image quality and colour accuracy.”

 
 
gary-atkins-from-digital-fabric-with-dwrs-dylan-jonesTVOne gives Digital Fabric educational award
Thursday, 27 April 2023

South Africa - TVOne’s Best Educational Solution Award was presented to Digital Fabric who specified over 100 Dual DVI Scalers to the Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape Province.
Digital Fabric is a consulting company based in Johannesburg that provide customised audio-visual, lighting and control solutions to industries not only in South Africa but across the globe and was appointed as the principal audio-visual consultant for the Extended Learning Spaces Projects at Stellenbosch University.
By collaborating with different faculties and departments at the university as well as various equipment suppliers - including DWR Distribution, who provided the tvONE units – Digital Fabric developed a tailored solution that addressed the unique challenges faced by a modern educational institution.
“Our main responsibility was to design and supervise the implementation of cutting-edge hybrid teaching venues that would meet the university's needs and expectations,” explains Gary Atkins, general manager at Digital Fabric. “We incorporated the TVOne IT-C2-750 units in our design to enable seamless integration of images from both the primary and secondary projectors into a Microsoft Teams call. Since Microsoft Teams allows only a single content source to be displayed at a time, these units were essential in ensuring that students attending online classes had access to all the visual content available in the physical classroom.”
“It is always such a pleasure working with Gary and the team,” said Dylan Jones from DWR.
Adds Mar

 
jason-shawVDC Trading appoints UK sales manager
Thursday, 27 April 2023

UK - VDC Trading has announced the appointment of Jason Shaw as UK sales manager.
Brought on board to help drive the company’s growth post-COVID, Jason is responsible for developing go-to-market and sales strategies, creating new business opportunities and providing greater support for existing clients in the UK. Jason has worked in sales and business development roles for almost 20 years and has extensive experience in the telecoms and property sectors.
Jason comments: “I’m delighted to be joining VDC at such a pivotal stage in the business’ development. I am confident that I can support its continued growth, in line with the expansion plans, to develop the business and its propositions that will benefit our customers.”
Niall Holden, founder and CEO of VDC Trading adds, “We’ve been looking for an effective and experienced sales manager and his extensive experience will be a great addition to VDC and our customers. His broad development skill set make him an undoubted asset to the company. We’re delighted to welcome Jason to the team.”

 
 
neutrik-speakonPL+S: Neutrik Group shows expanding portfolio
Wednesday, 26 April 2023

Germany - A raft of new products are being shown by the Neutrik Group’s Neutrik, Rean and Contrik brands at Prolight+Sound this year. These include new and extended product ranges from the group’s latest brands, as well as continuing expansion of some of its most recognizable product lines, incorporating a breadth of applications for power, audio, video, lighting and data.
Among advanced power solutions being featured on the booth are the new grey / blue colour coded Neutrik powerCON XXA / XXB lockable, rugged power connectors. With discrete power-in and power-out keying, and a new ergonomic design, featuring an easy to assemble slip-proof two-compound moulded housing (with the strain relief mechanically locking with the insert to align with the housing), they are certified as complying with the latest relevant worldwide device safety regulations for mains supply connectors: particularly IEC/EN/UL/CSA 60320-1, relating to true breaking Circuit Breaking Capability (CBC) functionality.
Rean is expanding its ranges of power XLR and Ethernet connectors, introducing heavy-duty ‘outdoor’ variants, primarily focused on LED display and lighting applications The lockable, ruggedized X Series power connectors have CBC functionality, and are UL 94V-0 and IP65 rated for high levels of fire retardancy and environment resistant protection. The latest XLR and Z Series RJ45 / Ethernet connectors feature REAN’s new Air-tightness protection, in addition to IP65 rating.
Contrik offers a range of professional portable power distribution systems for entertain

 
7thsense-kings-award7thSense wins King’s Award for Enterprise
Tuesday, 25 April 2023

