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UK entertainment technology industry valued at £1.28 billion and growing according to new report by PLASA
More than half a billion pounds needed to sustain the UK’s theatre buildings over the next five years
Spitfire Creative Technologies Announces Acquisition of Green Hippo Ltd and Green Hippo Media Technology Inc.
HK Audio expands business in Italy with new distribution partner Sisme
Italy – HK Audio has increased its presence in Italy by appointing Sisme as its exclusive distributor in the country as of October 2018.
A hugely respected distributor with more than 50 years of experience in the audio industry, Sisme adds the HK Audio portable sound product range to an impressive portfolio of leading brands including Sony, Audio-Technica, L-Acoustics and more.
Sisme works directly with system integrators and installers in the pro audio sector, as well as partners in the audiovisual and broadcasting fields. Covering the whole of Italy, Sisme offers customers integrated solutions, technical and post-sales support, project design and product training.
Claudio Bugari, president of Sisme, said: “We are happy to be HK Audio’s new distribution partner in Italy. In recent years, HK Audio has made significant progress in its product and marketing activities. We are convinced that this brand offers a great portfolio for the Italian market.”
Antonio Sciarrillo, Sisme’s national sales manager, said: “HK Audio's products are a great fit with our existing portfolio and will allow our partners to offer complete pro audio solutions. HK Audio offers users the easiest way to the best sound, meaning they can focus 100% on their performance, without worrying about the sound.”
Nils Stamer, CEO of HK Audio, said: “By having teamed up with Sisme, we have gained a strong and experienced partner on the Italian market. I am convinced that the Sisme staff will be fantastic representatives for HK Audio in Italy.”
In picture: Christian Jordan (international sales director, HK Audio), Claudio Bugari (CEO, Sisme), Antonio Sciarrillo (national sales manager, Sisme), Nils Stamer (CEO, HK Audio).
16th November 2018
DM Audio joins Adamson rental network
UK – DM Audio based in Edinburgh are the latest company to join the Adamson rental partner network, having recently purchased a substantial S10 line array system from Edinburgh-based certified re-seller Live Systems.
The system consists of S10 line array loudspeakers with S119 subs powered by Lab Gruppen PLM20K44 amplifiers together with a full rigging package.
Dino Martino, director of DM Audio, commented: “We had been looking for a new line array system for some time and had evaluated all of the alternatives currently on the market for function, sound quality, rider-friendliness and value. We trialled Adamson line array systems on some of the events that we supplied over the summer and the S-Series really stood out for us as the best system for our client base, with exceptional sound quality, well thought-out rigging and amazing coverage. Another important factor for us is the aftercare backup and we know we can rely on Live Systems and the UK distributor The Warehouse to deliver this.”
Steve Robb, managing director at Live Systems commented: “DM Audio have been providing sound equipment and production services to the Scottish market for over 20 years. I have known Dino and his team for a significant amount of this time and know that they are very particular when it comes to choosing new equipment. Any such investment must therefore demonstrate a strong return on investment while also ensuring a clear performance benefit for their customers. We are delighted that they have chosen to make the move to Adamson which further strengthens the rental partner network.”
In picture: R David Jack, Steve Robb, Scott Moncrieff, Michal Jankowski and Dino Martino.
15th November 2018
Atlona and Josh.ai Partner for Voice-Controlled Distributed AV
USA – Atlona is extending the reach of its whole-home AV systems into the residential and light commercial markets through a new partnership with Josh.ai, an industry leader in artificial intelligence for the home. The complete solution integrates Josh voice control platforms with Atlona HDR-H2H and PRO3 Series HDMI-to-HDBaseT matrix switchers. The simple configuration-based setup processes allow installers to offer intelligent, high-quality distributed AV for connected homes and small businesses.
According to Josh.ai CEO Alex Capecelatro, the partnership brings Josh full circle as a control and automation solution for luxury homes, restaurants and other facilities aiming to channel video and audio content from room to room. Prior to the Atlona partnership, many Josh installations were deployed to serve stand-alone AV systems in specific rooms, and/or programmed with macros from other control systems to channel media throughout various zones.
Integration with Atlona’s 4K/UDR and HDR-capable matrix switchers provide installers with flexible options to “bring the magic Josh experience” to any home or business regardless of size or scope, supporting I/O counts of up to 16x16 with a single Atlona switcher. This flexibility will enable end users to easily search for content, and distribute video and audio from any source to one or more destinations. As Capecelatro explains, the integration offers a “re-architecture with a more elegant touch point” to seamlessly move higher quality content to premium video displays and speaker systems.
"We're excited to partner with Atlona for advanced voice control over distributed content,” said Capecelatro, CEO. “This is an incredibly important integration for our luxury clients who want the power of distributed systems, with the simplicity of being able to ask for any music or video content in a room and have it instantly play. Atlona is an important manufacturer for many of our dealers, and we're excited with the range and performance of what they offer. Our goal with Josh.ai is to deliver a magical experience to the user and this integration gets us one step closer to that vision."
