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3LR Lighting Appoints Christina Nowak
UK – 3LR, UK and Ireland representative for leading international manufacturers of architectural, film, entertainment and broadcast lighting and control, has appointed Christina Nowak as film and studio liaison. Marketing graduate Christina has accrued wide experience of business development in the film technology and production sector, working with leading brands including Red Digital Cinema, Ncam Technologies and G-Technology. Her work has seen her become a trusted figure across the industry, with a strong network of contacts, including acclaimed industry creatives, influencers, industry partners and societies.
Matthew Lloyd, managing director of 3LR is pleased with the addition of another formidable talent to his team: “Christina will act in a consultancy role for 3LR, developing relationships and raising awareness amongst the film production community of the brands and products we represent. She combines an acute understanding of technologies and their applications with the communications skills essential for developing new business opportunities. Christina’s track record of success is impressive, and demonstrates that she has a ready grasp of the culture of this unique sector. We’re delighted to have added someone with her extensive skill set and reputation to the team.”
3LR recently took responsibility for representing leading US manufacturer ETC’s broadcast, film and TV range of lighting and control, including its cutting edge fos/4 range of LED Panel
lights and Fresnels. Introducing that product’s advantages to the film production sector will be Christina’s initial responsibility for 3LR. She is looking forward to the challenge: “I’ve enjoyed success in the industry through relationship and community driven roles, and I’m looking forward to connecting 3LR’s brands with an audience who will truly benefit and appreciate their unique and specialised features. My knowledge and experience of visual and creative exploration, product applications and wider operations of film production has provided me with many valuable insights. Those insights, in combination with years of dedication and support to a wide constituency of industry professionals, are vital to organic conversations that lead to meaningful engagement and adoption of new creative tools and applications that better serve the industry and the production process. The brands that 3LR represent, as evidenced for example by ETC’s fos/4 range, can deliver great benefits to film production, it will be my duty and homage to share those on behalf of 3LR, and on behalf of the film making community.”
Founded by Matthew Lloyd in July 2019, 3LR operates a US style ‘rep’ agency on behalf of a range of market-leading brands, including ETC, Rosco, Griven, Radiant, Delectra, SIRS-E and design-360.
2nd March 2021
Graham Hill Joins Elation as Business Development Manager
Europe – Elation Professional’s European headquarters has announced that from 1st March long time lighting professional Graham Hill will be serving as the company’s new business development manager.
Graham is a familiar face to many in the industry, having developed a wealth of relationships over his many years in the entertainment lighting and electrical industries, including years as a key customer of Elation.
Graham brings decades of valuable lighting experience to the position and comes to Elation from a position as VP of business development at 4Wall Entertainment, where he developed and maintained customer relationships in Europe and the United Kingdom. He is perhaps best known for his many years as company director of Static Light Company, the London-based supplier of lighting solutions for exhibitions, corporate events, and motor-shows.
Graham’s new role at Elation encompasses building collaborative relationships across the industry internationally, including working closely with lighting designers while communicating market insight to the Elation product team. He states: “This year is the tenth anniversary of my relationship with the Elation team globally. My experience with Elation products and support has always been second to none, from the smallest to the largest clients. Over those years, supporting the most creative and demanding of clients meant that Elation was often asked to create specific products to suit the needs of an industry sector. They did not disappoint and some of those products are still in the range today.
“The very exciting role I am proud to take up will be to continue that legacy of client support internationally for the well-established Elation products. I firmly believe that with the award-winning product families that have launched over the past few years such as the Artiste, Proteus and Fuze ranges, as well as the additions of Obsidian Control Systems and Magmatic effects to the portfolio, it is now by far the most innovative and creative on offer to the industry.”
Graham has worn many hats over the years from operational management to directorship and brings a wide spectrum of competencies and strong market knowledge with him to support Elation customers. He has experience managing all aspects of business, including building networks and partnerships to co-ordinate and facilitate projects anywhere in the world. He has supported some of the world's leading design agencies, and worked on projects and collaborated directly with partners around the globe.
“We have known and worked with Graham for quite a long time and are delighted that he is finally a full-fledged member of the Elation family,” stated Marc Librecht, sales and marketing manager at Elation Europe. “We’ve worked very close with him over the years and our collaboration with him as a customer has always been great. He has always felt a part of the Elation team and we are happy to have such an experienced professional on board who truly believes in our products and the people behind them.”