UK - International AV creative technology company 7thSense – specialists in creating products that meet media-based needs of theme park, attractions, and entertainment industries - has been awarded the King’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.
The team will be presented with the award by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the County, in addition to an official ceremony at Buckingham Palace in June.
7thSense is a privately-owned creative software and technology company based in Upper Beeding, Sussex, with further offices in London, Orlando and Burbank.
The company invented, developed, and manufactures products including Delta Media Server, R-Series 10, Actor media server, Conjurer generative media server solution, Compere media presentation workflow software, Juggler pixel processor, and Medialon show control range of hardware and software for attractions, science centres, theme parks and live events.
As providers of unique technologies for entertainment, 7thSense is renowned for its Delta Media Server product line, an audio-visual solution designed to play the highest quality media on any large-scale screen or projected display surface while maintaining original quality and image integrity.
Matt Barton, CEO, 7thSense says, “We are honoured to have been recognised with a King’s Award. In our journey as a company, we have built a reputation for quality, performance, export success and service. I’m incredibly proud of what the 7thSense team has achieved.”
Richard Brown, CTO, 7thSense adds, “Our focus on contin

 
 
absen-x-gpaAbsen joins GPA’s global partner programme
Tuesday, 25 April 2023

China - AV systems integrator GPA has announced that Absen has joined the GPA global partner programme.
GPA will help Absen strengthen its supply chain and provides local contact points for its global customers across 50 countries, ensuring seamless communication throughout the entire customer journey. The GPA partnership will help support Absen’s global coverage and ensure a strong and prolific offering of its LED displays to new and existing customers.
“As one of the world's leading display brands, Absen brings over 20 years' experience powering 50,000 installations to the GPA partner programme,” commented Mike Stead, GPA’s director, global partnerships. “Through this united partnership, customers have access to understand, influence and benefit from the combined power of China's leading LED manufacturer with the expertise of the world's largest AV Integrator.
“We are delighted to be joining the GPA global partner programme,” says Darren Banks, industry development director for corporate at Absen, “I’m looking forward to expanding our sales reach into new areas through the GPA network of customers and partners. I’m sure it will be a beneficial partnership that will help us deliver on our shared goals.”
Alongside technical and user-experience excellence at competitive prices, Absen has a major focus on sustainability. For many years the 'Absen Green' programme has driven the design, manufacture, distribution, low-energy operation and repairability of Absen products.

 
john-clancy-executive-vice-president-residential-crestronCrestron names chief sales officer
Friday, 21 April 2023

USA - Crestron Electronics has announced the promotion of John Clancy to the position of chief sales officer, effective immediately. In this newly created role, John will lead and unify the global Crestron sales organisation to drive market growth and enhance customer satisfaction. Reporting directly to Crestron CEO & president Dan Feldstein, John will continue to be based at Crestron’s global headquarters in Rockleigh, NJ.
"We are thrilled to announce John's promotion to chief sales officer," said Dan Feldstein, CEO & president of Crestron Electronics. "His leadership has been instrumental in driving growth and integration across our global residential sales teams, and we are confident that he will bring the same energy and expertise to this new role. John's experience in the industry, coupled with his strategic vision will strengthen Crestron’s market position and industry leadership in the years to come.”
In his new role, John will take charge of Crestron’s entire sales operation unifying teams across global regions and channel categories to drive strong collaboration and cross-functional engagement between business units. As CSO, John will provide strategic sales leadership and revenue delivery across the entire Crestron portfolio including residential, hospitality, commercial, government, education, commercial lighting, and enterprise businesses.
"I am honoured to take on this new role and excited to lead our global sales organisation," says Clancy. "By opening up new paths to revenue and building the solutions that take us ther

 
 
blacktrax-one-2PL+S: CAST Group to debut tracking solution
Friday, 21 April 2023

Germany - CAST Group of Companies is set to introduce BlackTrax-One or BT-1 in Frankfurt. This real-time tracking solution is designed for all sorts of single-tracking integration needs, with its portability, affordability, customisation options, and expandable features.
BT-1 is a compact tracking system powerhouse re-engineered to bring big show effects and automation to smaller production budgets. It packs the same precision and control capabilities as the original BT System, in an easily portable kit, and is available at a price point within reach for most production companies, says CAST.
BT-1 improves market access to tracking technology for small to medium size projects such as corporate events, theatrical shows, television productions, concerts, VR experiences, and theme parks.
“We are extremely proud of BlackTrax’ BT-1 product," said Stuart Green, CEO of CAST Group of Companies. "It’s an exciting time for us as we branch out and create impressive versatility to suit the needs of our ever-changing industry."
“We are confident that our customers will be thrilled with this new product," said Andrew Gordon, VP of Business Development at CAST. "It packs a powerful punch into one device making it ideal for any small space show or event."

