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Robe Announces New Colombian Distributor
Colombia – Czech moving light manufacturer Robe has announced AV Com as its new Colombian distributor.
Based in Bogota, the vibrant capital of Colombia, AV Com is well known in the world of professional broadcasting, video and installations, and is “Ideally placed to move Robe forward in this key Latam country,” says Guillermo Traverso, Robe’s regional sales manager for Latin America who was delighted to share the news.
AV Com was founded in 1999 and is headed by Camilo Aranguren who has been in the show and entertainment industry all his working life since the age of 19.
AV Com has a fantastic reputation as a top-level supplier to leading rental companies and installation projects, and will bring all the benefits of a massive contact base, great customer relations, local integration and superlative technical support to Robe in the country.
They already have several premium audio and video brands in their portfolio, including L-Acoustics, Avid, Sennheiser, Focal, Grass Valley, etc. and had been looking for some time for the right moving light brand to add.
“I have been watching Robe with interest for around the last four years” reveals Camilo, “I think the products are a perfect fit for our entertainment lighting division and for our customers in the various sectors.”
He thinks that Robe’s current product range will be ideal for the rental and staging, theatre and corporate event markets plus others.
There is intense competition in Colombia from cheaper Asian products, but Camilo is confident that the time is right and the market robust enough for the success of a quality product with an excellent reputation.
“Robe’s luminaires are all extremely well designed, engineered and built to last, you get what you pay for and these are the best! We look forward to growing and maintaining Robe’s market in Colombia.”
He adds that as a young brand, he really appreciates the enthusiasm and zeal of Robe, and the fact that it is independently owned and controlled will make decision-making and ongoing commercial operations flexible and straightforward.
Camilo particularly thinks that the BMFL range and Pointes will be perfect for concerts and theatres, while some of the smaller lights like LEDBeam, LEDWashes and the new Spikies are just right for a range of small-to-medium corporate shows which are increasingly demanding higher production values.
“I really respect Robe’s quest for quality and integrity and we look forward to many years of successful business,” he concluded.
In picture: In Bogota Old Town, Juan Camilo Triana sales manager for AV Com, Robe’s Latin America Sales regional sales manager Guillermo Traverso and Camilo Aranguren, CEO of AV Com.
24th March 2017
Sidev Display Systems of France Joins Atlona Global Partner Network
Switzerland – Atlona has bolstered its global partner network with the appointment of Sidev Display Systems as its new distribution partner in France. Sidev will join forces with Atlona’s local sales team in France, including Mr. Christophe Gaborit and Mr. Kevin Andry, to strengthen Atlona’s presence across the nation.
In addition to distributing Atlona’s complete solutions portfolio, the Sidev team will provide technical services for systems integrators, resellers, consultants, and end users across the sales, installation and commissioning process. Sidev’s presence in France, which includes show rooms in Paris and Lyon, offers two central locations for education and training purposes related to Atlona products.
“With more than 20 years of experience in the audio-visual market, a track record for quick delivery, and a reputation for supporting many of the industry’s strongest brands, Sidev provides Atlona with a unique opportunity to expand its presence and market penetration throughout France,” said Mr. Gaborit, regional sales manager, Atlona.
In addition to providing sales and support for Atlona’s legacy HDBaseT switching and distribution portfolio, Sidev will focus on business development for Atlona’s recent innovations that move beyond its traditional focus. This includes Velocity, Atlona’s new cloud-based control system, the AT-UHD-HDVS-300-KIT soft codec conferencing solution and the OmniStream AV over IP distribution family.
“Atlona’s AV connectivity solutions complement our portfolio, strengthening our position as one-stop-shopping for the Pro-AV market in France”, said Mr. Maxence Moine, product manager, Sidev. “We’re looking forward to this new partnership and are confident our customers will be thrilled by Atlona’s award winning technical support, ten year warranty and extensive training opportunities.”
In picture: Sidev managing director Mathieu Payet and Atlona general manager Ronni Guggenheim shake hands at the official signing during ISE 2017 in Amsterdam.
23rd March 2017
Chauvet Grand Premiere Celebrates New Facility In Mexico
Mexico – Chauvet Mexico had a lot to be happy about when it celebrated the grand premiere of its new office, warehouse, service centre and showroom facility recently. The company has been busy meeting the rapidly increasing demand for its products among dealers and rental houses.
Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet, expressed his gratitude for these accomplishments to Carlos Zamora de Martino, general manager of Chauvet Mexico, and the entire Chauvet team at the ceremony. “The hard work, enthusiasm and talent that so many people have devoted to Chauvet Mexico has been remarkable,” he said. “We know that the tremendous results that we have achieved in Mexico the past year could not have been possible without contributions from so many people, and we deeply appreciate their efforts.”
Over 100 assembled guests representing dealers and production houses joined Albert and Berenice Chauvet at the grand premiere festivities, which featured a buffet dinner, speeches and DJ entertainment.
Another highlight of the evening were two light shows: one from Chauvet Professional, designed by well-known LD 'Chucho' Guevara, and the other from Chauvet DJ, designed in-house. After each show, guests were invited to interact with the designers and have individual fixtures that were used in the show run independently.
“The shows were not only entertaining, they were a great learning experience,” said Berenice Chauvet, vice president of Chauvet. “Most importantly, this event was about people. Seeing the quality of the people at Chauvet Mexico and the quality of our customers, we can’t help but feel good about our future in this wonderful country.”
23rd March 2017
Chauvet Acquires ChamSys
USA & UK – Chauvet & Sons LLC has announced that it completed the acquisition of ChamSys Ltd., the Southampton, UK-based designer and manufacturer of lighting controllers. ChamSys provides Chauvet a strong presence in the controller market that complements its Chauvet Professional lighting fixtures and LED video panels.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to join forces with ChamSys,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet & Sons LLC. “ChamSys has a well-deserved reputation for innovation, quality and value, the same principles that are at the heart of our own Chauvet brands. Together ChamSys and Chauvet are now in a position to better cover and serve worldwide markets.”
ChamSys will continue to operate as an independent business unit from its facility in Southampton, UK. ChamSys founders Chris Kennedy and George McDuff will remain as managing directors of the company and, together with sales director Tony Cameron, will continue to lead its current staff of software and hardware engineers, operations, sales and support teams.
The ChamSys industry standard MagicQ series of lighting control products will continue to be sold by the company’s current network of distributors, except in the USA, where Chauvet will sell and support ChamSys products from its Sunrise, Florida, headquarters. The Chauvet Professional sales team will assume responsibility for ChamSys sales in the USA. They will have the full-time support of Phil Watson, former CEO of ChamSys, Inc. who has been named ChamSys USA director.