2nd March 2021
David Bissett-Powell leaves Void Acoustics
Having guided Void through four years of profitable growth and structural change followed by a profitable 'Covid' year, David Bissett-Powell has stepped down as chairman of Void Acoustics.
Alex Skan, co-founder and managing director of Void Acoustics has made a statement on behalf of the company: “We are extremely sorry to lose David as our non-exec chair. Over the past four and a half years David has brought tremendous opportunities to us all in the company, and shared with us his wealth of expertise and knowledge of the audio sector. The company has benefited from David’s guidance and unending enthusiasm for Void Acoustics. We will be forever grateful for the input he has given and owe David a huge debt of gratitude for all his energy and encouragement. He will be sorely missed by the Void family across the globe.”
24th February 2021
Neutrik UK appointments David Morbey to new product marketing role
UK – Neutrik UK has announced the appointment of David Morbey to the newly created position of product marketing manager, creating a full marketing role at management level for the first time within the company.
Morbey brings more than 22 years experience of pro-audio product marketing, across a wide range of sectors and applications to the new position. He comes to Neutrik having held UK, European and international marketing and product management roles with leading industry brands, including Allen & Heath, Denon Pro, Marantz Pro, Rane Contractor and Martin Audio, and across DJ, live sound, commercial AV, Custom Install and broadcast installation applications.
Commenting on the appointment, managing director Mark Perrins states: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to appoint David to this key strategic role within Neutrik UK and I am personally delighted to be working with him once again,” Perrins previously worked with Morbey for a number of years during his tenure as general manager at D&M Professional.
"He brings a level of understanding which bridges applications, customers and technology, allowing us to focus our message and more effectively feedback our customers’ requirements,” continues Perrins. "He will be an asset to the team and add value to our already strong sales department.”
“I am truly excited to be joining a talented team at Neutrik UK,” says Morbey. “Neutrik has a long history as a market leader and innovator in the field of connectivity, and I am looking forward to helping shape brand strategy and sales growth in new and non traditional market sectors for the company’s expanding range of connectivity solutions.”
22nd February 2021
Roy Bickel to Receive 2021 ESTA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award
USA – Roy Bickel will receive the ESTA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award on 6 April, 2021, at the virtual New World Rigging Symposium. The ESTA board of directors and technical standards council created this award in 2017 to recognise individuals whose technical contributions have had a significant impact on our industry. The criteria include significant and sustained technical contributions for at least 25 years. The 2021 award will be presented by Rocky Paulson and Chris Schmidt, who have made the following statements about this year’s winner.
Rocky Paulson writes of Roy’s storied career: “Roy was a circus rigger and performer prior to being hired as the head rigger for the first “Disney on Parade” show in 1969. He continued until 1974 when he left for Broadway to work for Pete Feller. After a time there, he went on to do the Rolling Stones tour in 1975. That was the beginning of a long career as a rock & roll rigger. Roy currently lives in Las Vegas where he has been a fixture in the trade show world for over two decades.
As the first head rigger on the Disney on Parade shows he trained people like me in climbing techniques, rigging procedures, and physical fitness regimens to keep us in great shape. Though my direct experience of working for him was limited to a year in the seventies, I know his techniques were taught to many of the first-generation entertainment riggers. This training very much helped the rapid expansion of the industry during the rock & roll explosion. More recently in his career he was on the ETCP Arena Rigging Certification development team.
Roy was and is a true innovator. Perhaps the two most notable contributions that changed the rigging world to what it looks like today was the introduction of slings with screw pin anchor shackles around 50 years ago. Along with the sling development, he specified the orientation and sizes of shackles used with the slings; these methods are still in use today.”
Chris says Roy well deserves the award: “For his tremendous contributions and innovations to the early days of the arena rigging industry. Many of Roy’s contributions developed in the early 70s are techniques that are now standard practices in an industry that makes a living using some of the oldest tools known to humankind. He’s mentored countless arena riggers as well as many experts in the arena rigging field.”
18th February 2021
A Tribute to Marco Bartolini
Italy – The Robe Family is heartbroken to announce the death of Marco Bartolini, a hugely popular and well-known industry face in Italy and internationally, who passed away on 10th February 2021 following a short battle with cancer.