 
4wall-invests-in-elation-kl-fresnel-fc-po4Wall Europe grows broadcast fleet with Elation
Friday, 21 April 2023

Europe - Full-service video and lighting company 4Wall Europe continues its expansion of equipment dedicated to the broadcast world with purchase of Elation Professional’s KL Fresnel 6 FC PO and KL Fresnel 8 FC PO lighting fixtures, both pole-operable units optimised for the specific requirements of on-camera productions.
Darren Poultney, managing director EMEA at 4Wall Europe, commented on the investment: “With their outstanding performance, versatility and reliability, the new KL Fresnel fixtures are the perfect solution to support the growing demand for high-quality lighting in broadcast projects, from commercials and TV shows to film production, product reveals and corporate events.
“Whether we're working on location or in the studio, the KL Fresnel FC POs deliver amazing results, giving us the flexibility to adapt to any situation and create stunning visuals for our clients. With this investment, we're not only enhancing our capabilities but also reinforcing our commitment to excellence in lighting and production, and we look forward to continuing to exceed our customers' expectations with these amazing fixtures."
4Wall took delivery of the new KL Fresnel lights earlier this year and has already employed them on several broadcast studio projects. Sale of the units to 4Wall took place through Elation’s exclusive distribution partner in the UK, Entedi, working closely with Elation business development manager Graham Hill.
Hill stated: “Clients in the broadcast and television industry demand high quality lighting, and we at Elati

 
 
emea-regional-presidentssomeKramer appoints Peter Baxter SVP EMEA
Thursday, 20 April 2023

The Netherlands - Kramer has announced the appointment of Peter Baxter as senior vice president (SVP) of its Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.
Pete is a 32-year veteran of the technology industry with tenure in the reseller, system integrator, and vendor worlds. He is a go-to-market expert, designing and leading organisations that focus on customer engagement, customer outcomes, and growth
Most recently, Pete led the EMEA video conferencing business for Logitech, creating a world-class enterprise organisation to maximize a highly competitive yet growing category. Prior to Logitech, he held global leadership positions at Yellowfin BI, Avast, and AVG.
Pete will be based in Kramer’s new regional headquarters in Amstelveen, Netherlands, where the company is building its centre of gravity for EMEA.
Gilad Yron, CEO of Kramer, says: “The appointment of Peter, a high-caliber industry executive, reflects our commitment to the crucial EMEA market. The audio-visual industry continues to evolve as fast as its technologies, and we’re seeing numerous opportunities for growth across all regions.”

 
magnimageMagnimage delivers for SA AV specialist
Thursday, 20 April 2023

South Africa - With LED Video walls evolving in pixel pitch, brightness, application, and popularity, Magnimage provides by-products that include video processors, switchers, video wall controllers and accessories. South African rental company MGG recently purchased a Magnimage MIG-680 and MIG-EC90, and freelancer Marothi Morathwe (aka Dickey) is happy to have these units on shows.
Marothi is a Front of House AV technician, running both video processors and video playback software and a system tech, responsible for setting up LED screens and projectors.
“I’ve worked on shows with MGG for over a decade, initially on a full-time basis and now as a freelancer,” Marothi explains. “It’s where I learnt everything, and I like to call them the ‘School of Excellence’ because if you are willing to push yourself you will grow. I started as a casual and I left as a senior video engineer.”
When it comes to AV, Marothi testifies that it’s a demanding, challenging, and ever-changing environment, the very ingredients that make him love his career. He has also noticed an increased demand for LED screens and this technology becoming more advanced. “When MGG’s old 2K video processors could no longer handle the technical advancements of the new LED screens, Magnimage was a perfect replacement, able to meet a resolution of up to 4K and offering the flexibility needed especially as most LED designs have custom resolutions,” Marothi explains.
The MIG-680 Series is an all-in-one 4K switcher, while the MIG-EC90 Series is an all-in-one 8kx2k

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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