“We’re committed to maintaining the ChamSys brand and its reputation for excellence by supporting the vision and culture of its management team,” added Albert Chauvet. “At the same time, we’re also looking forward to building ChamSys in the USA and making this outstanding line of controllers available to an even larger market.”
ChamSys managing director Chris Kennedy echoed this enthusiasm. "Chauvet and ChamSys share similar cultures, a strong sense of respect for our customers, an appreciation of our staffs and a powerful drive to be the best in our markets,” he said. “This partnership is clearly a logical step for both companies. We deeply appreciate that Chauvet is committed to building on our 14-year heritage so that ChamSys becomes even stronger in the future."
21st March 2017
SONAB appoints Audiologic as Exclusive UK Distributor
UK – Leading provider of professional audio-visual equipment, Audiologic, has announced that it has secured the exclusive UK distribution for innovative Swedish-based manufacturer SONAB. SONAB manufactures System 9, a premium wireless sound system, principally designed for use in the retail, office and hospitality sectors. Using the power available from existing track lighting systems, SONAB System 9 delivers an easy-to-set-up, highly flexible system that connects via a transmitter to any available sound source to deliver a high-quality audio experience. Changing speaker positions within a room or even moving the system to an entirely new location is as easy as clipping and unclipping speakers from the track.
SONAB is firmly established in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, where the company's products can be found in a host of applications from prestige car showrooms and hotels to department stores and art galleries. This partnership with Audiologic will bring SONAB to the wider attention of the UK market, where it is certain to meet an enthusiastic reception.
Paul Simpson, hospitality and retail business manager at Audiologic, is excited by the arrangement: "At Audiologic we continually strive to identify brands that will add another dimension to our portfolio, in order to help our customers provide the widest possible range of options. SONAB's ingenious wireless concept, discreet appearance, excellent sound and simplicity of operation is a unique and very welcome addition to our portfolio. When our customers see and hear System 9, they will quickly recognise its potential – I'm sure it will prove to be a huge hit."
Brad Pianta-McGill, sales manager, SONAB Audio (UK) adds: "Audiologic's team are true audio experts and they immediately recognised SONAB's potential as a unique, high quality solution. Their reputation for delivering excellent service, supported by thorough product knowledge, was reinforced by the experiences of a number of our customers who had dealt with them. We are confident that Audiologic is exactly the right partner to take our solution into the UK market and introduce it to the widest possible audience."
21st March 2017
CPL Technical Sales is Launched
UK – Technical production and rental specialist Central Presentations Limited (CPL) has launched a new division – CPL Technical Sales – to focus on the sales of selected product lines, all of which CPL carries in its rental inventory.
CPL Technical Sales will be based at CPL’s facility in the West Midlands, headed by Sam Thomas. The aim is to cross-rent only to other professional AV/rental companies and organisations, in the process supporting the selected brands through CPL’s extensive working knowledge of them, providing fully comprehensive backup.
So far the list includes Analog Way, Avolites, Connex, Denon Professional, DPA Microphones, ETC, Extron, Fiberfox, Interspace Industries, Kramer, Lightware, Marantz, Panasonic Business, Sennheiser, Shure and Unicol. More will be added CPL Technical Sales develops its business.
CPL Technical Sales will also be in a position to support these manufacturers and brands by making kit available to end-clients in specific scenarios, e.g. like bridging any fluctuations in pre-purchase delivery/production schedules with rentals, enabling clients who have bought kit to have immediate access to it if needed, and ensuring that CPL’s stock always contains the latest products.
CPL’s Matthew Boyse (Max) explains: “This underlines our commitment to these brands. We already extensively evaluate and test any and all kit in which CPL invests and totally believe in the quality and value of these products. CPL Technical Sales will only sell what we know meets these tough standards.”
The formation of CPL Technical Sales also capitalises on the wide ranging experience built up by CPL and its technicians, engineers and crews over the years using kit from these manufacturers for a diversity of shows, events and applications. It cements a number of already close working relationships.
The initial list of manufacturers will be expanded – and remain fluid – as CPL makes future investments and further develops its own rental stock.
The new company will be linked to the set-up of a dedicated training centre which is planned when CPL moves into a new purpose-built warehouse and office space later in the year.
The intention is to create a training hub in the West Midlands, easily accessible for those from the north, east and west of the country and Wales, which will offer an ongoing programme of training initiatives plus brand awareness and product support.
Sam Thomas joined the CPL team after graduating from Birmingham University with a degree in audio technology and has worked his way up through the business, engaging in a variety of jobs and responsibilities in the process. He has a thorough and excellent product knowledge “and is perfect to front the new company,” confirmed Max.
CPL Technical Sales is looking forward to dealing with anyone needing professional products: venues, colleges and other learning establishments, rental and production companies.
Max feels the market is highly competitive and price driven right now, and consequently one where good service and levels of knowledge can make a real difference in providing solutions, sharing and suggesting ideas with people. This is therefore integral to CPL Technical Sales’ goals.
In picture: CPL’s Matthew Boyce (Max) and Sam Thomas.
20th March 2017
Spotlight on Milos Roofs – fourth video released
Milos has released the fourthh and final video as part of its three-month spotlight on Milos Roofs (1st January – 31st March).
In this final video of a four video series, Area Four Industries GmbH technical director Dipl.-Ing. Norbert Tripp explains how the required ballast is calculated for temporary demountable structures due to the effects of overturning, sliding and uplifting.
17th March 2017
Christie Lites Opens Coventry UK Office
UK – Christie Lites is ‘crossing the pond’ with the opening of Christie Lites Coventry in the UK. This new office is Christie’s first expansion outside of North America. The North American lighting and rigging rental company is bringing its successful business model from its network of 12 office warehouse locations across the US and Canada to further serve client demand into the UK and Europe, and vice versa.
Christie Lites CEO Huntly Christie says: “We have always expanded to places where we can best support our long-standing client partners. We’ve had inquiries for years about expansion overseas from various genres of clientele, including touring, theatre, auto and trade shows, corporate – the full gamut of our business. The time is finally right, with a great alignment of eager new staff, solid equipment support and motivated customers. Our first overseas opening parallels our expansion across North America, and is just one more step in Christie Lites’ continued organic growth.”
Fit up of the CL Coventry location is currently underway with doors planned to open in early April. Operations and account rep team hirings will be announced soon.
Dan Souwand, president of operations, is committed to implementing the same standards of excellence in equipment, service and efficiency across all Christie Lites locations worldwide. This 3,716 square meter (40,000 sq ft) warehouse setup will mirror all of Christie Lites’ other warehouses, fully stocked with CL preferred manufacturer’s brands of lighting (such as Martin by Harman, Elation, ETC, MA Lighting and more) and rigging products (Liftket/TourRig, CM and more) as well as Christie Lites’ own unique and diverse blend of proprietary truss designs.