Marco started working with Robe in 2004 when at SR Consulting, and since 2007 he has headed the team at Robe’s Italian distributor, RM Multimedia. Earlier in his career, he had worked with other notable industry brands and companies including SGM, always living and breathing the entertainment technology world that was his passion and in which he became a key figure.
His kindness, generosity, affable personality, and laid-back humour touched everyone he met, while his natural charisma and direct, honest approach to business impressed and earned respect, even from competitors! He possessed the wonderful ability and had a big enough heart to see positive attributes everywhere and in so many people.
Everyone wanted to hang out with Marco at shows, gigs, events and exhibitions.
In his wide circle of loyal industry and personal friends, he was a person of integrity, vision, tolerance and was an open and non-judgemental spirit. His trademark infectious smile – which cemented so many friendships and business deals – was widely loved.
His untimely passing leaves a huge gap.
Robe s.r.o. CEO Josef Valchar stated: “Marco was a beautiful person and one of a kind. I and all the international team at Robe who were lucky enough to work and spend time with him over these last 17 years will miss him greatly. His understated and cheeky wit, his attention to detail, his love of motorbiking and his pride in Italian culture, history and lifestyle – which he constantly shared with colleagues and friends – all made him special. Above all, he was a humble person who never took those around him for granted and appreciated everything in life that he worked so hard to achieve.”
While loving his work, the industry and enjoying life, Marco was an equally dedicated family man. He is succeeded by his wife and soul-mate Paula Porolisseanu and their two young children. They were the centre of his universe, kept him grounded and focused and will now see his legacy live on.
photo: Louise Stckland
15th February 2021
Rupert Neve, GRAMMY-Winning Audio Industry Icon, Dies at 94
USA – It is with great sadness that RND announces that Rupert Neve, whose name is synonymous with quality audio recording equipment worldwide, has died. He remained in great spirits to the end, enjoying his life in Wimberley, Texas, where he and his wife Evelyn have lived for 27 years. At 94, Rupert remained engaged and passionate about his work, spending most days on a perpetual series of audio electronics projects and continuing to mentor our engineering team on numerous design and development projects.
From his earliest memories, Rupert had a love for music, electronics, and problem solving. These passions sparked a brilliant design career spanning over 80 years, during which he founded several historic companies, created the most revered analogy audio equipment of all time, and became the most trusted name in sound. He received countless accolades, including a Lifetime Achievement Technical GRAMMY Award in 1997, Studio Sound Magazine’s Audio Person of the Century Award in 1999, an Audio Engineering Society Fellowship Award in 2006, and 16 TEC (Technical Excellence and Creativity) Awards with Rupert Neve Designs.
“I’ve known and worked with Rupert for nearly 30 years,” said Josh Thomas, Rupert Neve Designs’ co-founder and general manager. “When Rupert, his wife Evelyn, and I sat at his kitchen table and founded Rupert Neve Designs 16 years ago, he had two goals. The first was to set a new standard in the quality of recorded sound, drawing upon his unparalleled depth of experience to create high-end solutions for the modern recording engineer, musician, and listener alike. The second was to pass on his philosophies, techniques, and methodologies to a new generation of designers to carry his life’s work and passion into the future.
“It was always assumed that the company would outlive him on this earth, and for 16 years he poured his energies into creating a team that would become the caretakers of the theories, practices, and ideologies that truly constitute a Rupert Neve design. All of us at the company are exceedingly grateful for the years of careful instruction and mentoring with which he has blessed us, and we will continue to preserve his legacy in everything we do moving forward. The world certainly sounds better because he was here.”
While Rupert’s passions for music, creativity, and insistence on exceptional quality have made an indelible mark on the fabric of the recording industry, his kindness and generosity made him a legend to us all at RND. Through his designs and through the music created with them, his spirit will live on eternally.
Arrangements for a celebration of his life for family and friends will be made when it is safe to do so.
A full obituary / media brief and photographs are available at https://www.rupertneve.com/rupert-neve-obituary
15th February 2021
Michael T. Strickland Awarded NAMM Believe in Music Award
USA – Michael T. Strickland, Bandit Lites chair and founder, was recently awarded the NAMM Believe in Music Award, an honour bestowed to individuals and businesses who have made a lasting and positive impact on both the NAMM Oral History Collection and the global music products industry. Strickland received the award for his continued efforts to Congress on behalf of the Live Music Industry.