The Josh platform will self-discover the Atlona switcher on the network upon connection, accelerating the deployment process for custom installers and systems integrators. From this point, HDMI inputs and outputs are easily mapped and configured, with all connections clearly arranged by number on the Josh interface. Once live, users can move from room to room and request to watch or listen to content, with Josh’s room-aware microphone “hearing” the request, which is then processed within the platform. The Atlona matrix switcher then executes the appropriate signal flow.
“The integrated Josh and Atlona solution delivers the magic experience of voice control for luxury AV systems that to this point has been a challenge to attain,” said Joshua Castro, product manager, Atlona. “While this integration clearly addresses the trends we see today in distributed whole-home AV, we also see plenty of value for restaurants, hotels and offices, among other businesses, that want seamless voice-controlled switching and distribution to channel the right AV sources to the right destinations.”
14th November 2018
NEXT-proaudio Finance is now available in Europe
Europe - NEXT-proaudio Finance is designed for businesses and other organisations seeking to expand their market share, enhance their profitability and deliver superior audio performance and capabilities to their customers through the financing of NEXT-proaudio products.
Available from a purchase price of 500€, without any down payment, and paying a monthly instalment between 12 to 60 months, this financing system helps to maximise the return on investment.
NEXT-proaudio Finance gives flexibility as well as the ability to quickly seize opportunities as they present themselves, while making equipment purchase and upgrades to improve customer experience and elevate productivity, and yet not affect companies’ bottom line. The financing will provide the needed time to clear “old” inventory while renting the most up to date, current equipment.
NEXT-proaudio Finance can improve cash flow, conserve capital, without diminishing short term liquidity, lines of credit at the bank or reflecting debt on the financial statements with off-balance sheet financing. The goal is to ensure financing is implemented as easy, fast and smoothly as possible.
The NEXT-proaudio Finance is currently available in more than 30 countries.
12th November 2018
KV2 Audio announces sales partnership with Salzbrenner Media
Europe – Loudspeaker manufacturer, KV2 Audio, has announced that global systems integration company and distributor, Salzbrenner Media GmbH, will henceforth be responsible for the distribution of KV2 Audio products in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with specific focus on the theatrical and maritime sectors. The remaining market sectors will continue to be served directly by KVA Audio Deutchland GmbH.
Salzbrenner Media provides turnkey solutions worldwide and has forged a particularly strong reputation in the performance venue sector including theatre, concert halls and more, making it an ideal partner for KV2 Audio. According to KV2 Audio managing director, George Krampera Jr.: "We have seen a steady increase in interest in all areas in recent years, and we have been especially pleased with our growing traction in the theatre market. The fact that Salzbrenner Media GmbH in particular, with its many years of expertise in the field of theatre, was inspired by our products, makes us proud. We are convinced that this cooperation will contribute to sustainable growth across the three German-speaking countries.”
Stefano Trevisan, managing director of KV2 Audio’s Swiss distributor, PLUSMUSIC AG, agrees: "We are extremely pleased that a company with the reputation of Salzbrenner Media GmbH is working with us to bring the products of KV2 Audio closer to the theatre industry in Switzerland. I am sure that we will start to see the fruits of our labour very soon!”
Wolfgang Salzbrenner, managing director, Salzbrenner Media GmbH, is equally pleased with the partnership: "We are convinced by the quality and performance characteristics of KV2 products. The excellent audio quality of the whole product range combined with their compact design and versatility makes KV2 equipment ideal for both cruise ships and the opera house/theatre market.”
Rainer Hettwer, head of product sales, Germany, and Ismet Bozkurt, sales manager for Eastern Europe and the Middle East, will be responsible for handling KV2 Audio within the Salzbrenner Media organisation.
In picture: George Krampera snr., Stefano Trevisan, Wolfgang Salzbrenner and George Krampera jr.
7th November 2018
UK entertainment technology industry valued at £1.28 billion and growing according to new report by PLASA
UK – The entire UK entertainment technology industry is valued at £1.28 billion in 2017/18 and is predicted to grow over the next five years, according to a new research report by PLASA.
The report is the most comprehensive study of the entire entertainment technology industry in many years and is now available to download on the PLASA website. It will be beneficial to many businesses who are looking to understand market sectors and growth opportunities for business planning and benchmarking performance.
Each market sector receives an investigation, drilling into recent performance, current challenges and future potential. The suppliers surveyed revealed that they were most positive about the future of architectural and commercial, concert and touring and themed attractions. Further down the scale were performing arts, DJ and studio sectors. The future of the industry is generally positive with half of those surveyed expecting the value of the industry to increase in the next five years.
According to the research all industry technologies have seen growth, particularly AV and audio which represent 38% and 27% of the market share respectively. Professional AV is currently valued at £490m and has an increasing presence in many sectors including architectural and retail. Professional audio is valued at £340m due to its usage in installations and sports among others.
Additionally, the report details how macro-environment factors such as GDP, tourism and consumer trends have affected the industry in recent years and cautions how these factors could continue to have an effect.
“It’s great to learn that the entertainment technology industry is in such good shape” says PLASA managing director Peter Heath. “And with the industry diversifying and adapting, it is clear that leading professionals from all sectors are more than capable of steering live entertainment technologies in the right direction for generations to come.”