“Essentially, once a client enters our new UK warehouse they will know instantly that they are in a CL shop,” Souwand explains. “The warehouse racking, road cases, shop machinery, are all the same. Shop processes, prep standards and service levels will be consistent with what clients have already come to enjoy for the past 30 years across North America.”
Its location in Lyons Park on the western outskirts of Coventry offers easy access. The M42, M6 and M1 motorways form a “golden distribution triangle” with 89 percent of England and Wales within four hours’ drive. It also has convenient access to the M69, M40 and M5 motorways. The A45 trunk road linking Coventry and Birmingham is just “moments away.” From the Coventry office, it’s 20 minutes to Birmingham airport, two-plus hours to central London and seven hours to Paris.
Adding a bit of intrigue, Lyons Park enjoys an illustrious past. It was originally built as a World War II shadow factory run by The Daimler Company Ltd. Jaguar Cars later leased it as their factory home from 1951- 2005. The vibes from two past companies dedicated to performance excellence will no doubt linger.
From this new hub, Christie Lites will continue to shine a light on its client relationships and its expanding community of lighting designers across the globe.
Huntly Christie, who is known and loved for his sense of humour, likes to make light of serious business announcements. And so he adds: “I should also say that I am particularly pleased at how the Brits have improved their cuisine lately. During my first visit on tour in the 80s the food was bad enough that even as a fourth generation Colonial I swore I’d never come back. Thirty years later it’s a different world, and I have been enjoying some amazing dining experiences with our new UK team these past months. As you know, Christie Lites travels on its stomach, so this is a key element to our future success!”
The Christie Lites Coventry location now joins the family of Christie Lites’ US rental network in Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Nashville, New York, Orlando and Seattle; and in Canadian cities of Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.
15th March 2017
DPA Microphones Appoints Two Distributors in Switzerland
Switzerland – As part of its commitment to its professional customer base, DPA Microphones has appointed two new distributors in Switzerland with immediate effect.
Z-Audio and MusicNetwork AG are now responsible for the company’s entire range of high quality microphones, which includes products aimed at the recording and pro audio markets, live sound, installation and broadcast.
Established 25 years ago, and with office and warehouse facilities in Russikon and Pully, Z-Audio handles distribution for a wide range of professional audio and lighting brands. The company offers free project consulting and technical support and has an extensive network of installation partners and resellers.
Remo Zollinger, managing director of Z-Audio, says: “We are very excited to be representing such a great microphone brand – one that is already well known and respected in Switzerland. We have worked with DPA in the past on various projects, most notably in the broadcast sphere. The company’s products fit well with our existing portfolio, particularly with the MIPRO wireless system.”
MusicNetwork, which is based in Dietikon, also has many years’ experience in dealing with professional hardware and software for the audio sector and represents a range of high quality brands including AVID, M-Audio, iZotope and Apogee Electronics. As well as sales, the company also offers services such as consulting, training and customer support.
Franco Stuppia, CEO of MusicNetwork, says: “It was a breeze for DPA Microphones to fit into MusicNetwork’s handpicked and Swiss-wide portfolio of renowned brands, since we are all absolutely passionate about audio at MusicNetwork and love DPA’s quest for the highest quality and true sound. The new world-class products by DPA are enriching MusicNetwork's portfolio and will doubtlessly open new doors in the market. We’re sure to gain more market share in the broadcast segment and boost our presence in the entertainment industry due to our new partnership with DPA Microphones. With DPA Microphones, MusicNetwork AG is now offering an even wider range of professional audio products exclusively to several hundred specialty retailers in the very quality conscious Swiss market.”
DPA believes that these appointments will ensure continued support for its valuable Swiss customer base across all market sectors.
In picture: Franco Stuppia and Remo Zollinger.
15th March 2017
Elation Partners with LMP to Distribute Elation Products in Germany
Germany – LMP Lichttechnik Vertriebs GmbH, a pioneer in the distribution of moving lights in Europe for over 30 years, will begin to distribute Elation Professional products in Germany effective from 15th March. With LMP as its distribution partner, Elation opens up a wider market for its products while moving closer to its German customers and guaranteeing swifter, higher-quality service.
In LMP, Elation has chosen a company that has been well-respected and highly successful in the market for over 37 years. Beyond moving lights, LMP is also well positioned in the field of static LEDs. The company is also known for its systematic brand development and has had success over the years in the positioning of young brands, including its own.
Major German companies such as satis&fy and Amptown System Company (ASC) have been relying on products from Elation in the rental and touring sectors for years and have also turned to Elation to equip cruise ships and fulfil lighting requirements on international project business. Likewise, Niclen Moving Lights Systems has had highly positive experiences with Elation and already carries large numbers of Elation products in its dry hire inventory. Adding LMP as a distribution source in Germany is certain to ensure continued growth for both Elation and LMP.
Commenting on the future of the partnership, Marc Librecht, sales and marketing manager at Elation Europe, stated: "Thanks to the professional positioning of LMP in the German market, we can ensure that our products are made accessible to a wider audience in Germany by experts. Users will be made aware of the wealth of small but significant details of Elation products, as well as the headline features of our products. There are many manufacturers out there but it's the small details such as our patented dual optics and our systematic further development of products that make all the difference in the premium segment."
Marc Petzold, LMP managing director, added: "Elation has enjoyed tremendous success in recent years and offers a wealth of moving lights that are in no way inferior in terms of quality to those of other premium manufacturers. The geographical proximity of Elation’s European headquarters in Kerkrade (The Netherlands), which also boasts a large showroom, is another big plus. Not only does this benefit our customers but we, too, can profit in terms of training opportunities and product demonstrations. We look forward to representing Elation vigorously henceforth in Germany and helping the company to achieve further growth."
14th March 2017
Danmon Group Takes on Optocore and Broaman for Sweden
Sweden – Danmon Group Sweden has been appointed distributor for Optocore and BroaMan fibre solutions, having been representing the brands in Denmark for a number of years.
With business units across Scandinavia, and more than 25 years of experience behind them, Danmon Group has evolved to become one of the leading suppliers to professional users of equipment for broadcast, television, film and commercial productions, originally in its native Denmark.
Back in 2001, Danmon Sweden managing director, Marcus Lundahl, started to build the Group’s audio division, Soundware, after which they began representing Optocore.
While Soundware will continue to service the professional audio and video industry generally, Danmon will focus on addressing the broadcast video sectors with the German manufacturer’s scalable fibre interfaces, seeing huge potential in these segments.