Strickland has worked to mobilise the industry into action, informing people of the minutia of federal aid, breaking down applications and forms that entire companies and individuals hinged their survival on, and on raising awareness to the public with appearances on MSNBC and WGN America to keep the focus on our vital industry. He then testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection on 15 December about the effect of COVID-19 on the live event industry, leading to the passage of the COVID Relief bill providing Save Our Stages, additional PPP and additional PUA to the industry. Strickland continues the work in 2021 to obtain even broader relief for the entire industry.
“Michael, you came into our life like a whirlwind, and you changed it for the better,” said NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond. “Working with you, along side of you, to strengthen the industry, especially during this crazy year, we could not be more proud of our partnership.”
“It’s amazing to me, in a short period of time, how much you’ve contributed to our programmes like our annual tribute and our Oral History programme,” added NAMM Music Historian, Dan Del Fiorentino.
Strickland shared that he was humbled and thankful for the award, noting in his acceptance that he did not stand alone in his efforts.
“I would be remiss to say that I deserve this, because it wasn’t me,” said Strickland. “It was you, the hundreds of thousands of people that worked together calling the Senators and the representatives, doing the case pushes, the empty stages, illuminated the buildings red and doing all of the things that we needed to do to make sure that Congress heard us, and gave us the relief that we so sorely needed.”
The online celebration, held over the week of 18 January, 2021, featured a mix of “comprehensive programming and professional education at BelieveinMusic.tv, as well as an interactive marketplace to connect buyers and sellers, all designed to elevate the innovation and inspiration found across the industry while offering support for those most deeply affected by COVID.”
In addition to the awards, the event also showcased live music, content and product discovery, “helping connect music makers and enthusiasts across the world.”
5th February 2021
Tim Jones Augments Audient Console Team in US
USA – British audio brand, Audient augments its team with the recent hire of Tim Jones (pictured), who will provide business development and support for its consoles in the US.
With a broad experience working as a staff engineer at Barefoot Recording (formerly Crystal Industries) and freelancing at various Hollywood landmark studios over the years, Tim is comfortable working with the smallest production rooms to sprawling multi-studio facilities.
A musician and high-achieving California State University graduate, Tim originally cut his teeth on the Audient console at Fullerton College where his music education began in earnest. Cementing his relationship with Audient after graduation, he built his own 140sqm studio in a converted industrial warehouse, where he writes and produces using his own ASP4816.
As such, Tim is perfectly placed to help other studio owners find the right Audient console for them. “I am honoured to help build the brand that has been an integral part of my workflow as a producer/engineer,” he says.
4th February 2021
Renkus-Heinz Promotes Senior Staff to Provide Additional Support and Collaboration Across North America
USA – Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, has appointed Dudley McLaughlin to the position of national sales manager and Garrison Parkin to the position of western regional sales manager effective 1 February. The positions both cover the North American region.
The promotions serve as a continued commitment to service and support in the United States and Canadian markets. McLaughlin has been with Renkus-Heinz since he was hired as western regional sales manager in 2018. Parkin joined the company in 2019 as south-western territory sales manager.
“Dudley and Garrison are both important members of the Renkus-Heinz family,” said Harro Heinz, chairman and co-founder of Renkus-Heinz. “And while their success is well documented prior to 2020, it took commitment by everyone on our team to ensure we continued shipping product and supporting our partners over the past year. Dudley and Garrison are prime examples of that commitment. Their promotions will help us better serve our partners going into 2021 and beyond.”
“There are reasons to be optimistic as we enter 2021,” McLaughlin said. “With this new team structure, we will be able to better support everyone who relies on our solutions. These moves mean dealers, integrators, consultants and end-users across North America will each have an additional point of contact with Renkus-Heinz. And we believe offering that increased level of support and collaboration will be key moving forward.”
The moves come one month after the announcement of a new director operating across Asia, Oceania and SAARC, and in the midst of multiple new product announcements from Renkus-Heinz.
“We have worked diligently over the past year to ensure we are in a position to be shipping product, introducing new solutions and hiring staff,” Heinz said. “The result of that work is that we are in a very strong position to provide our partners with cutting-edge and impressive loudspeaker offerings in 2021. We are optimistic about the year ahead.”