PLASA plans to repeat the research every 12 months, enabling it to build up ever-more accurate trend information. The full report is available to download from the PLASA website, and is free of charge for PLASA members. Please visit www.plasa.org/industry-research for more information.
6th November 2018
New James Thomas Engineering website for the EMEA region!
A new James Thomas Engineering website created exclusively for the EMEA region has been launched and is located at www.jthomaseng.eu. An optimised layout and navigation structure allows users to find the required products quickly and easily for a wide range of needs.
Browse through JTE’s new conical truss series, as well as their legendary plated and fork series. Learn more about JTE towers, multicubes, bookcorners, circles, clamps and accessories in the easy to navigate and colourful online presentation. The wide range of products provide the safety and support customers have relied on for more than 40 years.
5th November 2018
Adamson Global Network Unites at Canadian HQ for Major Announcements
Canada – Adamson Systems Engineering hosted the largest-ever gathering of its global network at its Canadian head office and manufacturing facility in Port Perry, ON on 21st and 22nd September, 2018.
Over 120 partners from around the world took part in two full days of programming, including previews of upcoming products, innovations, and collaborations, all with the goal of better supporting end-users with world-class training and service.
“We’ve welcomed a significant number of new partners to the Adamson global network over the past few years amidst a period of strong year-over-year growth,” begins James Oliver, Adamson’s director of sales and marketing. “We’re very proud of the way our international team has supported these partners to date, but recognised an opportunity to bring everyone together, offer a preview of upcoming product releases, and leverage ideas and resources to reinforce a shared vision for continued growth and success. The event was over a year in the making and we couldn’t be happier with how it all came together.”
Programming began on 21st September with the Adamson Conference at the elegant Flato Markham Theatre in nearby Markham, ON. Guests took in a day full of presentations and demonstrations, learning about Adamson’s approach to product development and innovation, new and incoming technologies, and sales and marketing strategies. Among the new offerings on the horizon are expansions to the tour-grade S-Series and install-focused IS-Series, though guests were also given a sneak preview of new technologies to be formally announced in 2019.
"As we continue to grow as a market leader, the ability to address changing market demands is crucial,” says Brian Fraser, product manager. “To this end, we are adding several new products to both the S-Series and IS-Series product families. To further the excitement, we also gave our network a look at new technology we are about to debut. These new developments cement and advance Adamson’s standing as a technology leader in the professional audio market and I can’t wait until we are able to share them with the rest of the world in 2019.”
On 22nd September, guests gathered at Adamson’s headquarters in Port Perry, ON, for the second day of the event. In addition to a full factory tour and breakout group meetings, attendees were given the first look at the brand-new Adamson education centre. Overseen by Jeremiah Karni, Adamson’s head of education, the completion of the space further affirms the company’s strong ongoing commitment to education and training for its partners and end-users.
“Strong, standardised education is paramount to Adamson’s integrated system offerings,” begins Karni. “Our goal is to empower our partners and users to enhance their productivity and the performance of their Adamson systems in the field, regardless of the application. This is not only rewarding for their businesses; it also increases the demand for Adamson products and maximises our partners’ returns on their investment. The Adamson education centre will be the epicentre of those efforts going forward, and we’re very proud to have been able to inaugurate the space with so many members of our global team.”
On the evening of 22nd September, Adamson hosted the third annual Winding Roads Country Festival on the grounds of its headquarters. The sold-out event united the Adamson global network with members of the local community that have long supported the company’s operations. Attendees enjoyed performances by Canadian Country Music Award-winner Madeline Merlo alongside local acts Ben Hudson and Brad James, with all proceeds going to support the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Durham.
2nd November 2018
Atlona Names HWPco New Commercial AV Manufacturer’s Representative for Southeast US Region
USA – Atlona continues to expand its domestic partner network with the addition of The HWP Company, (HWPco), a professional sales and marketing firm based in Atlanta, GA as its new manufacturer’s representative in the Southeastern US. The six-state territory covers Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.
HWPco’s sales team will actively promote Atlona commercial AV products as part of its broad portfolio, with a goal toward supply complete solutions to systems integrators that can serve the AV needs of entire facilities. Trey Gunter, principal and director of sales for HWPco, believes that Atlona clearly understands the need and opportunities for interoperability to best support today’s increasingly networked AV ecosystem.
“Partnering with Atlona just made sense for us because our strategy has always been to work with best-in-class manufacturers and promote market-leading products in a synergistic fashion within the full array of brands we represent,” said Gunter. “What made representing Atlona especially appealing is their broad, robust product portfolio. Product families such as OmniStream are especially compelling and valuable for integrators and end users alike, and we believe there will be strong demand in this area for years to come.”
Gunter adds that as part of Atlona’s growing roster of global partners, HWPco intends to support the sales and marketing process by providing technical expertise and support services, as well as regularly hosting training events. One of the company’s first Atlona events took place on 9th October, 2018 at The Gwinnett Infinite Energy Center, in Duluth, GA. At the all-day event, HWPco teamed with Atlona experts to provide in-depth training, product demonstrations, and certifications focused on AV over IP, networked control, and other topics.