“We primarily see Optocore and BroaMan penetrating a number of key sectors like broadcast, live OB, and theatre,” continued Lundahl. “Sweden has been an early adopter of new ways of distributing content, especially over fibre, where the interest is very high.” In fact SVT (Swedish Television Broadcast) was the first broadcaster to adopt a custom fibre solution leading to the original foundation of Broadcast Manufactur (BroaMan).
Although the company already has advanced knowledge of the Optocore / BroaMan fibre solutions Danmon/Soundware are already contemplating further staff training and will be promoting to their own client base via social media channels and websites, plus a series of road shows and seminars.
In closing, Marcus Lundahl said: “This is a great opportunity not only to give customers the possibilities for more advanced connectivity and networking but also to introduce them to standard devices for every day use.”
Tine Helmle, managing director of BroaMan, agreed. “In addition to constructing advanced and sophisticated fibre networks we are increasingly being recognised as a manufacturer, designer and reseller of products needed for daily business. From Optocore this would include our MADI devices and various converters and from BroaMan our popular stand-alone and point-to-point devices, including Repeat48, Route66 Auto Router and MUX22.”
In picture: Danmon / Soundware, represented by Magnus Wiborg with Dawid Somló of Optocore / BroaMan.
14th March 2017
Le Maitre Celebrates 40 Years of Manufacturing Pyrotechnics and Special Effects
UK - This year Le Maitre is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Since it was established back in 1977 by Rick Wilson and Harold Berlinski, and joined three years later by Karen Cornacchia, the company has gone from strength to strength to become a global leader in its field of pyrotechnics and special effects.
In those earliest days Le Maitre was producing mirror balls, as well as the Pea Souper dry ice machine, the first products in its renowned PyroFlash range and the two-way controller, products that are all still going strong today. The company quickly grew and in 1980 the pyrotechnics factory in Peterborough was officially opened.
Fast forward 40 years and today the product range has grown to include over 1,500 state-of-the-art products. PyroFlash was joined by the ProStage II range, and more recently the Virtually Smokeless products with their extremely intense colours. All products have always been manufactured in the UK, all in full compliance with industry regulations.
As Wilson says: “We’re delighted to be celebrating our 40th year in business and although it’s nice to take stock and look back at what we’ve achieved we’re excited about what’s still to come. We are constantly striving for better, cleaner products that allow spectators and audiences across the world to see our effects at their very best, and we have some exciting developments with large scale pyrotechnics later this year. To simplify things for users we have also added smart controls to our most popular smoke and haze machines, enabling the user to set-up, control and diagnose errors quickly and easily from their mobile phone or tablet.”
Le Maitre Events, spearheaded by Karen Cornacchia, continues to thrive, designing, supplying and firing pyro and effects for numerous tours, festivals, stage shows, TV and film productions and corporate events across the UK and Europe.
“All in all, things are looking good for the future of Le Maitre,” says Cornacchia. “We have an established international distributor network, an outstanding presence in the European market, and we have a strong team of dedicated staff, many of whom have been with us for over 25 years. The American market continues to expand through Le Maitre USA, LLC and we are just starting to manufacture products in a new site in Missouri. We are all looking forward to many more exciting times ahead.”
9th March 2017
Collective Works is launched
South Africa – Collective Works is a brand new creative visual design practice launched by three highly talented and respected live event production industry professionals: Christopher Bolton, Joshua Cutts and Bradley Hilton.
All are well known for their work in South Africa and across the African continent.
Bringing all the energy and vibrancy of the region to an international marketplace, the trio specialise in the disciplines of lighting, video, set and scenic design, and digital content production.
They have known one another and worked together in different capacities for some time, designing and delivering a variety of high profile music shows, live events, theatrical and TV productions.
Sharing this vast experience plus the core values of passion for their work, imagination, creative flair and the ability to think ‘out-of-the-box’ in creating extraordinary audience experiences, Collective Works is a new and exciting venture.
It offers clients an enthusiastic and innovative approach to live show and event design, whatever the genre, scenario, size and budget of the project.
From the raw material of fresh ideas, to the complex modelling of 3D and virtual simulations, to the equipment specification and co-ordination, client liaison, lighting and video programming delivery and execution on site, Collective Works will provide a complete creative service for those wanting great looking shows.
“There is a great chemistry and fluidity of ideas and thoughts between all of us,” says Chris, explaining that while Collective Works is a really natural synergy between the three of them, their totally different personality attributes and characters add yet more to the dynamics of the team.
With three strong creative minds, projects requiring full technical design lighting, video and set – including automation – is the key target.
At the essence of Collective Works is using a variety of technologies wisely and appropriately to help communicate with audiences, bringing narratives, performances, presentations, installations, public art and any other form of expression alive with visual magic like vast projections, incredible set architecture, pixel mapping or amazing lighting, ensuring the emotion and drama of the moment is captured and remains infinitely memorable.
Immediate work confirmed in the months ahead includes Afrikaans is Groot and Starlight Classics, both in Cape Town and the 2017 series of The Voice.
Chris Bolton was born and raised in Durban, KwaZulu Natal.
Music and performance was always in his bloodstream as a child, via his father who was an international touring musician.
He developed an appetite for theatre whilst still at school, initially as an actor. Whilst working at Durban Playhouse after school, when Chris first stepped onto the boards with lights, fly bars and scenery, and knew the stage and theatre was the career for him!
His first contact with lighting was also during this period, working as a followspot operator at the famous Sneddon Theatre in Durban.
He studied electronic engineering at college, continued performing and then switched the further education focus to performing arts technology to be more in tune with ambitions to work in theatre. He left in his final year to take up his first professional engagement, which was as a sound engineer in Johannesburg.
Generic lighting didn’t really appeal at the time to the technical in Chris, but the first time Chris saw moving lights – some big old SGM Galileo 4 mirror scanners – being programmed properly for a show, it fired his imagination. His company in Johannesburg had some Clay Paky Tiger Scans, so he started teaching himself moving lights after finishing work in the audio department.
As soon as Chris started doing lights, his career developed quickly and his reputation as a lighting designer and programmer grew.
He founded Keystone Productions in Johannesburg in 2003 with Warren Liss and Jonathan Le Roux. They have worked for a variety of elaborate corporate events and brand activations which have been challenging, stimulating and a great forum for Chris’s sense of drama and creative ideas.
As Keystone Productions, Chris has helped shape many ground-breaking shows and events as a lighting designer and production director, while running the company has taught him the benefits of good organisation. Over time he’s developed a unique MO that fuses technical precision with creative style.
Chris is a great communicator and enjoys seeing all the elements of a production harmonise and unite into an incredible end-result for the audience.