“We anticipate many opportunities for training and education in partnership with Atlona, through both their initiatives and our own, including HWPCoreX live events, HWPcoreU online seminars, and HWPcoreTV on-demand videos,” added Gunter.
31st October 2018
New Charity for SpotTrack
UK & USA – SpotTrack, the specialist entertainment software tool for making, modifying and maintaining followspot cue sheets, is now supporting a new charity: Backup – The Technical Entertainment Charity.
Since its creation eight years ago, SpotTrack has allowed lighting practitioners to give a little back while working on their latest show, with 15% of the purchase price (£6.75) going to charity. Users have always been able to choose whether their purchase supported the lighting charity Light Relief in the UK, or Behind The Scenes in the USA.
In recent times, Light Relief has evolved into Backup, which has a wider remit, offering support to those in need across all fields of entertainment technical production rather than just those working in lighting.
SpotTrack now provides another way of supporting the charity, alongside the events ranging from comedy nights to kart-fests, allowing it to continue its fine work assisting those from our industry who find themselves in difficulty from illness or accident and in need of financial support. Further information about the charity can be found at www.backuptech.uk.
Users working in the USA can continue to select Behind The Scenes (behindthescenescharity.org); the SpotTrack team would be happy to hear from those running or establishing similar charities elsewhere in the world.
The same SpotTrack release, version 1.50 available for download now from the SpotTrack website at www.SpotTrack.co.uk, maintains SpotTrack’s long established functionality but provides full compatibility with the latest versions of MacOS and Windows. It continues to be an invaluable tool whether using traditional followspots or any of the new generation of automated or semi-automated followspotting systems, well proven on a wide range of productions across the world.
30th October 2018
Brand new website online
Total Structures have to announced that its new website is online. This new modern and responsive website makes it easier to find information on products and services, it also features an uncluttered interface to make it easy to navigate and quickly find what is being searched for.
Total Structures will continue to develop and improve the site to provide users with more and complete information.
30th October 2018
The Warehouse Appoints Adamson Certified Reseller Network
UK – Adamson’s UK distributor, The Warehouse, has announced the appointment of a network of certified resellers and rental partners across UK and Ireland. The network will help meet the increased demand for Adamson products within the touring and integration markets and provide in-the-field expert support.
The reseller network comprises of Triplex in London and southern England, Hawthorn in London and the Midlands, PSI in Northern and Southern Ireland and Live Systems in Scotland and the north of England.
Derek Blair, director at The Warehouse said: “ In these dynamic, forward-thinking companies we clearly have a skill base and experience that can help Adamson growth across the UK and Ireland. We are supplying an ever increasing number of systems for use in a diverse range of applications, including festivals, art installations, touring shows, high profile events, and church and theatre installations. As the user base expands it is necessary to have a suitably expert and experienced network of resellers who can support Adamson users."
Jake Rudd, project manager at Triplex, commented: “As a touring engineer I have been stunned mixing on Adamson systems. We are so pleased to join with The Warehouse to deliver Adamson products to our clients. The team always strive to provide products that we believe will provide the best for our clients’ needs and Adamson ticks this box completely!”
“I’ve been aware of Adamson for a number of years and have always been very impressed with its quality, from how their loudspeakers sound to ease of rigging and now, it’s great to see it on many riders and installation specifications in the UK,” comments Rob Allen, Hawthorn’s group head of sound. “We’re very proud to be one of the first companies in the UK to become a certified reseller and are very much looking forward to working with Adamson and The Warehouse.”
Adam Lee Collins, head of audio from PSI added: “We looked at all of the leading brands of loudspeakers but felt that Adamson was the perfect fit for our new department. We see the brand growing steadily in the international market and want to be ahead of the curve, we’re initially adding a substantial inventory of Adamson S10 systems to support this. Relationships with like-minded people and companies are key to PSI values, and together with support from The Warehouse and Adamson. I see a great future ahead!”
Steve Robb, MD of Live Systems commented: “We have always looked to promote products that offer something different, either in terms of technology, features or quality. The Adamson brand really does tick all of these boxes and fits perfectly into our portfolio, both for our rentals and for our sales and installation business. Our customers have praised the product highly and are clearly seeing the benefits of Adamson over other brands. We are therefore delighted to be given the opportunity to join the certified reseller network for this respected brand and look forward to promoting and developing the product.”
Adamson’s range includes the heralded S-Series of compact tour-grade loudspeakers, including the S10 two-way, full-range line array cabinet and complementary S119 subwoofer. E and S Series products have been deployed on recent tours by top international artists including Drake, Sia, Imagine Dragons, Shawn Mendes, and many others. The range also includes new installation-focused IS-Series, which packs Adamson’s tour-grade technology into sleek, architecturally friendly boxes.
In picture: Justin Frost – The Warehouse, Steve Robb – Live systems, Lydia Hawthorn – Hawthorn, Derek Blair – The Warehouse, Janet Murray – The Warehouse, John Hesketh – PSI, Sean Pagel – PSI and John Byrne – PSI.
30th October 2018
W-DMX sets up distribution in Brazil
Brazil – Wireless Solution Sweden, a world-renowned manufacturer of Wireless DMX technology, has recently set up a distribution channel in Brazil, as part of its growth strategy in Latin America.
Effective immediately, Arte em Cena, a São Paulo based company, will distribute W-DMX products in Brazil. Arte em Cena has over ten years of experience importing and distributing entertainment lighting fixtures, and distributes brands like ETC, High End, Chauvet, among others. Arte em Cena have a wealth of experience not just in distribution, but are also systems integrators and installers of theatre mechanics and networking systems for theatres, entertainment venues and TV studios.
“We are extremely excited to be able to work with such a reputable company like Arte em Cena”, said David Ferraz, international business development manager for Wireless Solution. “Brazil is an emerging market for entertainment lighting and Wireless systems, and we’re exciting to be working with a company with such an important market-presence, and an outstanding reputation for their service and technical support.”
For Arte em Cena, the addition of a product like W-DMX, represents an expansion into a better-connected world: “Wireless Solution’s products make perfect sense in our expansion plans, as we like to provide a complete solution to our customers,” says Everthon Rosas, CEO of Arte em Cena. “The brand has already a reputable name in Brazil, and we intend to expand their presence even further.”
29th October 2018
TP presents exciting new Project Manager vacancy
UK - Taylor-Phillips Recruitment, the recruitment division of etnow.com, brings the best new vacancies across the full spectrum of the Entertainment Technology sector.
Newly-acquired client, Colour Sound Experiment, based in North London, is currently recruiting for a project manager to work with department heads and lighting designers to interpret their needs, specify suitable equipment and ensure the project is delivered to excellent standards and within time and budget requirements.
Ideal candidates will be enthusiastic, dedicated and able to deliver under pressure, with a proven track record within the entertainment lighting and live events industry.
A strong corporate background or experience with lighting installations desirable and technical knowledge of entertainment lighting and/or video is a must; the day-to-day job will be ensuring seamless project delivery, from quotation to debrief, and attracting and building customer relationships.
18th October 2018
More than half a billion pounds needed to sustain the UK’s theatre buildings over the next five years
UK – Research conducted by the Theatres Trust, in conjunction with UK Theatre and SOLT, has found that more than £550million is needed over the next five years for capital projects to upgrade and maintain theatres across the UK.
This figure is based on responses from almost 150 theatres, which represents 10% of active theatres in the UK. Collectively they have spent almost £312million upgrading and maintaining theatre buildings in the past five years.
But continued investment is vital for many of these theatres to continue to serve their local communities with 30% of responding theatres stating that the theatre would be at risk of closure if the works are not carried out.
The main focus of works is to improve long-term viability as 63% and 64% of respondent theatres said the focus was improving income generation and audience appeal respectively, and 52% said the need was in order to reduce operating costs.
Excluding major projects and new builds, these theatres predict they will require an average of £1.15million in capital works over the next five years. These works will ensure theatres continue to attract audiences and can run more efficiently by ensuring technical equipment and audience facilities are modernised, including improved disabled access and environmental performance.
The total amount of investment in theatre buildings needed over the next five years for the UK to meet its cultural and social aspirations is likely to be closer to £1billion, taking into account planned major building projects outside of the theatres who responded.
In spite of the challenging economic and funding environment 50% of respondents were either confident or very confident they could raise the funding required for the works, although 24% were unconfident or very unconfident.
Theatres Trust director, Jon Morgan says: “Theatres make an outstanding contribution to local life, culturally, socially and economically and are often at the heart of town and city-centre regeneration. Theatres of all ages and scales need continued investment to ensure they are fit for purpose and meet modern audience needs. The theatres sector is remarkably resilient and resourceful and much of this investment is focused on generating more revenue and reducing costs so they can develop more robust business models. However, with falling public revenues it can be challenging to raise the capital funds required and we risk losing some of our wonderful network of theatres if funding cannot be found. Support for our theatre infrastructure must be addressed in the UK’s local and national culture, planning and regeneration strategies.”
16th October 2018
Ayrton appoints Ampco Flashlight Sales as exclusive distributor for The Netherlands
The Netherlands – Ayrton has announced the appointment of Ampco Flashlight Sales as its latest exclusive distributor in its rapidly expanding international sales network. Based in Utrecht, Ampco Flashlight Sales will be responsible for the distribution of the entire portfolio of Ayrton products across The Netherlands, with immediate effect.
With a history that stretches back 30 years, Ampco Flashlight Sales is a distributor, systems integrator and project house for both professional lighting and audio products. The company was responsible for the supply of all lighting, rigging, motion control and video to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, including over 700 Ayrton fixtures, while its Rental division has recently invested in Ayrton Ghibli and MagicBlade-FX to add to its hire stock.
“To be a distributor for Ayrton is a gift!” says Ampco Flashlight Sales general manager, Peter de Fouw. “We have been looking at Ayrton with interest for a couple of years. Then came the release of the new progressive fixtures which really spurred us to talk to Ayrton and progress things further. Our communications with the team at Ayrton worked really well and proved that we are on the same level.