Keystone Productions is also a partner in Bradley Hilton’s company Pixel Native which specialises in video and projection systems design, direction and content production.
Chris loves spending any 'down time' chilling with his family, and if he gets a moment or two he also enjoys fishing – both sea and fresh water – and its many challenges.
Joshua Cutts was born and grew up in Johannesburg. His father was an actor, so he spent a lot of time as a child with him in theatres and fell in love with the performing arts early on. He also had an inquisitive mind and an aptitude for technology which inspired him to pursue stage lighting as a career as soon as he left school.
After eight years working hard as a lighting designer and technician in theatre, Josh left that sector on a mission to broaden his knowledge and experience of lighting in other sectors.
Serendipitously in 2002 he landed the job of designing lighting for a large music talent TV show called Project Fame catapulting him into the world of television and broadcast, where he impressed with his unique application of certain theatrical techniques and style in a new context.
His reputation in TV lighting grew rapidly and he went on to design some of the highest profile TV shows in South Africa including Idols, The Voice and the 2012 SAMA Awards.
Visual frontier was founded in 2011 to create some space in a busy industry for independent lighting and visual designers and programmers wanting to operate without being tied to any of the major technical companies and organisations, a step he hoped would grow and develop the whole industry.
Apart from his great eye for drama and good lighting, Josh is known for his quick grasp of new technologies and ability to incorporate this appropriately into a show.
He became an advanced programmer due to his knowledge and understanding of networking and large lighting rigs with complex elements like pixel mapping and server control.
This has also enabled him to appreciate the bigger picture and combine video and set with lighting to create complete and harmonious visual environments. A big part of the thrill for Josh is always “achieving the almost impossible” whatever the parameters!
Josh’s work schedule has been pretty insane in recent years and any spare time is spent on family activities.
Bradley Hilton embraced the entertainment industry from birth; his father is well-known South African stand-up comedian, actor and TV personality Barry Hilton, so lights, cameras and action have always been a part of his life.
Born in Cape Town, he grew up amidst the buzz and energy of Johannesburg and became involved in video as a teenager, filming daring skateboarding feats and tricks and cool music videos for and with his friends.
Being associated with the stage and performance, the production industry was a completely natural career choice for Bradley who cut his teeth as a video designer, editor, programmer and operator of large playback and mapping systems on one hand, coupled with his penchant for content creation and management on the other.
This balance of knowledge in the different elements of ‘live video’ means he has a great understanding of ‘the bigger picture’ needed to create stunning digital show material and use it inventively.
One of his first breaks was managing a multi-projector blend mapped over a 3D set for Johannesburg based company Keystone Productions, after which his profile as a trusted FoH video engineer and director grew.
As Pixel Native, formed three years ago with Chris Bolton after they worked on a job together, Bradley has had the chance to work on some ambitious projects in SA and internationally. Bradley had immediately liked the vibe of Chris and Keystone Productions, so they started the company to develop and integrate more complex video projects into their work.
Bradley enjoys the challenges of every job, striving to be the best at what he does and the rush of delivering a great show for the audience.
He doesn’t get much spare time as work is constantly busy, but any that does present itself is spent enjoying life with his young family.
9th March 2017
TLC Global Upbeat in Establishing GLP Down Under
Australia – In the three months since taking over Australian distribution of GLP’s cutting-edge LED and hybrid portfolio, TLC Global has wasted no time in establishing the brand.
This culminated in a spectacular showcase at the recent ENTECH road shows, which ran through Australia’s major cities during the month of February.
According to sales account manager Dave Taylor they are already lining up the X4 Bar 20, X4 Atoms and GT-1 for a major penetration of the professional lighting market down under, while continuing to monitor the fast developing product road map.
“GLP has a outstanding reputation for understanding its market and end users,” he believes. “Their ability to adapt and grow with market demands in a way that remains consistent with the brand’s previous development successes provides potential purchasers with a lot of confidence and bodes well for the future.”
In particular, the market is seeking IP rated options and versatility in products such as the modular systems and accessories.
Currently untapped markets, such as fixed installation, are ripe for development, he adds. “There is a wonderful potential for the brand with its evolving facilities, particularly with regard to the government growth here in the country. A wide percentage of this market is now looking for alternative supply and support from the Australian distribution resources.”
Meanwhile, its core rental sector remains in fine shape, due largely to the massive worldwide success of multiple fixtures on high profile events and tours. “As a result, we are seeing a strong push from the rental market towards GLP, as end-user specifications for GLP products filter increasingly onto our shores and into the hands of our local vendors. I see a lot of interest in a number of items from the range.”
And user feedback to the ENTECH road shows from the market has been “outstanding”, according to Dave Taylor. “Our end users are pleased to finally have access to products that have not readily been available to them in the past. There appears to be great momentum within our designers as they push to further gain access to these familiar tools that they commonly use around the world, and equally great interest from our vendors and venues who realise the potential in the quality.”
All of this is underpinned by the relationship with the German manufacturer, which could hardly have got off to a more positive start. “We are extremely grateful both for the opportunity and support that we have received from GLP to date, and look forward to a very successful and long lasting relationship to come,” Taylor concludes.
This vision is shared with GLP’s sales director Asia Pacific, Søren Storm: “We are very excited about our appointment of TLC Global as the exclusive distributor of Australia. The team at TLC Global are extremely dedicated to GLP and it is also very clear that they have a really good name in the industry” he says.
“Davey Taylor and Richard Saunders have both a strong background in the production industry, so their remarkable technical skills and understanding are a perfect fit to the GLP range of products.
I am very confident that our partnership will put the GLP brand on the Australian map, in a big way. I am looking forward to our relationship and our ongoing commitment to the Australian market,” concludes Storm.
In picture: Dave Taylor and Søren Storm.
8th March 2017
Well-known designer Justin Kitchenman launches Align Design Group
USA – After five years as a partner in FadeUp Design Group, production designer and programmer Justin Kitchenman has announced the creation of the Nashville-based design firm Align Design Group. Specialising in lighting, production, and media design, Kitchenman opened the doors to Align Design Group on 1st January, 2017, with the goal of creating a collaborative production atmosphere for designers, technicians and other design firms while continuing to serve his current clientele with the same level of service and creativity.
“As a founding partner of FadeUp with Heath Marrinan, the company steadily grew over the years into a full-service lighting vendor that is really making a name for itself,” began Kitchenman. “With the company on solid ground, it was a great time for me to branch out on my own to create Align Design Group which stemmed from my goal to have a lighting design consulting firm specialising in concert touring production design. Heath has been one of my closest friends, a role model and mentor to me in the entertainment industry, and when we started speaking about what I wanted to do he was there to support me once again.”