“The new Ayrton products like Mistral, Ghibli, Merak and now Bora and Khamsin are truly ‘daily bread’ fixtures and strong workhorses for rental houses and venues. For Ampco Flashlight Sales, this is an opportunity to bring to market the most progressive and state of the art range of products which serve our target market exactly.”
“We are happy to welcome Ampco Flashlight Sales to the Ayrton family,” says international sales manager for Ayrton, Jerad Garza. “Ampco Flashlight as an organisation proved to be top-notch, especially from our collaboration on Eurovision this year. The reliability and road-worthiness of Ayrton products were more than evident on the show, which was the spark of interest that led us to this point. We agree that Ayrton’s products are an excellent match for Ampco Flashlight’s sales division as well and are excited by what our further collaboration will bring.”í
16th October 2018
Work Pro Expands International Sales Channels for Lightshark
Spain – Following a series of recent meetings with distribution companies at international exhibitions including Pro Light & Sound in Frankfurt, Work Pro has concluded new distribution arrangements for its innovative LightShark lighting console. Effective immediately, the following companies are exclusively responsible for LightShark sales, support, training and marketing in their respective territories:
United States of America – Blizzard Lighting
Canada – AVL Media Group
France – Freevox
Switzerland – Plus Music
Colombia, Panama and Venezuela – Audio Concept
“LightShark was something of a bold departure for Work Pro, going way beyond the capabilities of any lighting control products we’ve released in the past,” explains Juan Jose Vila, Work Pro’s chief sales officer. “Awareness of the console and its advantages and impressive price point has spread fast and orders are very healthy. Very rapidly following its launch, we were aware that we would need in some cases to create completely new international distribution channels for the product, distinct in certain territories from our existing routes to market. We have made great progress in the past few months putting those channels in place, and are delighted to announce these new partnerships in LightShark’s key markets. Of course, we are continuing to negotiate arrangements for LightShark distribution in other territories; we will be making more announcements about these in the near future.”
15th October 2018
APG Appoints Venuetech as its Exclusive Distributor in the Middle East
Middle East – APG, the French manufacturer of professional loudspeakers and inventor of the modular line-array, announced the appointment of Venuetech as its exclusive distributor in the Middle East. The partnership was officialised at Prolight+Sound Middle East (Dubai, 23-25 September), where Venuetech displayed a broad range of APG products on its substantial booth.
As APG’s exclusive distributor in the region, Venuetech will cover the UAE, Saudi, Oman, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar and Bahrain. This partnership opens a new market for APG and is in line with the company’s strategic expansion. After reinforcing its presence in France and European countries (including Spain, Denmark and Benelux), the French loudspeaker manufacturer successfully developed its brand in Asia with the opening of regional offices in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Grégory Dapsanse, APG’s marketing and business development director, explained: “The Middle East was for us the next logical step for our regional expansion, and this move further validates the strategic alliance with our sister company, Active Audio, who has been represented by Venuetech for a number of years already. We are thrilled to welcome this amazing partner as our latest distributor.”
Elie Khairallah, technical director and products manager, commented: “Our partnership with Active Audio encouraged us to extend our relationship with the group, due to their constant support and swift action. APG have great products, particularly the Uniline Compact and DX series, the former of which represents a breakthrough in its field with its Isotop coaxial driver. I truly believe its performance-to-size ratio will surpass any box from the competition.”
With both brands now on their portfolio, Venuetech will be able to respond to any projects requiring sound systems in the region. “Venuetech and APG have a similar philosophy in their approach to pro-audio, both companies offer high end and high performance products and solutions that flexible enough to meet the most demanding requirements,” enthused Dapsanse.
As Active Audio’s distributor, Venuetech has already completed a number of major projects in the region, including the award winning audio installation at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, where Venuetech asked for 96 customised MC2C columns from APG.
Dapsanse continued: “For APG, Venuetech is a main player in the region, with a strong reputation and great credibility. They have invaluable distribution channel knowledge and technical expertise, as well as the capacity to handle high profile, large-scale projects like the Sheik Zayed Mosque. With such a partner, APG’s future in the region looks very promising.”
Concluded Khairallah: “The ability to customise audio solutions for the install market is very important and APG excel in this field. Their wide range of products will fit into many venues, such as auditoriums, theatres, banquet halls and arenas, on top of being ideal for rental.”
12th October 2018
Green Hippo and DWR sponsor Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush mountain biking Warriors
South Africa – Green Hippo and DWR Distribution have announced their sponsorship of four riders taking part in this year’s Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush, a thrilling mountain bike stage race which takes place in South Africa.
Hailed by a leading sports journalist as South Africa’s ‘premier mountain biking event’ the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush covers 210km, descending from the peak of the Drakensberg, the eastern portion of central South Africa’s Great Escarpment, and finishing in the foothills near Winterton, KwaZulu-Natal. Taking place over three days in October, this year’s event has again attracted huge numbers of entrants and support personnel.
In their ‘other lives’, three of the race entrants are in fact direct business competitors in South Africa’s lighting sector: Guillaume Ducray of AV Unlimited, Richard Baker of LEDVision which forms part of the Gearhouse Group and Paul Newman of Lucidity. DWR Distribution’s Robert Izzett brought the rivals together to form one race team. Robert also secured sponsorship from DWR, and Green Hippo was delighted to join its South African distributor as co-sponsor.
Duncan Riley, owner of DWR Distribution said:
“It’s really special that we can bring a good bunch of people together from different companies, and who are actually competitors. They are the stalwarts of the industry and just enjoy what they do. It’s going to be great, and we look forward to seeing the photos and video clips during the race! It’s going to be a laugh a minute.”
James Roth, head of sales and marketing at Green Hippo, said: “It is great to see the guys in South Africa bonding over something other than their deep-rooted love and admiration for Green Hippo and our award-winning technology. We wish them all the best for the race.”
In picture: Robert Izzett, Paul Newman, Guillaume Ducray and Richard Baker.
12th October 2018
MA Lighting achieves further success in fight against illegal use of grandMA2 software
Germany – For quite some time consoles from China have been brought onto the market by a German distribution company. With regards to the key arrangement, these consoles are based on the MA onPC wing devices. In addition, these consoles, if the grandMA2 software is installed, illegally unlock parameters.
By preliminary injunction of the Munich Regional Court, the distribution company concerned has now been prohibited from distributing MA Lighting grandMA2 onPC software on devices other than original MA Lighting hardware. The infringer now faces a fine of up to 250,000 euros for each case of a violation of the court ban and up to six months in custody if the amount can not be raised. In order to avoid further legal disputes, the distribution company concerned has also committed itself to the complete cessation of sales of "Kolibre" devices from the Chinese manufacturer YEL Technology, subject to criminal prosecution.
MA has information about Chinese consoles in the country and strongly recommends that companies owning such consoles – regardless of type or Chinese manufacturer – do not use them with grandMA2 onPC software at events. Users and operators should refuse to use such a combination for a show in order not to expose themselves to such liability risks and to make themselves liable to prosecution for an illegal act.
The circumvention of technical protective measures of copyrighted software and unauthorised interference with technical protective measures of such software for commercial purposes is punishable by imprisonment of up to three years or a fine, § 108 b UrhG. It is not a trivial offence!
11th October 2018
PROLIGHTS and Show Technology prepare for lift-off 'down under'
Australia & New Zealand – Music & Lights welcomes Show Technology into the fold representing Australia and New Zealand. Their hugely successful track record within the industry having worked with the likes of Toyota, Brisbane City Hall, Katy Perry, Paloma Faith and TomTom speaks volumes as to the capability of the Show Technology team.
Show Technology will take the reins in distributing PROLIGHTS, TRIBE and ArchWork throughout all of Australia and New Zealand. Managing director and all around ‘nice guy’ Emmanuel Ziino comments: “I recently visited the company headquarters and was very impressed with the dedication and effort put into product development and service support. PROLIGHTS has a professional range of unique products that complement our existing offering. These remarkably engineered Italian products give us the opportunity to assist our clients in more applications with more solutions.”
An excited Fabio Sorabella, managing director of PROLIGHTS, TRIBE and ArchWork adds: “Emmanuel and his team not only have such an excellent reputation across the world, but they are a dynamic, knowledgeable and professional bunch who share our visions and aspirations. We really look forward to working together for what we hope will be a very long time!”
International sales manager Jeroen Carette explains: “I have worked with them over a number of years and their success speaks for itself. They are professional and great to work with and we are very happy that they have joined not only our distribution network, but also our team.”
4th October 2018
Spitfire Creative Technologies Announces Acquisition of Green Hippo Ltd and Green Hippo Media Technology Inc.
Spitfire Creative Technologies has announced the completion of the acquisition of Green Hippo, a developer and manufacturer of award-winning media servers and digital display products with offices in the UK and the US. The strategic move further expands Spitfire’s reach across commercial integration, live events and creative video technology.
Emma Marlow, CEO of Green Hippo said: “For 18 years Green Hippo and Hippotizer have been part of live events around the world. We have grown well and want to continue growing. Becoming a member of the Spitfire family allows Green Hippo to focus on growing further and faster. We look forward to their strong organisational support so we can do more to help our customers and users around the world deliver the best live video experiences.”
Spitfire also owns tvONE and Magenta Research, well-known manufacturers of premium video processing and signal distribution products. With complementary technologies, all addressing cutting-edge audio and video, the combined companies will better address a wide range of markets globally from broadcast to large venue entertainment. "Green Hippo and tvONE each have core competencies in technology and customer focus that, when combined, provide superior solutions for both fixed installation and live events customers," said Denise Nemchev, president and CEO of tvONE. "Most important is the comprehensive value we bring our customers across the combined platform.” The companies will continue to go to market with sales, branding, and distribution independently as further growth synergies materialise over the next few quarters.
Green Hippo is the leading developer and manufacturer of extremely powerful media servers, used for creating and delivering mind-blowing video presentations on a very large scale. The flagship Hippotizer product line drives stunning presentations in diverse venues worldwide, such as theme parks, cruise ships, stadiums, and other live events like the Oscars and Super Bowl Halftime shows, where visuals are critical to the experience.