Feeling the timing was right to branch off on his own, Kitchenman knew exactly how he wanted Align Design Group to be positioned within the production industry through a co-operative and synergistic environment.
He continued: “The goal of Align Design Group is really to be a hub where a network of designers, programmers, production engineers and artists can all come together under the same umbrella. I really want this to be an evolutionary experience that will give all of us in the concert touring production industry a tremendous amount of creative flexibility.”
With Align Design Group now up and running, Kitchenman had to no time to rest as production has already begun on the multi-national tour for one of music’s top touring artists, Luke Bryan.
“Right now, we are full boar into Luke Bryan’s new 2017 tour design putting the finishes touches on it and bringing it into full design form for our first show on February 16th,” added Kitchenman. “We are working with Elite Multimedia as our tour provider because they are extremely creative and have been there with me from the beginning. When I informed them of my plans for Align Design Group they were excited to join me on this new journey and it’s great to have them on the team once again.”
“Our relationship with Justin over the last several years has been an integral part to our success,” added Tom Wilson, Vice President of Elite Multimedia Productions. “He is one of the most talented young designers in Nashville, and we look forward to continuing to work with him as he begins the next step in his career with Align Design Group.”
As the production design for the Luke Bryan tour continues to take shape, Kitchenman is excited about not only the launch of Align Design Group, but also the new design elements awaiting fans who will be packing arenas and stadiums worldwide.
“This year we are adding a lot more LED surfaces to make the tour more visually dynamic and we’ve also added new automated set elements that we are excited to unveil as well,” explained Kitchenman. “Musically, Luke and the band are working up new set lists to mix his new album with some of the classics the fans might not have heard last time around. He really does a great job of keeping his live shows fresh to give the fans something new each year, and Elite Multimedia does of great job of helping us bring it all together which makes it an extremely comfortable environment to work in.”
As the launch of the inaugural Align Design Group touring production approaches, Kitchenman continues to look forward to identify where the company will go next. Not satisfied to work only on concert tours, he is expanding both the target markets and the design technology as well.
“While the concert tour industry will be our mainstay, we will also be moving into corporate events, television production and any additional live event that needs production elements,” concluded Kitchenman. “We have also begun working with media content creators to bring dynamic 3D content and pixel-mapping into our production designs because the goal is to have Align Design Group grow as the technology grows and stay at the forefront of the production industry.”
8th March 2017
POLAR Appointed as Exclusive UK Distributors for Radial Engineering
UK – POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the installation, MI and professional audio markets, is very pleased to announce that it has agreed a deal to become Radial Engineering's sole distributor in the UK. Radial is a manufacturer of professional audio products based in Vancouver, Canada that offers a wide array of products sold under the brand names Radial, Tonebone and Primacoustic. The Radial brand is renowned for the high quality of its products for the professional live and recorded markets including DI boxes, splitters and isolators whilst Tonebone comprises a range of guitar and bass pedals for professional use where quality, durability and performance is critical. Primacoustic is a range of panels, bass traps, diffusion and isolation solutions that address the acoustic treatment needs of a wide variety of applications from professional audio to houses of worship, education, home entertainment and beyond.
John Midgley, POLAR managing director warmly welcomed the partnership: "Radial is synonymous with high performing, durable and exceptionally well constructed products for the professional audio environment and Tonebone sets the highest possible standard in guitar and bass pedals for professional musicians; a quick look at the company's endorsees reveals just how highly these products are rated by some of the world's greatest musicians. Primacoustic is the first acoustic treatment product line we have been involved with and will dovetail well not only with our range of studio equipment but also into the wider installation sphere. Clearly, we are delighted to have secured this exclusive deal which expands and broadens the scope of our portfolio."
Steve McKay, export sales manager at Radial Engineering added: The UK market has always been a vital marketplace for Radial and we are very excited to appoint POLAR as our new distributor. We look forward to working with their excellent team and expanding our business in the UK. This will bring together two more of the Radial brands to add to Tonebone under POLAR's control, in the shape of Radial, and Primacoustic. POLAR has recently undertaken significant corporate re-organization, adding powerful and dynamic new energies to this equation. Radial Engineering welcomes this expanded role for POLAR within our family and is proud to be associated with such a highly respected partner.
8th March 2017
Barco in discussions over acquisition of High End Systems to ETC
USA – ETC and Barco have announced that they are in the midst of serious discussions wherein ETC would acquire High End Systems. While the timeline for the completion of this acquisition is still unknown, both parties are committed to moving forward with a successful transaction.
Wim Buyens, senior vice president of Barco’s Entertainment division, commented: “For Barco, the divestment of its lighting activities is in line with its strategy to sharpen the focus on its core activities. We believe joining forces with ETC would enable High End Systems to realise its full business potential while providing ongoing support and opportunity development for its customers, and we appreciate ETC’s commitment to maintain High End’s operations in Austin and fully support the development of High End’s products.”
Fred Foster, ETC CEO commented: “ETC has been executing a strategy to grow our company. We want to offer our employees opportunities for greater success and continue to give our customers innovative products and services. We see adding HES to the ETC family as an opportunity for both of those things. Our plan is to continue High End operations from their current location in Austin, TX. High End products like the Sola family of LED automated fixtures, Wholehog consoles, and Axon media servers are innovative tools for the live-events industry. Our intention is to make the investments needed in order to restore these products and the High End brand to market-leader status.”
Foster continues: “We place a high value in not only the High End products, but also the employees that will join our ETC family with the completion of this acquisition. Both companies have similar core values when it comes to innovation and I know working together will be a great success.”
More information will be announced in the coming weeks, once the acquisition reaches final stages.
3rd March 2017
Italy’s Audioextreme Joins Adamson’s Global Famiglia
Italy – Adamson Systems Engineering has added yet another high profile partner to its global network as Italian production technologies provider Audioextreme kicked off 2017 with the purchase of an Adamson S-Series rig.
“We were searching for a high-quality system that would offer us and our customers an exclusive and competitive advantage in the market,” shares Giovanni Rosati, owner of Audioextreme. “After auditioning several high-end systems, we unanimously decided that the Adamson S-Series was the clear choice and it has already proven to be exactly what we needed.”
The system, sourced through Adamson’s exclusive Italian distributor, Audiosales, comprises 16 S10 two-way, full-range line source cabinets and eight S119 companion subwoofers and will be put to use in a wide array of applications.
“We’re delighted to announce this new and important addition to the Adamson network,” comments Stefano Rocchi, owner of Audiosales. “It’s been almost a year that Audiosales has represented Adamson in Italy and we’ve had a great response to the brand and the S-Series in particular. Thanks to Audioextreme’s purchase, Adamson will have a presence at more and more high-profile events and its performance is sure to attract new business opportunities for all involved.”