3rd October 2018
Green Hippo Confidently Casts its Net into German Market
Germany – Green Hippo has announced technology supplier cast as its distribution partner in Germany. With effect from 1st October 2018 cast will manage the exclusive distribution of the Green Hippo’s award-winning product line throughout the European Union’s most populous member state.
The result of a 2005 merger between C. Adolph and RST, cast’s roots date as far back as 1898. Over 100 years on, Herr Adolph would no doubt be proud to discover that the company he founded still supplies product to theatres. Based in Hagen in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia state, cast is recognised for its high levels of service and quality of professional knowledge.
cast will now be able to apply its distribution expertise to Green Hippo’s family of Hippotizer media servers. Green Hippo, with its latest Hippotizer V4+ software, offers the ultimate technology for creatives looking to deliver the latest and greatest in real-time media playback and 3D mapping.
Heinz Siller, CEO of cast commented: “Green Hippo is going to be a perfect round up to our mission to offer professional products to the creative cloud in our markets.”
James Roth, head of sales and marketing at Green Hippo, added: "The rate of growth that the company is experiencing as a whole, but particularly in Germany, necessitates our appointing the very best commercial partner in the territory, Cast GmbH. Hippotizer is being specified on so many new shows and events and we look forward to working with Cast to maximise the opportunities that are being placed before us."
2nd October 2018
EAW Embraces Independence Under New Ownership
USA – Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced that the recent purchase of the company by the Italy-based RCF Group, continues to bolster sales, product innovation, development and support.
“The announcement of our acquisition has served to not only excite our expanding customer base but also inspire interest from companies serving market categories that have been neglected for some time,” explains T.J. Smith, EAW president. “We have a strong and knowledgeable sales team in place that is working hard to further our presence in the industry with great success. With the RCF Group behind us, I can’t imagine a brighter future.”
EAW’s Adaptive loudspeakers are an example of what can be developed when working with a team that is dedicated to advancing the industry through state-of-the-art technology. Many notable sound companies have embraced Adaptive systems and the business it has added to their bottom lines. Anderson Audio, Sound Image, Mix3, Blackhawk Audio, Live Space, Ic9, Service Solutions AV, TMG Group and McNally Enterprises are just a few of the companies experiencing the advantage of Adaptive products, the loudspeakers series that can change coverage patterns at the touch of a button.
“The type of advanced thinking that created Adaptive is alive and well in Whitinsville,” adds Smith. “We are looking forward to seeing where products like Adaptive and RADIUS can lead us and the industry. It is an exciting time for our company.”
RADIUS, introduced in 2017, provides industry professionals with an intelligent and sophisticated family of loudspeakers for both portable and permanent installation applications. RADIUS brings EAW’s signature acoustical design prowess and technologies like EAW Focusing and DynO to a new powered and processed platform that integrates Dante networking and iOS-based prediction, control and monitoring.
“Adding EAW to the RCF Group will allow fast and solid growth while encouraging the development of innovative new products and technologies,” says Arturo Vicari, CEO of RCF Group. “This is what the company has built its successful 40+ year history upon.”
“With the support of RCF our potential is infinite,” concludes Smith. “We owe thanks to so many – to those that have helped to build the company to where it is today, to the companies that have continued to support our products – the list is long. We have a very bright future in front of us and welcome you along for the ride.”
28th September 2018
Free ALD Membership for Students as the Sponsored Student Scheme for 2019 opens for applications
UK - Student membership of The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) provides vital interaction and connection between established figures in professional lighting and video design, and the next generation of talented designers, programmers and technicians, with both sides benefiting greatly from the experience.
The ALD has now announced that its Sponsored Student Scheme for 2019 is open for applications. The scheme is an important opportunity for students, who have not previously been members of the ALD, to enjoy free ALD membership until the end of March 2020.
Student members benefit from the increased opportunity to network with lighting and video production professionals at insightful events organised by the ALD, such as their monthly members’ socials and visits to shows and theatres.
Member benefits for students also include complimentary copies of the ALD magazine, Focus, as well as full access to the ALD website and the members’ own micro-site. Members also receive a 25% discount on the monthly or annual premium subscription fee for Mandy.com.
Rory Beaton, of the ALD student and awards sub-committees asserts: “The ALD’s sponsored student scheme gives people who are in their early career a chance to find out a bit more about the ALD and what we can offer. It’s a fantastic way to open doors to networking events, a range of wide-reaching discounts, contact details and of course, the possibility of future work.
By allowing students up to 18 months of free membership, we hope to help those considering a career in lighting and video, who maybe aren’t 100% certain just yet, to see the benefits of membership and offer a helpful route into the industry with no future commitment, should it turn out to not be the career for them!”
To qualify for Sponsored Student membership, applicants will not have previously been a member of the ALD. Applicants will be studying full time on a UK course and have an interest in the process of live performance lighting and / or video and projection. The scheme is funded by Corporate Members of the ALD.
Free Student Membership applications must be received by Christmas 2018 but should be submitted immediately. The earlier applications are received, the longer free membership will run for. Head over to www.ald.org.uk/join to submit an application today.