Founded in 2010 and based in Sorbolo, Italy, Audioextreme is a family-owned and operated business that provides production solutions for a myriad of events and applications, from corporate events and conferences to large-scale concerts and festivals.
“We are a young company with a workforce that includes two generations,” adds Rosati, whose son, Alessandro, works with the firm as a lighting technician. “So we have several different points of view but share a common vision and philosophy, driven by the pursuit of the most cutting-edge technology – like Adamson’s S-Series.”
“The recent surge of new additions to the Adamson network throughout Europe has been very encouraging, and we’re excited to count Audioextreme among them,” comments Jasper Ravesteijn, European sales manager for Adamson. “The company already has a stellar reputation in their market and we’re looking forward to supporting them as they continue their already impressive growth.”
In picture: Audioextreme’s Alessandro Rosati, Audiosales’ Stefano Rocchi and Audioextreme’s Giovanni Rosati.
23rd February 2017
PRG XL Video Moves to New Larger London Location
UK – PRG XL Video, the UK operation of Production Resource Group (PRG), has moved to a new, larger, London location.
Continuing its strategy for growth, the company has relocated within central London. The office, in the very heart of London’s theatreland, houses sales and support teams from four major market sectors: concert touring, theatre, television and film, and corporate and events.
The location at 77 St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden includes space for PRG XL permanent staff, hot-desking space for clients and creatives to visit, and multiple meeting rooms, which are not only used by PRG XL’s own teams, but are utilised by industry organisations for their regular board meetings.
PRG XL Video’s director of human resources, Alistair Todd commented: “The space has been designed not only to house our growing team, but also as a hub of creativity for clients and visitors.
“We aimed to create a modern, pleasant working environment. The location has lots of natural light, which creates a bright, open space which our team will enjoy working in.”
PRG president and chief operating officer, Stephan Paridaen continues: “As our UK business continues to grow, we have invested in a larger London location. This has given us the opportunity to locate sales, production, event services, crewing services and support teams all together, promoting an atmosphere of great collaboration and team work.
“On top of that, we also believe that the central location will provide our clients with a vibrant, creative place to visit.”
The official opening of the new London location will take place soon, where PRG’s latest investments in technical innovation will be showcased in a creative environment.
PRG XL Video’s London office is located at: 1st Floor, 77 St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 7AA
23rd February 2017
Mobile Technik Announced as UK Promocube distributor
UK – Mobile Technik, specialists in event trailers and pop-up structures, is announcing its appointment as the sole UK distributor of innovative German mobile event space Promocube.
The Promocube is a versatile mobile event space that heralds a dramatic new design, opening up to create an innovative 36m² pop-up environment. From high-end VIP hospitality suites, experiential brand zones, TV studios and broadcast hubs to pop-up retail units for UK touring roadshows, this new temporary event space helps to create unforgettable environments to meet a range of budgets and creative briefs.
The Promocube is designed for both indoor and outdoor use with an open structure for an airy feel, or with easy-to-assemble Plexiglass panels providing a weather resistant, temperature controlled, enclosed environment. This space is fully customisable to suit any requirement from wrapping the whole structure with branding to installing internal screen displays and event furniture.
Manufactured in Germany, each structure is transported on a flat bed trailer and simply installed on site by hydraulics lifting the Promocube off the trailer and easily into place.
Each structure is fully equipped with LED roof downlights and multiple power points. The floor is constructed with hard-wearing non-slip aluminium ripple plates and this can be customised with PVC, carpets, artificial grass or laminate coverings.
Three different models are available, the ‘UrbanLegend’ offering an event space up to 24m², the ‘BigSquare’ and the ‘LongTail’ with different configurations but both offering up to 36m² event space. These models can all be enhanced with additional enlarged presentation areas.
Mobile Technik’s Billy Smart comments: “This is a revolutionary new product to the UK events market as a temporary structure with the look and feel of a sleek permanent building. The team were impressed with how quick and easy the Promocube is to install, and saw it filling a niche in the current market, taking temporary event structures to a new dimension.”
“As we offer a field-tested and successful premium-product, we were looking for a powerful and efficient partner for distribution and handling of our modules. We are sure that Mobile Technik with their experience in temporary structures and logistics, as well as with their diversified customer portfolio and network is the perfect partner for us in the UK,” says Stephan Weide, managing director of Promocube GmbH.
Mobile Technik will be launching their Promocube involvement at Europe’s leading retail trade fair, EuroShop 5th - 9th March exhibiting in Hall 4, Stand FO6.
20th February 2017
UK-based international entertainment industry engineering design and safety specialists and consultants Blumano Ltd is expanding and restructuring its operation.
The move brings into the Blumano organisation the service of systems control, with software and hardware expert Lluis Diaz-Guerra and his company Copinya. It also coincides with a general Blumano rebranding and the launch of a streamlined new interactive website, www.blumano.com.
“Blumano is delighted to have someone of Lluis’s calibre on-board, his knowledge and experience completes a much bigger picture than we have at Blumano, enabling us to offer a dynamic full-service, multi-platform package to clients seeking engineering solutions.”
Blumano Ltd was founded in 2014 by production industry professionals Cristiano Giavedoni and Amedeo Guizzi to provide a range of specialist services, expertise and consultancy related to lifting, moving and load-bearing equipment for stages, set and scenic elements and other objects and areas of entertainment industry production.
The diverse scope of its work reaches into all sectors, from concert touring to corporate and industrial events, encompassing theatre and television productions, festivals, large sporting fixtures and other special events.
The company has performed phenomenally well in its first two-and-a-half-year period, working on a wide variety of projects across Europe, the US and Asia, with the turnover for services alone exceeding all expectations. Blumano’s team explain that this prompted them to look to the future and see how to consolidate and move forward.
Blumano was already working with Lluis in a freelance capacity on some projects. They felt that his expertise in the field motion control systems and substantial knowledge related to the best, most appropriate and cost-efficient solutions was a perfect resource to boost the group and work in tandem with their own specialist fields of mechanical engineering and project management.
Blumano’s core business revolves around three principals. The first is strategy which includes machines, control and structures from static calculations for a stage to assessments of logic and control in a fully engineered automation system. This is a multi-skilled and multi-lingual service.
The second is specialising in atypical, unusual and idiosyncratic technical frameworks, all the areas that standard engineering companies might not choose to handle, including performer flying, flying objects above audiences or moving special and unique elements designed for one-off shows and events. The more complex and challenging, the better!
Thirdly, there’s the knowledge and requisite international accreditation to complete the work being undertaken. Blumano is recognised by the international community, is a consultant for several technical offices and official bodies and has an excellent working relationship with TUV offices throughout Europe and the US. This includes exhaustive knowledge of the minefield of certification necessary to satisfy various local authorities.
Blumano is geared up to look at the whole picture. While designing and making a system work is one thing, ensuring it is delivered with the associated risk analysis framework is also vital and this is an essential part of the process.
Contributing to Blumano’s success is their penchant for imagination, flair and style and ability to think laterally, together with the agility and efficient workflow that comes with being an independent entity. On top of that is the passion and commitment to an industry they all love for its challenges and opportunities to excel.
Projects have included working as consultants for Cirque du Soleil, the Baku convention centre in Azerbaijan, Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ world tour and Warner Bros ‘Nightingale’ production. Blumano works regularly with highly respected production industry engineering specialists like StageCo, Brilliant Automation and WIcreations, as well as a selection of global manufacturers and their brands.
In picture: Lluis Diaz-Guerra, Amedeo Guizzi and Cristiano Giavedoni.
20th February 2017
Saville sets new standard in excellence
UK – Specialist audio visual integrator, Saville Audio Visual confirms the company’s position for setting new standards in technical proficiency and unwavering customer support by successfully completing the InfoComm International AV Provider of Excellence qualification.
One of only three UK-based audio visual companies to attain the recognition, Saville sales and marketing director Andy Dyson commented: “this is a great achievement for the company and a positive industry recognition of our total commitment to continuing investment in staff development and the delivery of excellent customer satisfaction.”
The InfoComm APEx program recognises companies based on the number of employees holding key industry certifications, including the InfoComm CTS credential, completion of continuing education classes and positive customer survey responses.
APEx providers must also prove that they meet or exceed the requirements within two ANSI/INFOCOMM standards, the Standard Guide for Audiovisual Systems Design and Co-ordination Processes and the AV System Performance Verification Standard, designed to foster better communication between the AV provider and the client.
“The APEx designation gives AV companies a mark of distinction in the marketplace,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, InfoComm International’s executive director and chief executive officer. “Saville customers can be confident of the AV provider’s professionalism and commitment to ongoing training, customer service and dedication to excellence.”
17th February 2017
Alcons Gets Aplauz For New Polish Distributor
Poland – Located in Łomianki, near Warsaw, Aplauz was established in 2003 and has grown to become one of Poland’s most renowned suppliers of professional audio solutions. One of the company’s guiding principles is choosing products by manufacturers who indisputably provide the highest quality products, a description which neatly sums up Alcons.
“We became aware of Alcons five or six years ago,” says Aplauz president and managing director Grzegorz Fotek. “We have watched as they have risen to the top of the industry, as people recognise that their pro-ribbon technology delivers the very best possible sound. Alcons is now one of the world’s leading audio manufacturers and everyone we speak to who listens to their technology is always very impressed.”
Last year, Aplauz and Alcons collaborated on a project that included a shoot-out between a large number of the very top loudspeaker brands, which really put Alcons on the map in the Polish market. This was followed by an event in Łódź which was the first official presentation of Alcons in Poland. It included a presentation by Alcons co-founder Tom Back on the background to the company’s pro-ribbon technology, with demonstrations of a nine cabinet per side LR18 system with BQ211 subs. The company’s VR series point source systems and QR series line-source solutions were also demonstrated.
“It generated a lot of positive comments,” says Tom. “All of the attendees were unanimously surprised about the clarity, detail and sheer output of the systems.”
Aplauz works with many house of worship projects. These frequently have very difficult acoustics, thanks to the large spaces and many flat, reflective surfaces in church buildings. Grzegorz has found that Alcons pro-ribbon technology is the perfect solution to taming them.
“We have supplied a system of QR24s, QM24s and VR8s to a company that does a lot of music productions in churches,” he says. “The pro-ribbon technology is breath taking, the result is breath taking too, the sound quality on this project was exceptional.”
With more projects in the pipeline, Grzegorz is looking forward to showing many more Polish venues and production companies the advantages of using Alcons systems.
“In my opinion there is no doubt that Alcons are the best,” he says. “Nobody else in the professional audio market has this kind of technology and we are happy to support them as one of the very top brands.”
“Aplauz has established itself as one of Poland’s leading and most trusted audio suppliers,” says Alcons co-founder Tom Back. “Bringing new technology to the professional market is not only about a great product, it’s about the people who locally put their reputation behind those products.”
“Grzegorz and his staff have chosen to communicate our commitment and belief in the benefits of pro-ribbon technology to their discerning clients in the Polish market. We feel a great responsibility to support Aplauz and the two companies will work very closely to help them achieve the success in Poland that Alcons is experiencing worldwide.”
17th February 2017
State of Florida Awards Atlona Five-Year Contract for AV Procurement by Government Agencies Statewide
USA – The State of Florida has awarded Atlona a five-year statewide contract for procurement of audio visual equipment and accessories, the Silicon Valley-based company announced.
The contract enables any state agency, including local municipalities and state universities, to purchase Atlona AV equipment and to use a State Purchasing card on orders that do not exceed $75,000 in a State fiscal year.
The State of Florida contract is an extension of a contract with the New York State Office of General Services. The contract extension, available to any state, allows Florida to adopt the same contract terms as New York, including purchasing rights and price points.
“This contract award eliminates the lengthy and rigorous bidding process for Atlona vendors, and positions Atlona among an elite class of AV manufacturers that meets Florida’s rigorous vendor requirements,” said Joel Carroll, Atlona regional sales manager for commercial products, south-east, and the company’s administrator for the state contract. “This milestone also aligns with the quickly growing reputation of Atlona as an innovative AV company with an escalating portfolio of unique, and often groundbreaking products that also puts substantial value in its approach to customer service. We see a huge opportunity to increase our presence throughout the state across all government organisations, including higher education.”
17th February 2017
National Rigging Advisory Group endorses cross-association 'Stop the Drop' campaign
UK – The National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG), the pan industry body concerned with promoting rigging safety in events, has announced its endorsement of the cross-association campaign to raise awareness of the risks involved when working at height, and promote safe practice.
Mark Surtees, managing director of Outback Rigging and chair of NRAG, explained the group’s decision to support the initiative: “Our members, representing almost every sector of the British events industry, are keenly aware of the risks when working at height and wholeheartedly support the aims of the Stop the Drop campaign. We recognise that a greater understanding of the issues surrounding working at height, amongst all stakeholders within the fast-paced events industry, will help to strengthen and deepen the safety culture already in evidence and improve safety through direct behaviour change and raised awareness.”
Launched in 2016 by the Association of Event Venues (AEV), the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), the Stop the Drop campaign is aimed at all stakeholders involved in the events industry, including the many riggers that work on exhibitions and events.